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Salzburg: Berchtesgaden Salt Mines and Underground Boat Ride

1. Salzburg: Berchtesgaden Salt Mines and Underground Boat Ride

Explore the Berchtesgaden Salt Mines with this guided tour. Sail access an underground lake aboard a raft. Visit the Austrian border town of Berchtesgaden on this day trip before returning to Salzburg by bus.   Hop aboard the comfortable and airconditioned bus at the centrally-located meeting point in Mirabellplatz. Sit back and relax on the drive through the countryside to the salt mines of Berchtesgaden. Get fitted with overalls to protect your clothing before climbing aboard the mine railway and traveling down into the shafts. Follow your guide thorugh a maze of branching tunnels and hear about the fascinating history of Alpine salt-mining. Travel deeper underground with a thrilling slide ride to the bottom of the mine. Climb aboard a raft to journey across the extraordinary underground salt lake. Head to Berchtesgaden before heading back to Salzburg to enjoy the charm of this rustic town with alpine views.

Salzkammergut: Salt Mine, Lakes, and Mountain Tour

2. 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.

From Munich: Herrenchiemsee Palace and Boat Trip Day-Tour

3. From Munich: Herrenchiemsee Palace and Boat Trip Day-Tour

Spend a lovely day out on a boat exploring the beautiful Chiemsee and its two picturesque islands, the Herreninsel and the Fraueninsel. Known as “the Bavarian Ocean,” Chiemsee is the largest fresh-water lake near Munich. Herreninsel boasts wonderful Herrenchiemsee, a palace built by King Ludwig II in 1878 in the image of Versailles in France. In some respects, however, Herrenchiemsee actually surpasses Versailes – its Hall of Mirrors is a famous example. With its elegant gardens and walkways and the beautiful interiors of gold, glass, and porcelain, the palace is a visually stunning monument to opulence. King Ludwig's difficult personality is reflected in his famous elevated dining table, which was raised and lowered through the floor so the reclusive King did not have to see his servants. This tour gives you the full story of Chiemsee and its islands. You even get the option of touring the interior of the palace. This full day tour is one of the most unique and special touring experiences in Germany.

Day Tour to Herrenchiemsee Palace with Skip-The-Line Tickets

4. Day Tour to Herrenchiemsee Palace with Skip-The-Line Tickets

On the Herreninsel, the largest island in Bavaria's largest lake, the Chiemsee, you will visit one of the most imposing sights in the whole of the state: the grandiose Herrenchiemsee Palace of King Ludwig II, the builder of Neuschwanstein. The palace was built in imitation of the Palace of Versailles build by France's Louis XIV, whom Ludwig held in the highest esteem. Afterwards, the boat will take you onwards to the lovely, car-free Fraueninsel. There you will have time for lunch and a tour of the island's fascinating sights, including the Carolingian gatehouse, one of the oldest buildings in Germany, the 2,000-year-old tree, and the Benedictine nunnery, with its famous home-made liqueur. The trip to Herrenchiemsee and the Fraueninsel will acquaint you with two of Bavaria's most beautiful and interesting spots. Come along on an excursion fit for a king!

Highlights of the Bavarian Mountains incl. Eagle's Nest

5. 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.

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It was a very informative tour in the mine explaining how the region grew so much wealth through salt for thousands of years. Honestly my favorite part of the tour was the drive through the Bavarian Alps with the guide explaining the history of the region, and actually we drove right by Hitler’s Eagles Nest! We stopped in a beautiful alpine town for afternoon tea and a snack, it looked like a fairy tale with some light snow coming down on all the historic houses! But please be aware this location is in Germany, not Austria. I was not aware of this, so my phone and credit card did not work since it is a different country than I set travel notices for.

Very good trip very interesting and we went in a big taxi so our little group stayed together for an evening out after the mine trip

Great and friendly guide and a great tour - we visited as a family with a dmall child and enjoyed the tour.

The guide is great, we have loved her and the place

All very well and for the guide a 10, it is great.