Cookies on this website We use cookies on our website to make sure we can give you the best experience while browsing. If you are happy with this, please continue to use this site as normal or learn more

 

Where Eagles Soar

Berchtesgadener Land, amid the Bavarian Alps
 
Expect top-notch, traditional gastronomy, high-quality hotels and stunning Alpine scenery on this self-guided, hotel-to-hotel walk. After some challenging routes, enjoy a relaxing sail across fjord-like Königssee.
 
 

Holiday information

 

A walking holiday in the Bavarian Alps

As steeped in history and Bavarian culture as it is in Alpine splendour, the walkers' paradise of Berchtesgadener Land lies enfolded within the granite embrace of the mighty Watzmann Mountain and its eight lofty companions. At their feet, tucked into the folds of the valley like an emerald in a cluster of diamonds, beguiling Lake Königssee stretches silently into the monolithic shadows beneath the ever vigilant eye of the Eagle's Nest, perched 1,200 metres above.
From the spa town of Bad Reichenhall where the world's oldest cable car ferries passengers 1,614 metres up the side of Predigstuhl to the Lattengebirge ridge; through the dramatic Wimbach Gorge alongside picture-postcard Ramsau; to the heady high pastures (Almen) of the Jenner Mountain and the shores of Königssee, this holiday takes you along some of the most picturesque sections of the long-distance SalzAlpenSteig path which runs like a timeline thread through the salt mining history of Berchtesgaden. Along this 'white gold' trail, you travel from hidden lakes and green valley floors to where eagles soar above the summit of Germany's most beautiful mountain.

Beautiful, Alpine-lodge-style hotels set on high meadows with views to the mountains and over the valleys, provide a welcoming base for your Berchtesgadener Land exploration. With excellent traditional dining, luxurious rooms and pampering spa facilities, challenging days are rewarded with relaxing evenings and restful nights in the peaceful embrace of the mountains.
 
Gallery
 

Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.
    Average temperatures and rainfall
      Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    °C 2 4 8 13 18 21 23 22 19 14 7 2
    mm 74 71 78 97 126 167 176 157 99 79 84 88
  • Arrival in Bischofswiesen
    Night 1: at Hotel Hundsreitlehen (the first of two nights here).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of walking.

    You will be given a guest card at each hotel, entitling you to free travel on most local trains and buses. Pay locally for cable-car tickets.
  • Choice of walks from Bischofswiesen: 14km to 17km

    Steinerne Agnes walk: 14.5km, 6hrs; 940m ascent/840m descent
    After a short bus or train ride, ascend above the valley floor through fragrant beech and pine forest to reach the extraordinary rock formation of Steinerne Agnes.

    Predigtstuhl walk: 14km, 5hrs; 340m ascent/1300m descent
    It is worth taking the Predigtstuhl 'Grande Dame of the Alps', the oldest cable car in the world, to enjoy grandstand views over Watzmann, Hochkalter and their seven rocky companions as well as to the Alps beyond the spa town of Bad Reichenhall. You then head along the ridge from the cable-car station via Karkopf (1,738 metres) and descend to Bischofswiesen.

    Hallthurm walk: 17km, 6hrs; 600m ascent/descent
    For a lower perspective, follow a pleasant woodland trail through meadows dotted with alpine chalets and backed by the drama of the Lattengebirge mountain range, to the little hamlet of Hallthurm and return along a picturesque path at the foot of the Untersberg mountains with the entire valley spread before you. The walk can be shortened by taking a bus at the start or end of the day.
    Typical mountain restaurant on the route around Bischofswiesen
  • Bischofswiesen to Ramsau*: 14.5km, 5hrs; 530m ascent/570m descent
    Your route ascends through woodland to a panoramic path above the valley before joining the long-distance SalzAlpenSteig, a former salt traders' route through the region. Traversing high Almen, the trail passes a mountain Hütte before descending gently to a beautiful hillside path that skirts the Ramsau valley and follows the Stations of the Cross and the pilgrimage church of Maria Kuntersweg to reach the Berghotel Rehlegg, your base for two nights.
    *Please note the Schluchtweg Gorge, through which you usually walk today, is closed for the rest of the season. As described above, we have diverted your route via Maria Kuntersweg.
  • Choice of walks from Ramsau: 14km to 16km

    Hintersee walk: 16km, 5.5hrs; 550m ascent/descent
    Climb above the imposing Wimbach Gorge along the side of the Hochkalter mountain range to reach an eagle's eye viewpoint over the hidden lake of Hintersee before descending to circumnavigate its scenic shore.

