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General Tours

Viewing Berchtesgaden Castle is only possible with a guided tour and covers about 30 of altogether 214 rooms. Guided tours are on offer all year round.

There are many important works of art in the rooms of the castle. Among the more than 3,000 exhibits are two retables by Tilman Riemenscheider (around 1500), a Madonna from the circle of Veit Stoss, paintings by Peter Gertner, Barthel Beham and Karl Rottmann, of the most important painters of the times of King Ludwig I of Bavaria (1825 – 1848) and of the „Munich School“. Most rooms are furnished with original items of the time – from Gothic to Empire and Biedermeier.

In three armouries, there are Baroque hunting rifles and medieval war weaponry. Three portals from Neuburg on the Danube Castle have been built into both Renaissance halls, the former parlatory and refectory, one of which is of marble. An extraordinary item is the „Liedertisch“ [Songs Table] with a Palestrina motet for six voices, engraved in 1591 by Kaspar von der Sitt, with nitric acid on a slab of Solnhofen limestone.

In the Crown Prince Rupprecht of Bavaria Suite on the first floor of the southern wing, there is the „Grand Dining Hall“ with a centrepiece of Nymphenburg Porcelain, with wooden edges, putti and angels.

In 1750, Johan Georg Wahl made the so-called „Convict’s Cabinet“ for Prince-elector Karl Theodor of the Palatinate. The joiner was alleged to have misused the princely seal and hoped for mercy by making the cabinet. The item of furniture is decorated with intarsia of ivory and mother-of-pearl and has 72 drawers, of which two are secret compartments.

Weather permitting, the tour ends in the Summer in the Upper Rose Garden.