Berchtesgaden National Park Self-Guided Walking Holiday
Self-Guided | Individual | 8 days | 7 nights | From £589 per person
The Chiemgauer Alps occupy the border region between Salzburg, Tyrol and Bavaria. An area of soft mountains, spacious alpine pastures and well known holiday resorts.
The views onto intimidating High Alps and across the lovely foothills of the Alps also contribute to this varied walking week. See pretty places on your way such as idyllic lake Koenigssee, picturesque mountain town Reit im Winkl and finally lake Chiemsee, the so called ‘Bavarian Sea’.
Luggage transfers: Included
Maps and route notes: Included with picturebook directions
Meal options: Bed and Breakfast
Difficulty: Moderate. Please see our Difficulty Guide for more information.
Walking Tour Highlights
• Walk around the Chiemgauer Alps region between Salzburg, Tyrol and Bavaria
• Stunning views of the High Alps and their foothills.
• Visit idyllic Lake Koenigsee and the picturesque mountain town of Reit im Winkl
• Stroll around the Bavarian Sea – Lake Chiemsee
• Visit the infamous Eagle’s Nest Tea Room
• Varied mountain walking tour for hikers with a good level of basic fitness.
Walking Route Features
Daily walking tours between 4 to 6 hours with some short but steep climbs. Easier alternatives to the high altitude paths are given. You walk on good walking paths and forest lanes. Sometimes surefootedness required.
The approximate difficulty level for this tour
1st Day: Individual journey to Schoenau/Koenigssee
2nd Day: From Schoenau/Koenigssee to Weißbach/Surroundings, ‚National Park Berchtesgaden’
Relaxed walking tour past lake Hintersee penetrating deep into National Park Berchtesgaden. Impressive scenery along the way.
To the right the summits of Reiter Alpe and to the left mighty Hochkalterer mountains. Across alpine pastures and past the border at Hirschbichl, then down through white water gorge Seisenbergklamm into Saalach valley.
Details: approx. 5 to 6 hours | 19 km | Up 500 m / Down 500 m.
3rd Day: From Weißbach/Surroundings to Lofer, ‘Gorges and Pilgrims’ paths’
Follow the Saalachtal valley to Lamprechts cave (longest passage cave of Europe) and continue to Vorderkaser gorge where you find a natural swimming pool.
St. Martin home of the pilgrim church ‘Maria Kirchtal’ is the apex of today. Walk up to the church in an idyllic side valley closely along the walls of Loferer Steinberge. On this beautiful trail you will soon reach the town Lofer, surrounded by numerous impressive mountain ranges.
Details: approx. 4 hours | 14 km | Up 320 m / Down 370 m.
4th Day: From Lofer to Reit i. Winkl, ‘Loferer Alm’
Take the cable car up to Loferer Alm, where a high altitude path to the Steinplatten massif starts. Walk across alpine pastures and a lovely mountain forest to Loferer Steinplatte. The idyllic alpine pasture Winklmoos Alm is an ideal stop for a Bavarian ‘Brotzeit’. Well sustained you take the bus to Reit im Winkl.
Details: approx. 5,5 to 6 hours | 16 km | Up 740 m / Down 600 m.
5th Day: Day off in Reit im Winkl
Enjoy a tranquil day in the well known holiday resort ‘Reit im Winkl’. Tip for a walking tour: A classic mountain tour starts in Reit im Winkl up to Fellhorn.
The name hints to the fact that the wide summit is above the tree line and covered in a field of grass and alpine roses. Very tempting is a comfortable walk to the swimming lake Weitsee where you can relax.
6th Day: From Reit i. Winkl to Unterwössen/Marquartstein, ‘Alpine pastures’
The ‘Eye of lake Chiemsee’ is the poetic name of lake Taubensee. This is easily understood when you see this idyllic mountain lake, nestling in a little basin of Rauhe Nadel on 1138 m.
A fantastic walk from alpine pasture to alpine pasture and downhill into the valley Achental awaits you.
Details: approx. 5,5 to 6 hours | 16 km | Up 700 m / Down 840m.
7th Day: From Unterwössen/Marquartstein to Prien/Surroundings, ‚Kampenwand’
After a short ascent you walk through the forests up to the alpine pastures on Hochplatte and then to Kampenwand with views over the Lake Chiemsee.
Continue on a trail from cabin to cabin beneath Kampenwand, which has a beautiful 12-meter high iron cross at the top. You will take the comfortable cable car down to Aschau, where you take a short train ride to the lake Chiemsee.
Details: approx. 4 to 5 hours | 12 km | Up 730 m / Down 230 m.
8th Day: Individual departure or extra days
Daily walking tours between 4 to 6 hours with some short but steep climbs. Easier alternatives to the high altitude paths are given.
You walk on good walking paths and forest lanes. Sometimes surefootedness required.
Where is the starting point of the holiday?
Tour Route Map
The Berchtesgaden National Park tour stays in 3* and 4* hotels carefully chosen for their location, hospitality and proximity to your tour route.
Your stay includes the daily transfer of luggage to the next hotel and permanent assistance in case of problems.
- 7 overnights incl. breakfast
– Half board: min 3-course menu (Supplement payable)
– Luggage transfer
– Welcome meeting
– Transfer on 2nd day
– Uphill cable car fare Lofer
– Uphill cable car fare Hochplattenbahn
– Downhill cable car fare Kampenwand
– Carefully elaborated route
– Detailed route instructions
- Public transport fares not above
Mountain Hiking ▲▲▲
Daily walking tours between 4 to 6 hours with some short but steep climbs. Easier alternatives to the high altitude paths are given. You walk on well maintained walking paths and forest trails. Sometimes surefootedness required.
We recommend flying to Munich and arriving by train to the starting point in Berchtesgaden. The region is covered by the DB ‘Bayern’ Ticket and is valid from the airport and all local public transport in Bavaria. For more information, please visit Deutsche Bahn.
By train to Berchtesgaden then by bus or taxi short ride to Schoenau/Koenigssee (appox. 15 min., according to starting hotel).
Parking Koenigssee: free parking at hotel. No reservation possible.
Return from Aschau am Chiemsee to Koenigssee by train or coach, duration approx. 3 hrs. (2 changes).
Organized return transfer to Schönau/Koenigssee EUR 55 per person, (possible Sat/Sun) reservation requested, payable in advance.
Return from Prien to Koenigssee by train/bus, duration approx. 2.5 hrs. (1 change). Organized return transfer to Schoenau/Koenigssee EUR 120 per transfer, flat-rate. Reservation requested, payable in advance.
Berchtesgaden National Park , 8 days, 7 nights
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Holiday Price: From £589
Single Supplement: £129
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