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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.


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 or 17km

    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 around Bischofswiesen
    Predigtstuhl walk: 14km
    Hallthurm walk: 17km
  • 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.
    Your destination: Ramsau's Berghotel Rehlegg
    Bischofswiesen to Ramsau: 14.5km
  • 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.
    Hintersee walk: 16km
    Blaueishütte walk: 15.5km
    Wimbach Gorge walk: 14km
  • Ramsau to Schönau am Königsee: 17km, 6.5hrs; 1040m ascent/980m descent
    Your onward journey from Ramsau follows a scenic path across the low meadows of the Lattengebirge mountains to reach the panoramic Soleleitungsweg which traces the contours of the valley on a splendid walk superlatively dubbed ‘God’s Balcony’. You then descend to cross the valley floor and begin your woodland ascent to the Grünsteinhütte, from where the effort of the climb is rewarded with your first sight of the jaw-dropping beauty and drama that abounds in your final destination. From your vantage point on the side of the Watzmann, gaze upon the Jenner and Schneibstein mountains; the pine covered Hagengebirge range; and the glittering tip of emerald Lake Königssee, all of which await you. Your target, where you spend the last three nights, is the Alpenhof in Schönau am Königssee.
    Views on the route to Schönau am Königssee
    Ramsau to Schönau am Königsee: 17km
  • 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 (pay locally) 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 walk: 16km, 5.5hrs; 430m ascent/1050m descent
    Take the Jenner cable car to the 1874-metre summit of Mount Jenner, from where you gaze down onto the shimmering emerald waters of Lake Königssee lying at the foot of the sheer east wall of Watzmann. Your route continues through 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. There is the option to shorten this route slightly by travelling to and from the cable car station by bus.
    Views from the Eagle's Nest
    Eagle’s Nest walk: 9.5km
    Lakes walk (Obersee): 8km from far shores of Königssee
    Lakes walk (Eiskapelle): 6km from St Bartholomä
    Ascend Mount Jenner by cable car
    Mount Jenner walk: 12.5km from upper cable car station


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



We are currently unable to take bookings for this holiday for 2023. There are, however, many other holidays for which we are taking advance bookings, so why not browse our site some more?
Prices & travel options
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  • 7 nights: 04 June 2022 - 01 October 2022

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

    Starting Price Single room
    4 - 12 Jun 2022 £1325 £310
    13 Jun - 24 Sep 2022 £1360 £310
    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.

    Restaurant closed at Alpenhotel Hundsreitlehen, Bischofswiesen on Sundays (deduct £24pp/n)

    If you would prefer to drive from the UK, please contact us for self-drive prices.

    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
    Superior: 04 Jun - 01 Oct 2022 £24

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

    Hotel Hundsreitlehen, Bischofswiesen (with dinner) Double room Single room
    04 Jun - 01 Oct 2022 £116 £180
    Berghotel Rehlegg, Ramsau (with dinner) Double room Single room
    04 Jun - 01 Oct 2022 £132 £200
    Alpenhof, Schönau am Königssee (with dinner) Double room Single room
    04 Jun - 27 Jun 2022 £168 £174
    28 Jun - 01 Oct 2022 £178 £184
    Salzburg or Munich
    As an alternative to flying, we can arrange rail travel from London

    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,  TUI 
    Birmingham - Salzburg (via Düsseldorf) Eurowings 
    Birmingham - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Salzburg jet2 
    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 Charter (contact us) 
    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,  Charter (contact us),  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 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 Lufthansa 
    Newcastle - Munich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Newcastle - Munich (via Düsseldorf) Lufthansa 
    Newcastle - Salzburg Charter (contact us),  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Norwich - Munich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    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 for any of the options listed above except those operated by Ryanair. We charge £35 per person for our flight booking service. 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 Munich

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Munich airport to Bischofswiesen (3h), taxi Bischofswiesen to hotel (0h05) £36 1530
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Berchtesgaden (0h10), rail Berchtesgaden to Munich airport (3h05) £36 1230

    Connecting travel options - flying via Salzburg

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    direct taxi Salzburg airport to hotel (0h35) £36 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    direct taxi hotel to Salzburg airport (0h35) £38 flexible
What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 7 dinners
    1 picnic
    7 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • GPS navigation

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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.
  • If your holiday plans go awry because of Coronavirus, rest assured that we’ll do right by you. Since the start of the pandemic, our flexible booking policy and prompt issuing of refunds to customers who prefer not to defer their holiday have earned us high praise in the national press.
  • We sincerely hope that your holiday experience will be as enjoyable as it would have been before the pandemic – walking holidays are ideal in these times of social distancing, and we’re not operating holidays if the key highlights can no longer be delivered – but, naturally, there will be some changes to ensure your and other people’s safety, not least proving your vaccination status or taking a test in order to travel.
    Your holiday experience: what to expect >
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  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from A to B, 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.
  • Yes, prior to going on holiday you will be able to download GPX tracks so that you can follow your route on your smartphone or dedicated GPS device if you wish. It’s entirely up to you whether or not you use them – our detailed, step-by-step route notes remain the principal means of guiding you from A to B – but we provide them as a secondary means of navigation for additional reassurance when walking.
  • We can book a wide range of routes from the UK with a variety of airlines (but not, currently, with Ryanair). 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. The fee for this service is £35 per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). 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 and Lizzie to discuss your plans.
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted to 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.

    More information about the booking process >
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  • 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 take out a policy with our recommended provider (if you live outside the UK you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies – including falling ill with Covid-19 while on holiday – and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.

    We'll ask you for the details of your policy (insurer, policy number and medical emergency phone number) so that we can help out if the worst happens while you are on holiday. It's up to you, though, to check that your policy covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs; we don't check alternative policies.
  • 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 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 for UK citizens can be found through the Travel Health Pro website. You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). You should also apply for a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) if your EHIC has expired (if you have a still-valid EHIC, you can use this until it expires).
  • 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.
  • For information on the practicalities of travel now that the UK is no longer part of the European Union, visit

    At Inntravel we work in close partnership with our hoteliers, taxi drivers and other local suppliers to provide our self-guided holidays directly to you. We are entirely confident that you will continue to receive the usual warm welcome from them, regardless of what is happening in the European political sphere.
  • The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) 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.
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