Summer vacation in Berchtesgaden

Leaving the stress of everyday life behind....

….and experience the diversity of Berchtesgaden’s summer. In spring and summer, the days cannot be long enough: there is so much to discover! From family hiking trails to challenging mountain and mountain bike tours for athletes, the mountains around Berchtesgaden and in Bavaria offer plenty of variety. In the golden autumn, nature slowly transforms into a colourful masterpiece; the best time for a trip to Lake Königssee or Lake Hintersee.

Take deep breaths and let the fresh, clear air flow into your lungs. Enjoy untouched nature and fill up on vitamin D in the sunshine to activate your defences. Challenge the body, but don’t forget rest breaks: More than ever, everything speaks for a time-out at our Hotel EDELWEISS in the mountains.

Whether it’s running along the Königsseer Ache, a walk across green meadows or climbing a peak, being outside strengthens and motivates. The Berchtesgadener Land, which was already one of the “most beautiful places on earth” for Alexander von Humboldt, captivates with its uniqueness and diversity.

In all faces of summer

•  230 km of hiking trails from easy family tours
    to 2800-metre summit climbs
•  more than 40 managed alpine pastures and mountain huts
•  Almer Walfahrt (pilgrimage) over the Steinerne Meer to Maria Alm
•  700 km of designated mountain bike trails
•  In-house e-bike hire for hotel guests (surcharge)
•  Bike room
•  Canyoning, rafting, paragliding
•  Via ferrata
•  Golf & mini golf
•  Haus der Berge – National Park Centre
•  Berchtesgaden Salt Mine

The imposing Watzmann with the Steinernes Meer in the background and the rugged peaks of the Berchtesgaden Alps: there is hardly a setting that arouses more mountain desire for every fitness level.

Right in the centre, the Hotel EDELWEISS is the ideal starting point for mountain and hiking tours of all kinds. The car stays in parked in the garage as there is a regional bus stop directly in front of the hotel and can be used free of charge in the entire Berchtesgaden valley with the guest card. (Guest card available at the reception for a deposit)

For a carefree and uncomplicated hiking experience, free rental hiking poles and backpacks are available at the reception.

Suggested hikes

Königsweg hike at Jenner

Easy hike past alpine pastures and meadows

From parking lot Hinterbrand you take the path to the middle station of the jennerbahn cable car. Keep to the right and follow the path to the Königsbachalm.
If you want to shorten the route, take the jennerbahn cable car to the middle station and hike from there to the Königsbachalm.

Distance: 12,1 Kilometer
Difference in altitude: 436 m
Duration: 4:00 h

Starting point: 
Parking lot Hinterbrand
Schönau am Königssee

Malerwinkel - Loop

The Malerwinkel is a popular viewpoint on the north shore of Lake Königssee and offers a wonderful view over the lake, which is otherwise difficult to access.

From the Königssee parking lot, a path leads along the picturesque boat huts into the Berchtesgaden National Park. Passing the Café Malerwinkel, the walk leads to the so-called Malerwinkel. This hike is also very popular as a winter hike, then the path to the Malerwinkel is cleared and gritted.

Distance: 3,8 Kilometer
Difference in altitude: 128 m
Duration: 1:30 h

Starting point: 
Königssee Parking lot, Schönau am Königssee


Mountain hike to Hohes Brett

The mountain hile to the Hohes Brett is a relatively lonely classic not far from the Jenner. Several mountain inns and huts along the way invite you to stop for a bite to eat.
The normal route to the Hohe Brett leads in a demanding hike over the Jenner and the Carl von Stahl Haus at the Torrener Joch.
Up to the Jenner it is a relatively easy mountain hike, the transition to the Hohe Brett is a quite demanding mountain tour with easy, wire-rope secured rock passages.

The ascent can be shortened considerably with the Jennerbahn cable car. If you start at the top station at the Jennerbahn cable cart the summit of the Hohe Brett can be reached in about 2 hours.

Distance: 16,2 Kilometer
Difference in altitude: 1.370 m (from Hinterbrand parking lot)
Duration: 8:00 h

Starting point:
Hinterbrand parking lot, Scharitzkehlstraße 40, 83471 Schönau a. Königssee
If you go with the Jennerbahn cable car: Königssee parking lot, Seestraße 3, 83471 Schönau a. Königssee

Kneifelspitze Berchtesgaden

An easy hike with a unique view

The hike to the Kneifelspitze is a must for every Berchtesgaden vacationer. Due to the detached location, you have a unique panoramic view of the Watzmann and the other mountains around the Berchtesgaden valley from the summit of the Kneifelspitze.

