Berchtesgaden, Bavaria – Maria Gern, Hintersee, and Ramsau

Hi friends, welcome back to my Germany and Austria series 🙂 After our incredible boat trip on Königssee, we hopped back in the car for more sightseeing. When I was planning this trip, I had a list of all the beautiful places I wanted to see and used that to make my itinerary. I knew the weather might be questionable, so I prepared myself to go with the flow and prioritize my top sights. On this afternoon we knocked out some of the places on my list and enjoyed the beautiful drives along the way.

Our first stop was at Hintersee, but it was a little underwhelming compared to the other lakes we saw.

About five minutes away was The Church of St. Sebastian in Ramsau, one of the most picturesque churches I’ve ever seen. It was a bit cloudy, but that added some moodiness to my pictures. If you don’t feel like travelling to see this church, you can watch the live webcam here.


Maria Gern is another beautiful church surrounded by mountains and a roaming countryside. We walked up an extremely steep road to get this view and I couldn’t get over how majestic the mountains were in the background. I knew Germany would be beautiful, but it completely surpassed all my high expectations.

For dinner we were both craving pizza and this one from Pizza Jolley hit the spot!

The following morning it was beautiful with hardly a cloud in the sky! We had a quick breakfast and then checked out the views outside. We had to get a pic with the swings 🙂

From our balcony we could see Eagles Nest where we were headed next to conclude our time in Berchtesgaden.

Stay tuned for our time at Eagles Nest that inspired this trip!

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33 thoughts on “Berchtesgaden, Bavaria – Maria Gern, Hintersee, and Ramsau

  1. I love the photos of The Church of St. Sebastian in Ramsau and the rustic bridge. I also like to create a shopping list of things to see and do when we travel. Some work out, some do not and yet others are complete surprises. Beautiful scenery for sure Lyssy. Have a great Wednesday. Allan

    1. Thank you! It was such a scenic spot to visit. I always love the surprises most, it’s good to leave some room in the schedule for adventure 🙂

  2. I love the Church of St. Sebastian and it’s interesting cemetery. That’s one I’m going to learn more about. Maria Gern is beautiful too as are its surroundings. I would love to take your trip someday!

    1. It was so beautiful! I hope you take this trip one day so I can relive all these wonderful memories and see your pictures 🙂

    1. We definitely made out with the weather! We only had that one day of rain and I was prepared for a lot more.

  3. A truly epic trip! Bavaria is loaded with beautiful scenery and you found many prime locations for great views and photos. You are definitely making up for lost time with your travels this year.

    1. It was such an incredible trip! Everywhere we went was absolutely stunning and surreal. It was an awesome year of travel for sure! Very happy to be healthy and traveling 🙂

  4. Omg! Are those pictures real?! The landscape looks a-ma-zing! I’m sure it’s stunning in real too!
    I’ve been missing all your posts lately 🙁 been busy with this growing life 😉

    1. It was hard to believe this whole area was real, it was stunning!! You’ve got more important priorities right now 🙂

  5. Yet another stunning slab of Germany that you managed to squeeze into this trip, Lyssy. That church has such an idyllic location, while the lake, forests and mountains all look like postcard material. You’re right, that swing was begging for these photos and trust you to sniff out an epic pizza 😉

    1. It’s hard to believe all these places exist, it was absolutely stunning!! Haha yes I always crave pizza. We didn’t even have to kick off any kids to get the swing pictures 🙂

  6. It seems like you made most of the questionable weather. The mountain scenery looks gorgeous and that church is super charming nestled in the mountains by the river. And what a great spot for a swing!

    1. We got very lucky with weather on our trip, I thought it would rain a majority of the time but we only got one washout. It was so stunning and idyllic. It was an incredible spot for a swing!

  7. Oh my goodness, it looks absolutely stunning! Your photos are amazing. Those views! Austria is very high on my list and you’ve just made me want to plan for it sooner.

    1. Thank you! It was such an incredible place to visit!! Hope you can make it to Germany and Austria soon!

  8. Somehow I missed this post before the one on Eagle’s Nest, Lyssy but I’m glad I found it. The setting of the first church is idyllic, yet the setting of the second somehow tops the first. I hope the sanctuaries are as attractive as the buildings themselves. I imagine whomever laid the cornerstones looking out at the Alpine views and saying, “We must build a church here!” St. Sebastian in Ramsau is so quaint I expected it to have a waterwheel for power.

  9. Lyssy, beautiful pictures. I am in the process of planning our trip to Germany and many of the places you visited on my list. Do you have a list of the places that you stayed in on your trip? If so, would you mind sharing? Thanks, Diana

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