Berchtesgaden und Watzmann

Hiking routes in Berchtesgaden with hiking maps in 3D

The Berchtesgadener Land is located in the extreme south of Bavaria directly on the border with Salzburg and is an Eldorado for hikers and mountaineers. Whether a simple hike with children or a challenging ascent to the summit - the central town of Berchtesgaden is the starting point for hiking tours of various levels of difficulty. In the middle of the breathtakingly beautiful nature of the Berchtesgaden Alpine National Park, you hike across the lush meadows of the alpine pastures, climb high above the tree line on bare rock or take a relaxing stroll on the majestic Königssee. Read here in our guide how varied the hiking tours in Berchtesgaden are and look at them on the 3D hiking map or in the app!


Berchtesgaden Alps: All information at a glance

The Berchtesgaden Alps extend from the BAB8 / A1 in the north to Mühlbach am Hochkönig in the south and from Lofer in the west to Salzach in the east. They belong to the Northern Eastern Alps and are mainly known for the central massif of the Watzmann and the Königssee below. The town of Berchtesgaden is located at 570 meters and is the starting point for numerous easy and difficult hikes and multi-day hut tours.


Highest mountain: Hochkönig 2.941 m


Location: cross-border between Bavaria, Germany and Salzburg, Austria


Geology: Wetterstein limestone, Ramsau dolomite, Dachstein limestone

Contact Berchtesgadener Land Tourismus GmbH: Maximilianstr. 9, 83471 Berchtesgaden

Telefon: +49 8652 / 65 65 050

St. Bartholomä, Königssee und Watzmann


Easy hiking tours with children and dogs


High alpine terrain and gentle mountain nature are close together in Berchtesgaden. That is why there are numerous easy hiking tours, which are particularly suitable for families with children or hikers with dogs due to their beautiful viewpoints and refreshment stops.

Tipp: Take the ship across the Königssee to St. Bartholomä and hike from there to the ice chapel. Or just get off at the Salet terminus and follow the beautiful riverside path along the Obersee to the rustic Fischunkelalm - an often enjoyed hike.


Mountain adventure with a summit victory: promising routes

Ambitious mountain hikers are in good hands in Berchtesgaden. The mountains do not reach the 3000 meter mark here. But the region doesn't have to hide in terms of its beauty and sporting challenges. In addition to the three “monarchs” Watzmann, Hochkalter and Hoher Göll, the most popular summit hikes with great panoramic views include numerous smaller neighbors such as the Schneibstein, the Schartenspitze and the Hohe Brett.


Tipp: Mountain bikers also get their money's worth in the Berchtesgaden National Park. The demanding tour to the Gotzenalm is particularly worthwhile. The smallest translation is often used here. But the spectacular view at the finish and the long descent compensate for the exertion in the hairpin bends.

Am Gipfel der Schönfeldspitze


Berchtesgaden Via Ferratas for beginners and professionals

Hikers with a love of via ferratas will find worthwhile destinations around Berchtesgaden. The Schützensteig on Jenner is already suitable for beginners and children from the age of eight. It is easy to walk on and yet very scenic. In contrast, the Berchtesgadener Hochthronsteig should only be climbed by experienced and fit mountaineers. Because the difficult sport via ferrata is provided with wire ropes and step bars throughout and is located in difficulty level C / D. The most varied is the Grünstein via ferrata directly at the Königssee, which leads to the summit of the Grünstein via several routes. The simplest variant is called Isidor-Steig, although here the difficulty level B / C should not be underestimated. Experienced in the rock can try an extremely challenging summit wall with overhanging passages in the D + to E range.

Auf dem dritten Watzmannkind


FAQ: Frequently asked questions about hikes in Berchtesgaden

The German part of the Berchtesgaden Alps is completely covered by the Berchtesgaden National Park. Since many tourists visit him, it is particularly important to follow the rules that are usual in the protected area: therefore do not leave the marked paths, do not pick flowers, do not smoke, do not light a fire, keep your dog on a leash and keep calm. By the way: The Austrian part of the Berchtesgaden Alps is also strictly protected - in the Kalkhochalpen nature reserve.

For all hiking tours in and around Berchtesgaden, hiking shoes / mountain boots and clothing appropriate to the weather are required. Since the weather in the alpine region can change quickly, rainwear and sun protection are just as important in your backpack as sufficient liquid and energy-rich snacks for in between. If you want to climb a via ferrata, you also need a via ferrata set with harness and helmet.

You can find detailed maps for all hikes in the Berchtesgaden Alps in the 3D Outdoor Guides app. In addition to the panorama map in 3D, you can also understand the individual tours.

You can use several mountain railways around Berchtesgaden to overcome a few meters of altitude faster on a hike or simply enjoy the panorama at the mountain station. The Jennerbahn in Schönau am Königssee is open to hikers in summer and, depending on snow conditions, brings skiers to the popular panoramic mountain from late November to early April. A few kilometers away in Ramsau the route of the Hirscheck-Sesselbahn leads to the family-friendly skiing and hiking area Hochschwarzeck. The Obersalzbergbahn which was opened in 1949 in Berchtesgaden is in operation all year round except for short inspection times The nostalgic flair with the gondolas, which are not completely closed, particularly inspires families who use the summer toboggan run or their own sled depending on the season.

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