Berchtesgaden National Park

Nov 26, 2013

Berchtesgaden National Park’s high mountain landscape is distinguished by an extraordinary variety of habitats. Almost all vegetation zones ranging from the middle latitudes to the polar circle, plus their typical animal and plant species are represented over an altitude difference of 2.300 metres, stretching from Lake Königssee bed to the Watzmann peak. This unique natural heritage emerged over time through natural geologic, hydrologic, climatic and soil processes.

The Berchtesgaden National Park is located in the southeast of Germany, in the federal state of Bavaria and adjoins the Austrian federal state of Salzburg. Founded in 1978, the state-owned park includes an area of 210 square kilometres. In addition, the park is the core and buffer zone of the biosphere region Berchtesgaden.

“Leaving nature to its own devices” – Nature is largely left to its very own dynamics in all German national parks. It is here, in areas without human intervention, where wilderness remains. Protecting these natural processes and conserving biodiversity are the Berchtesgaden National Park’s primary objectives. The national park’s spectrum of tasks also includes research, education and recreation programmes to foster a better understanding of nature and make the experience accessible to a general public.

The transboundary region Berchtesgaden – Salzburg comprises parts of the Free State of Bavaria (Germany) as well as the federal state of Salzburg (Austria). This region was already a project partner in the ECONNECT project and has implemented several cross boarder projects so far.  It will, among other inputs, contribute with its experiences to greenAlps.

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