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Eagle's Nest and Berchtesgaden Tour from Salzburg

1. Eagle's Nest and Berchtesgaden Tour from Salzburg

Enjoy unique mountain landscapes on this round tour of the enchanting Bavarian Alps. Traveling along the Königssee river, you will be able to discover the imposing crags and romantically positioned farmsteads of the road towards Obersalzberg. In specially-equipped and comfortable buses, you will be able to relax in luxury, while your driver conquers the dramatic heights and sheer cliffs. 20 minutes travel on well-constructed roads will bring you to the Eagle's Nest, where Adolf Hitler always spent his summer holidays. From the Eagle's Nest, you will be able to enjoy an extraordinary view of the "Hoher Göll" and other majestic, snow-covered mountain summits of the Bavarian Alps.

Salzburg: Berchtesgaden Salt Mines and Underground Boat Ride

2. Salzburg: Berchtesgaden Salt Mines and Underground Boat Ride

Explore the Berchtesgaden Salt Mines with this guided tour. Sail access an underground lake aboard a raft. Visit the Austrian border town of Berchtesgaden on this day trip before returning to Salzburg by bus.   Hop aboard the comfortable and airconditioned bus at the centrally-located meeting point in Mirabellplatz. Sit back and relax on the drive through the countryside to the salt mines of Berchtesgaden. Get fitted with overalls to protect your clothing before climbing aboard the mine railway and traveling down into the shafts. Follow your guide thorugh a maze of branching tunnels and hear about the fascinating history of Alpine salt-mining. Travel deeper underground with a thrilling slide ride to the bottom of the mine. Climb aboard a raft to journey across the extraordinary underground salt lake. Head to Berchtesgaden before heading back to Salzburg to enjoy the charm of this rustic town with alpine views.

Day Tour to Berchtesgaden Foothills & Obersalzberg

3. Day Tour to Berchtesgaden Foothills & Obersalzberg

Enjoy one of Germany's most impressive tourist destinations. This tour offers a truly breathtaking view of the mountains and lakes of this unique natural region. Start on the Deutsche Alpenstrasse, or German Alpine Way, whose sinuous curves wind upwards through the picturesque valleys of the Alps towards the beautiful foothills of Berchtesgaden. Then, take a trip up to Obersalzberg and enjoy its phenomenal views. Those who wish to may take the exceptional bus service and exciting underground elevator to visit the Eagle's Nest, where the remains of Hitler's holiday residence are to be seen.  On wintry days, when snow and ice cover the higher peaks, visit the famous salt mines of Berchtesgaden instead to learn about this particularly fascinating chapter in the area's history.

From Salzburg: Full-Day Super Saver Bavarian Mountains Tour

4. From Salzburg: Full-Day Super Saver Bavarian Mountains Tour

The first highlight of this tour is the visit to the Eagle's Nest, from where you will have a breath-taking view over the Alps. Afterwards you have the opportunity to eat lunch in the town of Berchtesgaden. Then, you will visit the salt mines in Berchtesgaden, where you will discover the miners life underground. Finally, you will visit the Kings Lake, which is embedded among the steep and imposing mountains. Treat yourself with a few Bavarian specialities in the romantic village of Berchtesgaden before you will return to Salzburg.  

Eagle's Nest Tour from Munich: Groups of 4 or More

5. Eagle's Nest Tour from Munich: Groups of 4 or More

Take a full-day tour from Munich to Hitler’s mountain retreat, located in the mountains above Berchtesgaden. Presented to him in 1939 as a 50th birthday present, the mountain chalet took 13 months to complete and includes an elevator bored through a tunnel in the rocks to reach the entrance. You will depart from Munich and drive along some of the most scenic roads in the German Alps. On arrival, a special bus will take you up to the Eagle´s Nest entrance area, where you will ride the elevator to the mountain peak, and into Eagle´s Nest itself. Look at beautiful views over the Alps, with free time on your own to explore. The lower rooms can be visited with an English-speaking guide, and offer views of the building's past through plate-glass windows. Graffiti left by Allied troops is clearly visible in the surrounding woodwork. A large fireplace in the restaurant shows severe damage along its lower edges, where soldiers have smashed off small shards of marble as souvenirs. Hitler's small study is now used as a store room for the cafeteria. After the tour, you will get more free time to go to the NS-Documentation-Center in Berchtesgaden, before the drive back to Munich.

Königssee Full-Day Tour from Munich: Groups of 4 or More

6. Königssee Full-Day Tour from Munich: Groups of 4 or More

Spend a beautiful day at the emerald waters of Königssee in the Berchtesgaden Alps of Bavaria. Departing Munich, you will drive along the most scenic German Alpine road into the marvelous valley of Berchtesgaden. Arrive at Königssee and take a boat ride to the peninsula. As you cruise, listen out for the mysterious echo of Königssee, created by the proximity of the sheer rock walls. You will also see the historic Eagle`s Nest viewpoint, a teahouse that was offered to Hitler on his 50th birthday. Look out too for the so-called Sleeping Witch silhouettes in the mountains. Back on dry land, visit the chapel of St. Bartholoma, dating from 1134 and located at the foot of Germany’s second highest mountain, the 8,900-foot (2,700-meter) high Watzmann. Walk to the final station at Salet, where a footpath leads to Lake Obersee. Enjoy the marvelous views of Germany´s highest waterfall at Röthbachfall. Return to Munich for a hotel drop-off. The entire length of this journey into a serene wilderness is 8-10 hours.

