Slow travel through Bavaria’s Berchtesgadener Land

When I look back to the past 10 years, I can easily tell that some of the best trips I ever had were the ones where I slowed down and just embraced the nature surrounding me. I realised recently that I want to go back to many of the places I have already visited for the simple reason that I didn’t have enough time to see and explore everything. This is why I took the decision to stop rushing and just enjoy everything a destination is offering me.

Now that summer is coming and the nature in the mountains is in full bloom, my mind is flying towards a walking holiday in the Bavarian Alps, to enjoy the breath-taking landscapes of the Berchtesgadener Land. Hiking in the Alps has always been a dream of mine especially because I have friends who go there every year and show me their stunning photos of the mountains and the valleys in between them.

What is a walking holiday you may ask? I would say that a walking holiday is the purest way of slow traveling while enjoying nature’s best views. This type of holiday is perfect for people who would like to disconnect from the rush and stress of their daily lives and find their inner peace through reconnecting with the nature.

I have teamed up with Inntravel to tell you more about the underrated but beautiful German towns from the Berchtesgadener Land and how a walking holiday here can benefit both your body and mind.

Berchtesgaden National Park and Watzmann dreamstime_xl_51404829

The Bavarian Alps are a series of seven mountain ranges situated in the South of Germany, close to the border with Austria and Italy. The Bavarian Alps have been shaped by the last ice age into beautiful U-shaped valleys formed by glaciers.

Bavaria is probably the most traditional part of Germany, where the culture and the heritage are still very well maintained and respected, keeping the traditions alive. The dreamy Alpine sceneries, with little wooden houses nested in deep valleys surrounded by high mountains, the restaurants where the waitresses greet you in their traditional Dirndl outfits with large smiles on their faces, the mirror-like lakes where the landscape reflects clearly in the water, they all make Bavaria the perfect destination for a walking holiday.

Imagine starting your day in the pine forest, following a woodland trail towards a panoramic path from where you can admire the entire valley. Following the old salt trader’s router, you cross a mountain before starting your descent towards the Ramsau valley, passing through Schluchtweg Gorge, a dramatic path carved in the mountain and dotted with waterfalls.

If you like bird eye’s views, you may consider taking the oldest cable in car in the world, Predigtstuhl ‘Grande Dame of the Alps’. The cable car takes you up to 1,583 m, from where you can admire the Watzmann (Germany’s third highest mountain), Hochkalter, Reiteralm massifs, the central High Alps as well as the Tyrolean and Chiemgau Alps. Once arrived you can enjoy lunch at the restaurant from the top or even have a picnic with a view on the cliffs nearby. On your way back to Bischofswiesen valley you will cross the Karkopf top, with a height of 1738 meters.

In the evenings you can enjoy the Bavarian hospitality in one of the traditional cosy hotels where you can relax after a long day’s walk. Dinners here are home cooked by passionate chefs and include local specialities from the area, served in beautiful wooden rustic Alpine restaurants. Each hotel also offers wellness facilities so that you can fully unwind.

Biergarten, Ramsau, Bavaria

Berchtesgadener Land is truly a paradise, offering not only stunning views in every direction but also that peace and quiet that a city will never be able to give you. It is also the home of numerous birds, butterflies and wildlife such as the chamoix, the ibex and the mouflon, animals that you can observe on the cliffs of the mountains. In summer, the valleys get covered with carpets of wild flowers over which cows with big bells are grazing undisturbed.

Even if you are not a professional photographer, a trip to Berchtesgadener Land will offer you many opportunities of taking majestic photos just by framing and clicking the button of your camera. As here, there are no filters needed, the landscapes of the valley with mountains in the background are creating the photo for you.

View to Watzmann dreamstime_xl_45053177

You might have not heard of Berchtesgadener Land before and you may ask how to get there. It is pretty easy actually, as this beautiful region from Bavaria is only a 30 minutes’ drive from Salzburg airport or 3:30 hours’ drive from Munich airport.

Disclaimer: This post has been written in collaboration with Inntravel. As always, all comments and opinions in this article are my own.

