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Berchtesgaden: a beautiful place to visit.

Berchtesgaden has a storied past and had a strong Nazi past.  Hitler had vacationed in Berchtesgaden starting in 1920 and later he purchased land and built his Berghof in the mountains about Berchtesgaden.  Hitler’s Berghof was one of his headquarters and many top level Nazis went there.  Along with his Berghof, the Kehlsteinhaus also known as the Eagle’s Nest, which was a retreat on top of the Kehlstein mountain, is in the Berchtesgaden area.  Even though it has a storied past, Berchtesgaden is a beautiful place to visit.  Less than 20 miles from Salzburg and 120 miles from Munich, Berchtesgaden makes a great day trip from either of those places, although Salzburg is a lot easier.

The Town

The best thing to do when exploring Bercgtesgaden is take a stroll around the town.  The town is very cute with pastel buildings and Luftmalerei painted buildings.  Luftmalerei buildings are famous in this area of Baveria, mostly in Oberammergau and Mittenwald.  These frescoes were ways for people to show their wealth in the 18th century.

Lüftlmalerei: painted houses

Lüftlmalerei: painted houses

There are several churches to explore in Berchtesgaden.  Most are Catholic as Bavaria is a very Catholic area, but there is a beautiful Lutheran Church in Berchtesgaden. Stiftkirche, a catholic church, which was built in the 12th century and is attached to the pink royal residence of the Wittelsbach family, who ruled the Berchtesgadener Land for many centuries.  Just behind the church is a mural reflecting the tragedy of war.  The other beautiful church is the church of St. Andrew which is a Romanesque church.

Stiftkirche, a catholic church attached to a royal resident in pink

Stiftkirche, a catholic church attached to a royal resident in pink

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Interesting mural behind the church

Interesting mural behind the church

Lutheran Church

Lutheran Church

church of St. Andrew

Church of St. Andrew

Around the Central Square

The area around the central square is a great place to walk around and do some shopping. The views are amazing as well.  There are great places to eat, places to get traditional Bavarian clothes as this still is worn by people there.  Berchtesgaden is a traditional mining area and in many stores, there are different gems and rocks that you can purchase.  They are not expensive and I bought a beautiful necklace in one of the stores.  If you are there on a weekend you might also be lucky to hear a concert and and see special markets.

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Beautiful views can be seen from Berchtesgaden

Beautiful views can be seen from Berchtesgaden

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You can buy traditional Bavarian clothes that are still worn here

You can buy traditional Bavarian clothes that are still worn here

If you are lucky, there might be a special market where you can buy really good food.

If you are lucky, there might be a special market where you can buy really good food.

Lake Königssee

Lake Königssee is one of the most beautiful lakes in the world.  Very close to Berchtesgaden, it is a must see. Lake Königssee is in Berchtesgaden National Park which has great hiking and many winter sports.  When entering the Lake Königssee you will walk through a resort area with many shops and head to the lake area and take one of the electric boats to the St Bartholomew’s Church.  This electric boat is a slow boat that makes little noise.  This is a beautiful boat ride.  They stop on the way and demonstrate the echo here with a trumpet.  Once you get to the church, walk around, there is a restaurant and a small gift shop here.  Make sure that you take the time to do this, it is a well worth trip.

There is a resort area on the shore of Lake Königssee

There is a resort area on the shore of Lake Königssee

The area is for big winter sports with skiing and bobsleds.

The area is for big winter sports with skiing and bobsleds.

Lots of electric boats are ready to take you on the lake.

Lots of electric boats are ready to take you on the lake.

An amazingly beautiful boat ride.

An amazingly beautiful boat ride.

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A poorly filmed video I took of the echo

 

The amazing church

The amazing church

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There is a restaurant and a small gift store out by the church

There is a restaurant and a small gift store out by the church

Make sure you take some time and walk around the area

Make sure you take some time and walk around the area

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Besides these sights, you can also go up to the Eagle Nest in the summer, see the Nazi bunker museum and go to the salt mines.  But make sure that you take the time to see town and lake first.

 

8 thoughts on “Berchtesgaden: a beautiful place to visit.

  1. Eloise

    Nice collection of photos to cover your story! I haven’t seen much of Germany while I was leaving in France… Too bad as now that I’m in Australia it’s a bit far away! I visited Munich before leaving to Australia and loved it. I’ll keep Berchtesgaden (and more specifically Lake Königssee as I’m a big nature fan and it looks amazing!) in a corner of my mind for any future trip in the region. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Alouise

    I had never heard of Berchtesgaden before. I’ve only been to Germany once (Munich very briefly), but I’d love to see Berchtesgaden for myself. It looks like a beautiful and very interesting town. That photo of the amazing church with the reflection in the lake is fantastic.

  3. Meg Jerrard

    STUNNING photos! Bercgtesgaden sounds amazing, and I would absolutely hit up the National Park for a visit to the lake. The salt mines sound like they would be fascinating too, so I might try and plan for 3 or 4 days to be able to take everything in.

    Thanks!

  4. Anda

    We visited Bavaria two years ago but didn’t see Berchtesgaden. Those pictures look amazing! I’m really sorry I missed this place, but Bavaria is definitely a place I’ll return to.

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