Berchtesgaden and its surrounding area offers wonderful nature, spectacular views, great hiking trails and the best infrastructure. Due to their proximity to Salzburg, they are also popular to go there for just a daytrip. The Berchtesgadener Land often enjoys the most beautiful winter weather (at least if you stay away from the Saalach). But even without the weather advantage, the area has a lot to offer actually at any time of the year. It is always worth a visit.
Experience Rossfeld panoramic road
On Germany’s highest panoramic road, you can not only get to know the alpine mountain world in a comfortable way, you can also stop and enjoy the breathtaking views again and again. Stop at parking lot number 6 you can either go for a little winter walk or whiz down the hills on a sled and bobsled. Details about the winter adventure at Rossfeld can be found here. Attention: The road is subject to a toll. Driving on it costs €8.50.
Snowhiking and tobogganing at Hoch-Schwarzeck
The winter hike to “Toter Mann” in Hochschwarzeck is an enchanting tour through an idyllic winter landscape. In just over 1.5 hours (350m) you are at the summit and can enjoy a magnificent all-round view. You can fortify yourself in the Hirschkaser mountain inn and then choose the fun way down with the toboggan. If you are not a big hiking fan, you can simply take the chairlift up. Details about the tobogganing adventure at Toten Mann can be found here. If you don’t bring your own toboggans, you can rent some on site.
Hiking at stunning lake Königssee
At Königssee, the Malerwinkl circular trail is a real highlight in both summer and winter. It is an easy hike that takes you over beautiful vantage points and through magical winter forest. The path begins at the boat dock at the lake and ends at the Jennerbahn valley station. Since the path is heavily used and not cleared, it can be slippery here and there. Don’t forget to bring campons! You can also read all the details about the tour here: Malerwinkel circular route with children.
Exploring the Magic Forest in Hintersee on it’s nature trail
The name of the forest says it all: The wild and romantic landscape of the magic forest was created by rockfalls and has honestly earned the name magic forest due to its varied landscape: gnarled trees, huge boulders, small bridges, wild roots and in between the glowing blue stream meanders through. The starting point is the Pfeiffenmacherbrücke in Ramsau, or if you prefer it a little shorter, you can start at the P1 car park right on the Hintersee. The hike is mostly flat and partly even groomed, but not suitable for stroller.
Walking and tobogganing along lake Hintersee
You can easily combine the walk around the Hintersee and the little toboggan adventure with exploring the magic forest. But the mini hikes with the brilliant views of the Berchtesgaden Alps are also good on their own. In winter the lake is partly frozen, so you can go even ice skating here. You can also read details here: Tobogganing at Hintersee.
Winter hike through the Klausbach valley
From the car parking at the end of Hinterseestraße, a barrier-free, well-prepared path leads via the wild feeding station to the Klausbach suspension bridge to the Alpengasthof Hirschbichl. The Valley of the Eagles is one of the most romantic spots in the Berchtesgadener Land and you can read all the details about the Klausbach Valley here. Grödel are a good choice to bring as the trail can be slippery at times.
Walk along the Carl von Linde Weg
This beautiful mountain trail on the Obersalzberg leads along at a good 1,000 meters altitude and surprises again and again with spectacular views of the Berchtesgaden mountains and the Königssee. The path is groomed and runs quite flat, so that it is also easy to drive on with sleds and prams. There are also several places to stop for refreshments, which makes it a perfect destination for hiking with kids. The starting point is at the Documentation Obersalzberg car parking. This memorial center and museum is an absolute recommendation for anyone who would like to learn more about the history of National Socialism and the associated history of the place.