 

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44 Comments

  1. I’m stunned by the beauty! The green of the fields (and the pretty daisies!) .. to the mountains in the background. It makes me feel peaceful just looking at your photos. Is that a little church too? How wonderful too that they have so many cute places to eat. I’d be in heaven!

  2. What beautiful scenery, the colours are amazing. I’ve never been on a walking holiday but as I’ve got older the premise intrigues me a lot more. I do love going on cable cars though to take in the scenery if it’s an option whilst I’m away, the views are always breath taking, and ultimate blogger photo moments

  3. Wow, that looks beautiful! Thanks for letting us know about Berchtesgadener Land. I’ll definitely add it to the list of places I want to visit someday!

  4. What a stunning looking place! The photo’s are simply beautiful. I would love to visit in the summer, just so I could take pictures just like these! Another one to add to my bucket list x

  5. I love slower travel and it’s one of the reasons I love travelling by train. I do love a walking holiday too.

  6. The place is relaxing and reminiscent to a calming feeling of a province far away from stressful city and polluted highways. I love this post.

  7. What a stunning location. The place looks so picture perfect and I can’t wait to walk in such a dream land. Your writing has upped the ante of the location. As you said, no angle can be bad angle while capturing pictures in such locale.

  8. Oh how I wish I could have slow traveled when I visited Berchtesgardener! The pictures you took have made me nostalgic for my own trip. The surrounding mountains are stunning and one is just surrounded by so much greenery. What a great idea to just walk and enjoy the scenery around you.

  9. You are right slow travel helps you soak in more.
    This place looks so good, I would love to halt and take some pics for memories.

  10. I’ve never been here, but it looks amazing. Maybe if and when we head back to Europe we’l l give it a look.

  11. I never knew Berchtesgardener Land is so damn beautiful. Walking down slowly, exploring these trails with free mind and clicking lots of pictures here will be every travellers and photographers delight. Your pictures are beautiful, and they actually dont need any filters,

  12. Wow so beautiful! One of my friends was just here and so lovedddd it so much. Def convincing me to book a flight here. Love your photos too!

  13. I love slow travelling myself, be it in the countryside or in a city. Don’t plan too much, don’t stress about seeing every important tourist destination. Simply slow down, take Your time. Be open for anything New that comes up. This Place looks fantastic, the nature is so beautiful. Great post!

  14. When people use the word “paradise” as you have in this article, people always immediately seem to think of beaches. For me however, the word conjures up mountainous imagery just like this one and Bavaria is without down one of the most picturesque places I have ever been. That being said, I wish I had your ability to capture it with a photo however!

  15. Wow! I couldn’t get my eyes off that landscape. Bavaria is one of my dream destinations because of its fairy tale feel, the alps and the preserved culture. This post made me go there now even more.

  16. Bavaria sure is beautiful – and I actually quite like the Dirndl costumes! I have indeed not heard of Berchtesgadener Land (just spelling it was hard enough!) but from your description and photos it sounds lovely!! the landscape reminds me of “Sound of music”!

  17. I can’t agree more with you. Off late I have discovered the joy of slow travel. I once spent a month in Nepal. It is still one of my best travel memory. Going slow helps you live like a local. I am planning many slow travels in upcoming month in India later this year.

  18. I love the idea of walking holidays. I totally connected to the post right where you said that I wish to go back to many places because I could not see everything. So many times we just rush into things and miss enjoying the reall beauty of it. Bavarian Alps look absolutely amazing.

  19. Berchtesgadener land looks wonderful. It is so green and beautiful. Walking holiday is a brilliant idea. I should check out more about ‘inntravel’. I’d love to join a guided tour and know about their travel stories. I think it would be more fun than doing the adventure on my own.

  20. Totally agree with you on this one! Travelling slow is the best place to truly enjoy a country/city. I personally try to avoid all the stuff on the beaten track and get lost even though it is getting harder and harder to find unspoilt places where nobody has been yet. By the way, I totally need to explore more of Germany and Bavaria in particular!

  21. I completely agree with you on getting pleasures while slow travelling. Bavarian Alps is really a lovely place to discover the treasures of nature that too in a relaxed manner. Loved the picture of sunny Bavarian Alps as when I went to this part it was snowing. I can take innumerable photos in Berchtesgadener Land.

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