"berchtesgaden" Berchtesgaden by doug48

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berchtesgaden is a beautiful alpine village located near the german-austrian border about 30 miles west of salzburg. in this charming village you can visit the stiftskirche, (abbey church) and the schloss, (castle) once the summer residence of the wittelsbachs. on the east edge of town is the salzbergwerk, (salt mine) it has been in constant operation since 1517. there is an interesting tour of the mine. west of town is lake konigssee. you can take a boat tour of this beautiful lake. near the konigssee parking area you can take the jenner cable car for a spectactular view of watzmann mountain and the valley below.

today berchtesgaden is probably best known for it's infamous resident, adolf hitler. hitler bought a summer cottage on the obersalzberg plateau in 1928. this purchase changed this sleeply little alpine village forever. during the third reich berchtsgaden became the play ground of nazi big whigs. hermann goring, joseph gobbels and martin borman had second homes in berchtesgaden.
berchtesgaden has alot to offer, hiking, fishing and golf in the summer and skiing in the winter, as well as a number of historical sites for students of 20th century history.

an excellent guide book for germany is "day trips germany" earl steinblickler, pub. hastings house.
two definative books about nazi germany are, "rise and fall of the third reich" william l. shirer, pub. simon & schuster and "adolf hitler", john toland, pub: doubleday.
an interesting site to see before and after pictures of berchtesgaden during the third reich is www.thirdreichruins.com

  • Last visit to Berchtesgaden: Jul 2011
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • GentleSpirit's Profile Photo
    Jun 26, 2012 at 7:19 AM

    Very interesting historically. the views are superb, looks like great place to go hiking.

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Nov 9, 2011 at 9:13 AM

    Being a family of history lovers, we have wanted to visit this place for quite a while now. Thanks for the great tips!

  • Jul 11, 2010 at 12:39 PM

    Thanks for your tips Doug! Also the link to to the "ruins" site is very helpfull. We decided to visit Berchtesgaden this Summer. Leaving soon.

  • 807Wheaton's Profile Photo
    Dec 30, 2008 at 4:44 PM

    Berchtesgaden will be a stop on our October 2009 tour of Imperial Europe - great information. Thanks~ Marcia

  • BillNJ's Profile Photo
    Jul 4, 2008 at 8:18 AM

    Very informative page. Also, the views from Kehlsteinhaus are amazing.

  • alancollins's Profile Photo
    Jun 30, 2008 at 1:09 PM

    I first went to the Kehlsteinhaus in 1965 and have been to the area a number of times since. The last time I went 3 years ago I walked up instead of using the bus. I had lunch and walked back down. I slept well that night.

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Jan 23, 2007 at 8:16 PM

    Interesting, some insights I wasn't aware of there.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Aug 24, 2006 at 9:17 PM

    Hi, Doug! I've heard about that place. Must visit some day...Thanks!


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