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Salzbergwerk Berchtesgaden: Our most recommended tours and activities

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.

Day Tour to Berchtesgaden Foothills & Obersalzberg

2. Day Tour to Berchtesgaden Foothills & Obersalzberg

Enjoy one of Germany's most impressive tourist destinations. This tour offers a truly breathtaking view of the mountains and lakes of this unique natural region. Start on the Deutsche Alpenstrasse, or German Alpine Way, whose sinuous curves wind upwards through the picturesque valleys of the Alps towards the beautiful foothills of Berchtesgaden. Then, take a trip up to Obersalzberg and enjoy its phenomenal views. Those who wish to may take the exceptional bus service and exciting underground elevator to visit the Eagle's Nest, where the remains of Hitler's holiday residence are to be seen.  On wintry days, when snow and ice cover the higher peaks, visit the famous salt mines of Berchtesgaden instead to learn about this particularly fascinating chapter in the area's history.

From Salzburg: Full-Day Super Saver Bavarian Mountains Tour

3. From Salzburg: Full-Day Super Saver Bavarian Mountains Tour

The first highlight of this tour is the visit to the Eagle's Nest, from where you will have a breath-taking view over the Alps. Afterwards you have the opportunity to eat lunch in the town of Berchtesgaden. Then, you will visit the salt mines in Berchtesgaden, where you will discover the miners life underground. Finally, you will visit the Kings Lake, which is embedded among the steep and imposing mountains. Treat yourself with a few Bavarian specialities in the romantic village of Berchtesgaden before you will return to Salzburg.  

From Salzburg: Half-Day Tour of Berchtesgaden

4. From Salzburg: Half-Day Tour of Berchtesgaden

This magical tour will start on Salzburg's charming Mirabellplatz, and take you over the Staatsbrücke, along the Salzach river past the Baroque old town, and down the Alpenstraße to the former border controls at Marktschellenberg. During the journey you'll be able to see the Königsee, and drive through the enchanting landscape of the Bavarian Alps, on your way to Obersalzberg (around 1000m above sea level.) Today, the location where Hitler had his holiday residence contains nothing but ruins. A road winds up to the place where the Kehlsteinhaus, Hitler's Eagle's Nest, once stood. The next stop is the Königsee, an azure lake encircled by steep, rugged cliffs. Allowing ample time for you to enjoy the scenery, the tour will then lead you back to Berchtesgaden, where, before your return to Salzburg, you'll be able to try out any of the enticing local delicacies on offer.

Salzkammergut: Salt Mine, Lakes, and Mountain Tour

5. 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.

Sound of Music & Salt Mines Tour

6. Sound of Music & Salt Mines Tour

Start with the salt mines and take a breathtaking ride from the city of Salzburg into the Bavarian Alps along the Kings Lake-Ache passing the Obersalzberg, where the second headquarters of the Third Reich used to be.  Afterwards, the tour continues to its highlight – the 490 year old salt mines at Berchtesgaden. 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 be crossing by boat. After this 2-hour unique tour you will have the opportunity to explore the little picturesque town of Berchtesgaden tasting some Bavarian specialties.  After a short break go to the Sound of Music Tour - a wonderful ride with amazing views! Tour the picturesque World Heritage City of Salzburg as well as the beautiful landscapes where the opening scenes of the movie The Sound of Music were filmed. The enormous success of The Sound of Music Broadway Musical by Rodgers & Hammerstein premiering in 1959 caused film director Robert Wise and 250 crew members to turn Salzburg and its surroundings into the Sound of Music film location in 1964.   Right after release, the film became a tremendous success, awarded with 5 Oscars, becoming the highest grossing movie ever and reaching cult status over the years. Both the musical and film are based on the "The Story of the Trapp Family Singers" written by Maria von Trapp in 1949.  Do follow the traces of the Trapp family and take a tour through Salzburg and its surroundings. Visit all of the original film sets and just imagine being Julie Andrews, the main character in the film, playing Maria von Trapp. Learn about the historical and architectural landmarks of Salzburg as well as the Lake District while enjoying the highlights of the movie. Relax and listen to the Original Sound of Music soundtrack and of course feel free to sing Edelweis and much more.

Bavarian Salt Mine Tour and Berchtesgaden

7. Bavarian Salt Mine Tour and Berchtesgaden

Learn what it's like to live in the Bavarian Alps. Travel along the Königseeache River onto the Obersalzberg, where the leaders of the Third Reich once had their residence. The highlight of this tour is a visit to a 500-year-old salt mine, where you'll first slip into original protective gear before entering. Once inside, you'll learn about exciting, informative, and legendary facts to do with this enchanting, underground world. Use the slides that miners once used to delve deeper into the mine and see what secrets it still hides. A raft trip along the mystical underground salt lake and a trip on the mine railway cap off the informative trip. Before returning to Salzburg, you'll have enough time to discover the Berchtesgaden area more and you could even try one of Bavaria's many specialty food items.

