Rêveuse City Guide: A Day Trip To Berchtesgaden From Munich

Rêveuse City Guide: A Day Trip To Berchtesgaden From Munich

When I knew that I was going to be travelling to Munich, I knew I had to visit Berchtesgaden National Park. I had seen it all over social media and had spent days looking at the incredible scenery on google images. Even if it took ages to get there without a car, this was a spot I had to see! Berchtesgaden is a German town in the Bavarian Alps on the Austrian border and is roughly 3 hours away from Munich (by bus/coach). Sadly, I believe it was a public holiday or something but it literally took us around 6 hours to get there and then another 7/8 hours to get back to Munich so we only had managed to achieve the bare minimum and get the boat ride to St. Batholomew! It honestly was a bit of a traumatic experience really, particularly our journey back, but I won't get into any more details as we were most likely probably very unlucky that day! We have included other sites that we would have gone to see if we had more time. There's plenty of wonderful to sites to see and if you do have more than a day to spare, I highly recommend you stay here for a few more days to see the extent of this natural beauty.  The top things to see/do here is the Konigsee ferry boat ride, Hitler's infamous Eagle's Nest, Jenner Mountain cable car, Ramsau and Hitersee. I definitely will come back here as I felt we only touched upon the surface of this place! You can visit the official Berchtesgaden tourist information here for more details. 

We got a 30 minute boat ride to St. Bartholomew, costing around £15 where you can gaze at the beautiful waters, and visit the Roman Catholic church founded in 1134. The boat ride is a great way to relax and take in the gorgeous mountains around you. The Roman Catholic church sits on the edge of Konigsee, with the Alps providing a gorgeous backdrop once you approach the pier. You can also take a short hike along the edge of the lake up to the Ice Chapel before returning back to the pier by boat, where you can grab a beer and have lunch. We only spent around 3 hours here as we were tight on time but this area is relatively small so you don't need to spend too much time here! 

 The Eagle's nest is located at the top of Kehlstein Mountain, built as a 50th birthday present for Hitler. To reach it, you have to take the Kehlsteinhaus bus and elevator to the top of the mountain, before seeing the most incredible view over the eastern Alps of Germany and Austria. It is good to make your reservation for the return journey back down, and 2 hours is enough time for exploring the area. 

The full round trip to Konigsee is around 2 hours so make sure you leave at least half a day to explore there if you choose to hike up to Obersee in the summer. There is no footpath to get back to the pier so make sure you catch the last return ferry trip! If you plan to hike to Obersee, go directly to Salet first and then visit St Bartholomew on your return! 

  • How to get to Berchtesgaden from Munich: There aren't any direct rail services from Munich so we had to get a few trains to get there. From München-Ostbahnhof or München Hauptbahnhof, change to Salzburg train and next at Freilassing before reaching Berchtesgaden Hauptbahnhof. We left Munich really early to ensure we got the most out of our day trip since it took us a long time to get there! 
  • Getting around Berchtesgaden: We used the public bus to get around the national park. The main bus station is right in front of the train station so it is easy to see once you exit. Here are the buses to take: Obersalzberg (#838) where the Eagle’s Nest is, Lake Königsee and Jennerbahn (#841 & 842), Ramsau and Hintersee (#846), and the salt mines (#848). It costs 1.50 EUR for a single bus ride so it may be worth buying a day pass to save money! Make sure to plan your day out properly so you know how much time to give each place! 

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