Located in the Bavarian Alps of Germany, Berchtesgaden is set in outstanding surroundings, is the entry point to Berchtesgaden National Park set to the south, and has an interesting and important historical link to the Second World War.
An incredible looking body of water, journey across Königssee for a memorable experience. This is Germany's highest lake (at 603m). Beside the lake is a somewhat busy tourist village, with stalls and places to eat and drink. You can walk alongside the shore of the lake, to gain some memorable views.
Built as a mountaintop retreat for Adolf Hitler, as a gift for his birthday, this historic site offers some far-reaching views of the scenery below. A 6km-long mountain road leads up toward the retreat, which now serves as a restaurant, and a special shuttle bus runs from Kehlsteinhaus bus station, which is the only way to access it.
Be prepared to queue to make your way up, so allow for time when booking the return bus. You'll also want to have a good amount of time at the top, as the views are well-worth some time spent on them.
Visit this exhibit, situated in Obersalzberg, to gain an insight into some of the aspects of the area's involvement in Nazi Germany. The museum details some of the aspects of the area during this time, how the compound was constructed, and what was involved for the Nazi officers stationed in and around the area.
A number of underground bunkers interconnected beneath this area, and a section is open for viewing, providing a glimpse of the defence network beneath the ground.
One of Germany's highest mountains, the Watzmann is located to the south of Berchtesgaden and can be seen towering above Lake Königssee.
Berchtesgaden National Park
Hiking is the key activity here, with the area offering a number of trails. Invest in a map of the area and you can spend a day or two exploring some of this part of Germany.