The Berchtesgadener Land is a region of spectacular natural beauty:
majestic mountains, crystal clear lakes and the unspoiled nature reserve of our Alpine National Park are yours to enjoy.
It is also an area that boasts world-famous sights such as the mysterious world of the salt mine, the "Eagle's Nest" dominating a mountain summit and the 12th century chapel of St. Bartholomew on Lake Königssee, now an unmistakable symbol of the Bavarian Alps.
From the Rupertiwinkl region to Königssee and from Markt Schellenberg to Bad Reichenhall, our lovely little land is dotted with charming villages where alpine customs are kept alive.
Parades, religious processions, beer fests and folklore events testify to our locals' love of life and Bavarian traditions. Once chosen by the Bavarian kings, this area boasts a royal castle and many other sights of interest.
The Berchtesgadener Land is also a paradise for hikers and those who like to remain physically active. From leisure strolls to exhilarating mountain hikes, this is a region to discover on foot. In summer every imaginable sport can be practiced and, when the snow lies deep and sparkling, visitors will find ideal conditions for cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, sledding and ice-skating.
Salzburg is only a few minutes away from Bad Reichenhall. It is located right behind the Austrian-German border and it welcomes guests from all over the world.
Salzburg is well known for its beautiful and historic buildings, for its fascinating surrounding landscape, as well as for the fortunate coincidence that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born there in 1756. Often mozart visited neighboring Bad Reichenhall.
More information: www.salzburg.info
Land at the Heart of Europe
Bavaria is one of the oldest states in Europe dating right back to the 6th century AD. From the Middle Ages up to the beginning of the 19th century Bavaria was a powerful and mighty Dukedom first under the reign of the Guelph dynasty and subsequently under the Wittelsbachs.
Cities such as Regensburg developed into spiritual and economic centres of European importance. After the Thirty Years' War the Electorate of Bavaria had an important role amongst the great political players of the time.
Bavaria was a kingdom for over 100 years, from January 1, 1806 to November 8, 1918. The six Bavarian kings reigned as constitutional monarchs. The first Bavarian monarch, Max Joseph I, owed his royal status to an alliance with the French emperor Napoleon I.
In the wake of the 1st World War, events in Bavaria were first determined by a communist Räterepublik until a constitution with parliamentary democracy came into force in 1919. Under the National Socialists Bavaria lost its independence as a state.
On 1st December 1946 a constitution for the Free State of Bavaria was adopted by referendum.