Bavaria is arguably the cultural capital of Germany. Residents consume brezen, bier, and bratwurst in lederhosen throughout the farmlands. But if you want to experience peak German culture, you have to visit this picturesque town on the Austrian border. Eagle’s Nest, Wimbachklamm Gorge, and Königssee are just a few of the things to do in Berchtesgaden!
Eagle’s Nest (Kehlsteinhaus)
This small mountain town became the home base for the Nazi Party, with Eagle’s Nest (Khelsteinhaus) built in the Berchtesgaden Alps. It was where Hitler would meet other Party members to discuss diplomatic plans and war efforts.
Visitors can take a tour in English or explore the site on their own. There’s a museum inside Eagles Nest as well as a restaurant.
Eagle’s Nest is only open between May and October, but be prepared for the weather! Because it’s located in the mountains, the weather can be foggy, cold, and wet. But on a clear day, the view is truly breathtaking.
Berchtesgaden Old Town
If you spend the weekend in Berchtesgaden, you should explore the restaurants and shops throughout the town. Even when the village is buzzing with visitors, nearly every restaurant and cafe will feel cozy and welcoming.
Live like the locals: treat yourself to some gelato or a glass of beer – for breakfast!
You have to take a Koenigssee boat tour while visiting Berchtesgaden! You can stop at St. Bartholomew’s Church, or take the boat straight to Salet, the stop at end of the lake.
As always, the earlier you arrive, the better. The fog should burn off by midday, so if you get to Salet early in the morning, you’ll have the whole day to hike!
As you already saw in Garmisch, Germany has a lot of natural beauty to offer! Walk along the wooden foot path and admire the water from above. The walkway was originally built so that lumberers could carry wood out of the valley (can you imagine??).
And afterwards, treat yourself to a beer and a snack at Wirtshaus Hocheck! If you’re lucky, the sun will be shining and you can sit outside.
Enjoy nature hikes? Check out our blog about things to do in Garmisch, Germany, including the Partnach Gorge!
OK, we’re a little obsessed with toboggan runs, but how can you say no to such an amazing view? Spend the afternoon zipping down the hill while taking in the scenery. And then treat yourself to another beer at Hochlenzer Alpengasthof! When in Germany, right?
BONUS: Gasthaus Cafe Graflhöhe Windbeutelbaron
Technically, it’s not a tourist attraction or site, but they serve delicious cream puffs with a view! If the weather is less than favorable, they also have indoor seating.
Frequently Asked Questions about Visiting Berchtesgaden
Planning to visit Berchtesgaden? Check out my responses to some common questions, or ask your own in the comments!
If you want to experience everything, I recommend visiting anytime between May and October – some things will be closed for the winter season. But if you want to avoid crowds, visit in September or October to enjoy warm weather while watching the leaves change!
Both Hotel Königssee and Hotel Schiffmeister have a beautiful view of Königssee. Just keep in mind that parking is limited near the hotels, so you may want to pack light!
Things to Do in Berchtesgaden
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