Berchtesgaden is a major market town in the Bavarian Alps, about 12 miles across the border from Salzburg, Austria. Berchtesgaden is rightly famous for its magnificent Royal Palace. It also happens to have a blot on its landscape in the form of the beautiful Obersalzberg, a mountain retreat just above Berchtesgaden that was turned into an Imperial Chancellery by the Nazis. Hitler had his own mountain home here called Berghof. You can learn more about it at the Institute of Contemporary History at Obersalzberg. You will need to get a car for hire in Berchtesgaden, if you want to see all these and other natural attractions like Berchtesgaden National Park and Lake Königssee.
Undoubtedly the crown jewel among Berchtesgaden's famous attractions is the Royal Palace which has added layers of style and architecture, from Romanesque cloisters to Gothic, Baroque and Biedermeier styles. Visit the local Heritage Museum and the Grassl Schnapps distillery. Go to the Almbach gorge and see Germany's last surviving marble ball grinding mill. Go to Mount Jenner and enjoy the view of the peaks, Lake Königssee and the Berchtesgaden National Park. Both of these, by the way, are must-visit attractions here. You will need a car for rent in Berchtesgaden to see and enjoy all this.
Obersalzberg is both the pride and shame of Berchtesgaden. It is without any doubt one of the most magnificent mountain retreats in all of Germany, which is why the Nazis bought it for themselves and turned it into their southern headquarters. Visitors here will want to see the Eagle's Nest, given as a present by Martin Bormann to Hitler on his 50th birthday. Now it is a mountain top restaurant with a magnificent view and accessible only by bus from Obersalzberg. A visit to Dokumentation Obersalzberg near the car park is a must, so you can learn about Obersalzberg's big role in Nazi history and during WWII. You can also visit the underground bunker system here.
The best short drive from here is not in Germany, but in Austria. Cross the border and visit Mozart's home in Salzburg after a half hour drive on the B305, with stops at towns along the way like Marktschellenberg and Grodig. You can also take a scenic drive on the Rossfeld Ring Road, which takes you high up to a mountain park with a breathtaking view of the entire area. Alternatively, you can head for the spa town of Bad Reichenhall, which is about 20 minutes off on the B20 with Bischofswiesen on the way.
There are seven depots offering a car rental in Berchtesgaden for travelers, mostly bunched near the town center on Königsseer Rd, Dr. Elschner St and Lösler Rd. You can use an online service to compare all these agencies offering delivery and pickups in Berchtesgaden. Choose the best deal you can get and book your preferred vehicle right now.
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