Klausbachtal in the Berchtesgaden National Park

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The Klausbachtal is probably one of the most popular hiking areas in the Berchtesgaden National Park, but it is never really overcrowded and you really have all the options when hiking here. A short tour to the suspension bridge or to the Ragert Alm, to the Bindalm with a stunning view through the open valley with the Mühlrutschhörner in the background (also called the Ramsau Dolomites), or a slightly more demanding tour to the Halsalm with a breathtaking view of the Hintersee from above and beyond so much more – the choice is yours!

Since you can quickly lose track of so many options, we have divided everything up a bit for you and describe here what you can actually experience.

We are now simply hiking together through the Klausbachtal and the Berchtesgaden National Park and making a short stop at all the alpine pastures and the countless beautiful places on our way. Let's go!

Here you have an overview of the different hikes with time and length information:

Starting point Klausbachhaus information point and always out and back or circular route

Objective Length Duration altitude Difficulty
7,2 km
approx. 3:30 hours
425 hm
5,8 km
approx. 1:30 hours
100 hm
Suspension bridge in the Klausbachtal
7 km
approx. 1:45 hours
120 hm
12,5 km
about 4 hours
330 hm
14,8 km
about 5 hours
560 hm
Alpengasthof Hirschbichl
13,6 km
approx. 4:30 hours
370 hm

Klausbachhaus - information point of the Berchtesgaden National Park

The Klausbachhaus is located directly at the entrance to the Klausbachtal. This beautiful home has a long history dating back to 1757 when it was first built in its current form. In 1992, when the house had been in danger of falling into disrepair for several years, it was donated to the Berchtesgaden National Park, which finally dismantled it piece by piece from its old location in 1995 in order to rebuild it true to the original at its current location. This enchanting building now stands directly at the entrance to the Klausbachtal and serves as an information point.

Inside the Klausbachhaus there are 2 lovingly designed exhibitions. An exhibition about the alpine pastures and their importance for the national park and the lives of the farmers. The second exhibition focuses on biodiversity, flora and fauna and the influence of humans on them. A short visit is definitely worth it!

You can find more information about Berchtesgaden National Park at: https://www.nationalpark-berchtesgaden.bayern.de/

Halsalm – Alpine romance with a view of the Hintersee

One of the more demanding hikes in Klausbachtal is the hike to Halsalm. Nevertheless, it is also easily doable for inexperienced hikers with sufficient fitness. The hike begins about 450 meters behind the Klausbachhaus. There the path branches off to the right and you go over the Böslsteig in several wide bends up to the Halsalm. The climb is completely in the forest, so it's nice and shady in summer and therefore very pleasant - you'll still sweat 😉

Once you reach the top, you'll find a beautiful view of the Hintersee and a delicious cheese sandwich. The Halsalm is a traditionally managed alpine pasture, just like it is in the book, but let yourself be surprised - this much can be said: more alpine romance is hardly possible.

In addition, it is often wonderfully quiet on the Halsalm and, with a bit of luck, you can see the golden eagles released nearby. To avoid having to go back down the same path, you can make a nice circular hike out of it. To do this, simply follow the signpost towards Hintersee and take the slightly more demanding path at Antonigraben directly to the banks of the Hintersee.

Golden eagle in the Klausbachtal

But if we skip the hike to the Halsalm, we briefly follow the road, which branches off onto a gravel path after about 200 meters behind the Klausbachhaus. Of course we take it and after a few minutes we reach the golden eagle observation site. Here you will find a lot of information about the golden eagle's habitat and, with a bit of luck, you can even see the king of the skies in the wild. You can also just make yourself comfortable on the wooden loungers and let your mind wander.

Ragert Alm - Perfect family trip

The next alpine pasture on our route through the Klausbachtal is the Ragert Alm.
A little hidden and beautifully located, with incredibly friendly innkeepers and great snacks.

The Ragert Alm is relatively easy to reach in about 40 minutes from the Klausbachhaus information point. Except for the last few minutes, the path there is nice and flat and is therefore ideal for families with small children or with a stroller.

