The pictures of the Federica and Tobias' apartment, while beautiful, do not do it justice. Berchtesgaden is a lovely place, with gorgeous views all around you, but even a friend who was born there and has lived there all his life was blown away by the view from the upstairs balcony. The apartment itself is very comfortable, walking a fine line between luxury and the easy warmth characteristic of Bavaria. The modern kitchen and the dining area opposite, complete with Kachelofen (a ceramic-tiled woodstove with surrounding wooden bench) made eating in both practical and pleasurable during an extended stay. Berchtesgaden itself offers many delights, not least of which are miles and miles of well marked and well maintained hiking and biking trails, so an extended stay is well rewarded. The apartment is accessible by a path direct to the town center as well as by road, so I rarely took advantage of the free bus pass included in the rental. You can get from anywhere to anywhere in the area, including wider forays such as to Salzburg, without having to share roads with cars and trucks the whole time. One caveat - Federica and Tobias' place is at the top of a good-sized hill (hence the great view), and while the walk from the train-station is not overwhelmingly long, it is a stiff climb. Consider hiring a taxi for that first trip with luggage to their place if you arrive by train. Also consider hiring an eBike, a bicycle with electric motor assist for climbing and accelerating, available at Brandner Sports, opposite the Berchtesgadener Hofbräuhaus. (Yes, Berchtesgaden has its own. It was, and is, one of the seats of the Bavarian royal family. The pristine nature of the area is in part due to the protection of the royal family, which, for example, limited use of power boats on Königssee [Kings Lake] to electric tour boats and a few utility craft for local farmers and others. Though the area is now a national park, the edicts protecting the area and maintaining its serene beauty persist). Ebikes are also available for rental at the information (EMAIL HIDDEN)munication with Federica and Tobias was good, the welcome was warm, and the apartment was a joy to return to after a full day of hiking or biking. I would heartily recommend Federica and Tobias' place as the perfect base from which to see Berchtesgaden, summed up thus by Ludwig Ganghofer: "Wen Gott liebt, den läßt er fallen in dieses Land," "Who God loves, he sets down in this country."