Best Itineraries for Berchtesgaden:
Suggested Stay: 1-3 Full Days
Important Seasonal Hours: The Salt Mine is the only one in the region to stay open year round. The Kings Lake ferry runs year round rain or shine with half length tours in Winter. Eagles Nest is closed for Winter the end of October until early-May.
Rainy Days/Fog: The luge will close on rainy days but everything else is open. The Kings Lake ferry has a covered top so rain isn’t an issue. The Eagles Nest is known for its 120 mile views but even with fog visiting can be very fun. It the weather is really bad there is still plenty to do in Berchtesgaden.
Construction Notice: The Jennerbahn cable car lift will be closed until May 2018 while they re-build a new lift. This will limit access to Jenner Mountain to hiking or car, and while the mountain huts will still be open, most tourists looking to use the cable car will want to find another activity to fill its place.
Because the main attractions in Berchtesgaden are spread out, you really to prioritize your itinerary items if your visit is short. Most visitors only stop in for the day without staying overnight, but extending your trip really opens up a lot. Keep in mind that the Eagle’s Nest is closed in the Winter. The suggested itineraries for Berchtesgaden we’ve come up with are from our own first hand experiences.
One Day In Berchtesgaden:
Most visitors only have part of 1 day in Berchtesgaden as a day trip from Salzburg or Munich so we suggest that you keep your itinerary just to the main sights. Your main focus should be getting to the King’s Lake as early as possible so you can beat the lines that start to form by 10am in the busy season. Starting early will also give you a chance to get out and see Saint Bartholomä Church, although you won’t have time to hike around Obersee with just 24 hours in Berchtesgaden. The ferry runs all year rain or shine. After your boat tour we like to have an early lakeside lunch near the ferry ticket booth at the outdoor beer garden. Next you’ll want to head right to the Dokumention Center to catch the special bus up to the Eagles Nest. Excepted there to be a little bit of a line for the bus mid-day, but because the buses hold a lot of people the queue moves faster here than the mid-day ferry boat line does. The rest of the afternoon really depends on what time it is when you leave the Eagles Nest, you probably wont have time to do the luge or Salt Mine, but will be able to see part of our Old Town Walking Tour. Please keep in mind that if you are heading back to Salzburg that same day that the last bus #840 usually leaves the train station at 6:15pm (5:15pm on Summer weekends) and the last trains leave at 9:30pm & 10pm.
King’s Lake ferry boat tour with optional trip up the Jennerbahn Mountain cable car.
A visit to Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest.
Old Town walk with Market Square and the beer hall.
Two Days In Berchtesgaden:
A 2 day itinerary in Berchtesgaden really makes a visit awesome as you can fit in all the main stuff. You’ll be able to really take your time at the Nazi sites including the Eagles Nest and Dokumentation Center during the first half of the day while exploring Old Town and the Beer Hall in the afternoon. Because the weather can be foggy at times, having 48 hours in Berchtesgaden will also let you flip flop your days to get the best views at the Eagles Nest. Having a second day on your itinerary also lets you tour explore King’s Lake more in depth as you’ll have time to get out and hike around Obersee. You will also have plenty of time to take the cable car up nearby Jennerbahn Mountain for the bird’s eye views of the lake as well as an afternoon tour of the Salt Mine. We like to have lunch at lakeside at the beer outdoor beer garden next to the boat landing on day 2, but there is also a mountain top restaurant at Jennerbahn.
Full King’s Lake boat tour with Obersee hike.
Cable car up Jennerbahn Mountain.
Tour the Berchtesgaden Salt Mine.
Three Days In Berchtesgaden:
Having a 3 day itinerary to work really starts to open up the opportunities for hiking. We love to add in the sights are Ramsau including the St. Sebastian Church and the Wimbachklamm Waterfalls. The falls are made up of dozens of falls located inside a narrow gorge which is accessible by an elevated wooden walkway. To fit in the best mountain hiking in the area we also suggest spending a little over half the day going up to the Watzmann house and back.
Visit Ramsau to hike to Wimbachklamm Falls.
See the Ramsau Church and get lunch nearby.
Spend the rest of the day hiking around Watzmann Mountain.
Four Days In Berchtesgaden:
If you are able to push your itinerary to 4 days it will give you a lot more options to add additional hiking in the area. Outside of working in more hiking the rest will stay the same as a 3 day itinerary. If you are looking to visit the Ice Chapel on Kings Lake or the summit of Watzmann Mountain, the extra day will help a ton.
•Day 3: Take a day trip from Berchtesgaden to Salzburg, Werfen or Munich.
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