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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:
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. 🙂
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.
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.
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.
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.