The Eagles Nest and Berchtesgadener Land
An Incredible Feat of Technology Surrounded by Alpine Beauty.
Arguably one of the most famous areas of Germany, the Eagles Nest, Berchtesgaden, and the surrounding area are as breathtaking as they are historic. As we ride up through the mountain in a brass elevator, built so Hitler could access the building on top of the mountain, we can only imagine what these walls would say if they could speak.
We will also have the opportunity to walk down into the actual bunkers in Obersalzberg and see one of the documentation centers, named for their documentation of what went on.
But do not let the dark history of this amazing area overshadow the incredible beauty and hundreds of years of development.
This was, and still is, a major salt-producing area. Along with Salzkammergut near Salzburg, Berchtesgaden’s salt mine is still in operation and has been since 1517. A visit to the salt mines can always be an alternative in winter when the Eagle’s Nest is inaccessible, or if the weather turns on the mountaintop.
Other options for this area include the Königsee, a beautiful Alpine lake, where we can take a boat to the St Bartholomew Church and on the way hear a trumpet player give us a concert that echoes off of the mountain walls. For hiking enthusiasts, there is the ice cave which is about 1+ 1/2 hours hike up the mountain.
We will have plenty of opportunities for incredible photo stops throughout the entire area. Please see my photo galleries of the Eagles Nest as well as Ramsau, Königsee and Berchtesgaden
If you are interested in WWII history, or simply the amazing history of this area, this is a trip you will not want to miss. But simply the view from the mountain top, or the journey through the quaint and beautiful Bavarian villages, makes this an unforgettable experience.
As a former local (I lived there for a year), let me guide you through history and alpine beauty. From incredible photo stops, through the stunning countryside and the historical background, this is a day you will not soon forget!
I pick you up at your Munich city hotel, and we get on the famous German Autobahn (highway) and head south to the alpine roads that take us to Berchtesgaden.
We take the bus to the elevator entrance (only busses are allowed on this part of the mountain) and then take the elevator to the very top, where a stunning view and history await. There is a restaurant on the mountaintop, and we will have the opportunity to get lunch in the Biergarten there. We can walk up to the mountain peak and get the breathtaking views. Depending on how long we want to stay on the mountaintop, we may also have time to visit the beautiful town of Berchtesgaden before we return to Munich.
As is true of all my tours, the exact itinerary will be as flexible as possible. We will finalize any important details or special requests in the final tour booking confirmation. There are numerous other things to do in the area here, and certainly too many to do in a single day. But if you have seen the Eagle’s Nest already, or are perhaps more interested in other sights, other things we can do in the area could include a trip to the salt-mines, where we get dressed up like a miner and take a wooden slide into the inner part of the mountain where the salt is found. Or we could take a boat ride on the Königsee and perhaps climb up to an Ice Cave or hike around a beautiful alpine lake to Germany’s largest waterfall.
After a full Historical Alpine Experience, we return to Munich.
The Eagles Nest is very weather-dependent, as well as seasonal. It normally opens around the beginnig of May untill the end of October. It is not always open, please message me for more details. It can also be spontaneously closed due to weather. This is out of a guide’s control, sadly.
I am more than willing to customize this tour according to your preferences, please contact me for more details.
- The base tour price: €900-.
- The base tour price is based on 1- 7 passengers. The base tour price is not based on the number of passengers.
- Larger groups may be possible. Please message me for more information.
Included in the base tour price are:
- Door-to-door service. Pick up and drop off at your Munich city hotel.
- All vehicle and parking fees.
- Flexibility wherever possible. All itineraries are subject to your input and wishes.
- Historical background about the places we visit.
Extra costs include:
- Bus and elevator tickets to the Eagles Nest
- All other optional ticket and entry fees such as the Salt Mines or boat tickets for Königsee.
I am happy to customize the day to fit your wishes and interests. Message me for details.
Many of the things we will be able to see and do can often be impacted by the time of year and the weather.
An average day tour has a duration of 9+1/2 hours. Traffic may affect the tour duration.
We will travel in a 2021 Mercedes van, very comfortable with AC and seats that can be tilted back. If a child’s seat is needed, I can provide a seat for children around 9 months to 6 years. Please let me know in advance as the seat is not in the van at all times.
Photos can be seen in the photo gallery.
- !! Please note that many shops and most supermarkets are closed on Sundays.
- Many Places, especially smaller cafes and restaurants, still do not accept credit cards. A little extra local cash (Euros) is never a bad idea.