Berchtesgaden in the Bavarian Alps

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Berchtesgaden © Skyguy414

Berchtesgaden © Skyguy414

Berchtesgaden is a municipality in the German Bavarian Alps. It is located in the south district of Berchtesgadener Land in Bavaria, near the border with Austria, some 30 km south of Salzburg and 180 km southeast of Munich. To the south of the city the Berchtesgaden National Park stretches along three parallel valleys.

Berchtesgaden is often associated with the Watzmann, at 2,713 m the third-highest mountain in Germany (after Zugspitze and Hochwanner), which is renowned in the rock climbing community for its Ostwand (East Face), and a deep glacial lake by the name of Königssee (5.2 km²). Another notable peak is the Kehlstein mountain (1,835 m) with its Kehlsteinhaus (Eagle’s Nest), which offers spectacular views to its visitors.

View of Berchtesgaden towards the Königssee © Wikiuser100/cc-by-sa-3.0 Saltmine Berchtesgaden © Nicolai Schäfer/cc-by-sa-3.0 Palace Square © Luitold/cc-by-sa-3.0 Market Square © Luitold/cc-by-sa-3.0 Berchtesgaden with view on the Watzmann © Wikiuser100/cc-by-sa-3.0 Berchtesgaden © Skyguy414
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View of Berchtesgaden towards the Königssee © Wikiuser100/cc-by-sa-3.0
The Berchtesgaden National Park was established in 1978 and has gradually become one of Berchtesgaden’s largest draws. Mass tourism is confined to a few popular spots, which gives alternative, nature-seeking tourists plenty of space to find peace and quiet in the park. Major tourist draws are the Königssee, the salt mine (with a sound and light show inaugurated in 2007), the Kehlsteinhaus and the new Dokumentationszentrum Obersalzberg.

Recreational and competitive sports have grown in importance. Although Berchtesgaden’s ski slopes are not among the largest in the Alps, they can easily accommodate everyone; from beginners to very competitive skiers and boarders. Berchtesgaden’s most famous sports personality is Georg Hackl, a multiple Olympic medal winner. The city is home to the International Luge Federation (FIL).

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