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Best trails in Berchtesgaden National Park

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Looking for a great trail in Berchtesgaden National Park, Bavaria? AllTrails has 40 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 22 hard trails in Berchtesgaden National Park ranging from 5.1 to 29.6 miles and from 1,482 to 8,746 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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The Berchtesgaden National Park is located in the German Alps and is known for its incredibly beautiful landscapes. Many plant and animal species live here in forests, mountains, valleys and glaciers. Take a trip to the breathtaking lakes Hintersee and Königssee or enjoy the view with a refreshment at the summit of the Grünstein. You can get important information about flora and fauna in the national park center "Haus der Berge", which also surprises with its special architecture. The main information center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Last admission is 4 p.m. There are also many other information points distributed throughout the national park. There are small exhibitions each, which deepen individual topics.

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#1 - From Königssee to Kärlingerhaus am Funtensee
Berchtesgaden National Park
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Length: 12.3 mi • Est. 7 h 45 m
This route actually starts with a boat tour over the Königsee, because only then can you reach the starting point St-Bartholomä. From here you follow an ancient riverside path, which leads for about 2 kilometers flat along the Königssee. Then the route goes uphill through the forest, so you can enjoy beautiful views of the Königssee and the Obersee. Past the Schrainbach Falls you finally reach the Funtersee lake and the excellently situated Schrainbachalm at the notorious Saugasse. Here are 36 bends and 400 meters difference in altitude to one. Then it goes on slowly, until you get to the Stone Sea, a about 13 kilometers long and 5 kilometers wide, karst and almost waterless high plateau. The way back is on the same route.Show more
#2 - Malerwinkel
Berchtesgaden National Park
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Length: 2 mi • Est. 48 m
This short hike leads to the incredible viewpoint Malerwinkel, which offers breathtaking views of the Königssee. You can also see the pilgrimage church St. Bartholomä, which is 4 km away. The route starts at the Königssee car park, from where it is only 300 meters to the lake. Soon you will find yourself in the national park area. The Malerwinkel café, which is conveniently located on the trail invites you to linger. From here you can already marvel at the beautiful of the Königssee. On the way back you pass the Jennerbahn.Show more
#3 - Watzmann Via Ferrata
Berchtesgaden National Park
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Length: 14.4 mi • Est. 10 h 13 m
This hike begins at the parking lot at the Wimbachbrücke east of Ramsau near Berchtesgaden and leads to the Watzmann, the "most beautiful mountain in the world", according to Bergsteiger magazine. For ambitious hikers this route is feasible as a day tour, but there is also the possibility to make a more comfortable tour of it, by including a hut overnight stay. The Watzmann is with its 2.713m, the second highest mountain in Germany and he overlooks the Alps from the National Park Berchtesgaden. The start of the route is a strenuous ascent to the Watzmannhaus, where you can spend the night on request. Then it goes on and past the peaks Hocheck, Mittelspitze and Sudspitze to Wimbachgrieshütte. Following the Wimbachweg to the north, you get to a river that brings you back to the starting point.Show more
#4 - Wimbachbrücke zum Watzmannhaus
Berchtesgaden National Park
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Length: 8.5 mi • Est. 6 h 22 m
Begin this route at the parking lot near the Wimbachbrücke. The Watzmanhaus can be seen from here as you begin your ascent up. Along the way to the top, you will pass by Mitterkaseralm and Falzalm, where refreshments are available. At the top, you can enjoy the beautiful views of the surrounding area. If you booked a reservation in advance, you may stay the night at the Watzmannhaus.Show more
#5 - Grünstein Loop
Berchtesgaden National Park
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Length: 6.3 mi • Est. 4 h 8 m
From the summit of Grünsteins you have fantastic views over the Berchtesgadener Land. Although the Grünstein is 1.400m lower than the Watzmann, it has an almost identical view of the valley and the Königsee from up here. The route starts at the parking lot east of Schönau a. Königssee in the Hammerstielstraße. Take the way south. Once in Grünstein, the view can be enjoyed with refreshments at the Grünsteinhütte. Follow the road to the south and you will arrive in the Berchtesgaden National Park. Follow the path back to the parking lot where you started the journey.Show more
#6 - Königssee to the Rothbach Waterfall
Berchtesgaden National Park
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Length: 5.3 mi • Est. 7 h 11 m
Germany's highest waterfall is located in the Berchtesgaden National Park. In two steps he overcomes the so-called Rothwand, south of the Königssee and Obersee, before plunging 470 meters into the depths. There is no higher waterfall in Germany and it is one of the highest in the entire Alps. The route begins at the southern end of the Königssee, which can be reached by boat from the town of Königssee north of the lake. From the boat landing a broad hiking trail leads up to the mountain restaurant Saletalm. If you continue, you first cross a stream and then walk along the Obersee to the Fischunkelalm. Here you walk on a wide, partially exposed, but always easily recognizable trail. The Fischunkelalm is used by many tourists as a retreat and is managed in the summer months something. Here you can linger or turn around, but it is worthwhile to continue in the direction of the Röthbach Falls. The path leads through a small forest and over a terrain level in the valley, where you reach the waterfall.Show more
#7 - Wimbachklamm
Berchtesgaden National Park
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 34 m
#8 - Königsbach Waterfall and Malerwinkel
Berchtesgaden National Park
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Length: 9.3 mi • Est. 4 h 57 m
#9 - Vom Hammerstiel zum Watzmannhaus
Berchtesgaden National Park
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Length: 9.5 mi • Est. 6 h 24 m
In addition to the start of Hammerstiel you can also start the Watzmannhaus tour at the Wimbach bridge in Ramsau, because of course the mountain village at the foot of Watzmann cultivates a special relationship to the mountain. Both variants lead on well-marked trails to the Stubenalm, where the two paths unite and lead in common route to the Watzmannhaus. An ascent from Königssee is also possible: either along the hiking trail on the bobsled run over the Kling or over the demanding Rinnkendlsteig from St. Bartholomä to Kühroint. From the Kührointalm the tour then leads over the Falzsteig, before then all paths just below the fold head, on which the Watzmannhaus stands, unite to form a narrow path.Show more
#10 - Blaueishütte
Berchtesgaden National Park
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Length: 6.4 mi • Est. 4 h 31 m
Situated in the Bavarian Alps, this trail offers spectacular views of the icy and rocky terrain surrounding it. The trail climbs steadily until you reach the Blaueishütte, a popular lunch and resting spot. During the peak season, the hütte sells snacks and refreshments. Many visitors decide to carry on to the Blaueis glacier, the northernmost glacier in the Alps. Others continue to Schärtenspitze, a rugged peak several miles past the hütte. Please note that the trail becomes very rocky and challenging after passing Blaueishütte.Show more
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