Berchtesgaden: what to see, national park, salt mine

schlossplatz berchtesgaden
schlossplatz berchtesgaden

Visit Berchtesgaden, a famous holiday resort of Bavarian Germany, what to see in the national park, spa and Eagle’s Nest.

National Park Berchtesgaden Bavaria

Berchtesgaden Germany is a country that is located in Bavaria at just under 600 meters above sea level and with about 8,250 inhabitants, a resort renowned for spa treatments. Geographically it is located in one of the best mountain areas in Europe, the national park Berchtesgaden, less than 30 kilometers from Salzburg, and this makes it a very popular holiday resort. Also famous for winter sports was also home to important alpine ski races.

What to visit in Berchtesgaden

Interesting places from tourist point of view are the castle Schloss, ancient abbey Romanesque-Gothic church, which was turned into a museum by Prince Ruprecht, the salt mine Salzbergwerk, that you can visit with the help of an electric train, the Marian shrine baroque Maria Gern, now a pilgrimage destination, which was built by artists Salzburg at the beginning of the eighteenth century. The Church of Saint Peter the Apostle and John the Baptist, the twelfth century, has a beautiful facade of the Romanesque Revival style, while the interior is Gothic, with two towers 56 meters.

On the mountain Kehlstein, which is reached via a private road that starts from the plateau of Obersalzberg, located 5 km from Berchtesgaden, is the famous Eagle’s Nest, a shelter built by Adolf Hitler, which is accessed through a tunnel dug in rock, today became the restaurant.

Lake Konigssee, glacial and with length of about 7 km, is part of the Berchtesgaden National Park and is a popular tourist destination where you can take the boats to pass from one side of the lake and you can go up to the lake of Obersee, located at an altitude slightly higher, where is the Chapel of St. Bartholomew. The latter is a small Baroque church of the XII century with three naves and remodeled several times, but very pretty.