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Eagle's Nest and Berchtesgaden Tour from Salzburg

1. Eagle's Nest and Berchtesgaden Tour from Salzburg

Enjoy unique mountain landscapes on this round tour of the enchanting Bavarian Alps. Traveling along the Königssee river, you will be able to discover the imposing crags and romantically positioned farmsteads of the road towards Obersalzberg. In our specially-equipped and comfortable buses, you will be able to relax in luxury, while your driver conquers the dramatic heights and sheer cliffs. 20 minutes' travel on well-constructed roads will bring you to the Eagle's Nest, where Adolf Hitler always spent his summer holidays. From the Eagle's Nest you will be able to enjoy an extraordinary view of the "Hoher Göll" and other majestic, snow-covered mountain summits of the Bavarian Alps.

Day Tour to Berchtesgaden Foothills & Obersalzberg

2. Day Tour to Berchtesgaden Foothills & Obersalzberg

Enjoy one of Germany's most impressive tourist destinations. This tour offers a truly breathtaking view of the mountains and lakes of this unique natural region. Your tour will start on the Deutsche Alpenstrasse, or German Alpine Way, whose sinuous curves wind upwards through the picturesque valleys of the Alps towards the beautiful foothills of Berchtesgaden. Here you will have the opportunity to take a trip up to Obersalzberg and enjoy its phenomenal views. Those who wish to may take the special bus service and exciting underground elevator to visit the Eagle's Nest, where the remains of Hitler's holiday residence are to be seen. On wintry days, when snow and ice cover on the higher peaks, you will visit the famous salt mines of Berchtesgaden instead to learn about this particularly fascinating chapter in the area's history.

Private Eagles Nest and Salt Mines Tour from Salzburg

3. Private Eagles Nest and Salt Mines Tour from Salzburg

This personal customizable tour covers Bavaria's mountains, Adolf Hitler's former mountain home, Eagle’s Nest retreat, Nazi bunkers around Berchtesgaden, the King's Lake, and the Salt Mines.  After pickup from your Salzburg hotel, start your morning with a scenic drive, following an off-the-beaten-path route past the meadow where the opening scene of The Sound of Music was filmed. The road leads to one of the most beautiful viewpoints in Berchtesgaden and after a short photo stop here continue to the Obersalzberg Eagle’s Nest bus terminal. Here board a specially equipped mountain bus and experience a breathtaking ride up the four-mile (6.4 kilometers) road, negotiating a 27% incline up to a rocky plateau. Disembark the bus here and walk through the 406 foot (124 meters) tunnel to the original WWII brass elevator up to the Eagle’s Nest. Feel the palpable sense of history as the elevator carries you a further 406 feet (124 meters) through the heart of the Kehlstein mountain and straight into Hitler’s former lair. On arrival, take a fascinating tour of the building and afterward get some free time to enjoy the birdseye views and refreshments. Descend from the Obersalzberg toward the mountain town of Berchtesgaden. See the fortress-like system of underground bunker complexes that were built by the Nazis to be used as air-raid shelters, a military headquarters, and a possible last refuge for the Third Reich leaders. Having explored here, emerge back into the daylight and after a short walk, visit the grounds of Hitler’s now destroyed home, known as the Berghof. Continue to the Königssee (King's Lake) a glacial lake in an Alp-framed valley. After a short photo stop at the lake, we will travel back in time exploring the underground world of a 500-year-old salt mine. Relax on a scenic return drive along the Königssee River to Salzburg, where your tour concludes with a drop off at your accommodation or chosen central location.

From Salzburg: Half-Day Tour of Berchtesgaden

4. From Salzburg: Half-Day Tour of Berchtesgaden

This magical tour will start on Salzburg's charming Mirabellplatz, and take you over the Staatsbrücke, along the Salzach river past the Baroque old town, and down the Alpenstraße to the former border controls at Marktschellenberg. During the journey you'll be able to see the Königsee, and drive through the enchanting landscape of the Bavarian Alps, on your way to Obersalzberg (around 1000m above sea level.) Today, the location where Hitler had his holiday residence contains nothing but ruins. A road winds up to the place where the Kehlsteinhaus, Hitler's Eagle's Nest, once stood. The next stop is the Königsee, an azure lake encircled by steep, rugged cliffs. Allowing ample time for you to enjoy the scenery, the tour will then lead you back to Berchtesgaden, where, before your return to Salzburg, you'll be able to try out any of the enticing local delicacies on offer.

Salzkammergut: Salt Mine, Lakes, and Mountain Tour

5. Salzkammergut: Salt Mine, Lakes, and Mountain Tour

Take a breathtaking ride from the city of Salzburg into the Bavarian Alps along the Kings Lake-Ache up to the Obersalzberg, where the second headquarters of Third Reich used to be. Afterward, continue to the highlight of the tour, which is the 500-year-old Berchtesgaden salt mine. Slip into traditional miners’ clothes and take the miners’ train deep into the mountain. Experience the fascinating underground world of the salt-miners and discover the charm of the magnificently illuminated subterranean landscape. Take the slides down to the salt lake, which you will cross by boat. After this unique tour, explore the little picturesque town of Berchtesgaden and taste some Bavarian specialties. Leave Salzburg once more and pass by Lake Fuschl and Castle Fuschl. Explore the little town of St. Gilgen, where Mozart's mother was born. In the summer (May 1st to October 26th) enjoy a 45-minute boat ride to St. Wolfgang. During winter, take a coffee break at one of the traditional Austrian coffee houses.  At St. Wolfgang, your guide will show you the famous pilgrimage church with its carved gothic winged altar by Michael Pacher. There will be some time to explore the picturesque town or have a coffee break on the terrace of the famous White Horse Inn (Weisses Rössl) at your own expense. Continue your journey along the Krottensee with castle Hüttenstein and drive along Lake Mondsee before returning to Salzburg.

