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A perfect national park in a hidden corner of the Bavarian Alps

The Berchtesgaden National Park is located in Bavaria, a state in the southeast of Germany and right on the border with Austria. Due to its unique beauty and natural wealth, it has been declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO since 1990. In addition to its impressive landscapes, the Berchtesgaden climate is ideal for people with respiratory diseases, which makes it an interesting destination throughout the year. Two thirds of the territory belongs to Ramsau bei Berchtesgaden, a town with excellent options for hiking around the fantastic Hintersee Lake. You will arrive there by a trail that crosses the Zauberwald, a forest in the middle of steep rock formations. The other part of the Berchtesgaden National Park corresponds to the municipality of Schönau am Königssee, on the shores of the King’s Lake, which is surrounded by high cliffs and is the deepest and purest lake in Germany. On its eastern bank is Mount Watzmann, a must-see for hikers and mountaineers who plan to visit the park.

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What should I know about Hiking Berchtesgaden National Park?

Very close to Berchtesgaden you can visit the famous lake Königsee or King’s Lake. One of the most popular ways to get there is by ferry to its most iconic spots, such as the Church of San Bartolomé or Lake Obersee. But if you like hiking, we recommend you to venture on the beautiful trail of 8 km to the church or 14 km to the lake.

In the vicinity of the Berchtesgaden National Park there is also another place you should visit: Ramsau, an idyllic village where you can enjoy a quiet walk with incredible scenery as a backdrop.

Why should I choose Berchtesgaden National Park for my Hiking adventure?

Hike while breathing the air of the mountains

Feel the fresh air on your face while hiking along the trails of the park, with alpine ascents that will keep you always active. After a long day of hiking, you can swim in the Königssee Lake or taste a hearty lunch in one of the tradicional mountain huts. If you have extra batteries, you can sign up for a multi-day adventure.

Magical gorges to discover

All those who prefer easier adventures will be fascinated and surprised by the impressive rivers and streams that, when crossing rocks, give birth to new and narrow waterfalls such as the Wimbach Gorge. In fact, it is considered one of the most beautiful gorges of the Bavarian Alps.

Strong and unique sensations

Outdoor sports fans can try other adrenaline-fueled activities, such as paragliding or hang gliding. For mountaineers, the most intense experience will be to conquer the 2713-meter high Mount Watzmann. If you come in winter, there are options for skiers and snowboarders. All kinds of sensations at your disposal.

How can I get to Berchtesgaden National Park?

You can get there by car from Salzburg (Austria) or Munich. By bus, from the center of Salzburg (it takes 45 minutes) but there is no direct bus from Munich.

You can travel by train, from Salzburg Hauptbahnhof or from Munich. In both cases, with a transfer in Freilassing (5 minutes). If you travel by plane, the nearest international airports are those of Salzburg (25 km) and Munich (186 km).

What can I expect from the weather during my Hiking trip in Berchtesgaden National Park?

Summers are humid and winters are cold with cloudy skies most of the time. The average temperature varies from -6 °C to 23 °C and rarely drops below -13 °C or rises above 29 °C.

When is the best time to travel to Berchtesgaden National Park for Hiking?

From the beginning of July to the end of August

What currency is accepted around Berchtesgaden National Park?


Which language is predominantly spoken in the Berchtesgaden National Park region?

German and Friesian languages

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