+++ an emperor in the mountain +++ baroque plaster on romanic walls +++ “…and still sitting in the bloody beautiful Ramsau…” (Carl Rottmann 1822 to his bride Friederike) +++ French splendour in the Bavarian sea +++ Lord, whom you love, you will let fall into this land! (Ludwig Ganghofer) +++ white gold through wooden pipes +++ “Berchtesgaden is the Yellowstone Park of the German Alps. The most magnificent showpieces of it are nowhere else on your doorstep like here.” (Heinrich Noe 1898) +++ bone of contention between Bavaria and Austria +++ “Where tourists from all over the world cavort, you expect to get screwed. Then you go to the Fischerstüberl – and are pleasantly surprised.” (Jürgen Stellpflug) +++ Guilt and atonement at the Obersalzberg +++ “…like a wonderful dream I remember my trip to France, the finally seen, adored Versailles.” (Ludwig II.) +++ Wooden toys for the world! +++
Our tour through the Berchtesgadener Land and the Chiemgau in seven days, maximum 14 persons, two hotel changes.
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Travel dates 2022
DBC1: Saturday, 02-jul to Saturday, 09-jul-2022
DBC2: Saturday, 23-jul to Saturday, 30-jul-2022
DBC3: Saturday, 06-aug to Saturday, 13-aug-2022
Traveling price 2022
Price per person in the DR for 7 nights with half-board, eBike, entrance free, transfers, guided tours: 1890 €
Single-room surcharge: 460 €
Does not include lunch, drinks and your personal expenses as well as travelling there and back.
Target airport Salzburg. We will be happy to assist you in booking a flight.
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By eBike to the most beautiful spots in the shadow of the Watzmann. Interesting incidents from the history of a centuries-long dispute over salt. It is this very special mixture of culture and nature that has attracted people to Berchtesgaden for a long time and that has led us to rediscover this unique area for our eBikes. The impressive alpine scenery also remains in view when the rural hills of the Rupertiwinkel and Chiemgau literally „round off“ this journey: Monasteries such as Höglwörth, Seeon and Frauenchiemsee are on the way as well as picturesque little towns with a proud past, including Bad Reichenhall, Traunstein and Wasserburg. Ludwig Ganghofer would be delighted…
Arrival Saturday to Berchtesgaden.
Target airport Salzburg. We will be happy to assist you in booking a flight.
There are continuous motorway connections to Piding, the last exit before the Austrian border on the A8 towards Salzburg. From there it is still half an hour drive to Schönau a. Kgs. Parking is available in the hotel‘s own car park.
Hourly connections from Munich to Salzburg, in Freilassing change to the Berchtesgadener-Land-Bahn. From Berchtesgaden station, 5 minutes by taxi to the Hotel “Georgenhof”. The route along the chain of the Alps is worthwhile for the Upper Bavarian picture book landscape alone.
Together with the booking confirmation, the “pedelon travel information” will be sent, which contains further useful information on how to get to Berchtesgaden and other tips concerning the trip.
The Weindl family welcomes you to the quietly located hotel „Georgenhof“ in Schönau am Königssee, the rooms are available from 2 pm. At 5 pm meeting on the hotel terrace. In a few minutes our escort bus will take you to the center of Berchtesgaden for a detailed tour of this picturesque and historically extraordinarily interesting town.
At 7 pm dinner in the restaurant of the Georgenhof.
1st day, Sunday: Schönau a. Kgs. – Kugelmühle – Schellenberg – Königssee – Schönau a. Kgs. (36 km)
After a hearty breakfast and the adjustment of the bikes, we will set off on an extensive round tour, during which our eBikes will provide one or the other view. At the exit of the Almbachklamm gorge is one of the once numerous „ball mills“, where since 1683 marbles have been cut from Untersberg marble, which in those days were shipped all over the world. From the Bavarian-Austrian border town of Marktschellenberg, which used to be correspondingly strongly fortified, the route takes you with an electric tailwind via Scheffau and Obersalzberg up to Scharitzkehlstraße, which was built in the 1930s and fortunately never quite finished. With the imposing mountain massif of the Hoher Göll at your back, your gaze sweeps far across the Berchtesgaden basin before a long descent leads past picturesque mountain farms to the shores of the Königssee. The usual bustle of the „Seelände“ can be quickly avoided via the dam of the historic railway line, which has been converted into a cycle path.
For dinner, we will take an escort bus to the Unterstein Inn, whose regional specialties are also very popular with the locals.
2nd day, Monday: Schönau a. Kgs. – Bischofswiesen – Schwarzeck – Hintersee – Schönau a. Kgs. (39 km)
Today‘s round tour starts with a mountain stage to Schwarzeck via Bischofswiesen, where our eBikes can prove their efficiency. At the highest point of the route, you will touch the tiny ski area, which was created at the end of the 1960s by the former industrialist Willy Schlieker and is now a sympathetic reminder of the times. In front of the overwhelming panorama of the Watzmann, Hochkalter and Reiteralm, the route descends again to Hintersee, the destination of many artists in the 19th century.
From the entrance to the national park, a road closed to public traffic leads in a steady, easy uphill section into the Klausbach valley. With a view of the steep rock faces of the Reiteralm, also known as the „Ramsau Dolomites“ because of their imposing appearance, you will learn interesting facts about this landscape, which was already placed under special protection in 1921 as the „Königssee Nature Reserve“. On the way back you will pass the „Ramsauer Kircherl“, which is world-famous as a photo motif, before returning to Schönau.
Tonight we will again be spoiled by the cuisine of the Georgenhof.