From Salzburg: Half-Day Tour of Berchtesgaden

7. From Salzburg: Half-Day Tour of Berchtesgaden

This magical tour will start on Salzburg's charming Mirabellplatz, and take you over the Staatsbrücke, along the Salzach river past the Baroque old town, and down the Alpenstraße to the former border controls at Marktschellenberg. During the journey you'll be able to see the Königsee, and drive through the enchanting landscape of the Bavarian Alps, on your way to Obersalzberg (around 1000m above sea level.) Today, the location where Hitler had his holiday residence contains nothing but ruins. A road winds up to the place where the Kehlsteinhaus, Hitler's Eagle's Nest, once stood. The next stop is the Königsee, an azure lake encircled by steep, rugged cliffs. Allowing ample time for you to enjoy the scenery, the tour will then lead you back to Berchtesgaden, where, before your return to Salzburg, you'll be able to try out any of the enticing local delicacies on offer.

From Salzburg: Berchtesgaden and Königssee

8. From Salzburg: Berchtesgaden and Königssee

A fascinating opportunity to visit the picturesque area of Berchtesgaden in the neighbouring German province of Bavaria. Leaving Salzburg passing by Hellbrunn we cross the German border. Driving past the Salt mines our first stop will be at the King’s Lake – Königssee, known as ‘The prettiest lake in Germany’ and part of the Berchtesgaden National Park. Enjoy this short break to marvel at the scenery, the Bavarian mountains towering above you and proving a magnificent backdrop to the lake. We then drive to the town of Berchtesgaden, nestled in the foothills of the surrounding mountains. Enjoy your free time strolling around the centre, historical buildings, churches and perhaps a local speciality or two! Returning back to the centre of Salzburg in the late afternoon.

Salzkammergut: Salt Mine, Lakes, and Mountain Tour

9. Salzkammergut: Salt Mine, Lakes, and Mountain Tour

Take a breathtaking ride from the city of Salzburg into the Bavarian Alps along the Kings Lake-Ache up to the Obersalzberg, where the second headquarters of Third Reich used to be. Afterward, continue to the highlight of the tour, which is the 500-year-old Berchtesgaden salt mine. Slip into traditional miners’ clothes and take the miners’ train deep into the mountain. Experience the fascinating underground world of the salt-miners and discover the charm of the magnificently illuminated subterranean landscape. Take the slides down to the salt lake, which you will cross by boat. After this unique tour, explore the little picturesque town of Berchtesgaden and taste some Bavarian specialties. Leave Salzburg once more and pass by Lake Fuschl and Castle Fuschl. Explore the little town of St. Gilgen, where Mozart's mother was born. In the summer (May 1st to October 26th) enjoy a 45-minute boat ride to St. Wolfgang. During winter, take a coffee break at one of the traditional Austrian coffee houses.  At St. Wolfgang, your guide will show you the famous pilgrimage church with its carved gothic winged altar by Michael Pacher. There will be some time to explore the picturesque town or have a coffee break on the terrace of the famous White Horse Inn (Weisses Rössl) at your own expense. Continue your journey along the Krottensee with castle Hüttenstein and drive along Lake Mondsee before returning to Salzburg.

Sound of Music & Salt Mines Tour

10. Sound of Music & Salt Mines Tour

Start with the salt mines and take a breathtaking ride from the city of Salzburg into the Bavarian Alps along the Kings Lake-Ache passing the Obersalzberg, where the second headquarters of the Third Reich used to be.  Afterwards, the tour continues to its highlight – the 490 year old salt mines at Berchtesgaden. Slip into traditional miners’ clothes and take the miners’ train deep into the mountain. Experience the fascinating underground world of the salt-miners and discover the charm of the magnificently illuminated subterranean landscape. Take the slides down to the salt lake which you will be crossing by boat. After this 2-hour unique tour you will have the opportunity to explore the little picturesque town of Berchtesgaden tasting some Bavarian specialties.  After a short break go to the Sound of Music Tour - a wonderful ride with amazing views! Tour the picturesque World Heritage City of Salzburg as well as the beautiful landscapes where the opening scenes of the movie The Sound of Music were filmed. The enormous success of The Sound of Music Broadway Musical by Rodgers & Hammerstein premiering in 1959 caused film director Robert Wise and 250 crew members to turn Salzburg and its surroundings into the Sound of Music film location in 1964.   Right after release, the film became a tremendous success, awarded with 5 Oscars, becoming the highest grossing movie ever and reaching cult status over the years. Both the musical and film are based on the "The Story of the Trapp Family Singers" written by Maria von Trapp in 1949.  Do follow the traces of the Trapp family and take a tour through Salzburg and its surroundings. Visit all of the original film sets and just imagine being Julie Andrews, the main character in the film, playing Maria von Trapp. Learn about the historical and architectural landmarks of Salzburg as well as the Lake District while enjoying the highlights of the movie. Relax and listen to the Original Sound of Music soundtrack and of course feel free to sing Edelweis and much more.

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What people are saying about Berchtesgaden

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 795 reviews

Our guide Katrin was very knowledgeable and very sensitive to our personal needs. She went out of her way to meet a personal request we had to individualize our tour itinerary. We greatly enjoyed sharing our day with her and felt like we had made a new friend at the day’s conclusion.

This is truly an amazing experience.... probably something most of us have not done. It was entertaining and educational, The bus ride was beautiful,, I recommend this to anyone near Salzburg!

The tour guide was excellent, the trip was well organised and the views are stunning. Berchtesgaden was also a pleasant town and great way to end the trip. Highly recommend!

Wir sind zufällig auf das Spiel gestoßen, alles bestens. Hätte vielleicht ein bisschen kürzer sein können, wir haben knapp über 2,5 Stunden gebraucht.

So breathtaking going up the mountains to eagles nest, great guide, def recommend it!