Berchtesgaden and the Eagles Nest
A Day in the Magical Bavarian Alps
Nestled into the mountains in the remote southeast corner of Germany, Berchtesgaden offers many attractions and activities. At the top of the list is the historic Eagles Nest mountaintop house; it was built by the Nazi party as a place for Hitler to impress visiting dignitaries. This ‘tea house’ is now a restaurant and the mountaintop views of the splendid alpine landscape are the highlight of the trip. History buffs can also visit the NS Documentation Center at the bus base station. There are two other true highlights in Berchtesgaden; the easiest to combine with the Eagles Nest is the fantastic salt mine, which has been in operation for over 500 years. The other is an electric boat ride on the placid and deep Königsee, which is the heart of a national park.
We have several great options for a Bavarian lunch, depending on the afternoon activity.
At the salt mine, a straddle train takes you 1.3 km (0.8 mi) into the heart of the operations. It is still a working mine; the tour includes a couple of slides, a flatboat ride on a cave lake, and an interactive learning center. The Königssee is an amazing alpine lake that is over 600 ft deep with crystal clear water. All the boats are electric, and they take you out to a small peninsula with a church and a beer garden. The NS Documentation Center has been recently renovated and expanded. Besides presenting the history of the Nazi presence in Obersalzberg, the extensive bunker system is fascinating.
Berchtesgaden is only 20km away from Salzburg and easy to combine on a multi-day trip.
- A wonderful drive through the Bavarian Alps to get to Berchtesgaden
- The bus trip up to the Eagles Nest – spectacular scenery combined with interesting history
- The breathtaking view from the top of the mountain
- Lots of information on Obersalzberg, the 2nd seat of the German Government during the Nazi regime
- Optional visit the newly expanded NS Documentation Center including bunkers.
- Other wonderful afternoon options (see Tour Options section below)
- Lots of great photo opportunities
- Door-to-door transportation to and from your hotel or designated place
- Start time is usually 08:30 or 9:00 and we arrive back in Munich around 6 or 6:30 pm
- The Eagles Nest is generally open from early May through the middle of October
- The salt mine is open year round; the boats at Königsee operate except when there freeze-over.
- Experienced, knowledgeable and friendly driver/guide
- Simple and transparent pricing with no hidden costs
- An interesting and informative visit to the 500-year old salt mine
- Visiting the NS Documentation Center (newly renovated and expanded)
- A deeper dive into the history of Obersalzburg and what is still remaining
- Spending time in the cute little town of Berchtesgaden
- Serene boat ride on the Königssee in the Berchtesgaden National Park (not possible in peak times)
A tour focussed on a visit to the Königssee can incorporate these options as well as most of the options listed above:
- Extended boat trip to far end of Königssee and hike to the higher lake Obersee
- Hike around lake Obersee to the base of Germany’ highest waterfall
Berchtesgaden can be part of a multi-day tour including Salzburg and surroundings, which can include such things as the Salzkammergut lake district and Hohenwerfen Castle.
- The prices for our private tours are group prices, i.e. one price for the entire group.
- Our listed prices are for up to 6 travelers. We are able to accomodate a 7th person for a small extra fee.
- Please contact us for a price for 8 or more travelers.
- Entrance fees are extra (listed below)
- Single traveler discounts available
Tour Price: EUR 890,-
- Additional charge for 7th person: EUR 60,-
- Entrance fees:
- Bus to Eagles Nest: € 28,00 / Children <15 € 14,50
- (Option) Salt Mine: € 21,00 / Children <17 € 10,90
- (Option) Königssee Boat Fare: € 20,00 / (6-17) 10,00
- (Option) Königssee Boat Fare to end point: € 25,00 / (6-17) 12,50