Landscape view from the Untersberg, on the border between Berchtesgaden, Germany and Salzburg, Austria
View from the Untersberg, on the border between Berchtesgaden, Germany and Salzburg, Austria© Linh

Right by the border between Germany and Austria (and a mere 1,5h away from Munich) the hills and mountains of beautiful Salzburg can be found. Here is where I’d spend a couple of days before heading for a full week in Berchtesgaden, which is just as idyllic and only less than an hour’s drive away. What a great delight and a fresh change from the ‘flat’ North where I live!

Landscape view from the Untersberg, on the border between Berchtesgaden, Germany and Salzburg, Austria
View from the Untersberg, on the border between Berchtesgaden, Germany and Salzburg, Austria© Linh
Landscape view from the Untersberg, on the border between Berchtesgaden, Germany and Salzburg, Austria
Landscape view from the Untersberg, on the border between Berchtesgaden, Germany and Salzburg, Austria© Linh

Lovely as they are with all the novelty and plethora of places to discover, as expected, the ten days feel too short in the end. The blue, blissful sky, water and mountains undeniably leave me craving for more. The scenery is unfamiliar, yet calming and comforting.

View of the Königssee in Berchtesgaden
View of the Königssee in Berchtesgaden© Linh

Around the cities, at the squares, castles, churches or elsewhere, nobody seems to be in a rush to go anywhere or do anything. From the public audience spontaneously becoming pianists on Salzburg’s Mozart Square, to everyone struck silent, utterly in awe over the Fortress Hohensalzburg and the breathtaking view stretching as far as our eyes can see in all directions at the Untersberg, to people leisurely hiking around and having some snacks by Berchtesgaden’s Königssee.

View from the Festung Hohensalzburg
View from the Festung Hohensalzburg© Linh
People sitting by the Königssee in Berchtesgaden
People sitting by the Königssee in Berchtesgaden© Linh

P.S. Bonus tip for culture and nature lovers: Plan your visit to Salzburg and Berchtesgaden around July and August to catch the world famous and enjoy the warmest weather for a dip in the picturesque Königssee! Also, check your weather app(s) carefully before a hike, don’t make my mistake with the foggy Alps—more to that in another story…

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