Once you start exploring the authentic nature of Europe, you won’t believe how many extraordinary places as Berchtesgaden National Park you’ll come across to. The continent is full of national parks that can easily take your breath away. And such places can be found in every country in Europe – you just have to be adventurous enough to trust your instincts and start your journey following the right path.
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Prepare to be amazed by Berchtesgaden National Park
This time, we’re taking you on a trip to Germany, a country is widely known for its tasty beer, spicy “wurst” and jaw-dropping landscapes. Now, Germany has several national parks worth the visit, but Berchtesgaden should be on top of your list. It’s incredible sights, and various colors and shapes are simply out of this world. Care to learn something more about this gorgeous national park?
Where is Berchtesgaden National Park?
If you’re willing to visit Berchtesgaden National Park, which you will be after you finish with this article, then you’ll have no problem finding it since it is located in the south of Germany, on its border with Austria. The establishment of this national park takes its way all up to 1978 when it was created with the primary purpose: to protect the incredible landscapes of the Berchtesgaden Alps. And to be honest – when it comes to the landscapes of the Alps you can never go wrong.
The park is located south of the town of Berchtesgaden in a lovely mountainous area, facing the border of Germany with Austria from the eastern, southern and western part. There are no official settlements, even though several small houses can be spotted around the park. Some of them are information centers offering help to curious tourists. Apart from that, this lovely area consists of stunning nature, incredible flora and fauna, big mountains and gorgeous lakes.
Explore the beauty of the lakes Königssee and Obersee
Such variety in forms and colors create mind-blowing landscapes and the lakes of Berchtesgaden sure give a lot of input in creating these magnificent sights of the surrounding. There are several lakes which you may come across while you’re following the nicely organized trails. Königssee is a large lake which can be found in the center of the park, a natural lake with a picturesque surrounding. Its mystery and simplicity make it a great spot to relax after a long hike and sightseeing. It’s completely mesmerizing during the day and even during the night. Königssee is known to be the third deepest lake in Germany, where you can swim in, except in the lock area at Seelände where it is not permitted to do so.
But even if you don’t feel like swimming, there are plenty of other things to do here. For example, there are several restaurants where you can enjoy a good selection of food with a good view and also visit the impressive architecture of the famous pilgrimage church called St. Bartholomä. For those of you willing to explore more from another perspective, you can hop on the passenger boat that is crossing the lake and worship the stunning landscapes around you.
Another natural lake also decorates the interior of the park, quite smaller than Königssee but interesting to know is that it drains into it. It is called the Obersee, and it is located southeast of the stunning Königssee. The two lakes are being separated through a moraine; otherwise, they are quite close. Obersee has no nearby villages, except for a dwelling which makes the small Fischunkelalm that is only occupied in summer.
Of course, this park is not all about the lakes. There are plenty of other things forming the overall picturesque landscape of Berchtesgaden national park. The Berchtesgaden Alps are represented by the massif of Watzmann, which is the third highest mountain massif in Germany, and the massif of Hochkalter. The park is also proud to be having two of the five glaciers in Germany, which are Watzmann Glacier located below Watzmann and Blaueis nestling down to Hochkalter.
The Berchtesgaden National Park is also proud to be the home of the highest waterfall in Germany, with a vertical drop of 470 meters, located on the Obersee Lake. It is called the Röthbach Waterfall, and the most convenient way to visit it is to catch an electric boat across Lake Königssee to Salet and then go on for a hike up to the Obersee to enjoy the outstanding beauty of the waterfall.
Hike in Wimbach Valley
Wimbach Valley or Wimbachtal is a glacially formed valley of great significance for the park, having situated the mountain Watzmann to the east and the Hochkalter to the west. If you’re interested in hiking, then this place will be ideal for you. The hiking trails are so well organized that it is a pure pleasure to walk and explore this marvelous park. And the panoramic view that you can have will motivate you to go further and explore even more.
Visit the Kehlsteinhaus (Eagle’s Nest)
If you’re visiting the Berchtesgaden National Park, then you can make a quick stop at the nearby attraction called the Eagle’s Nest. It is a house erected during the Third Reich-era located atop the summit of the Kehlstein, with a good view of the Berchtesgaden National Park. If you have any knowledge of the history of Germany, then you will find the reason for the creation of this house attractive. It was given as a present to Adolf Hitler for his 50th birthday as a retreat and a place for some entertainment for him and his friends. Nowadays, it is seasonally opened, and it functions as a restaurant, a beer garden, and a particular tourist site.
The stunning nature of this lovely national park is an excellent reason why you should start thinking about your next trip and consider going to the Berchtesgaden National Park. Tourists say it’s one of the most beautiful places they’ve been to in Germany, so maybe it’s time for you to see it for yourself. Grab your hiking shoes and your camera and give into the beauty of Berchtesgaden.