Travelled : 48 kilometres from Bad Reichenhall to Berchtesgaden, Bavaria
Visited : The Eagle’s Nest €32 including bus ride, entry and lift. Jennerbahn cable car €44. Lake Konigssee cruise €14.50
Stayed : Dedicated motorhome parking at Konigssee, €5 per 24 hours but no services. N47.59223 E12.98727
Budget : 83 days @ €76 per day.
It’s probably not on your bucket list but Berchtesgaden was on mine, you may have never heard of it, but you will after reading this blog.
We say goodbye to Bad Reichenhall after stopping at a very upmarket supermarket, then the stellplatz to service the Hymer. Filling our water tank was €1 seems reasonable after two free nights. Driving into the Berchtesgaden National Park the road narrows and the mountains close in even further. Continuing through Berchtesgaden, we go onto Konigssee a further 4 kilometres on to check out the motorhome parking.
There are a couple of motorhome options in the area and Konigssee would be the most convenient and cheapest at €5. It looks good as a base for a few days, as there are a dozen or more motorhomes already in place. So its back to Berchtesgaden. From Berchtesgaden we cross the river and start up the mountain. The Salzburgstrase would be the steepest road we have taken the Hymer. There are several sections sign posted between 24% and 26% incline.
The Hymer pulls second gear comfortably until we catch up with a tourist bus. It’s driver appears to miss a gear change more than once, stop and restart. Loosing momentum we need 1st gear ourselves for a couple of sections.
Reaching the Kehlstein carpark, we purchase our tickets and transfer to the mandatory coach for the final leg of our journey to the Eagle’s Nest. The construction of the Kahlseinstrasse (the road) was considered one of the great engineering feats of the 1930s. The fact that Martin Bormann used 3,000 people (mostly forced labor) to achieve the feat is for history to judge.
We make our way past several Koreans stuck half way up the scurry clutching boulders but still managing some selfies and back to the gondola. We then travel back down to middle station and get off again. The girl at the Toursit Office recommended the walk down from middle station via Kongsbachalm. So off we go, its posted as a four hour walk, but its was much closer to 3 hours.
With sore knees from the long downhill walk we arrive back at the Hymer ready for a rest. A short time later we hear a voice calling and come out to chat with Cheryl and Nigel from NZ. They have hired a motorhome as part of an extended European adventure. So drinks are on and it was another great night chatting about why Australia is such a great place except for Rugby.
We finish up our visit to Berchtesgaden with a cruise on Lake Konigssee.