A large part of the trail network in the Berchtesgaden National Park is located in alpine terrain and is not accessible in winter without special equipment and alpine experience.
If you would like to explore the National Park in winter, we recommend that you take part in our guided hikes from the winter program. In alpine terrain we recommend visitors to be accompanied by a certified mountain guide!
If you are skiing, snowboarding or snowshoeing, there are a few things you should definitely keep in mind:
Forest-game sanctuaries, route recommendations and co!
Forest-wildlife protection areas were designated as part of the DAV project "Ski mountaineering environmentally friendly", in cooperation with the State Ministry for the Environment and Consumer Protection and the Bavarian State Office for the Environment. At the same time, nature-friendly ski and snowshoe routes were developed for the entire Bavarian Alpine region. The DAV campaign "Naturally on Tour" now communicates the results of the project. Here in the National Park, too, there are some forest-wildlife sanctuaries - and a whole lot of great ski and snowshoe routes that have been tested for nature compatibility and avoid the sanctuaries. You can see where these are on the map.
And why all this?
Wild animals in the Alps have a particularly hard time in winter. To survive the cold and food shortages, they have to conserve as much energy as possible. That is why they depend on very specific wintering areas. The route recommendations and forest-game sanctuaries help to avoid disturbances for wild animals in these areas - because even if we don't see them, energy-intensive escape reactions can occur!
Please note that the difficulty information may differ depending on the tour portal and your personal perception of difficulty may differ. Adapt your tour planning to your physical and mental abilities and take into account all factors (such as distance, altitude, slope, current conditions in the terrain, etc.).
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