Berchtesgaden Journals

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An October 2002 trip to Berchtesgaden by monorail

Quote: Two hours southeast of Munich, this town offers everything you could want in a vacation. From relaxing boat rides, to hiking, parasailing, and castle tours, Berchtesgaden offers it all.

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We stayed by Lake Konigsee at the Hotel Schiffmeister. The family suite (2 rooms) was huge, with balcony overlooking the lake and a private bathroom, cost us 99 euro a night including breakfast. The Konigsee boat trip to St. Bartholoma is beautiful, as is a ride on the Jenner Cable car. Hiking from the top of the mountain is very strenuous but worth it. In town, you can spend the day touring the salt mines, the castle, Watzmann Therme (day spa), riding the rodelbahn (summer bobsled), driving the Rossfeld Ring or hiking the Almbach Gorge to the marlbe mill. You can also take a tour of Hitler's Eagles Nest on the top of the mountain. There are also some other WWII buildings in the area, but they ...Read More
We had the family suite. It was 99 euro a night including breakfast. Our room was on the second floor overlooking the lake. It has a private foyer and bathroom. The rooms have to be 25x25. They were HUGE. They both have king sized bed, two sinks, a talbe and chairs, a lounge chair, and a wardrobe. They have a connecting door on the far side of the room so you don't have to go into the foyer. One of the rooms also has a daybed for a fifth guest. Both rooms have two full walls of windows for great views and the room with the daybed has a balcony with a table and chairs for dining. The balcony overlooks the Konigsee Lake. We didn't hear any street noise even with the windows open. I would defi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 24, 2003

Hotel Schiffmeister
Lake Konigsee
Berchtesgaden, Germany



The Rodelbahn was one of the most fun things we did on this trip. You sit on an oversized sled with wheels. There is a lever in the middle that you push to go faster and pull to slow down. The track is a "U" shaped stainless steel track that banks and curves down the side of the mountain. You can go as fast or slow as you want. I rode with my daughter so I could video tape it. All you can hear on the tape is our laughter. We went full speed around the banked curves and down the hill. When we got to the top again, she kept going and I got off. It doesn't cost that much to ride. I think it was three rides for a euro, but I can't remember exactly.