In the Middle Ages, there was an abbey in Berchtesgaden, which was extended continuously and from which finally a castle was built. The abbey was financed by the proceeds from the salt mine.
Due to the expansion over the years, the castle combines different eras, such as Romanticism, Gothic, Baroque and Rococo. In the 14th century, the monastery was directly subordinate to the emperor and became the residence of the territorial lord. Bavaria became a kingdom at the beginning of the 19th century, and thus the Bavarian royal family used Berchtesgaden Castle. The royal family furnished the castle with numerous works of art, which you can admire during a guided tour. The furnishings include diverse precious furniture, exquisite porcelain and paintings by important artists. Even today, the Wittelsbach family uses the castle as a summer residence.
Enjoy the view from the Upper Rose Garden on the Watzmann, as this is considered the most beautiful in the whole valley.
Please note that you can only visit the castle when booking a guided tour. Guided tours take about 50 minutes.
- Opening hours
Mid-May to mid-October (summer): 10:00-13:00 and 14:00-17:00
Mid-October to mid-May (winter): guided tours at 11:00 and 14:00
Pupils and students EUR 4
Adults EUR 9.50
Adults EUR 8 (with local tourist pass)
- Distance and directions
7 km, 12 minutes by car;
Bus parking and underground parking at the Kongresshaus (Maximilianstraße 9). From there you can reach the castle in 3 minutes on foot.
Further information about the castle, themed tours, combined tickets and information on other discounts can be found here: http://www.schloss-berchtesgaden.de/en/