Next stop on our trip to Bavaria is Berchtesgaden a charming, postcard perfect town, located close to the Austrian border. It is an ideal base for a 2 day stop to experience the highlights in Southern Germany with children. You will have the change to experience the beautiful mountains, valleys, and glacier lakes in the Berchtesgaden National Park and hop across the border to Austria and visit Salzburg if you wish.
Not to be missed is the Koenigsee (Kings Lake) one of the most majestic spots in Bavaria. The crystal-clear emerald lake is 4 miles long, but only 0.6 miles wide and lies between the steep sides of the Alpine mountains. While it is not possible to walk around the lake you can take one of the 18 environmentally friendly electric boats that makes two stops at the picture-perfect Sankt Bartholomae church and Salet. The kids will enjoy hearing the famous Echo of the lake that is demonstrated using a trumpet.
The Jennerbahn is another form of transport at the Koenigsee that can take you all the way up to the mountain station of the Jenner. From there are many hiking opportunities so don’t miss the hike to the breathtaking viewpoint called Koenigsblick. You can also experience gastronomic delights at the different Alms or for adventure seekers try the family via ferrata “Schuetzensteig” (for 8 years and older)
If you are ready for an amazing experience for adventurous families, you need to plan a visit to the Eisriesenwelt (Ice Giant World) in Werfen (Austria). It is only ~ a 40 min drive from Berchtesgaden and you will discover the world’s biggest ice cave. The dynamic cave extends ~ 25 miles deep into the mountain. The first section of the cave ~ 0.6 miles long is open to the public and features an ice world of crystalline beauty that will make you see your breath as you owe and awe in surprise.
Getting to the cave is already an adventure as it entails a 20 min. uphill hike, a ride on Austria’s steepest gondola lifts and another 20 min. uphill hike only to get to the cave entrance. You will be rewarded with magnificent views of the Salzach Valley and beyond the peaks of the Tennen Mountains. Make sure you turn around at the cave entrance to take in the panoramic view form there.!
The guided tour takes 75 min., includes scientific and historical information and ice figures that glisten in the light of the traditional mine lamps that are handed out to the visitors. You will walk through winding passageways and galleries and get deeper and higher into the mountains after you climb a total of 750 steps.
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Nicky Schick is a certified family travel consultant and writer. On the go and in the know with first-hand experience!