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  • European Diploma of Protected Areas (code DE940002)
  • Since 1990
  • Country: Germany
  • Administrative region: Not available
  • Surface area: 210 km2 (21000.00 ha)
  • Marine area: Not available

Source and more information: Council of Europe


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Information Berchtesgaden Nationalparkverwaltung Doktorberg 6 D-8240 Berchtesgaden
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General character of the site The park is situated in south-eastern Bavaria about 35 km south of Salzburg and 125 km south-east of Munich. It follows the border with Austria on all sides except the north. It is noted for the exceptional quality of its landscapes, the richness of its flora and fauna and the diversity of its natural sites, ranging in altitude from 603 to 2713 m. 
Vulnerability Transformation into artificial conifer forests. Large population of ungulates. Forest grazing on about 20% of the environment. Pressure of tourism (increase in the number of visitors) and other human activities. Military helicopters. 
Owner The park is state-owned. 
Documentation Council of Europe - European Diploma Series (1991), Berchtesgaden National Park-Germany, Strasbourg, 20 p. 
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Educational interest Visitor centres are being set up with programmes designed to stimulate awareness of the value and vulnerability of the natural environment. 
Cultural heritage The area's cultural interest lies in the pilgrimages to St. Barthélemy Church which dates back to the 12th century, the salt industry and cattle farming. Efforts are being made to preserve the numerous sheepfolds that still exist. 
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European Environment Agency (EEA)
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Phone: +45 3336 7100