Hiking in the Berchtesgaden National Park has many faces: Some prefer a leisurely stroll through the valley, while others seek the challenge of a high mountain peak. Sturdy shoes, warm clothing and a snack as well as precise tour planning are essential! Under "Conditions in the high mountains" we have compiled some additional tips for you on how to travel safely in the national park.
The Berchtesgaden National Park offers a versatile network of hiking trails and alpine climbs over 260 km. From the simple valley hike to the extensive high mountain tour, there is something for everyone. Maps for planning your route are available at the information offices of the national park or in bookstores. If you prefer to take part in a themed hike under expert guidance, we offer a comprehensive hiking program and a varied program for school classes and other groups.
Conditions in the high mountains
Coordinate your undertakings absolutely on their personal ability as well as on the weather and daylight conditions, in the winter please absolutely consider the avalanche situation report. Also important are sturdy shoes and rain gear, warm clothing, drinks and a snack. In the mountains, the weather can change very quickly. For route planning and orientation in the terrain you need detailed maps. For larger tours and on more difficult trails, a head for heights, surefootedness and good physical condition are a prerequisite.
Please note that the difficulty information can differ depending on the tour portal. The evaluation criteria of the tour portals usually refer to the distance/calculated walking time of the tour, the altitude meters, as well as the technical difficulty oriented to the SAC hiking scale. Therefore, in addition to the data on the tour (such as length, altitude meters), please also give priority to the signposts in the terrain.
These refer to trail segments and, unlike the tour portals, are based on the following categories:
Easy mountain paths (blue) are often narrow and can have steep passages, there is no danger of falling.
Moderately difficult climbs (red) are narrow and usually steep. Short passages with a risk of falling or wire-rope secured sections must be mastered.
Difficult routes (black) are narrow, steep, often exposed, there is a danger of falling. Passages secured by wire ropes as well as unsecured climbing sections are to be mastered. Not suitable for dogs.
Your tour planning should be adapted to your physical condition, which is why we ask you to always consider all factors and not to disregard the signs in the terrain!
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What you should consider during your stay in the national park
In a national park, the protection of nature is the primary goal. In order to achieve this goal, we need your help and ask you not to do the following in the national park:
Throw away garbage
Pick endangered plants
Let dog run free without leash in national park
Disturb animals in your habitat
bivouacking or camping in the countryside
Listening to loud music or lighting a free fire
endanger the hikers as a cyclist
use swimming aids of any kind to navigate the lakes in the national park
Let drones fly in the national park or fly over it