In summer seasons or winter times the mountains of Bavaria
are always fascinating most people. One trip with your personal airportshuttle
of mine will bring you today in an area called the Ruperti-Corner.
There you will find Berchtesgaden, well known from thousands
of different people. Let us see why: mountaineers know this town because there
is the second of Germany's highest mountains, the Watzmann.
Vacationeers know that in Berchtesgaden they can have nearly
everything for a relaxed holiday season and people with knowledge of history
will name the town as a residence of kings, bishops and in the last century
meeting point and domicile of world known cruel dictators, Mussolini and Adolf
You have heard something but you don't know where Berchesgaden
is located? It is easy to find and reach. You have two chances either your
plane land on Salzburg airport, Austria, than it will be only about 25 kilometers
far away. Or you got a direct flight to our nice Munich airport, from there
I will need with my airportshuttle between two and three hours to reach that
town, the distance is about 180 kilometers. We will take the highway A 8 Munich
- Salzburg and the last exit before
reaching the Austrian border lead us to Berchtesgaden in the Ruperti-Corner.
This district is named by an old bishop of Salzburg as he got this area as
a gift from the Bavarian Duke Theodo.
The marvellous town is spreaded over several hills and has
nice green flats in his area. So you will not see too much walls or houses
with one exception. Looking out of your hotel window you nearly can grip the
mountains especially the Watzmann. He is 2713 meters high and has a very cruel
history in the legends, I will tell you a little bit later in my tale part.
And there is another mountain, not so high, but very well
known. The Obersalzberg, once residence of Adolf Hitler and meeting point with
Mussolini and other politicians in these dark times of Germany. And on the
mountain Kehlstein, near the Obersalzberg, only 900 meters more high, there
is a beautiful viewing point, the Kehlsteinhaus, once named "Eagles Nest"
by the American Army, because they all had heard about some huge "alpin
castle of the Nazis". One of the biggest bluffs in these times.
Let us forget the old things, even the small rest of bunkers
are not worth to talk about. But much more worth is the relaxing area of Berchtesgaden.
The air is very good, no industrie smoke around, you have wonderful views on
the Königssee (King's Lake) and the "Stone Ocean" - on this
plateau in the mountains the German-Austrian border is running and the European
Far-Walking-Way No. 4. But you will need a good condition and mountain supply
to handle this area. Climbing hills is not everybody's favour. You can do nearly
each kind of sports in Berchtesgaden.
Golfing, play tennis, go swim, drive boat on the Koenigssee,
fishing, biking, walking, skiing in winter in all kinds of difficulties - everything
is possible. For example, on 28th of may they have a Marathon-Run there.
Ok, sports is not your turn, you want relax and perhaps
do something for your wellness? Berchtesgaden is one of the best places for
that. The name of the mountain Obersalzberg is in translation " upper
salt mountain". That explains a lot, right? In Berchtesgaden they had
over 2000 years salt mines, first by the Celtics, than by the Romans and later
the Bavarian dukes discovered new the richness of the ground. And salt is not
only good for the food, it helps in several cases of sickness too.
You can cure with drinks, baths or by inhalations. People
with asthma can get great help there, visits in the old salt mine are possible,
interesting and healty (look at the pic). And in the free
time between cure, dinner and night you can visit a lot of historical buildings
and exhibitions or you go shopping. In Berchtesgaden you can find nice wood
Trips to Salzburg or in the area will show you a lot of
marvellous views, you never forget in your live. People who like history have
a great exhibition about the desert in Rosenheim
One legend of Berchtesgaden is also not forgotten although
it must be older than some thousand years. The story of the mountain Watzmann
and his family. If you are looking to the Alps, you see on right hand the Watzmann
man, left hand a little smaller one, this is the Watzmann woman and between
both seven smaller peaks, that are the Watzmann kids. And old people told:
King Watzmann and his family
Once upon a time in this area a king named Watzmann ruled.
He, his wife and the seven children were cruel and their biggest fun was hunting
and torture animals and people. They all like to see living creatures laying
in their blood. One day the horns again opened the wild hunt. King Watzmann
saw an old female sitting in front of a poor farmhouse with her grandchild
on the knees. He pulls his horse on her to kill both with the horselegs. As
they were laying for death on the ground, the farmer and his wife tried to
pull her in the house. King Watzmann set the dogs on them. All four were laying
in their blood and the whole king's family enjoyed this with laughing. In this
moment the old female nearly death cryed: "King, you and your family have
hearts of stone. May the Lord save our souls but you and your family should
become stones." Said it and died. In the same moment the earth roared,
fire came out of the ground and a big thunderstorm started. A few hours later
the nature calmed down and the farm and the king's family were gone, but since
that time the two big mountains with the seven smaller ones exist.
So, if you want help to punish this cruel king and his family,
take a flight to Bavaria, drive with my airportshuttle from Munich airport
Franz-Josef-Strauss to Berchtesgaden and kick the Watzmann with your shoes
while walking on his body. Which nice accommodations they have you can receive
by the tourist
office or you visit the homepage
of that town. It is a wonderful vacation area there, I always like driving
in the Ruperti-Corner, you will like it too, believe me.
One last and another view to the Koenigssee (all
pics from the tourist office of Berchtesgaden)
You are handicapt? No problem, in the Berchtesgaden region
there is a company specialized for handicapt people too. If you are coming
to Munich airport or even located in Munich you must not stand aside. The company
Aschauer" will pick you up, they have cars for wheel chairs too, and
bring you in the marvellous region of King Watzmann and Berchtesgaden. Also
day trips are available. For contact please click on the linked name.
Script by J.W.Lohfink, for any mistakes in
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