Wildlife holidays in Germany
Naturetrek offers one tour to the southernmost region of Germany – Bavaria.
Tell me about Bavaria …
One of the oldest states in Europe, Bavaria lies in southern Germany, along the border with Austria, and covers some 20% of the country’s total land area.
Rich in culture and home to some of Europe’s most beautiful mountain scenery, there is a local saying that Bavaria is not part of Germany ‘but near it’. The state has a very strong and colourful identity of its own, with traditions including playing the Alpenhorn and Maypole dancing.
The region’s culinary specialities, such as white sausage, and excellent local beers (served by the litre!) add to the many other charms of a visit to this area.
The Berchtesgaden National Park lies at the heart of the Bavarian Alps. Once a royal hunting reserve, this park now protects over 200 sq km of pristine mountains rising to 2,700 metres. The park’s spectacular scenery includes Konigssee and Mount Wazmann – the latter is Germany’s second highest mountain.
Our Germany specilaist recommends...
"‘The Bavarian Alps’ tour explores the beautiful landscapes of this mountainous region whilst we search for the alpine flowers, birds, butterflies and mammals. We also enjoy a wealth of rich local history and culture."
What’s special about the wildlife?
The Berchtesgaden National Park is home to a rich variety of alpine flowers, birds, butterflies and other wildlife.
Naturetrek Tour to Germany
Naturetrek offers an 8-day holiday to Bavaria, in southern Germany, offering a programme of daily walks in search of the alpine flowers, birds, butterflies and mammals of the Bavarian Alps, plus a wealth of rich local history and culture.
What wildlife might I see?
- Wild flowers such as Lady’s Slipper Orchid, White & Red Helleborines plus birds including Golden Eagle, Hazelhen & Capercaillie in the Klausbachtal Valley
- We’ll explore woodlands in search of Crested Tit & White-backed Woodpecker
- Around Konigssee we’ll look for flowers such as Herb Paris & Twayblade
- High alpine grazing meadows (alms) on Mount Wazmann give us a chance to look for flowers such as Martagon Lily & Whorled Solomon’s Seal among many others & a wealth of butterflies
We’ll be based in a delightful, family run hotel in the mountains. It has balconies bedecked with flowers, stunning views, and a restaurant serving traditional Bavarian cuisine.
The area around Berchtesgaden is well-known for its associations with the Third Reich – Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest retreat is perched on Kehlstein Mountain, and we’ll visit this on our tour.
WHAT YOU'VE BEEN SAYING ABOUT OUR Germany HOLIDAYS
This was a very enjoyable holiday in large part thanks to our three leaders who were cheerful, helpful, accommodating and very knowledgeable. I will have very happy memories of my trip to Bavaria and Austria as a result of their careful planning, flexibility and involvement. They always greeted us with a smile even when the weather conditions made it hard to be optimistic. As a result of this holiday, my knowledge of the wildlife of the Alps has increased thanks to Dawn, Andy and Ingrid's expertise.
This was one of the best holidays that I have ever had. Bavaria is stunningly beautfiul and the range of plant and animal life which we saw was spectacular. The length of the walks and the mix of activities were just about right. Dawn Nelson was a most enthusiastic botanist who was very keen to share her extensive knowledge of plants with us all. Andy and Ingrid Patmore were the best guides I have ever met. They both had a wide knowledge of the local area, did all they could to make our stay enjoyable (including rearranging the itinerary to minimise the adverse effects of the wet start to the week), and were friendly and interested in all of us. It was a pleasure to be with them throughout the week. They, together with Dawn, are an absolute credit to Naturetrek.
Firstly, a most wonderful area for a holiday, think the most amazing scenery of all the places we've been to, possibly as the mountains are so close and accessible. We would definitely like to return, and I know two of our party have already booked for next year. ... Andy & Ingrid (Patmore) - lovely couple. Very welcoming and friendly, and their local knowledge was exceptional, and Andy's woodland expertise too. ... They worked very hard at ensuring everybody got the most from the holiday. We were very impressed with them both.