Private Eagles Nest and Salt Mines Tour from Salzburg

8. Private Eagles Nest and Salt Mines Tour from Salzburg

This personal customizable tour covers Bavaria's mountains, Adolf Hitler's former mountain home, Eagle’s Nest retreat, Nazi bunkers around Berchtesgaden, the King's Lake, and the Salt Mines.  After pickup from your Salzburg hotel, start your morning with a scenic drive, following an off-the-beaten-path route past the meadow where the opening scene of The Sound of Music was filmed. The road leads to one of the most beautiful viewpoints in Berchtesgaden and after a short photo stop here continue to the Obersalzberg Eagle’s Nest bus terminal. Here board a specially equipped mountain bus and experience a breathtaking ride up the four-mile (6.4 kilometers) road, negotiating a 27% incline up to a rocky plateau. Disembark the bus here and walk through the 406 foot (124 meters) tunnel to the original WWII brass elevator up to the Eagle’s Nest. Feel the palpable sense of history as the elevator carries you a further 406 feet (124 meters) through the heart of the Kehlstein mountain and straight into Hitler’s former lair. On arrival, take a fascinating tour of the building and afterward get some free time to enjoy the birdseye views and refreshments. Descend from the Obersalzberg toward the mountain town of Berchtesgaden. See the fortress-like system of underground bunker complexes that were built by the Nazis to be used as air-raid shelters, a military headquarters, and a possible last refuge for the Third Reich leaders. Having explored here, emerge back into the daylight and after a short walk, visit the grounds of Hitler’s now destroyed home, known as the Berghof. Continue to the Königssee (King's Lake) a glacial lake in an Alp-framed valley. After a short photo stop at the lake, we will travel back in time exploring the underground world of a 500-year-old salt mine. Relax on a scenic return drive along the Königssee River to Salzburg, where your tour concludes with a drop off at your accommodation or chosen central location.

Highlights of the Bavarian Mountains incl. Eagle's Nest

9. 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.

Berchtesgaden and Salzburg: Krampus Multi-Day Trip

10. Berchtesgaden and Salzburg: Krampus Multi-Day Trip

The cities of Berchtesgaden and Salzburg are perfect places to experience the unique Krampus Christmas celebrations. On this 2-night trip with two nights accommodation, enjoy guided tours, visits to Christmas markets, and more. Krampus originates from centuries of Pagan festivals and is by far the most unique Christmas celebration ever. Get the opportunity to experience Krampus parades, Krampus lairs, and the wickedly fun Krampus beatings. To start the trip, take off from Munich to Berchtesgaden where you will stay at the centrally located Hotel AlpinRos. Spend the afternoon in nearby Salzburg with a Christmas market tour, Krampus parade, and city tour. The next day, after breakfast, visit the local salt mine and be transported 150 meters below the earth’s surface for a tour and lesson in salt production. Have lunch at the salt mine before going on an afternoon tasting and tour with Krampuses at the Grassl Enzian Schnapps Factory. Later, enjoy an evening dinner at the Hofbräu brewery in Berchtesgaden. Then, take a city tour and visit Krampus marches, Christmas markets, and Krampus lairs. The next day, have breakfast and go on a morning walk at the Konigsee Lake and bobsled track before making your way to the village of Murnau for a short 45-minute train ride back to Munich at the conclusion of the tour.

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What people are saying about Salzbergwerk Berchtesgaden

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 485 reviews

We had a wonderful day with Michael Toth as our knowledgeable private guide! We were greeted right outside our old town Salzburg apartment rental door and whisked off on our adventure for the day. From beginning till end we felt as if we were seasoned pals w/Michael as he has a way about him that exudes charm/warmth. Despite a rain shower or two, it could not dampen our great day in the Austrian Alps. Michael drove and filled us in on much of the history of the areas until we reached the bus that would take us up to the Eagle’s Nest. Michael made us feel like VIP’s getting us to the front of the line and best seats on the bus (views!) for the short ride up to the elevator which took us to where Hitler’s Lair lies. Stunning views and full narrative from Michael on the it’s history was GR8. We chose the trail (124meters) vs elevator back to the bus to enjoy the spectacular views. Experience was more than we could hope for! We went on to the salt mines tour/good fun! Thx Michael ✨✨

The Guide Frau Ursula is a professional, we learned a lot of new things about München and all of the Sights we visited. She is a friendly Person, she took care of all of us. We had a great Time, everything was well organized. I am recommending this Tour, it s worth it

They should include the extra 28€ (for the eagles nest access) in the price to avoid all the hassle, and to not surprise guests who might be on a tight budget. But the guide and driver were great so I still give five stars.

This is truly an amazing experience.... probably something most of us have not done. It was entertaining and educational, The bus ride was beautiful,, I recommend this to anyone near Salzburg!

Good organization and good path! Surely I would have liked to have had more time to see something more, but that's fine, it was a great activity !!!