Bischofswiesen — The German Alps Will Freeze You In Awe

It’s possible to get one look at Bischofswiesen and not want to move from that spot. I mean, with views of the German Alps (including Mt. Untersberg and mighty Mt. Watzmann) it’s hard not to be frozen in place.

No, it isn’t the snow that did it. ;-)

Bischofswiesen’s natural beauty is the stuff of legend, and also ghosts. The Hallthurm, a fortification from the 12th century at the Pass near Berchtesgaden, is reported to be haunted. There’s also a chapel by the Hallthurm, although this wasn’t built here until 1753. I don’t think the chapel is haunted, however.

Around the same time, villagers built the Pilgrimage Church Maria Hilf in 1799. These kinds of churches built around this time period are always a delight to see. So please go, you’d be sorry to have missed it.

You’d also kick yourself if you missed the St. Bartholomew Church located right on the bank of the Königssee. The lake is great for all sorts of outdoor activities, so you get history and outdoor recreation all in one place.

For something a bit more intimate, Bischofswiesen has a small pond with a pebble beach for an afternoon of relaxation. After a day of sightseeing around the nearby salt mines, the Royal Palace, and the Local Heritage Museum you’ve earned the right to do nothing. ;-)

Oh, I guess you can’t go swimming in the middle of winter, can you? Perhaps some shopping at the Advent Market (mid-December) or the Christmas Market (that’s almost a month-long affair) would do the trick.

No need to run off to Salzburg, Austria (only 25km away) for their Christmas Market, is there? You’re better off skiing the Alps or something.

Too warm to ski? How about a nice hike or a night of camping? Both are popular pastimes here in Bischofswiesen. So are the traditional costume (read: lederhosen and dirndls) parades.

Gorgeous scenery, outdoor sports, fantastic holiday markets, and ghosts couldn’t make for a stay than right here in Bischofswiesen. Maybe it’s good if you’re frozen in awe — you’re not gonna want to leave anyway. ;-)

 

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