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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."

Andy Tucker
Operations Manager

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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

Anything else?

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

S.I.
Tyne & Wear
The Bavarian Alps

The idea to base a holiday in the Berchtesgadener Land region really was an inspired one. We had never been there before and are pleased to report that it has so much to offer for an unusually wide range of interests. The hotel was first class and it was a relief that they made a real effort to cater for vegetarians like ourselves. Angelica, Marcus and their staff were very friendly and helpful. We must say how impressed we were by Andy and Ingrid, the 'core leaders', as well as Dawn. They went out of their way to make everyone welcome and feel part of the group. Their planning was excellent and they sensibly tailored what was actually done according to the weather on the day and to the preferences of the group. There was a good division between a (well conceived) guided tour and 'private' time on the Salzberg visit. They were wise to make the last day a bit more relaxed than others. So thanks to Andy, Ingrid and Dawn. We hope Naturetrek will keep this holiday on their list and, indeed, add similar ones. Prior to the holiday the staff in the Naturetrek office were also very helpful too so thanks to them as well.

Mr & Mrs P.
Hertfordshire
The Bavarian Alps

We also wish to commend Andy, Ingrid and Dawn who made the holiday so enjoyable with their knowledge, good humour and energy which ensured everything ran smoothly.

Mr & Mrs E.
Manchester
The Bavarian Alps

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.