Berchtesgaden Germany Travel Guide
Berchtesgaden Germany Travel Guide

Berchtesgaden, Germany:

 

Officially Founded In: 1102 AD; Joined Bavaria in 1810.
Language: German (Deutsch), plus a little English.
Suggested Length of Stay: 1 to 2 Full Days.

 

Sought as the ultimate Alpine retreat by Austrians and Germans for centuries, the Bavarian village of Berchtesgaden is an unspoiled, magical place.  The charming Berchtesgaden is enclosed by a series of mountain including the picturesque 8,900 foot tall Watzmann which is the 3rd highest peak in Germany.  These mountains work together to provide amazing views, a long elegant fjord, and protection to Berchtesgaden’s old Bavarian charm.  Enjoy our Berchtesgaden travel guide!

Berchtesgaden Germany Travel Guide

Historical Overview of Berchtesgaden:
The area was first used as a small settlement until the Augustinian monastery and town was officially established in 1100. Like other local powerhouses such as Salzburg and Hallstatt, salt was quickly discovered in Berchtesgaden and from 1200 through the Middle Ages this white gold brought wealth to the village.  Since the 1500 the village has back and forth on whether it is part of greater Salzburg or Bavaria, but has retained as much sovereignty as possible.

Because of its beauty many leaders has longed for Berchtesgaden, from the Bavarian Royal family that has held a permanent residence here since 1810 and even Hitler who made the area the 2nd seat of government for the 3rd Reich during WWII.  When the Nazi’s lost WWII the region was in search for an identity and decided to join neighboring cities to form Berchtesgadenland.

Since WII some of Berchtesgaden’s Nazi past has been turned into wonderful tourist attractions to help make sure the event of the past are never repeated.  These attractions include the Documentation Center Museum complete with its underground tunnels and the mighty Eagle’s Nest providing views of up to 120 miles.  Throw in the amazing experience of a boat ride the enclosed Königsee Lake, the views and skiing from Jennar Mountain, and charm of Old Town’s market and beer halls all capped off with the tower Watzmann peaks and you have a village that needs to be on your must visit list.

 

Visiting Berchtesgaden:
Berchtesgaden can be an amazing day trip from either Salzburg or Munich, but is even more fun if you can stretch your visit to two days with an overnight stay.  A busy day here can be very rewarding, but since life moves at a little slower pace in Berchtesgaden, you’ll be able to feel the full magic of the village slowing down your pace as well.

We’ve come up with some helpful guides to help you maxim your time and make sure you are able to see all the main sights of Berchtesgaden during your visit.


Historical Overview of Berchtesgaden:
The area was first used as a small settlement until the Augustinian monastery and town was officially established in 1100. Like other local powerhouses such as Salzburg and Hallstatt, salt was quickly discovered in Berchtesgaden and from 1200 through the Middle Ages this white gold brought wealth to the village.  Since the 1500 the village has back and forth on whether it is part of greater Salzburg or Bavaria, but has retained as much sovereignty as possible.

Because of its beauty many leaders has longed for Berchtesgaden, from the Bavarian Royal family that has held a permanent residence here since 1810 and even Hitler who made the area the 2nd seat of government for the 3rd Reich during WWII.  When the Nazi’s lost WWII the region was in search for an identity and decided to join neighboring cities to form Berchtesgadenland.

Since WII some of Berchtesgaden’s Nazi past has been turned into wonderful tourist attractions to help make sure the event of the past are never repeated.  These attractions include the Documentation Center Museum complete with its underground tunnels and the mighty Eagle’s Nest providing views of up to 120 miles.  Throw in the amazing experience of a boat ride the enclosed Königsee Lake, the views and skiing from Jennar Mountain, and charm of Old Town’s market and beer halls all capped off with the tower Watzmann peaks and you have a village that needs to be on your must visit list.

 

Visiting Berchtesgaden:
Berchtesgaden can be an amazing day trip from either Salzburg or Munich, but is even more fun if you can stretch your visit to two days with an overnight stay.  A busy day here can be very rewarding, but since life moves at a little slower pace in Berchtesgaden, you’ll be able to feel the full magic of the village slowing down your pace as well.

We’ve come up with some helpful guides to help you maxim your time and make sure you are able to see all the main sights of Berchtesgaden during your visit.