Have you ever thought about going to German and Austrian Alps in summer? This mountainous region has so much to offer. It’s a real paradise for all outdoor enthusiasts. Just imagine. Beautiful, pristine nature, majestic mountains, crystal-clear lakes and… silence. What else do you need to relax? I enjoyed exploring this region very much. If you wish to spend your holidays far from all that noise, hustle and bustle, this destination may be perfect for you. In this blog post, I’m going to share with you some of the best places to visit in German and Austrian Alps in summer. Make sure to check out my travel map too. Let’s get started!
Here’s a map of places I visited in German and Austrian Alps in summer. Two of them are in Austria, the other ones are in Germany. As you can see on the map, the majority of places are located close to Berchtesgaden National Park. So it’s best to find accommodation somewhere nearby. Unfortunately, hotels and B&B in this area may not be cheap. I couldn’t afford to stay close to the national park, so I decided to book a room in Inzell, a picturesque town located 40 km from Berchtesgaden. If you want to add more places to this itinerary, make sure to visit Munich and Salzburg. These cities are absolutely worth a drive!
AUSTRIA: MOUNT SCHAFBERG
The first stop is St. Wolfgang im Salzkammergut. A small, Austrian town situated at Lake Wolfgangsee. The main attraction here is Schafbergbahn, the steepest cog railway in Austria, running since 1893. It goes to the top of 1782 metres-high Mount Schafberg. Sounds interesting? This ride is truly unforgettable. Made me feel like a kid again! Mount Schafberg is also great for a day hike. Find out more about Schafbergbahn and the walking track to Mount Schafberg in a separate post on Mount Schafberg in Austria.
GERMANY: LAKE KÖNIGSSEE
The next stop is Lake Königssee in the south of Germany, a heart of Berchtesgaden National Park and the jewel of Bavaria. This place is absolutely stunning. Just imagine. High cliffs, peaceful valleys, alpine huts, wild torrents and emerald lakes. Nature in this region of Germany remains unspoiled. You can experience the beauty of Lake Königssee up close by hopping on an electric boat. Find out more about Lake Königssee boat tour and walking paths around the lake in a separate post on outdoor activities in Bavaria.
GERMANY: MOUNT JENNER
What would a visit in German and Austrian Alps in summer be without a day-hike? Berchtesgaden National Park has numerous walking tracks and steep mountain trails. From easy to challenging hikes of a via ferrata. The track to Mount Jenner (1874 metres) is of medium difficulty. You will be rewarded with some gorgeous views from the top. This includes Lake Königssee nestled at the foot of the mountain. Find out more about the walking track to Mount Jenner in a separate post on outdoor activities in Bavaria.
GERMANY: ALMBACHKLAMM GORGE
What else is worth doing in German and Austrian Alps in summer? Don’t miss the chance to see one of the most beautiful gorges in Bavaria. Almbachklamm gorge is located in Marktschellenberg. The walking track is 3 km long, and goes up through the deeply cut gorge, along the Almbach River, next to thundering waterfalls and crystal-clear pools. There are a lot of bridges and overpasses too. Find out more about Almbachklamm gorge and its walking track in a separate post on outdoor activities in Bavaria.
The next stop is Kehlsteinhaus, a former property of Adolf Hitler, also known as the Eagle’s Nest. It’s located on the edge of Kehlstein at 1834 metres. This place was mostly used by Nazi for government and social meetings. Currently, Kehlsteinhaus is a mountain restaurant and historical information centre. It also provides visitors with a breathtaking panoramic view. You can’t miss it! Find out more about Kehlsteinhaus and learn how to get to this place in a separate post on outdoor activities in Bavaria.
AUSTRIA: EISRIESENWELT CAVE
Last stop is Werfen. A cozy, Austrian town with the world’s largest ice cave! Eisriesenwelt has over 40 km of ice corridors, it’s located in the rock at 1641 metres, and electric lighting has not been installed there. Temperature inside the cave does not exceed 0°C, even in summer. How can you get to Eisriesenwelt, given that it’s situated so high? There are two options. Hiking or a cable car ride. Find out more about Eisriesenwelt and learn how to get there from a separate post on Eisriesenwelt Cave in Austria.
These are the best places to visit in German and Austrian Alps in summer. Are you interested in visiting Eisriesenwelt Cave or hiking Mount Jenner? Let me know by leaving a comment below!