Berchtesgaden is an old town in the South-East of Germany, on 3 sides bordered by Austria. It is a real tourist town now, with mountains rising up all around. The most famous is the Watzmann.
The town has quite a dark history, since it was home of the Southern Headquarters of the NSDAP, Hitler’s political party. On the Obersalzberg a large mansion was built for the leader as well as several other houses, tunnels, defense works and a model farm. Currently only a few houses, including Hitler's tea house (Kehlsteinhaus / Eagle's Nest) are remaining.
The Nationalpark Berchtesgaden was established in 1978 and has gradually become one of Berchtesgaden's largest draws. Luckily, mass tourism is confined to a few popular spots, which gives alternative, nature-seeking tourists more than enough space to find peace and quiet in the Park.
The Berchtesgadener salt mines being one of the tourist attractions.
Salzburg, or the princess-filled, castle-skylined fairytale section of an unannounced Austrian Disneyland? Sometimes, it’s honestly difficult to tell the difference: this is a city so steep…