In Maria Gern, the marked AV trail 15, the Kneifelspitzweg, leads very steeply between the pilgrimage church and the Maria Gern inn to the parking lot below the Lauchlehen. At the first bend, the hiking trail to the Marxenhöhe branches off to the right. The variant over the Marxenhöhe rewards the approximately 10-minute detour with a fantastic view of the Berchtesgaden valley from the vantage point.

Passing farmhouses, the trail leads uphill along the left edge of the meadow into the forest. At the end of the path, steep serpentines lead to the junction of the road leading up from Metzenleitenlehen. Follow this path to the left and you will reach the Paulshütte mountain restaurant and the summit of the Kneifelspitze.

Distance: 2,6 Kilometer
Difference in altitude: 425m
Duration: 1:30 h

Starting point
Wallfahrtskirche Maria Gern
Gerner Straße
83471 Berchtesgaden


The hike to the Wimbachschloss can be reached in a relatively easy hike on the AV trail 641 from the Wimbach bridge in the mountaineering village Ramsau. The hiking trail leads through the gorge Wimbachklamm or past the gorge gently ascending. Duration approx. 2 hours

Starting pooint:
Wimbachbrücke parking lot:
Rotheben 14,
83486 Ramsau


Unique view to mount watzmann and lake königssee

From its summit, the Grünstein offers almost the same view of the Berchtesgaden valley as the Watzmann, which is 1,400 m higher, but the hike to the Grünstein is much easier than a hike to the Watzmann. In about 1:30 hour you can hike to the top and enjoy the view: You can stop for a bite to eat just below the summit at the Grünsteinhütte.
From the Hammerstiel parking lot in Schönau, the hike goes through the forested ridge of the rocky flank at the foot of the Watzmann. Alternatively to the ascent from Hammerstiel, we recommend the hike from the ice bobsleigh and toboggan run at Königssee.

Distance: 2,5 Kilometer
Diffrence in altitude: 530 m
Duration: 1:30 h

Starting point:
Hammerstiel parking lot,
83471 Schönau am Königssee

Suggested mountainbike tours

Our Berchtesgadener Land is an absolute paradise for all mountain bikers: 25 signposted tours, over 700 km of trails and more than 22,700 meters of altitude! These are the key facts of the mountain bike trail network between Königssee, Berchtesgaden and the Rupertiwinkel offered in various fitness levels.

Discover the alpine pastures on your bike and have a look at our tour suggestions already before your arrival.

E-bike rental at Hotel EDELWEISS:
€ 35,- per bike per day (pre-booking recommended)


The mountain bike tour to the Litzlalm is one of the short tour classics and is besides the bike experience also a sociable tour and therefore very popular for young and old.
From Hintersee, the route leads through the Klausbach Valley to Bindalm, Hirschbichl and then to Litzlalm. The snack station there and the Hirschbichl mountain restaurant are very popular stops for cyclists. The way back is the same.
The short detour to Bindalm should not be omitted, but is only allowed uphill on a bike (pushing passage).

Distance: 18,3 km
Difference in altitude: 525 hm
Duration: 2:00 h

Starting point:
Hintersee parking lot at the entrance to Klausbach Valley (794 m)

Rossfeld loop

The mountain bike loop over the ridge of the Rossfeld shines with a view to Salzburg and the Tennengau.
From the parking lot of the Watzmann Therme we ride on the Berchtesgadener Radstern-Ost (white star on brown background) first to Unterau, then off the main road to Oberau and on to the Rossfeldstrasse. On the Höhenringstrasse we bike our way up to the Rossfeld ski area. With a view of the Göll east wall, we cycle along the ridge.

Distance: 29 km
Diffrence in altitude: 1.155 hm
Duration: 3:40 h

Berchtesgadener bike tour west

Bike tour from Berchtesgaden to Ramsau

The Radstern West bike tour leads from Berchtesgaden train station to Oberschönau to Hinterschönau. Further over the Wimbach bridge you cycle to the national park community Ramsau to the Hintersee. From here it goes on to the Taubensee. On the way back, the Radstern West tour leads out of the valley at the foot of the Toten Mann to the Vierradweg with a beautiful view of Schönau, before you reach Berchtesgaden station again via Strub.

Distance: 36,5 km
Difference in altitude: 610 hm
Duration: 4:00 h