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“Fantastic views from Mt. Jenner of Lake Konigssee and the alps”

Nationalparkzentrum - Haus der Berge
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Germany's only Alpine National Park Lofty, wild and majestic, "King" Watzmann (2713m) reigns over the Berchtesgadener Land as he surveys his kingdom: Berchtesgaden National Park. High mountains, deep valleys and crystal-clear alpine streams define this protected area bordering Austria. "Allow nature to remain in its natural state" is the motto of Germany’s only Alpine National Park. Berchtesgaden National Park is located in the southeast of Germany, in Bavaria and adjoining the Austrian Salzburg region. Founded in 1978, the park includes an area of 210 square kilometres and is owned by the federal state of Bavaria. In addition, the park is the core and buffer zone of the biosphere reserve Berchtesgadener Land.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Lockers / storage, Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed September 4, 2013

We drove from our hotel in Obersalzberg to Konigssee (about 10 mins), where the road ends. There you will find lots of parking, an information center (that was actually of NO help at all), a walking path with shops, restaurants and small hotels that lead to Lake Konigssee (to the right of the parking area) and the Jennerbahn cable car that will take you to the top of Mount Jenner (to the left of the parking lots). Parking costs about 2 euro and you will need coins.

The Jennerbahn cable car cost 42 euro for the two of us, roundtrip. However, you could hike to the top, which would have taken me half the day, and walk back down. The cable car was fairly small, but did the job. There is one stop along the way to the top, but we didn't get off as most people don't. When you get to the top, there is a restaurant with outside tables and a gift shop. From the restaurant, you can hike up about 5 or 10 minutes to a peak with amazing views of Lake Konigssee and the alps. You can also hike in the area once you reach the top. We saw endless trails and switchbacks.

We took the cable car to the bottom, but we would have walked down if we had more time. The last cable car was at 4:00 pm.

Worth the trip!

Date of experience: August 2013
17  Thank xctour
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

I loved this place! So much to do and see. You can climb rocks, go on a hike, or just sit and enjoy the magnificent scenery. We were there in late June and there was snow on the peaks. I would recommend hiking shoes and poles to venture away from the tourists. Also I would recommend spending a whole day. We had lunch at the restaurant by the parking.. It was very good.

Date of experience: June 2013
2  Thank Diane A
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Reviewed August 16, 2013

Many people that traveled at Berchtesgaden region wrote about Konigsee and Watzmann, as expected. Actually it is a normal reaction, both are marvellous. Very few people write about the other side of Watzmann massif, which is Wimbach valley and deserves the attention of every tourist.
Wimbach valley is close to Berchtesgaden and from the railway station you have to follow the road 305 or to take bus 846 in the direction Ramsau - Hintersee (5 to 6 km). The destination is Wimbachbrücke and from here, in less than 20 minutes you will reach the entrance in the "klamm" (gorge). There in a small entrance fee and you need to get the special coins that give access to the klamm. Use your guest card if it is the case, to obtain a discount.
The klamm has 200-250 m in length and the average time that you need to see this very interesting realization of the nature is 30 to 45 minutes. The route is very easy and every tourist can do it. If you are here for the first time I think is better to return on the same route. You can combine the klamm with Wimbachschloss (1.5 h) another time. I will not try to describe what nature did here. Find yourself. I'll add here just some photos which unfortunately, are far to reflect the reality. And if you are already here, you can go walking down for 30 minutes to the Ramsau centre where a very special church of the region can be seen. Close to the church is a bus station and you can return to Berthesgaden. Taken together, Wimbachklamm and Ramsau could cover a half day of your holiday.
P.S. There is a nice 10’ movie on Wimbachklamm to the address http://youtu.be/KeL_Sm0hOjU, posted May 2013.

Date of experience: August 2013
10  Thank TimisoaraMarius
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Reviewed August 8, 2013

We visited it for 2 nights just after visiting Salztkammergut in Austria so another mountain/lake area and even though Austria was very pretty indeed Berchtesgaden was a winner. The views of high mountains (with remainings of snow in very hot August) and the lake and beautiful German huts, houses, flowers - it's all so picturesque! The lake was turquose blue and was warm enough to swim in it. It's so clean the water is fine to drink! In the end we really regreted not booking the place for longer because there's so much to do over there. Apart from going on a lake boat trip and trecking we visited The Salt Mine Museum which was a great place. There's also a very nice public outdoor pool in Shonau am Konigsee, where our kids had a lot of fun on the slides. There's a great summer bobsleight track in Oberau. Saltzburg is very close. We didn't have enought time to check out the Thermes or Ruhpolding Free Time Park. We definitely must go back there, next time preferably for a week.

Date of experience: August 2013
1  Thank Joanna W
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Reviewed August 1, 2013

Such a pristine natural landscape. We dedicated one whole day to Berchtesgaden National Park. We started our day by taking the Jennerbahn to get to the top of Mt.Jenner. The weather was not perfect, but we still had bird's eye views of the blue Konigsee from its top.
Arriving at the top station, you will find the trail sign to the view point. The trail is very easy and the view of the surroundings is wonderful. If you'd like to climb higher, there is another trail leading to a cross. There, the view is even better. Back down in the valley, the Jennerbahn station is not far from the lake - Konigsee. They also share the same parking lot.
The second half of the day was spent taking the boat ride on the Konigsee. The boat ride is so well worth it, a beautiful ride with serene surroundings, calm green water and tall green mountains surrounding the lake. We stopped for a good hour in St.Bartholoma. There are two restaurants here, one on the church grounds (like a beer garden) and the other one is the fischerei St.Bartholoma--selling smoked fish caught from the lake.
The boat ride back is 35 minutes, an enjoyable and soulsoothing ride.
Indeed, Berchtesgaden is a natural wonderland.

Date of experience: June 2013
5  Thank fleursdusoleil
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