The Stiftskirche (Abbey Church), dating from 1122, is adjacent to the Königliches Schloss Berchtesgaden. The church is mainly Romanesque, with Gothic additions. One of its ancient twin steeples was destroyed by lightning and rebuilt in 1866. The interior contains many fine works of art; the high altar has a painting by Zott dating from 1669. In the vestry is a small silver altar donated by Empress Maria Theresa of Austria.
Schlossplatz, partially enclosed by the castle and Stiftskirche, is the most attractive plaza in town. On the opposite side of the square from the church is a 16th-century arcade that leads to Marktplatz, with typical Alpine houses and a wooden fountain from 1677 (restored by Ludwig I in 1860). Some of Berchtesgaden's oldest inns and houses border this square. Extending from Marktplatz is the Nonntal, lined with more old houses, some built into Lockstein Mountain, which towers above the town.
Heimatmuseum, Schloss Aldelsheim, Schroffenberg-Allee 6 (tel. 08652/4410; www.heimatmuseum-berchtesgaden.de), is a minor but charming museum devoted to Alpine woodcarving. The craft here predates the more fabled woodcarving at Oberammergau. Some of the best examples in Germany are on display. The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 5pm. Admission is 2.50€ for adults and free for children 18 and under. It's closed in November.
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