Bavarian Salt Mine Tour and Berchtesgaden

6. Bavarian Salt Mine Tour and Berchtesgaden

Learn what it's like to live in the Bavarian Alps. Travel along the Königseeache River onto the Obersalzberg, where the leaders of the Third Reich once had their residence. The highlight of this tour is a visit to a 500-year-old salt mine, where you'll first slip into original protective gear before entering. Once inside, you'll learn about exciting, informative, and legendary facts to do with this enchanting, underground world. Use the slides that miners once used to delve deeper into the mine and see what secrets it still hides. A raft trip along the mystical underground salt lake and a trip on the mine railway cap off the informative trip. Before returning to Salzburg, you'll have enough time to discover the Berchtesgaden area more and you could even try one of Bavaria's many specialty food items.

Eagle's Nest and Sound of Music Private Tour

7. Eagle's Nest and Sound of Music Private Tour

This tour combines the original locations from the musical "The Sound of Music" with the historical "Eagle's Nest". Your tour starts with a tour of the city including the Palaces Leopoldskron (von Trapp Family House) and Hellbrunn (Sound of Music Pavilion). Hellbrunn Palace is on the way to the Eagle's Nest which will be next. Passing the border to Germany the journey continues to the Sound of Music Meadow (The Hills are alive). Now is your chance to spin in the field, reenacting the opening scene. Head to the "Obersalzberg" which is located at 3000 ft. elevation right below the Eagle's Nest. Access the Eagle's Nest with special busses and an elevator. Admire the scenic view of the Bavarian Mountains, the King's Lake, and the surrounding area of Salzburg. Returning from the Eagle's Nest, continue to the second highlight of our tour, the Salzburg Lake District. Travel through the Wies Valley and further on to Fuschl and St. Gilgen. Take a stunning photo of the castle of Fuschl with emerald Lake Fuschl in the background. The next highlight is Lake Wolfgang and the village St. Gilgen, the scenery of the area was shown at the beginning of "The Sound of Music." Enjoy a view from the "Mozart View Point" to Lake Wolfgang and the "Schafberg" Mountain. Relax and enjoy the countryside on the drive from St. Gilgen to the lake "Mondsee" and further on to the town of Mondsee with the "Sound of Music Wedding Church", from where you make your way back to Salzburg. Your tour ends with a drop-off at your Salzburg hotel or any other location within the city.

Highlights of the Bavarian Mountains incl. Eagle's Nest

8. Highlights of the Bavarian Mountains incl. Eagle's Nest

Start your morning with a beautiful drive off the beaten path, passing the meadow where the opening scene of "The Sound of Music" was filmed. The road will then lead up to one of the most beautiful viewpoints in Berchtesgaden. After a short picture stop you will go on to the “Obersalzberg” the Eagle’s Nest bus terminal. You will then board a specially equipped mountain bus for a breathtaking ride up the 4-mile road, with a 27% incline to a rocky plateau, from where you will walk into a 406 foot (124 meter) long tunnel leading you directly to the original WWII brass elevator that will transport you up through the heart of the Kehlstein mountain for another 406ft straight into the Eagle’s Nest itself. After a tour through the Eagle’s Nest you will have some free time to enjoy the views or refreshments. Descending from the Obersalzberg on the way to the town of Berchtesgaden you will also see the underground bunker complexes below the mountain. The extensive fortress-like system was built as an air rad shelter, as war headquarters and as a possible last refuge for the leaders of the Reich. Coming back to daylight after a short walk you will visit the grounds where Adolf Hitler had his Residence the Berghof. After your visit of the bunker complex and grounds of the Berghof you will continue on to the beautiful Bavarian mountain town of Berchtesgaden located in the Kings Lake River valley. You will have time to explore Berchtesgaden on your own as well as to have lunch in one of the typical Bavarian Restaurants (own expense). In the afternoon you can choose between exploring the underground world of a 450 year old salt mine or taking a boat ride to St Bartholomew’s on the Königsee, a glacial lake situated in a valley surrounded by the Bavarian Alps. Your return drive back to Salzburg will take you along Kings Lake River back to your Hotel or any other destination in Salzburg. This luxury personalized tour is designed to give you the flexibility to pick and choose the venues you would like to visit. This is a fully-guided tour focusing extensively on the Eagle’s Nest, Bavarian mountains, Bunker complex, Königsee or the salt mine.

Private Bavarian Mountain Tour

9. Private Bavarian Mountain Tour

During this tour you will go on a drive from the city of Salzburg to the city of Hallein, the Dürnberg mountain (possibility to go into the salt mines (extra cost). Then you will see the Obersalzberg where Hitler used to have his summer residence (possibility to visit the eagle's nest (extra cost) during May and October and or the dokumentation center of the Obersalzberg and the bunker system). Then you will see the city of Berchtesgaden, where you have the possibility to go for a lunch. Finally you will see the King's lake, or the hintersee and the Ramsau area of Berchtesgaden. 

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What people are saying about Obersalzberg

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 365 reviews

It was a very good experience & i wud definitely recommend it . Sometimes, it felt like we were being hurried a bit , & sometimes we had to wait at places to fit in their schedule but we were always on schedule . The salient features were covered so overall it was good

We looked at doing this tour on our own to save money. We would have missed all of the insightful information, and stories provided by our local tour guide. Her guidance , her stories, her knowledge, and the skip the line feature made this trip worth every penny !!!

Was great, bus transfers were very easy, well explained. Walter our guide was super funny. I wish we had a little more time up there to maybe have lunch but we did stop in a town for lunch.

Anelka was a great guide and this was an excellent trip. Unbelievable views and interesting history

Great guide and driver. Work well together. Kept it light but informative.