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.
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 and are one of Germany’s hidden gems.
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. Even if it’s at the end of the romantic road drive in Germany, 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.
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.
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.