For hundreds of years salt was the most important source of income in the Berchtesgadener Land. What was extracted from the mine in Berchtesgaden came to Bad Reichenhall as a saline solution. The solution was transported in a type of pipeline in wooden pipes. And it ran north from Schneizlreuth as they wanted to avoid any disputes with their neighbours from Salzburg with this diversion. Today the former saline solution pipeline is the path of one of the most beautiful hiking paths in the region which is also cleared in winter. The saline pipeline path is not only easy to walk along as there’s hardly any difference in altitude, but it also offers spectacular views of the high peaks in the Berchtesgadener Land on the way.
It could be a gentle half-day excursion which starts by getting there either by bus or car along the German Alpine Road from Berchtesgaden past Ramsau until you reach the Taubensee. The walk starts directly from the car park at the Taubensee and leads over south-facing mountain meadows through shady wooden sections past stately country homes all above the Alpine Road. The path snakes along eastwards until you reach the road to the Hochschwarzeck and past the Gasthaus Zipflhäusl.
The path is sometimes a bit narrow but never really steep. And after approximately one and a half hours you’ll reach the restaurant Berggasthaus Gestreit, where you’ll have a fantastic view of Berchtesgaden, the Watzmann and Hohem Göll peaks. That and the hearty Bavarian cuisine are good reasons to stop for a bite to eat. The route heads back on the same path, which definitely isn’t boring, as in reverse you get completely different views of the peaks in the Berchtesgadener Land.
Take the train or the Flixbus to Berchtesgaden Hauptbahnhof (railway station) and then catch the bus service 846 towards Hintersee until the bus stop ”Ramsau Oberwirt“. That’s the starting point for the walk. To get back take the bus from Ilsak.
Car parking spaces are available at the Oberwirt or Taubensee.