My appreciation for alpine scenery has grown hugely over the last few years. My obsession started with two nights in Switzerland where we woke up each morning to mountain views. It would have been easy to spend weeks exploring the peaks and cafes, all from a log chalet. More recently, visiting the stunning national parks in New Zealand reopened the floodgates of awe. Basically, I’m a total lover of towering snow-topped mountains and wide clear lakes.
When I was contacted by Inntravel as part of their #NoFilterAdventure campaign, it instantly appealed to me for this reason. The ‘Slow Holidays’ company offer walking holidays in Berchtesgadener Land, a highly underrated area of Germany. After writing a post about how Instagram influences our travel habits, the idea of heading somewhere effortlessly beautiful is appealing.
Germany is home to some incredible cities: two days in Berlin left me wanting more and Bavaria’s capital city Munich welcomes thousands of tourists each year. So what makes Berchtesgadener Land stand out from the crowd?
Well, it’s home to Watzmann Mountain, the second highest mountain in Germany. Watzmann and its companions are visible across the valley, towering over 2,700 metres above sea level, which creates a pretty incredible photo backdrop. Planning a few days in Berchtesgaden National Park would be high up on my agenda if I was to visit here. You may even be lucky enough to spot a rare golden eagle.
Nestled at the foot of the Watzmann mountain, the emerald tones of Lake Königssee are heralded as one of the most beautiful alpine lakes in Europe. I can already imagine feeling the cool air on my skin on a boat trip through the fjord-esque scenery. Thanks to environmental protection work, it’s also the cleanest lake in Germany!
History isn’t just for the big cities! Berchtegadener Land is home to Kehlsteinhaus (or ‘Eagle’s Nest’), Hitler’s former tea room. Enjoy tea with cake and learn about the history of the Third Reich while overlooking Obersalzberg. You can also walk sections of the SalzAlpenSteig path which play an important role in the salt mining history of Berchtesgaden. Visiting the mine itself which houses an underground cathedral is another main attraction. Krakow’s salt mine was so impressive that I’d definitely recommend paying this one a visit.
So, are you up for a #NoFilterAdventure?
*This post is brought to you in collaboration with Inntravel – all images used are from the Inntravel website and are not my own.