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Berchtesgaden National Park

Berchtesgaden: Hintersee im Nationalpark ©Getty Images (bluejayphoto)

Stunning mountain scenery, picturesque lakes and lush green forests are the hallmarks of the Berchtesgaden National Park, one of the oldest conservation areas in the Alps.

The only German national park in the Alps is a true paradise for holidaymakers who are loving life and looking for an activity-packed break. No matter what time of year they visit. After taking a tour on one of the footpaths or steep mountain trails, which cover 260 kilometres in total, or taking to the snowy slopes on skis, quaint mountain chalets are the perfect place for a rest. There's a good chance of spotting an ibex, marmot, golden eagle and other native animals out in the mountains as well as coming across a wealth of plants, some of which are rare. Tourists who like to fly high will be in their element when they go paragliding or take a tour of Mount Watzmann, which reaches a height of 2,713 metres. And anyone feeling a little less ambitious can check out fascinating gorges such as the Wimbachklamm and admire their waterfalls.

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