Wedged into Austria and framed by six formidable mountain ranges, the Berchtesgadener Land is a drop-dead-gorgeous corner of Bavaria steeped in myths and legends. Local lore has it that angels given the task of distributing the earth’s wonders were startled by God’s order to get a move on and dropped them all here. These most definitely included the Watzmann (2713m), Germany’s second-highest mountain, and the pristine Königssee, perhaps Germany’s most photogenic body of water.
Much of the area is protected by law within the Berchtesgaden National Park, which was declared a ‘biosphere reserve’ by Unesco in 1990. The village of Berchtesgaden is the obvious base for hiking circuits into the park.
Away from the trails, the main draws are the mountaintop Eagle’s Nest, a lodge built for Hitler and now a major dark-tourism destination, and Dokumentation Obersalzberg, a museum that chronicles the region’s sinister Nazi past.
Berchtesgaden destination guides
Berchtesgaden and Eagle's Nest Day Tour from Munich
Embark on a guided tour of Berchtesgaden, Hitler's mountain retreat and the southern headquarters of the Nazi party on a full day coach trip from Munich. Eagle's Nest is a mountain top lodge built by the Nazis, and is a fascinating sight of historical significance.
Eagles Nest in Berchtesgaden Tour from Salzburg
Visit Kehlsteinhaus, better known as Hitler's retreat, the Eagles Nest, on this half-day trip to Bavaria. Journey through spectacular scenery along the Konigsee River Valley and the Bavarian Alps, before arriving at Obersalzberg. A special kind of adventure awaits you on this excursion to Bavaria - Berchtesgaden.