Salzburg and Berchdesgaden

Feb 2nd, 2013, 02:02 AM
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Salzburg and Berchdesgaden

Hi there,

I will be in Salzburg for one day in March, before travelling on to Munich. I am seeking advice as to whether it is worth visiting Berchdesgaden during this time (basically - is Berchdesgaden that special?!!). I was orginally intending to see the Eagle's Nest, but this will be closed. I would like to see a typical Bavarian/Alpine village, so would just be going for the scenery and a quick look round. I am aware of the bus and travel links and times but am wondering if I just just spend the whole day in Salzburg instead? (I am also going to Innsbruck briefly beforehand).

I would really appreciate any help.

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Feb 2nd, 2013, 02:41 AM
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I would rather stay in Salzburg and explore the town than heading to Berchtesgaden, especially since you've been in Innsbruck before. It's easy to see a nice Alpine village from there. (take the tram to the Stubai valley e.g.)
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Feb 2nd, 2013, 05:13 AM
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Spend your time in Salzburg. Berchtesgaden is nice, but not so much to eat out all your allocated time.
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Feb 2nd, 2013, 06:49 AM
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Berchtesgaden is a nice little town and worth visiting, but not at the expense of your limited time in Salzburg. One thought is to take one of the Sound of Music half day tours. You will see some of the sights in Salzburg and they will probably take you out to Mondsee (the town where they filmed the wedding scenes). That way yiu will get a little taste of the countryside with Salzburg. Then spend the other half of the day seeing Mozart's house, the castle and have a meal downstairs at Skt. Peter's Stifftskeller.
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Feb 2nd, 2013, 08:20 AM
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I did a day trip to Berchtesgaden from Salzburg. I actually didn't see the Eagle's Nest even though it was open - but it was raining anyway so not much to see outside. I was interested in seeing the Nazi Documentation Center, however - kind of a must for WWII buffs. Berchtesgaden was a second seat of government for the Nazis. The Documentation Center does have tons of unique photos and posters, but almost nothing is in English - even the audio guide merely translates the written text into English word for word and that gets tedious quickly. Perhaps a guided tour would have been better.

But yes, with only a day in Salzburg - I'd probably stay there unless you are a major WWII history buff.
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Feb 2nd, 2013, 02:00 PM
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Why/when is the Eagle's Nest closed? We're planning a trip there in Aug. and EN was on the list. Salzburg sounds like a nice place though. Planning 3 days there.
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Feb 2nd, 2013, 02:31 PM
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If you had more time I'd say go to Berchdesgaden and visit the salt mines. You have the option to slide down to many of the levels on a wooden slide and a burlap sack on your rear. But you'll barely get through Salzburg in one day. Enjoy, it's worth taking it all in.
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Feb 3rd, 2013, 12:43 AM
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Thanks very much for replying. I'm staying in Salzburg!
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Feb 4th, 2013, 01:36 PM
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>Why/when is the Eagle's Nest closed? <

Eagle's Nest closes every year when the snow begins falling as it is inaccessible during this time. It usually re-opens in mid May or so and occasionally closes for a day or few if it snows again after that.

If you go, I can highly recommend Eagle's Nest Historical Tours. Of course you can go on your own but the amount of info you get and things you see that you might otherwise miss keeps us going on this tour every time we go to B'gaden. Been 4 times now and love it. It's pricey, though.
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