+++ 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 2021
DBC1: Saturday, 03-jul to Saturday, 10-jul-2021
DBC2: Saturday, 24-jul to Saturday, 31-jul-2021
DBC3: Saturday, 14-aug to Saturday, 21-aug-2021
DBC4: Saturday, 18-sep to Saturday, 25-sep-2021
DBC5: Saturday, 25-sep to Saturday, 02-oct-2021
Traveling price 2021
Price per person in the DR for 7 nights with half-board, eBike, entrance free, transfers, guided tours: 1890 €
Single-room surcharge: 450 €
Does not include lunch, drinks and your personal expenses as well as travelling there and back.
Target airport Salzburg, booking at daily updated prices on request.
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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, booking at daily updated prices on request.
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 Berchtesgaden. Parking is available in the hotel’s own underground 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 “Edelweiss”. 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.
In the centrally located Hotel “Edelweiss”, the best house in Berchtesgaden, rooms are available from 14 o’clock. At 17 o’clock meeting in the hotel lobby for a detailed tour of the place. At 7 p.m. dinner in the much praised restaurant of the house.
1st day, Sunday: BGD – Kugelmühle – Schellenberg – Scheffau – Oberau – Königssee – BGD (40 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 (midday refreshment) 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 today, the accompanying bus takes you to the mountain inn “Vorderbrand” at an altitude of 1070 m, where the landlords Hildegard and Rüdiger Runge offer the best regional cuisine against a breathtaking backdrop.
2nd day, Monday: BGD – Bischofswiesen – Schwarzeck – Hintersee – Schönau – BGD (42 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”. Today, the “Auzinger” inn, well-known to friends of genuine folk music, serves as a lunch stop. Not only the roast pork from the 150-year-old wood-fired oven is an indicator of authentic Bavarian cuisine among locals. On the way back you pass the Ramsauer Kircherl, which is world-famous as a photo motif, before you continue on winding paths through Schönau and back to Berchtesgaden. Dinner at the restaurant of the “Edelweiss”.
3rd day, Tuesday: BGD – Bad Reichenhall – Höglwörth – Traunstein (55 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. Today’s stage continues via Teisendorf to Traunstein, the main town of the Chiemgau and, with the construction of the brine pipeline from Bad Reichenhall since 1619, the end point of the world’s first pipeline. It was thanks to the richness of the forests in the hinterland that the town became a salt works location. The traditional “Parkhotel 1888” awaits cyclists in the centre. Dinner in an excellent restaurant just around the corner.
4th day, Wednesday: Traunstein – Pittenhart (40 km)
After a short historical tour of the town and the Salinenpark, an open-air museum opened in 2019 with exhibits such as the “Reiffenstuelpumpe” and the “Reichenbach’s water column machine”, the route leads along the small river Traun to Stein, which has a special attraction: The large caves, which were created in a vertical rock face about forty metres high, were already used as a refuge by the Celts. In the Middle Ages, it was then expanded and further fortified to become the largest cave castle in Germany to protect the salt trade through the Traun valley and the river crossing.
In the afternoon, a picture-book route leads on to Seeon Monastery, founded by Benedictines as early as 994 and 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 centre.
The journey continues a little further to Pittenhart, where the successfully restored “Alte Zollstation” (old customs station) functions as a noble hostel. Dinner in the respective hotel restaurant, both are of excellent quality.
5th day, Thursday: Pittenhart – Urschalling – Prien – Herrenchiemsee – Frauenchiemsee – Gstad – Pittenhart (43 km)
With the Eggstätter Seen, one of the most important “ice decay landscapes” of the Bavarian Alpine foothills is on this morning’s stage. A part of this lake district forms the oldest nature reserve in Bavaria. The route continues to Urschalling on a hill above Lake Chiemsee, an “Upper Bavarian jewel” in terms of landscape and culture. The hamlet is grouped around the small Romanesque church of Sankt Jakobus, which is known above all for its extensively preserved and original late Gothic painting. For example, the Holy Spirit was depicted as a woman in the Trinity fresco.
After a snack, you can take a boat from Prien to the island of Herrenchiemsee. In 1873, King Ludwig II of Bavaria acquired Herreninsel as the site for his “New Herrenchiemsee Palace”, which can now be visited in detail. 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 ship passage brings the cyclists to the Fraueninsel. Its character is completely different from that of the Herreninsel. It is much smaller, densely populated and manageable. Not a few painters and poets have been inspired in their creativity by the blooming and fragrant flower and herb gardens.
Back on the mainland, the cycle route leads back to Pittenhart.
6th day, Friday: Pittenhart – Wasserburg – Amerang – Pittenhart (56 km)
The last day of cycling begins with a hilly stage without any significant traffic through a very rural landscape. After reaching the Inn, the route heads downstream, past the riverside forest designated as a “bird sanctuary”, into the water castle, which is well worth seeing. The small town is one of the most historical places in Old Bavaria, older than Munich, a good 50 kilometres to the west, always fought over by the owners of the Bavarian part duchies and equal in rights to the large residence towns. Its protected location on a peninsula surrounded by the River Inn made the city, fortified with walls and towers and dominated by the castle of the Hallgrafen, later the Wittelsbacher, almost impregnable.
On the stage back to Pittenhart, the Amerang Farmhouse Museum, set amidst gardens and orchards, offers interesting insights into the regional history, tradition and historical changes in society from early modern times to the present.
For the final dinner you will find yourself back in the “Altes Zollhaus”.
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.