The Gateway to the Alpine National Park
"Haus der Berge" – the new National Park Centre in Berchtesgaden – opened its doors in May 2013 and sees itself as the gateway into Berchtesgaden National Park. Discover the centre’s three areas: the Information Centre, the Educational Centre and the Outdoor Area. Here you can find important information and useful tips in preparation for – or as post-evaluation of – a visit to the protected area. For individual visitors, families, tour groups or school classes – a stop at "Haus der Berge" is the ideal introduction to an excursion to Germany’s only Alpine National Park.
We look forward to your visit!
A Journey through the National Park’s main Habitats
The "Vertical Wilderness" exhibition covers an area of about 1.000 m² in a single hall. Along an ascending pathway, visitors learn about the entire spectrum of life found in Berchtesgaden’s National Park. The journey begins at the bottom of Lake Königssee and leads on through the natural habitats of water, forest, "Alm" (Alpine pasture) and rocky terrain and all the way up to the peaks of the Berchtesgaden Alps.
The Information Centre also includes:
- A Cinema
- A Restaurant ("Spiesberger’s Alpenküche")
- Special Exhibits
- A Library
Play, Research & Handicraft
Pupils and other preregistered groups can take a closer look at the four main habitats found in the National Park. Allow our staff to share their passion for the Park with you and your group participants as they impart essential information about the protected area and its particularities!
A Place for Experiencing and Learning
The Outdoor Area completes the centre’s facilities with views of the mountains, the Alpine Garden, where one finds numerous Alpine plants, as well as a panoramic footpath with superb views into the National Park. Groups that have booked a visit at the Educational Centre are allowed to see the water, forest and meadow themed areas, as well as a historic Alpine pasture hut "Lahnerkaser" built in 1848.
Audio guides – Free-of-charge for your visit to the exhibition
Discover new aspects to the "Vertical Wilderness" exhibition in the Haus der Berge with our free audio guides. Do you want to follow in the tracks of the animals that live in the mountains? Or would you prefer to get to know how people use and influence nature? If so, then select the corresponding audio guide when purchasing your admission ticket. Simply ask at the cash desk.
Haus der Berge
Phone +49 8652 979060-0