Tickets for visiting the Berchtesgaden Salt Mine are available online. There is no discount for purchasing tickets in advance. But you can choose the time to visit, and you don't have to wait at the ticket counter when you arrive if you purchase in advance.
Summer can be very crowded in Berchtesgaden, but it is when the weather is the most beautiful. Lines to catch the boats can become very long in the afternoon.
Visit the salt mine on the first tour in the morning (9 a.m. in the summer) so that you can get to the boat dock before the afternoon rush. If possible, take a boat to St. Bartholomä before 11 a.m.
Late spring, summer and early fall are the best times to visit Lake Königssee. The boat tours are open year round unless the lake is frozen, but the hours are cut much shorter in the winter. The Berchtesgaden Salt Mine is also open year round with slightly shorter hours in the winter.
Both the salt mine and the boat tour offer family passes which will be a better deal if you have several paying children joining you. I would recommend packing a picnic lunch if you don't want to have lunch in Königssee or at the biergarten near St. Bartholomä.
Berchtesgaden is a picturesque southern German, alpine land. A visit to the Berchtesgaden Salt Mine is exciting and fun for both kids and adults. There is plenty of history situated in this 500-year-old mine. The tour does a fantastic job of presenting its history in an interesting way. Between the train, tram, slides and boat ride, our kids left the tour wonderfully excited about salt! We all even got to take a salt rock as a souvenir. After a fun morning underground, the perfect outdoor afternoon is exploring iconic Lake Königssee. The crystal-clear waters surrounded by rising Alpine peaks are breathtaking. Then, take a Lake Königssee Boat Tour across the lake to St. Bartholomä, a historic church on the shore. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the shores or sit and relax outside at the restaurant. Following lunch, explore the trails and shores of this area. Watch out, or you’ll all be swimming; the water is hard to resist. This itinerary offers long-long memories on your vacation in Germany with kids.