Germany's only alpine biosphere reserve provides plenty of scope for active pursuits and relaxation with its unspoilt nature and picturesque landscapes.
Magnificent peaks, fragrant alpine meadows, mountain and riverside forests, crystal-clear streams and lakes ... the area between Mount Watzmann and the Salzach river offers up a wide range of habitats in the Alps and their foothills. This area is home not just to marmots, golden eagles and gentians, but also to man himself, who has also played a role in shaping this stunning corner of south-east Upper Bavaria. Family-owned farms in the area ensure the production of wholesome food and the care and maintenance of an idyllic landscape enjoyed by millions of visitors a year.
Whether you explore on foot or by bike, bus or rail, excursions to suit all tastes are available. Berchtesgaden National Park, which contains Mount Watzmann and Lake Königssee, offers a wide range of outdoor activities, and the Berchtesgadener Land region as a whole features educational trails and themed walks where you can learn about the biosphere's diverse plant and animal life. The towns and communities here attest to a rich cultural history as well as providing all kinds of leisure activities. You could also get to know the area through its fine food and drink and handicrafts, available at farm shops and markets or even directly from local farms and businesses.
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