Hotel Bavaria and Exploring Berchtesgaden

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Introduction
Planning
British Airways First Class Los Angeles to London
British Airways Concorde Room Heathrow
The Trafalgar Hotel by Hilton
Exploring London
Residence Inn Munich City East and Neuschwanstein Castle
Hotel Bavaria and Exploring Berchtesgaden
Sheraton Salzburg
Austrian Airlines Business Class Salzburg to Frankfurt
Lufthansa New Business Class Frankfurt to Los Angeles

After visiting Munich, we were off to Hotel Bavaria and exploring Berchtesgaden in the Bavarian Alps. We bought the Bayern ticket, which is an awesome deal when traveling within Bavaria. The ticket is good for up to 5 people and only cost 26 euros. Even for two of us, 13 Euros per person to travel about 2.5 hours on the train through the countryside and alps is a pretty good deal. This kind of ticket would cost $100 USD or more in Switzerland per person! I love getting a good deal :).

The trains in Germany are clean and punctual. We arrived within 5 minutes of the estimated time. We chose Hotel Bavaria instead of the Intercontinental Berchtesgaden because of the location. We could walk 5 minutes to our hotel from the main station. The IC Berchtesgaden hotel needs a car or a bus.

We spent two nights at Hotel Bavaria and about one and a half days in Berchtesgaden.  Even though the hotel was a bit dated and old fashioned, we loved the charm and hospitality of the hotel.  Tripadvisor gave the hotel a certificate of excellence for 2013 and is ranked #3 in hotels in Berchtesgaden.  At a price of $148 per night with free breakfast and excellent location to activities, it was quite a steal.  Of course I didn’t pay for the hotel because I used my Barclaycard Arrival card points to pay for it.

Here are some pictures of the hotel and breakfast:

Hotel Bavaria Room - Simple but Nice!

Hotel Bavaria Room – Simple but Nice!

Good Breakfast!

Good Breakfast!

Lots of Juices

Lots of Juices

The first day we just explored town, had dinner, and relaxed back at the hotel.  Berchtesgaden is a nice traditional German town easily explorable by foot. There were a lot of German tourists, but also a lot of European tourists so people spoke decent English.  We stopped by a cafe for a drink and dessert. :)

Berchtesgaden Town

Berchtesgaden Town

Germans love their desserts.

Germans love their desserts.

...and their beer

…and their beer

The second day we woke up early to have breakfast and get started on a full day of activities.  We went directly to Eagle’s nest by taking two separate buses.  We were glad we went early because it was not crowded and the weather was awesome!  Hitler’s Eagles Nest wasn’t anything extravagent because it is just a restaurant now.  However, the views were awesome.  I’ll let the pictures do the talking.

Cross

Cross

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Path to the Top

Path to the Top

Awesome

Awesome

Amazing Views

Amazing Views

View from Eagle's Nest

View from Eagle’s Nest

In the afternoon, we rode the boat to St. Bartholomew church on Lake Konigsee.  It was a nice relaxing ride that cost about $15 a person round trip for a 45 minute ride each way.  It was nice walking around the church and admiring the scenery.  It’s crazy to know that it was Hitler’s past time to relax at this lake.

Boating on Lake Konigsee

Boating on Lake Konigsee

Saint Bartholomew Church

Saint Bartholomew Church

View from St. Bartholomew

View from St. Bartholomew

Photography Attempt

Artsy Photography Attempt

In the evening, we had dinner at Hotel Edelweiss’ Panorama Restaurant.  This is Berchtesgaden’s only 5-star hotel and it’s quite nice looking.  Too bad hotel rates are $300+ per night.  The dinner was great and reminded me on Roy’s Hawaiian.  The prices weren’t too bad.. we paid about $75 for 2 meals, 2 drinks, and 2 desserts.

Austrian Beer with a Nice View!

Austrian Beer with a Nice View!

My Ahi Tuna Dinner

My Ahi Tuna Dinner

Her Cod Dinner

Her Cod Dinner

Berchtesgaden is an amazing scenic place.  I definitely recommend exploring Berchtesgaden because there is a lot to see, the history is interesting, and has some of the best views of the Alps.  I know that it isn’t Switzerland, but it’s also like a third of the price of Switzerland.  By paying 26 Euros from Munich for two people, it’s a definite steal.  Staying at Hotel Bavaria was extremely convenient because it was a 5 minute walk to the main station, where we could take the bus anywhere.  Let me know if you have any questions or if you would like some tips traveling here.

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6 comments for “Hotel Bavaria and Exploring Berchtesgaden

  1. greg
    August 28, 2013 at 11:20 am

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    greg

    • August 28, 2013 at 11:24 am

      Hello Greg,

      You may be approved for another Citi AA card if it’s been at least 18 months. Just because you receive an offer in the mail doesn’t mean you will get approved. Mail offers are not usually the best offers. I would apply for the 50,000 bonus miles offer. See my HOT DEALS page.

      • GREG
        August 28, 2013 at 6:43 pm

        Thanks for the info. I just received an offer from chase freedom card today
        for 200.00 cash back after 500.00 in purchases. What’s your take on this offer?
        Thx
        Greg

        • August 29, 2013 at 7:03 am

          That’s a good offer. I would consider applying… current bonus is only $100. Chase Freedom is a great earning card not necessarily a great sign up bonus.

  2. September 7, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    Yowzer. Didn’t realize transport was so cheap in the area. It’s funny cuz I’m going tomorrow but still enjoy drooling over the pics.

    • September 7, 2013 at 12:47 pm

      We had free bus passes from hotel Bavaria. Berchtesgaden is very affordable unless you stay at the intercontinental…

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