Berchtesgaden Germany is a charming little town in Alps of Bavaria that is surrounded on three sides by Austria. Known for Hitler’s Eagles Nest, Lake Konigssee, and Salzbergwerk Underground Salt Mine, this is a must-visit place that’s worth the bucket list.
Berchtesgaden Germany in Bavaria
Among the best things to enjoy Berchtesgaden Germany is to stroll its quaint mountain village through its winding streets lined with pastel buildings decorated with murals and “Luftmalerei” also called “open air paintings on homes and structures”.
These are actually distinct Bavarian art where the interaction of architecture, painting and sculpture are essential features.
In this town centre, you can shop until you drop for local Bavarian clothes, souvenirs, and wood carvings.
However, do make it a point to stop at one of the many cafes with outdoor seating to enjoy Bavarian specialities like the Kaffee und Kuchen (pastries) in Cafe Forstner and local crafted Bavarian Beer in Gasthof Neuhaus.
- Cafe Forstner
- Address: Weihnachtsschützenpl. 1, 83471 Berchtesgaden, Germany
- Phone No. +49 8652 64746
- Gasthof Neuhaus
- Address: Marktplatz 1, 83471 Berchtesgaden, Bavaria, Germany
- Phone No. +49 8652 9799280
Where is Berchtesgaden Germany?
Berchtesgaden is part of Bavaria – Germany’s largest and southernmost state that is a land rich in natural beauty, heritage, lively traditions and warm hospitality.
Did you know? Bavaria used to be an independent kingdom directly under the Roman Empire. In 1870, when France declared war on Prussia (a kingdom between 1701 and 1918 that included parts of present-day Germany, Poland, Russia, Lithuania, Denmark, Belgium and the Czech Republic), Bavaria and other now German states joined forces. Thus, despite proximity to Austria, Bavaria is a part of Germany.
It is not a wonder when most people mistakenly identifies Berchtesgaden as part of Austria than that of Germany. In fact, reaching Berchtesgaden by public transportation from Munich (the capital city of Bavaria) you need to pass Salzburg, Austria first by train, before arriving Berchtesgaden Germany.
Isn’t it interesting how getting here lets you pass another country first? Well, that’s one fascinating reason why Berchtesgaden is a must visit.
Getting here to Berchtesgaden Town Centre
From Salzburg, Take Bus #840 (The Watzmann Express) that leaves Salzburg Hauptbahnhof and the Salzburg Rathaus, and takes you to the Berchtesgaden Hauptbahnhof on a 45-minute ride.
Arriving here, you can base yourself for an overnight stay with shops, restaurants, transportation and tours close by. Lake Konigssee is a half an hour bus from here, while the Salzbergwerk Underground Salt Mine is about 25 minutes walk from this town centre.
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