Photo courtesy of Kur GmbH Bad Reichenhall Bayerisch Gmain
The German town of Berchtesgaden is an easy detour from Salzburg, less than 20 miles away, as well as from Munich (roughly 110 miles). The town first came to prominence because of its salt mines, but beginning in the 19th century, it became better known as a resort town. The fact that the Bavarian royal family and a number of artists were enchanted by the alpine setting and the towering mountain peaks helped put Berchtesgaden on the map for travelers.
The Hotel Klosterhof represents a seamless marriage of Berchtesgaden's history, with a 500-year-old monastery at the heart of the property, and contemporary design, in its new rooms and state-of-the-art spa. At the 138-room Kempinski Berchtesgaden, the hotel's décor is elegantly minimal but the service embodies welcoming, age-old traditions of Bavarian hospitality.
Take a trip back into the region's history, and enjoy the best of local cuisine (like schnitzel and goulash) at the Gasthaus Reichenbach, located in the machinery building of a 500-year-old salt mine. At the Windbeutelbaron Café, the only thing that can compete with the views from the terrace are the restaurant's famous giant cream puffs.
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