Glacier Melting

The glaciers here are sadly melting as a result of man-made climate change, and many have already been lost. The massive consequences of glacier melting, as well as what we, as people, can do about it, are explained below.


For example, the glacier above the Blaueis-Hütte in Berchtesgaden National Park is only half as large as it once was. The glacier area was already 25 hectares in 1820, but by 1953 it had shrunk to 13 hectares, and rocky outcrops had separated the upper and lower parts of the glacier. As a result, the lower part’s deterioration is accelerated because it no longer receives supplies from the upper part.

Aside from that, several glaciers are lost to make room for more skiing pistes. The growing popularity of skiing poses a challenge to the glaciers and the climate. Because of increased traffic to ski resorts and the construction of ski lifts and buildings on the glacier.


Since the soil no longer holds together without a glacier, the result is landslides and mudflows into the valley, which have destroyed entire villages. Furthermore, glacier lakes form, which can result in hardening damage as a result of flooding.


Below are two photographs of Berchtesgaden’s glacier, one from 1950 and the other from about 2005.


What can save our glaciers?

Certain thin layers, which cover the glacier in the summer to reflect the sun’s light and thus prevent the snow and ice from melting, have already been implemented. Experts say this process actually delays glacier melting.


By travelling in an environmentally friendly manner, we, as thoughtful people, will help save the glacier. Choosing accredited lodging, such as Berchtesgaden’s Hotel Rehlegg. Keep on the pistes and avoid ski areas that have been artificially snowed.