    Blaueishütte walk: 15.5km, 6hrs; 1030m ascent/descent
    For a truly spectacular table with a view, ascend steeply to the panoramic terrace of the Blaueishütte which sits at 1,680 metres above sea level, nestling in the crook of sheer cliffs, its terrace looking out over the Hintersee sparkling far below, and above to the blue glacier from which it gets its name.

    Wimbach Gorge walk: 14km, 4.5hrs; 480m ascent/descent
    Descend into the Wimbach Gorge itself on wooden walkways alongside gushing waterfalls before following this scenic valley which lies between the Watzmann and the Hochkalter mountain ranges, to a remote Hütte  where you might like to pause for lunch at the foot of the mountains.
    Blaueishütte walk
    Hintersee circular option
  • Ramsau to Schönau am Königssee: 8km, 2.5hrs; 310m ascent/355m descent
    Setting out from your hotel door, follow a scenic path that traverses the low meadows of the Lattengebirge to reach the panoramic Soleleitungsweg. You then trace the contours of the valley on a splendid balcony path before descending to Ilsank, from where daily buses depart to Berchtesgaden (and from here to Schönau am Königssee). Your final three nights are spent in the Alpenhof.
    Views on the route to Schönau am Königssee
  • Choice of walks from Königssee: 9.5km to 19km

    Eagle’s Nest walk: 9.5km, 3.5hrs; 490m ascent/250m descent
    Ascend through forest to a low ridge of the Hoher Göll mountain range and the base of the Kehlstein, to reach the Dokumentation Obersalzberg where the compelling history of Berchtesgaden during the Third Reich is chronicled. From there, a special bus climbs the 7km of intestinal mountain road to reach a tunnel and elevator inside the mountain which take you to the Kehlsteinhaus, or Eagle's Nest, now a popular tourist destination with its jaw-dropping views over Berchtesgaden National Park to the Alps and the Salzburg basin.

    Lakes walk: 19km, 6.5hrs; 640m ascent/descent
    Sail the beautiful, fjord-like Königssee (ticket provided) to reach its furthest shore, from where a short walk takes you to Obersee, a hidden lake whose still surface reflects the granite splendour of the Hagen mountains. Follow a path to its furthest shore where a Hütte  sits overlooking the water. Continue your boat ride to St Bartholomä where a path leads from behind its iconic pilgrims’ church to a viewpoint over the Eiskapelle, a dome-like glacier at the foot of the east face of the mighty Watzmann.

    Mount Jenner: 17km, 6.5hrs; 520m ascent/1130m descent
    Alternatively from May 2019 you can opt to take the newly-reopened Jenner cable car to the 1874m summit of Mount Jenner. From here you gaze down onto the shimmering emerald waters of Lake Königssee lying at the foot of the sheer east wall of Watzmann before following a path amongst the granite peaks, pine-covered slopes and flower-filled meadows where the tinkling bells of grazing cattle provide a gentle soundtrack to nature's stunning canvas in the high Almen.
    Views from the Eagle's Nest
    Mount Jenner route
 

Accommodation

Your days of walking are rewarded with relaxing evenings in beautiful, Alpine-lodge-style hotels.

Please note: most beds in German hotels are normally one large base with two mattresses/duvets. We refer to these as 'Austrian Twins' and they are locally regarded to serve requests for both double and twin bedded rooms. Separate twin beds or traditional double beds with one large mattress are rare and cannot be guaranteed.
 

Options to extend or shorten your stay

 
Prices & travel options
All prices are in £ sterling (GBP). If you'd like to see what they equate to in your currency, use the converter.
Currency converter

We can only accept payment in GBP, but you can use this converter to find out how much the holiday equates to in your own currency.

