Berchtesgaden Alps

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Berchtesgaden Alps
Panorama von Hinterbrand zu Watzmann Hochkalter und Co.jpg
View of Watzmann, Hochkalter and Reiter Alpe massifs
Highest point
Peak Hochkönig
Elevation 2,941 m (9,649 ft)
Coordinates 47°25′14.9″N 13°3′47.4″E / 47.420806°N 13.063167°E / 47.420806; 13.063167Coordinates: 47°25′14.9″N 13°3′47.4″E / 47.420806°N 13.063167°E / 47.420806; 13.063167
Countries Germany and Austria
States Bavaria and Salzburg
Parent range Northern Limestone Alps
Northern Salzburg Alps

The Berchtesgaden Alps (German: Berchtesgadener Alpen) are a mountain range of the Northern Limestone Alps, named after the market town of Berchtesgaden located in the centre. The central part belongs to the Berchtesgadener Land district of southeastern Bavaria, Germany, while the adjacent area in the north, east and south is part of the Austrian state of Salzburg (Salzburger Land).


Berchtesgaden Alps from 10,000 m

Boundaries and neighbouring groups[edit]

View of the Watzmann and Hochkalter from the Kehlsteinhaus

The Berchtesgaden Alps border on the following other mountain groups of the Alps:

The Berchtesgaden Alps are included under this name in the generally accepted Alpine Club classification of the Eastern Alps (AVE) as mountain group no. 10 and counted as part of the Northern Limestone Alps.

Mountains and lakes[edit]

Königssee (Obersee)

While the highest mountain of the Berchtesgaden Alps is the Hochkönig (2,941 metres (9,649 ft)) located in the Austrian part, the best known peak is the Watzmann massif, the third-highest mountain of Germany at 2,713 metres (8,901 ft). The range also comprises the Obersalzberg slope east of Berchtesgaden, notorious for the former Berghof domicile of Adolf Hitler. The picturesque heart is the glacial Königssee lake with the famous St. Bartholomew's pilgrimage church, part of the Berchtesgaden National Park established in 1978. The range also comprises glaciers like the Blaueis as well as the Steinernes Meer high karst plateau.

Other major peaks include:



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