Kempinski Blog Article
Up in the magnificent mountains of the Bavarian Alps you will find historic Berchtesgaden, a haven for guests who wish to relax, unwind and surround themselves with tranquil alpine beauty.
Situated on the Austrian border, this German town is an ideal destination for those who wish to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. With the vast majority of the town left untouched, nature lovers can explore the impressive surroundings at their pleasure. The highest mountain residing completely in Germany, the Watzmann presents visitors a challenge many are eager to take on.
With an endless variety of historic, cultural and natural attractions, Berchtesgaden welcomes a wide-range of visitors throughout the year. The area maintains a traditional charm, and guests will enjoy visiting the old salt mines and marketplace.
Home to some of Germany's most impressive mountains, skiing and hiking are increasingly popular here too. Beauty defines the region, with visitors being met with awe-inspiring views no matter where they turn.
Famous for hearty, delicious dishes, German cuisine is largely known for its range of meat dishes, sausages (wurst), dumplings (knödel) and fresh bread.
The best spots to try traditional Bavarian food in Berchtesgaden include Gasthod Neuhaus, known for its cosy, atmosphere and use of locally grown produce, and Gashthaus Café Graflhoehe Windbeutelbaron, which treats guests to fabulous mountain views across Berchtesgaden and Lake Königssee.
International dishes can be sampled at Kurz a Curry, which presents visitors with rich and fragrant flavours from India, and Restaurant Le Ciel, a beautiful location for an evening meal. Serving up classical French cuisine with an innovative twist, the restaurant found in the heart of Kempinski Hotel Berchtesgaden offers a wonderful ambience for fine dining.
Just three miles south of Berchtesgaden, the crystal clear Lake Königssee has been named Germany's most photogenic stretch of water. Surrounded by mountains that rise to impressive heights of 2,000m around the lake, visitors flock to this area of unprecedented beauty.
Across the lake lies St. Bartholomew's Church. A Roman Catholic pilgrimage church, it can only be reached via boat or a long hike around the mountains.
Berchtesgaden National Park
A peaceful place to spend the entire day, hikers of all abilities will be able to explore Berchtesgaden National Park. From difficult trails to leisurely walks, visitors should head here to experience some of the most breath-taking views in the area.
Berchtesgaden Salt Mines
Turning 500 years old in 2017, Berchtesgaden's salt mines are a muse-see, particularly for those who enjoy learning about German history and culture. During the excursion, a train will take visitors into the mines where a boat, 150m below the surface, will transport guests across the magical mirrored lake.
Spa town of Bad Reichenhall
A short, 30-minute train journey from Berchtesgaden lies Bad Reichenhall. The German term 'bad' translates to 'bath', reflecting the town's charming landscape that is home to beautiful springs and stunning greenery. Famed for its saltwater mineral spa and natural mud, visitors will leave feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
Skiing in Rossfeld
The ski resort of Rossfeld is just three miles from Berchtesgaden. 1,600m high, winter sports enthusiasts can tackle 9km of slopes and 1km of designated ski routes while appreciating stunning views of the Berchtesgaden area. A family-friendly resort, both beginners and experienced skiers are welcome here.
Travel to Berchtesgaden is possible via Munich Airport. If guests are unable to fly directly to Munich, an alternative route is to fly via Frankfurt Airport where an ICE train can then be taken to reach the city of Munich within three hours.
From Munich, Berchtesgaden lies 190km away. Visitors can choose to reach Berchtesgaden either by train, bus or car. The A8 can take travellers from Munich directly to Salzburg, Austria, from which Berchtesgaden lies just 20km away, while guests can also fly to Salzburg and continue for 20km via bus, train or car to reach their final destination.
We highly recommend guests who choose to travel by car during winter to take extra precautions as roads can be hazardous, and winter tyres are essential to cope with the harsher climate during this time.
Visa-free travel is available to all EU nationals. Non-EU nationals may require a visa - click here for more information.
Upon arrival, every visitor to Berchtesgaden is required to purchase a tourist pass. This pass is charged at a daily rate of EUR 2.30 for adults and 1.10 for children. A local bus service is provided for free with this pass, and it ensures visitors have paid local tax too.
For a comfortable, luxurious visit, be sure to stay at Kempinski Hotel Berchtesgaden. Located 1,000m up in the mountains, guests can experience first-class service in a truly picturesque setting.