Please enter an amount Please enter a valid amount British Pound Sterling (GBP)
Currency is required
NB: this should be used as a guide only. Fluctuations in exchange rates could result in significant variation by the time you come to pay.
  • 7 nights: 06 June 2020 - 01 October 2020

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    6 - 12 Jun 2020 £1260 £295
    13 Jun - 24 Sep 2020 £1295 £295
    3rd & 4th person discount -£25
    Single traveller supplement £25

    Includes accommodation, meals and services integral to the holiday as described, plus walking notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Berghotel Rehlegg, Ramsau
    Junior suite with mountain views: 06 Jun - 01 Oct 2020 £48
    Superior: 06 Jun - 01 Oct 2020 £22

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Hotel Hundsreitlehen, Bischofswiesen (with dinner) Double room Single room
    06 Jun - 30 Jun 2020 £108 £170
    01 Jul - 01 Oct 2020 £112 £170
    Berghotel Rehlegg, Ramsau (with dinner) Double room Single room
    06 Jun - 01 Oct 2020 £125 £190
    Alpenhof, Schönau am Königssee (with dinner) Double room Single room
    06 Jun - 27 Jun 2020 £160 £164
    28 Jun - 01 Oct 2020 £168 £173
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Salzburg, Munich

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Munich. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Belfast Intl. - Salzburg easyJet,  jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Munich Lufthansa 
    Birmingham - Munich (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Birmingham - Salzburg Charter (contact us),  Eurowings,  jet2 
    Birmingham - Salzburg (via Düsseldorf) Eurowings 
    Birmingham - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Cardiff - Munich Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Munich easyJet,  Eurowings,  Lufthansa 
    Edinburgh - Munich (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Edinburgh - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Munich Lufthansa 
    Glasgow - Salzburg (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Glasgow - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    London City - Munich British Airways 
    London City - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Munich easyJet 
    Gatwick - Salzburg British Airways,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Munich British Airways,  Lufthansa 
    Heathrow - Salzburg Eurowings 
    Heathrow - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Munich easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Munich easyJet 
    Stansted - Salzburg Eurowings,  jet2,  Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Munich easyJet,  Lufthansa 
    Manchester - Munich (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Manchester - Salzburg Charter (contact us),  TUI 
    Manchester - Salzburg (via Düsseldorf) Eurowings 
    Manchester - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Manchester - Salzburg (via Hamburg) Eurowings 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Munich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Newcastle - Munich (via Düsseldorf) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Norwich - Munich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Southampton - Munich Flybe 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Munich. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £35 per person for our flight booking service (£60 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Salzburg

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    direct taxi Salzburg airport to hotel (0h35) £34 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    direct taxi to Salzburg airport (0h35) £36 flexible

    Connecting travel options - flying via Munich

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Munich airport to Bischofswiesen (3h), taxi Bischofswiesen to hotel (0h05) £34 1530
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Berchtesgaden (0h10), rail Berchtesgaden to Munich airport (3h05) £34 1230
What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 7 dinners
    1 picnic
    7 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • boat trip on Königssee
 
Reviews

If you've experienced this holiday first hand, why not write a review?

We are keen for as many customers as possible to review their holiday. To make it easier to do so, we include a specific review section on our post-holiday questionnaire, and this is what we publish here, unedited. Read our full review policy >

 

FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our walking holidays in Europe page.
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 per person. More information on flights >
  • Absolutely! We are experts in tailored rail travel. Making use of sleeper trains or stopovers in cities along the route, we can get you from London to virtually anywhere in mainland Europe. We can even make arrangements to Mallorca, Sicily and Norway with a combination of ferries and rail. Please contact Abi to discuss your plans.
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Germany, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • The official language is German. The currency is the Euro. German time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
  • You are the best judge of your child’s/children’s capabilities. We are happy to take bookings for families of older children/teenagers if they walk regularly, love the outdoors and are comfortable with the distances and ascent/descent involved. Please note that the bedrooms at most of the accommodation we use will normally only sleep a maximum of 3 people, and sometimes only 2.
Last fetch time is : 11/21/2019 11:04:16 AM