7 things to do in Berchtesgaden, Bavaria in Germany

things to do in Berchtesgaden
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Berchtesgaden is a lovely Alpine town in the South of Bavaria, Germany. In this post, I wanted to tell you about 7 things to do in Berchtesgaden.

Berchtesgaden is an amazing. I can say that it’s the most impressive German city, I’ve ever seen (and I visited many). It’s very small: Berchtesgaden has the population of only about 7000 citizens but nonetheless, it is a very important city for both German tourism and culture. I’d say it’s one of the most underrated cities in Europe for sure.

Despite the fact Berchtesgaden is small, there are many things you could do if you went there on holiday (doesn’t matter if it’s only 3 days or 2 weeks).

7 things to do in Berchtesgaden:

– In case it’s winter, go skiing

Because you’re in the Alps! You can take a bus to the famous Jennerbahn or to Schönau am Königsee and enjoy skiing in German Alps. Or if you’re a bit lazy, just take a local bus in the city centre of Berchtesgaden, which goes to the top of the mountain to the Kempinski Hotel Berchtesgaden (in the past, Intercontinental) and on the way you’ll encounter some slopes great for beginners (with all the infrastructure, of course).

Schönau am Königsee in Winter, Berchtesgaden, Jenner
View from Jenner

– Visit the Thermal Baths in Berchtesgaden

You can either visit the Thermal Baths located directly in the city centre of Berchtesgaden or go by bus up to the top of the mountain and visit the spa centre of hotel Kempinski (which is also amazing, what else would you expect from a fab 5-star hotel).

Spa of Kempinski Berchtesgaden
Spa of Kempinski Berchtesgaden

– Have a beer in a local brewery of Berchtesgaden

The brewery is probably the loudest and the most crowded place in the whole city! But it’s definitely worth visiting. You can try some beers you won’t find anywhere but in Berchtesgaden. Also, there are plenty of great restaurants around, so prepare your stomach for lots of tasty German food.

Brewery in Berchtesgaden
Berchtesgadener Brewery

– Visit some cities in the neighbourhood

For example, Bad Reichenhall is definitely worth visiting! And of course, you can go to Salzburg which is just 27 km away. You can even go to Halstatt like we did, it’s just 1.5 hours away and it totally worth visiting. 

Salzburg - one of the closest cities to Berchtesgaden
Salzburg – one of the closest cities to Berchtesgaden

– Go hiking

Mountains around Berchtesgaden are amazing. And it’s quite easy to get there. However, some of the most beautiful hikes (well, according to me) are located around the Jenner Bahn. So just head there and start climbing (or take the lift up to the mountains). You can even walk to Almbach Gorge (Almbachklamm) (one of the most impressive hikes in Germany). Don’t forget to wear appropriate hiking gear!

Hiking with my brother in Berchtesgaden (Jenner)
Hiking with my brother in Berchtesgaden (Jenner)

The view from Berchtesgaden City Centre
The view from Berchtesgaden City Centre

– Spend a night in a cabin in the mountains

Even though it might sound tough and crazy, it’s totally worth to do it. There’re plenty of cabins in the mountains, so just check Facebook or Google for their web pages (in order to find out, if they’re still working or not). Or alternatively, check the region’s page on Booking.

Jenner in winter, Germany
Jenner in winter, Germany

– Go out to the Cinema Berchtesgaden at night

They even show recent movies there. When I was there, I managed to watch Hobbit: The Unexpected Journey, when it was just out. I couldn’t believe in such a tiny town they would show the latest movies. Nonetheless, they did! 

Christmas in Berchtesgaden at night
Christmas in Berchtesgaden at night


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