83471 Berchtesgaden, Germany
Photo courtesy of Berchtesgadener Land Tourismus
BerchtesgadenA little under two hours southeast of Munich, the Bavarian town of Berchtesgaden is the gateway to the Berchtesgaden National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve where red deer roam and eagles soar. A hike around the pristine Königssee glacial lake is reason enough to make the journey to take in the views of the lovely St. Bartholomew's pilgrimage church on its shore, while the stunning eastern face of Watzmann peak spiring over you is breathtaking. On the other side of Watzmann, you'll find more fine hiking around the Hintersee lake where you'll pass another gorgeous chapel, this one dedicated to St. Sebastian, and eventually reach the Bindalm meadows-home to cows, hay stacks, and old cheese-making huts.
To learn more about all that the Alps offers, visit AFAR Journeys for six itineraries covering the many highlights of the region.