Berchtesgaden National Park is one of the oldest nature reserves in the Alps. Located in southern Bavaria, this is a particularly beautiful part of the Berchtesgaden Alps, with majestic mountains, fantastic walking trails, scenic lakes and dense forests.
Guided or independent walks through the national park region are the best way to discover this magnificent landscape, which includes striking cliffs, scree slopes, Alpine meadows and expanses of mountain pine and green alder. A trip to Lake Königssee is also a definite must. This fjord-like Alpine lake lies between Mount Watzmann, the 'Sea of Rocks' and the Hagen mountains. The lake's excellent water quality is just one example of the unspoilt nature of the national park.
The region's varied scenery is complemented by the diverse local wildlife. With a bit of luck, you can encounter Alpine species such as ibex, marmots, eagles, mountain hares and Alpine salamanders in the wild – and you may even catch a glimpse of the increasingly rare golden eagle. Keen botanists will also be in their element, with flowers such as dragon's mouth, rock jasmine and dwarf alpenrose.
Berchtesgaden National Park offers a wide variety of tours and activities, including walking, hiking and cross-country skiing. The Jenner cable car, which takes visitors to the edge of the national park at a height of 1,800m, is particularly popular. Other attractions include Berchtesgaden's visitor salt mine, the Watzmann thermal baths, Berchtesgaden Palace, the Marktschellenberg ice cave, the Obersalzberg Documentation Centre and the Eagle's Nest. Anyone in need of some rest and relaxation after an exciting day out will find it, together with hearty local cuisine, in the many welcoming mountain inns and catered cottages.
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