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Hitler's Eagles Nest

Updated on April 23, 2010
Hitler's Eagles Nest
Hitler's Eagles Nest
Hitler's Eagles Nest - Mussolini Mantle A gift from Mussolini to Hitler
Hitler's Eagles Nest - Mussolini Mantle A gift from Mussolini to Hitler

Hitler’s Eagles Nest at Berchtesgaden

Hitler’s Eagles Nest retreat, built as a 50th birthday present. Hitler’s Eagles Nest is located high on the mountains with views over Austria and Germany, which is why the site was chosen.

Hitler’s Eagles Nest was used as a place for the third Reich top brass to relax and plan.

Obersalzburg is the village above the city of Brechtesgaden; village was taken over by Martin Bormann to transform it into a headquarters for Hitler.

To reach Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest, best to take a tour from Brechtesgaden or drive up the 27% incline to the parking area just below it; then take the marble-lined tunnel (124m) leading into the centre of the mountain and board the original elevator through the Kehlstein mountain for another 124m (406ft) to reach the building itself.

Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest is perched at a height of 1834m (6017ft)

Considered an engineering feat of greatness due to the terrain and the fact that it only took 13 months to complete.

Can also take tours of Obersalzburg underground bunkers and last refuges for Hitler, Göring and Bormann.

Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest is open from mid-May to the end of October and closed from November through to mid-May.

There is an official tour through Hitler’s Eagles Nest by “Step-On Guides” in Brechtesgaden.

Tours can also be taken individually from Brechtesgaden Visitor’s Centre opposite the train station.

Or you can go privately (self-guided) through Hitler’s Eagles Nest and pay for parking, elevator fare and underground bunker entrance.

My name is Robee Kann, for six years I was a tour guide throughout Europe. I loved my job and I would love to hear from you. You are most welcome to message me to say hello or request a hub about a European subject. Please look at my other hubs and leave a comment for me.

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      Robee Kann 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for your comment Peter, you have me without an answer here. I am also impressed that places of evil like Hitlers Eagles Nest have been preserved by the people that have lost the war. I have seen many school groups visiting places like this and concentration camps also, where local kids have beening learning about their countries history and its horrors - I think this is commendable on behalf of Austria and Germany.

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      Peter Bondy 

      7 years ago

      My wife and I took our two teenage daughters there last August. A very beautiful yet sobering tour. My younger daughter was at first upset as she felt she was in the presence of evil but I managed to get her to see the Eagle's Nest as a memorial to the horrors of war that a group of American paratroopers were able to capture. A question...while inspecting the marble mantle I found the name D. Webster. Was this the Easy Company paratrooper portrayed in the Band of Brothers by chance?

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      Robee Kann 

      8 years ago

      Thanks Randy, sounds like you have a slice of history at home - how wonderful

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      Randy Coble 

      8 years ago

      The sight is awsome. My wife and I came across your sight studdying on some photos we came across of WWII. We have original photos of all aspects of the war that were givin to us by an elderly lady whose husband was a photographer for the US Airforce. We have photos of the Eagles Nest before it was distroyed. Photos of the POW camps from the air twords the end of the war. 957 photos in all. Anyone interested feel free to contact us at rdc22271@yahoo.com.. Thanks for the sight. Its very interesting. Randy,

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      Robee Kann 

      8 years ago

      Thanks for the comment asdc

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      asdc 

      8 years ago

      very good

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