Welcome to Berchtesgaden


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 area has a more sinister aspect – the mountaintop Eagle’s Nest was a lodge built for Hitler and is now a major dark-tourism destination while the Dokumentation Obersalzberg chronicles the region’s Nazi past.


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$67.20 Day Trips & Excursions

Eagles Nest in Berchtesgaden Tour from Salzburg

Meet at Mirabellplatz, and travel from Salzburg to the Bavarian Alps. Your route takes in idyllic scenery alongside notable sights, so gaze out as you travel to see Hellbrunn Castle, the Königsee River Valley and mountains dotted with farmhouses.Stop at Obersalzberg, a mountainside hamlet near Berchtesgaden. Then, relax on a 20-minute shuttle bus journey and admire the surrounding alpine beauty as you snake your way up a cliff-clinging pass. Worry not: your bus has special brakes to cope with the terrain.Cast your eyes across to the mountain of Hoher Göll, and then step aboard a brass elevator, which was built to shuttle Hitler’s guests through the cliffs to Eagle’s Nest. Hop out at the top to head straight inside with your skip-the-line ticket.As you explore with your guide, see the spots where Hitler hosted his meetings and learn all about the site, which was built for the Nazi leader’s 50th birthday. Perched at an altitude of some 5,000 feet (1,524 meters), the Eagle’s Nest boasts handsome views and your guide will point out the finest vantage points.After an hour, return to your coach by elevator and bus. Stop in Berchtesgaden for lunch (own expense), and then return to Salzburg.

$114.70 Day Trips & Excursions

Bavarian Mountains, Eagle's Nest and Salt Mines from Salzburg

Eagle’s NestLeave Salzburg behind on a comfortable coach with your guide, and begin your day trip by journeying through the Bavarian Alps and along the King’s Lake River. Pass Untersberg Mountain, full of legend and myth, and enter Germany via an old border crossing. After traveling through the alpine valley and passing scenic farmhouses, you will reach the foot of the Obersalzberg, a mountainside complex that is home to the Eagle’s Nest. From here, hop on a special coach that will take you to the WWII-era brass elevator, which then whisks you up to the Eagle’s Nest, perched on top of the mountain. Enjoy magnificent views of the towering snowcapped peaks of the Bavarian Alps and the surrounding countryside. It is a short walk from here to the cross on the summit of the Obersalzberg. You’ll have 45 minutes of free time at the Eagle’s Nest to have lunch in one of the restaurants around (own expense).Salt MinesPart two of your Super Saver tour begins after lunch. Below Obersalzberg are the 450-year-old salt mines. Walk in miners’ footsteps as you don a traditional mining outfit and descend into the grottos. Hear fascinating tales and learn interesting facts about this underground world from your guide, and then end your mining adventure with a raft sail on the salt lake and a train trip around the lake.Your tour continues to Königssee (King’s Lake), a lake nestled among the imposing mountains. Stop for a photo opportunity and enjoy some free time to visit the surroundings before heading to the picturesque Bavarian village of Berchtesgaden. Have a little free time to wander along the charming streets before returning to Salzburg.

$61.41 Day Trips & Excursions

Bavarian Mountains and Salt-Mines Tour from Salzburg

Choose from two start times and make your way to the meeting point in central Salzburg. Leave the city by coach and travel along the Deutsche Alpenstrasse, a magnificent road that cuts through the Bavarian Alps. Admire the backdrop of alpine scenery as you pass alongside the banks of Königsee River, and then stop at Obersalzberg where Berchtesgaden Salt Mines await.Head inside the centuries-old mine, and get changed into a traditional miner’s uniform, which is provided as you enter. Hear some of the history of the site, and learn about the salt mining traditions in Berchtesgaden that date back to the 12th century.Using the same slides as hundreds of miners before you, descend to the grottos of the mines with your guide and explore the subterranean salt world by foot and mini-train. Watch a short film to learn about the origins of the salt deposits, and finish your underground trip on a high note with a raft cruise around the lake.Return back to ground level, hand back your miner’s uniform and travel onward to the town of Berchtesgaden. Take a short tour of the town before your return to central Salzburg.