3rd day, Tuesday: Schönau a. Kgs. – Bad Reichenhall – Höglwörth – Traunstein (64 km)
With the silhouette of the „Sleeping Witch“ in front of your eyes, it is time to say goodbye to the Berchtesgadener Talkessel. Behind the remains of the border fortifications at Pass Hallthurm, the view widens to the Saalach Valley. The historical significance of the „white gold“ for this region is also reflected in the many place names that bear the salt in their names, either in the Latin root „sal“ or the probably Celtic „hall“. The many castle ruins that surround the „salt-rich“ Reichenhall, which was named the „Royal Bavarian State Spa“ as early as 1899 because of its brine springs, should also be interpreted in this context. Behind the last mountain range of the Hohenstaufen, the gentle hills of the Rupertiwinkel dominate the panorama. The name goes back to Saint Rupertus, the patron saint of the province of Salzburg. It was only in 1810 that this area was granted to the Kingdom of Bavaria.
The former Augustinian monastery on a peninsula on the idyllic Höglwörther See is soon reached. Soon you will reach the former Augustinian canons‘ monastery on a peninsula on idyllic Höglwörth Lake. Via Teisendorf, today‘s stage continues to Traunstein, the main town of the Chiemgau region and, with the construction of the brine pipeline from Bad Reichenhall, the end point of the world‘s first pipeline since 1619. It was thanks to its forest wealth in the hinterland that the town became a salt works location. The „Parkhotel 1888“ awaits the cyclists in the center.
Dinner in a traditional inn in the old town.
4th day, Wednesday: Traunstein – Chieming (45 km)
After a short historical tour through the town and the Salinenpark, an open-air museum with exhibits such as the „Reiffenstuel pump“ and the „Reichenbach‘schen water column machine“, which opened in 2019, the route leads along the Traun River to Stein, which boasts a special sight: The large caves formed in a vertical rock face about forty meters high were already used by the Celts as a place of refuge. In the Middle Ages, it was then expanded into the largest cave castle in Germany and further fortified to protect the salt trade through the Traun Valley and the river crossing. Only a few kilometers further on, the former Augustinian canons‘ monastery of Baumburg rises above Altenmarkt a. d. Alz, and its founding history is closely linked to Berchtesgaden.
In the afternoon, the route leads first to Seeon, which was founded by Benedictines as early as 994 and was the seat of a widely praised writing school. Today, the building complex is owned by the district of Upper Bavaria and functions as a cultural and educational center. From here, it‘s not far to the somewhat lofty and beautifully situated 4-star Superior Hotel Gut Ising.
Dinner tonight is in the hotel‘s excellent Italian restaurant, „Il cavallo,“ overlooking Lake Chiemsee.
5th day, Thursday: Chieming – Urschalling – Prien – Herrenchiemsee – Frauenchiemsee – Chieming (48 km)
Partly on bike paths, partly on small side roads, the morning route leads repeatedly within sight of the lakeshore to a hill above Lake Chiemsee to Urschalling, scenically and culturally an „Upper Bavarian gem“. The hamlet is grouped around the Romanesque church of St. James, which is known above all for its extensively preserved and original late Gothic paintings. For example, the Holy Spirit was depicted as a woman in the Trinity fresco.
From Prien, a boat will take us to the island of Herrenchiemsee. In 1873, King Ludwig II of Bavaria had acquired Herreninsel as the site for his „New Herrenchiemsee Palace.“ As a copy of Versailles, this castle was to become a „temple of glory“ for King Louis XIV of France, whom the Bavarian monarch adored without limits.
Another short boat passage brings the cyclists to Fraueninsel. Its character is completely different from that of Herreninsel. It is much smaller, densely populated and manageable. Quite a few painters and poets have been inspired by the blooming and fragrant flower and herb gardens.
Back on the mainland, the bike route leads from Gstadt always along the shore back to Gut Ising.
For dinner you meet in the beer garden of the restaurant „Goldener Pflug“.
6th day, Friday: Chieming – Amerang – Wasserburg –Chieming (79 km)
The last day of cycling leads first to the „Eggstätter Seen“, one of the most important „icefall landscapes“ of the Bavarian Alpine foothills. Part of this lake area forms the oldest nature reserve in Bavaria. Over a slightly hilly landscape, the route continues northwest to Amerang, where the Farmhouse Museum, surrounded by gardens and orchards, offers interesting insights into regional history, tradition and the historical changes in society from early modern times to the present. After visiting the open-air museum, it takes just under an hour to reach the Inn River, which the route follows downstream, past the Auenwald forest designated as a „bird sanctuary“, to Wasserburg, which is well worth seeing.
The small town is one of the most historic places in Old Bavaria, older than Munich, a good 50 kilometers to the west, always fought over by the owners of the Bavarian duchies and equal in rights to the large residential towns. Its protected location on a peninsula surrounded by the Inn River made the city, fortified with walls and towers and dominated by the castle of the Hallgraves, later the Wittelsbach dynasty, almost impregnable.
Above the city, with a unique view of the old town and the river-side house facades, the cyclists enjoy a well-deserved picnic.
From here, there is the option of taking the accompanying bus back to Gut Ising. For the particularly motivated, it is still just under two hours on the eBikes back to the hotel.
At the end you will find yourself again in the restaurant „Il cavallo“, where you can review the numerous impressions of this trip together with a view of the „Bavarian Sea“.
7th day, Saturday: Departure
After an eventful week full of impressions, our escort bus will take you to Rosenheim station. From there there are best connections within Germany and to Austria. If the car is still parked in Berchtesgaden, you will be back on site in about 1.5 hours with a one-time change in Freilassing.
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The Berchtesgadener Land | WDR Reisen
Breathtaking peaks, clear mountain lakes and green mountain pastures form the spectacular backdrop of the Berchtesgaden Alps. Stefan Pinnow wandered, climbed and experienced one of the most popular holiday regions in Germany. Please switch on the English subtitles.