The highlight of any trip to Berchtesgadener Land is certainly taking in the natural beauty of Lake Königssee. The mountains rise up from the edge of the lake, making for gorgeous views. You can take boat tours around the lake, and there are hiking trails in the surrounding national park. We had heard that the boat tours can take many hours, and since we wanted a little more control of our schedule we decided to hike around the lake with Rascal.
We hiked to a waterfall with some locals (who also had an Aussie!) that overlooked the lake and couldn’t get over all the natural beauty.
Needless to say, Rascal really enjoyed himself! We will definitely be coming back to the area, as there is another lake nearby that we would like to visit, Lake Obersee, which is smaller but just as beautiful. Travelling can be expensive, but visiting natural sites like these doesn’t cost anything and is so memorable.
After cleaning up from our hike, we visited one last thing in Bad Reichenhall, the Old Salt Works. This region is famous for rich salt mines, and at the Old Salt Works you can see how they used to process this valuable commodity. The tour was only in German, so we read along with a pamphlet on the tour. Even though we didn’t understand the guide, it was interesting to see all the pumps and wheels from the 1800s still working.
Berchtesgaden is a must see for nature and history lovers. You have the Alps and Berchtesgaden National Park along with preserved World War II history sites to see. Salzburg, Austria is only 45 minutes away if you’re craving a city visit, but I bet that you will be content to enjoy the natural beauty of Southern Bavaria.
It was a relaxing and wonderful weekend trip to celebrate our 5 year wedding anniversary!