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Where is Berchtesgaden?


Local lore has it that the angels were given the task of distributing earth’s wonders; they dropped them all in one place when startled by God’s order to get a move on. This piece of little heaven is what came to be known as Berchtesgaden. Including Germany’s second highest peak the Watzmann and the pristine Konigsee, possibly the most photogenic body of water on earth, Berchtesgaden is a small town in the Bavarian region of Southeastern Germany.

But where is Berchtesgaden exactly? Being a municipality in the German Bavarian Alps, Berchtesgaden is located in a small valley at an altitude of 50-110 m in the southern district of Berchtesgadener Land in Bavaria, bordering Austria, 30 kilometer south of Salzburg and 180 kilometer southeast of Munich. The surrounding mountains include the Untersberg in the north, Watzmann in the south, and Obersalzberg in the east.

Berchtesgaden and its neighboring state, Bad Reichenhall, are famous for their salt mines worldwide. Its neighboring towns are Ramsau, Bischofswiesen, Schönau am Königssee, and Marktschellenberg. On the map of the world, the city is only 383 km away from Switzerland, 747 km from Netherlands, 952 km from Denmark, and at a distance of 855 km from France. As for its climate, Berchtesgaden is known for its seasonal and regional changing climates. Summers are comparatively hotter here than in the rest of Germany.

Where is Berchtesgaden in terms of its infrastructure? The town enjoys seating on one of the most beautiful natural settings. Its narrow winding streets, lined with pastel houses built in traditional alpine styles and loveable locals who never fail to entertain visitors with Bavarian dances and local music. Places to visit include the Lake Konigsee, Germany’s deepest and most cleanest of lakes just 5 miles south of the town, and The Eagles’ Nest, Hitler’s mountaintop tea house which is now a famous restaurant sitting high above the clouds, with incredible and breathtaking views of the Australian Alps and Bavaria, The Obersalzberg, the former headquarters of the Third Reich, a hill above town should also be a must-visit.

Then we have The Dokumentation Centre, an interesting museum portraying the chronicles of the sinister Nazi past in all its magnificence. World War II bunkers and the ruins of Hitler’s Berghof next to Hotel Zum Turken are a few other famous places to name. The small, picturesque, and historic town is one of the must-see places when visiting Germany. Also, when in Berchtesgaden, Germany don’t forget to take a tour of the Salt Mines.