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Berchtesgaden is a small town in the Bavarian Mountains. It is a very beautiful place, surrounded by magnificent mountains.
The BBC described it as a 'piece of heaven on earth' and they got it just right.
We first visited Berchtesgaden, briefly, in 1996 and again, for 2 weeks, in 1998, both trips being in the summer. Since 1999, we have visited Berchtesgaden every year in January and since 2003 we travelled out in December to be there for the New Year, staying about 14 days. In addition I was there also in May 2006 and June 2007.
In 2008 we went before Christmas and spent 3 weeks there.
Since 2009 we have again gone for the New Year. We will return again in December 2011 for the New Year and stay on into January 2012.
It seems to get better each time.


There have been many changes over the years but when we visited in 2009 there was a huge hole in the ground, in the centre of Berchtesgaden, where the Hotel Post once stood. The hole is now gone and has been replaced by the 4* Hotel Edelweiss.

Free Bus Travel with your Kurkarte

This information is also on my Transportation Tips but I think it is far too important a tip for anyone to miss.

The town and surrounding area is serviced by a very good bus service (RVO). Get a local bus timetable from the Kurdirektion (Tourist Office) or print one from the website (http://www.rvo-bus.de/site/rvo__bus/de/start.html) in advance if you know which buses you will be using.
The time each bus is at a stop is indicated at every stop. Be there on time. Do not expect buses to be late.

There was a 6 day Urlabs Ticket from the Tourist Office for 18 Euro that gave you unlimited travel on all local buses (RVO) for any 6 days during your stay
This is now discontinued

Now you get a Kurkarte from your hotel, guesthouse or apartment house immediately upon arrival. There is no charge for your kurkarte.
This will give you unlimited travel free travel on all local buses (RVO) for the duration of your stay (indicated on your kurkarte).
The exception is Salzburg (9540). As the bus travels through Austria you must pay 3e per person each way.
I am not sure but I expect it will not cover toll on the Rossfeld Ring Road or the Obersalzberg to Kehlstein bus (only in Summer).
You just show your Kurkarte to the bus driver and give him you destination and he will give you a ticket.

Now that's what I call looking after tourists

In recent years services have been improved and there are now extra timings and the integration at the Haupbahnhof / Busbahnhof (beside each other) seems better.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:The scenery. The people. The food.
  • Cons:Sometimes the weather is not as hoped for but you can't blame anyone for that
  • In a nutshell:The Best Place I have ever been to
  • Last visit to Berchtesgaden: Jan 2010
  • Intro Updated Nov 4, 2011
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  • BillNJ's Profile Photo
    Apr 28, 2008 at 7:05 PM

    Fantastic tips and photos! The Eagle's Nest looks spectacular. Also, I will remember 'ist hier noch frei' on my trip to Germany next month. Best from New Jersey, Bill

  • lostsooner55's Profile Photo
    Oct 29, 2007 at 6:00 PM

    I agree with you on the views from the Eagle's Nest. My number one travel mistake of all times was not taking my camera. I'm planning on going back in 2010, for the Passion Play, and will try to rectify that mistake then,lol. Gary

  • Britannia2's Profile Photo
    May 12, 2007 at 12:44 PM

    Wonderful pages - I have really enjoyed looking at them.

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Jan 19, 2007 at 11:45 PM

    Excellent tips, 5 star stuff. I'm off there next month for only my second time and will enjoy it more as a result of your info.

  • neilward's Profile Photo
    May 4, 2005 at 2:28 AM

    lovely place,great tips and photos

  • Callavetta's Profile Photo
    Jan 28, 2005 at 9:29 AM

    So beautiful! And COLD!

  • Gentleman75's Profile Photo
    Aug 25, 2004 at 7:42 AM

    What a superb place! And a superb page with nice photos and good tips! Thanks for sharing! Greetings from Hungary!

  • Jehcekah's Profile Photo
    May 21, 2004 at 11:15 AM

    I ADORE Berchtesgaden and would truly give anything to go back there someday. Thank you for giving me a vitural visit!! Your photos are AMAZING!!

  • sandysmith's Profile Photo
    Feb 7, 2004 at 3:52 AM

    excellent page of the sights here - I really must visit again and perhaps in the winter too.

  • Henkster's Profile Photo
    Dec 4, 2003 at 5:48 AM

    A piece of heaven on earth - no better description for this part of Bavaria!!

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