One place that I want to get back to as soon as we can is Germany. I haven’t been for a while. In fact, the husband has never been. The last time I went was on a school exchange back when I was 16, I do believe. But we did go quite a lot when I was younger – got to love Eurocamp and trips around Germany; many happy memories.
One area that can often get overlooked by tourists, mainly because it is so far south in the country, on the Austrian border, is the village of Berchtesgadener. The whole area is stunning, and there is plenty to do and see. One of them being Salzburg that is close by. So the area itself can often get a little forgotten about as many people will opt for the Sound of Music town instead. But if you are looking for a relaxing trip, then the Berchtesgadener is the area for you. Here are some of the top things to do and see.
Hitler’s Eagles Nest
One of the top attractions in the area is the ‘Eagles Nest’ that was built for Hitler as a birthday gift in 1939. It even features a fireplace that was gifted to him by the Italian dictator, Mussolini. For me,it just sounds super fascinating, as I love to hear about all things from the second World War. And knowing what this chalet would have seen and heard is all quite shocking and interesting, all at the same time. It involves a bus ride, a lift, and a small hike. So be prepared. on a clear day you can see for hundreds of miles, though, so can be completely worth it.
If you want mountains, then this area has got it. If you want old and quaint small towns, then this place has got it too. There are so many areas to walk around, depending on where you’d like to walk and what you’d like to see. You could choose a bit of a variety, with things like a Berchtesgadener Walking Holiday or even a walking tour of the old town to see the market square and mining areas. It was built in 1102 which is pretty mind blowing!
King’s Lake Ferry Boat
If you love the mountains, then how about seeing them by boat? The King’s Lake is a stunning area! The lake is a pretty angelic looking fjord that is lined by some of the stunning alpine mountains. Bavaria has many lakes but this is the deepest at 630 feet. But with crystal clear waters and plenty of rare fish swimming along, it is like no other.
Salt Mine Tour
If you are looking for something a little more active and suited for younger members of the family, then the salt mine tour could be for you. Salt mining in the area started in the 1100s, but the main min opened in the 1500s. You can take a guided tour, hop on a train and even slide down the same miner’s slides that were used all of those years ago.
At just over 6,000 feet in elevation, the mountain has some of the best views in the area. There is a lake below, as well as being a popular spot for hand-gliders. In summer there are some great hiking trails, and in winter, it makes a great place to ski. So there is something for everyone, depending on when you choose to visit.
Have you ever been to this area of Germany before?
*in collaboration with Inntravel.