Berchtesgaden: Hintersee im Nationalpark
Berchtesgaden: Hintersee im Nationalpark ©Getty Images (bluejayphoto)

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Berchtesgaden and Lake Königssee

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Berchtesgaden National Park – a summer and winter wonderland

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

Situated in southern Bavaria, the park is a true paradise for active holidaymakers and those with a passion for life.

Activities at high altitude

With 260 kilometres of footpaths and steep mountain trails on offer, boredom doesn't stand a chance. After a walk, you might like to cool off in Lake Königssee or order a hearty lunch at a traditional mountain lodge. If you can't get enough of the rustic charm of the mountain lodges, you can book a hiking tour lasting several days.

From mountain hares to alpine flowers

In Berchtesgaden National Park, it's not unheard of to see an ibex or a marmot, spot a rare golden eagle circling the skies or discover a dragon's mouth flower growing at the edge of the trail. The variety of flora and fauna in the region is nothing short of remarkable.

Extreme sports and adventure

Paragliders and hang-gliders soar through the air as free as a bird. Mountain climbers enjoy the formidable challenge of Mount Watzmann, which rises to 2,713 metres. In winter, skiers and snowboarders glide across the snowy landscape. Throughout the year, the Jenner cable car takes visitors to the edge of the national park and to an altitude of 1,800 metres.

Breathtaking gorges and rocky ravines

If you don't want to get up quite so high, you can still enjoy the scenery from deep in the dramatic ravines, which have been carved out by mountain rivers. Thanks to its waterfalls, the Wimbachklamm is considered one of the most beautiful gorges in the Bavarian Alps.

Berchtesgaden National Park

Unique features

  • Mountains
  • Cable car

Winter sports, climbing, paragliding and hang-gliding, walking

Crags, mountain pastures, forests

Contact for accessible holidays
Christian Graßl
Tel: +49 (0)8652 979 0600

Travel information
Closest ICE train station and closest major city: Munich (140km)

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