$98.48 Day Trips & Excursions

Salzburg Super Saver: Austrian Lakes, Mountains and Salt Mines

Salt Mines Start your day leaving Mirabellplatz with your comfortable coach to visit the 450-year-old salt mines. The site is located below Obersalzberg, a mountainside complex home to the Eagle’s Nest, famous for being Hitler's retreat. Walk in miners’ footsteps while wearing traditional mining outfits as you descend into the grottos. Your guide will tell you fascinating tales and interesting facts about this underground world as you explore. Then, float on the salt lake in a raft with your guide, descending to the mine grotto, before enjoying a train trip around the lake. Your tour continues to the picturesque Bavarian village of Berchtesgaden. Wander through the charming streets independently before relaxing on the drive back to Salzburg. Enjoy an hour of free time in Mirabellplatz to have lunch at one of the nearby restaurants (own expense) before your next tour.Austrian Lakes and Mountains In the afternoon travel by comfortable coach to beautiful Austrian lakes and through mountain landscapes. Experience the breathtaking scenery of one of Austria's most beautiful regions, the Lake District, full of historical landmarks. From afar, see the impressive Fuschl Castle, once the Prince Archbishop's holiday residence and today a luxury hotel. In the town of St Wolfgang, stop for a visit of the famous winged Gothic altar church. Then, relax at the White Horse Inn Hotel for refreshments (own expense) before enjoying a 25-minute boat ride on Lake Wolfgang to the village of St Gilgen, where Mozart's mother was born. Passing Huttenstein Castle from afar, continue along beautiful Lake Mondsee with your coach before returning to Mirabellplatz.

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Eagle's Nest and Bavarian Alps Private Tour from Salzburg

After pickup from your hotel in central Salzburg, travel by minivan or Mercedes E-Class across the Austrian-German border into scenic Bavaria. Pass acres of farmland and picturesque farmhouses as you make your way to Obersalzberg, the site of Adolph Hitler’s residential complex. At the foot of Obersalzberg, transfer into a bus fitted with a special engine and brakes for a 4-mile (6.5 km) trip along a road just 13 feet (4-meters) wide with a 22% grade.When the road ends, walk through a 407-foot (124-meter) long tunnel to a World War II-era elevator built directly into the mountain. This opulent elevator is lined with brass, mirrors and leather and takes you inside the Eagle's Nest (Kehlsteinhaus).Though the Eagle’s Nest was built as a retreat for Adolph Hitler as a 50th birthday gift, Hitler rarely visited the house. Today, this historical site located at an elevation of 6,017 feet (1,834 meters) is famous for its incredible views. Walk around the property and up to the summit of Obersalzberg to admire stunning views of lush green valleys and the snow-capped Bavarian and Austrian Alps. Feel free to take plenty of photos and ask your knowledgeable guide as many questions as you wish about the history and significance of the Eagle’s Nest. Being on a private tour means you can take your time and get the most out of your visit.On the way back to Salzburg, stop briefly at Berchtesgaden, which once was the site of important Third Reich buildings but today is a popular and lovely recreational area. You'll have 45 minutes in Berchtesgaden to explore and get a bite to eat (own expense).Your 5-hour private trip to the Eagle’s Nest ends with drop-off at your Salzburg hotel.

$52.14 Day Trips & Excursions

Bavarian Mountains from Salzburg

Driving along the Konigseeache, through the lovely valley and picturesque farmland to Unterau you will begin to ascend to the Obersalzberg. Here, the tour will stop to catch a glimpse of what is left of Hitler's mountain compound (Hitler's Eagle's Nest) and to enjoy the wonderful panorama.Your tour continues down the breath-taking Königssee, or King's Lake, nestled among the steep mountain peaks. There will be some free time for a stroll along the lake or have some coffee. On the return journey back to Salzburg, the coach will stop in Berchtesgaden, a beautiful traditional Alpine Village. Enjoy some free time exploring the village and tasting some local specialties and refreshments (not included).