You should also definitely try the homemade cheese, one of the best you can get and a real treat for all cheese lovers!

Suspension bridge in the Klausbachtal

After our detour to the Ragert Alm, we continue on our way to what is probably the most popular destination for many hikers in the Klausbachtal - the suspension bridge. You can reach the suspension bridge in the middle of the Klausbachtal in just over an hour from the Klausbachhaus (or in 20 minutes from the previously mentioned Ragert Alm).
The path to the suspension bridge is rather leisurely and easy for both children and grandparents to reach, making it perfect for a family trip.

Once there you have a really fantastic view of the surrounding mountains and the suspension bridge fits perfectly into the landscape. Incidentally, a popular motif for photographers.
There are plenty of seating options on the bridge that invite you to linger.

Quick info: The bridge and the path to it are barrier-free - a really great thing! The “Almerlebnisbus” also runs along the entire route through the national park. If you stay on the gravel path you won't notice it, just as you won't notice it on the asphalt road, but it's there when you need it.
A little story on the side: During a natural disaster in 1999, the old bridge over the Klausbach was buried under huge masses of stone that had broken off from the small Mühlrutschhorn. For a while, the Klausbachtal resembled a lunar landscape. In 2010, the resulting gap was closed with the new suspension bridge, but no one expected the suspension bridge to be so popular when it was built.

The Bindalm

After the short stopover and certainly one or two photos of the impressive mountain backdrop with the suspension bridge in the foreground, you now continue through the Klausbachtal towards Bindalm. The climb from the suspension bridge to Bindalm is now a little steeper, but you'll be so distracted by the many flowers, bushes and babbling streams along the way that you probably won't even notice. As soon as you are out of the forest, a clear view of the valley opens up in front of you, with a stunning view of the Mühlrutschhörner. The view gets even more beautiful, but we'll tell you where later in the Middle Ice section. 😊

So, in the meantime you have finally arrived at the Bindalm and have earned yourself a bacon sandwich, and oh what the heck, the cheese bread - with homemade cheese - to go with it. After all, you should eat regionally. It doesn't get much more regional and, above all, tastier, with this breathtaking view.
The Bindalm is run by an incredibly loving couple with a lot of passion and you can definitely tell! So take a seat at the beautifully set table, drink a coffee, try out the sandwiches and enjoy the sun and the silence that surrounds you up there - pure relaxation.

Tip: The traditional Schüsslkas is still made on the Bindalm: This cheese specialty is only available in southern Berchtesgadener Land.

The Bindalm is normally open from the end of May to the beginning of October.

Mittereisalm - A little insider tip

If you still have the energy and desire, you should take a detour to Mittereis. The path up is very steep, but you will be rewarded with a true idyll at the top. You rarely meet other hikers here and when you do, they usually go on a much longer and much more strenuous tour to the Kammerlinghorn.

The Mittereisalm is not managed!

In our opinion, you have the most beautiful view after the first steep climb towards Mittereis. You can already see the spot from the Bindalm and believe me, the 5 minutes up there are really worth it! The view opens up even more, the Bindalm is now very small down there and you can enjoy a truly paradisiacal view of the Klausbachtal and the mighty Mühlrutschhörner, it couldn't get much more beautiful!

Alpengasthof Hirschbichl

Not far from the Bindalm (about another 15 minutes walk) is the Alpengasthof Hirschbichl, in the former customs house on the German-Austrian border. A welcome stop for a stop on your hike through the Berchtesgaden National Park.

You can also stay overnight right next to it, in the Bergheim.
The Bergheim has been completely renovated and, depending on how much comfort you need, holiday apartments, double rooms and small dormitories are available. You can quench your hunger and thirst at the Hirschbichl inn or cook something yourself in your own kitchen. There is also a campfire area available so you can end the warm summer evenings comfortably in the wonderful silence of the national park. By the way, digital detox is included in the Hirschbichl - there is still no cell phone reception.

More information about Hirschbichl on: https://www.hirschbichl.at/

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