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Berchtesgadenm - Worth it?

Hi,

I will be travelling to Munich for 3 days.
One day to Munich
Second day to Zugspitze + neuschwanstein castle
Third day I was thinking of going to Berchtesgaden and do the Eagle's nest plus the underground salt mines. ALso, that town has beautiful scenery and a lake.

Do you think it is worth spending a day or if you have any other town, then please suggest.

Thanks.
Siddhant

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266 posts

For an added day trip, I would go to Berchtesgaden for the Lake Konigssee boat ride and Eagle's Nest. The entire area was beautiful. We did not do the salt mines on our trip so I cannot comment.

Posted by
638 posts

I second going to Berchtesgaden, well worth a day trip. This is one of the times when planning and traveling to a particular area that an opportunity is presenting itself to visit a beautiful and historic place. Don't put yourself in a situation that after you return home you wish you had went.

Posted by
2703 posts

Hi,

Love Berchtesgaden and the area. Well worth the trip. Never did the Eagle's Nest, but if it's just views you're looking for, the Jennerbahn cable car is practically next to Konigsee.

Posted by
18022 posts

Do I think Berchtesgaden is worth spending time?. Over the last 14 years, I have spent two days there on three occasions. Yes!

I've never seen the salt mines (or gone to the nearby spa. I have been on Königsee and have been up to Kehlsteinhaus (the Eagles Nest). Kehlsteinhaus is not just for the view, but the history. You'll be standing in the same room the Hitler and Mussolini were in.

Along with the Nest, be sure to take in the Dokumentation center and the SS bunkers at the base of Kehlstein and don't just go on Königsee as far at St Bartholomä, go all the way up to the end of Königsee to the Obersee - it's beautiful. However, it would be difficult to do Kehlsteinhaus, the Dok Center, and all of Königsee in one day. You need at least an overnight.

Posted by
388 posts

Hi Siddhant. I think you have your answer. If you have time Berchtesgaden is worth it.

Posted by
888 posts

I agree, too! Eagle's Nest has good views and a few trails you can walk around on, and the area around Koenigssee is beautiful and well worth the time. I didn't do the salt mine tour, but as for the rest of it, well worth it.

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3557 posts

If you do go to Berchtesgaden, I can highly recommend this historical tour: http://www.eagles-nest-historical-tours.com/EN/eagles-nest-tours/index.php?navid=2. I had been there on my own back in the 80's (when there was still a large U.S. Army presence there), but I got much more out of the tour by taking advantage of the knowledge of these people. It may sound expensive, but it is worth every euro.

I'm not sure when you will be in the area, but this is a cut and paste quote from the Tour Information, Times and Prices section of the website:

Times & Prices
The Eagle's Nest Historical Tour is offered daily, departing from our office in Berchtesgaden (see below) at 1:15 p.m. It runs from around mid-May through October, provided the Eagle’s Nest road is open and lasts about four hours. The price of the tour is EUR 53 per person (active duty military, students and seniors of 65 and over qualify for a EUR 3 discount) and EUR 35 for children from 6 through 14 years of age (due to the intense historical focus of this tour we do not accept bookings for children under 6). The price includes all entrance fees and transportation. As our tours are limited in size, it is advisable to book in advance.

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31303 posts

malsid,

I agree with the others! Berchtesgaden is definitely worth it if you have the time. As Lee mentioned, the Dokumentation Centre and Bunkers is very interesting and somewhat ties-in with the Eagle's Nest visit. The displays are all in German, but they do have Audioguides available that can be set for a variety of languages.

When is your trip taking place? As Lo mentioned, the Eagle's Nest is not accessible year-round. Even in May, if the road is still covered by snow, you may not be able to visit there.

Posted by
7 posts

Thanks a lot everyone for this overwhelming response to my question.
I am surely going to Berchtesgaden now and all thanks to you guys...

Thanks :)

Cheers !
Sid

Posted by
449 posts

I want to go too!! Definitely on my list now. Thanks for asking this question :-)

Posted by
7 posts

Okay,

Couple of quick questions:

  1. Can I book the Eagle's nest tour from here:
    http://www.kehlsteinhaus.de/en/
    They have a better deal in terms of pricing and timings.

  2. Also is the best way to reach there is to take a train from Munich to Freissling, and then a local train ?
    Please suggest.

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18022 posts

The only Eagles Nest tour I would recommend is this one. It originates in Berchtesgaden and doesn't charge you for an unnecessary trip (Salzburg to Berchtesgaden) that you could do by yourself for less.

All trains from Munich to Salzburg, except the RailJet, stop in Freilassing, from which you can change to a train to Berchtesgaden. That route will be covered with a Bayern-Ticket and a regional train (RE) from Munich.

With an advance purchase, train specific, non-refundable Savings Fare ticket, you can also go into Salzburg by express train (EC or RJ) and take the Watzmann Express bus from there to Berchtesgaden.

With a Bayern-Ticket, you can go to Salzburg Hbf by regional train (RE) and take the Watzmann Express to Berchtesgaden.