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Category: Museums, Local time: 11:07:44, Altitude: 1841m, Address: Oberschönauerstraße 62, Schönau am Königsee, Germany, Tel.: +49 8652/2969, Official WWW website:

Eagles Nest, commonly referred to as the Eagle’s Nest, was Adolf Hitler’s unofficial residence and place for him to entertain visiting dignitaries. Eagles Nest is located near the city Berchtesgaden in the southeast corner of Upper Bavaria.

History

Located in the mountain village of Obersalzberg, this closed complex consisted of several buildings connected by tunnels and shafts. The chalet Wachenfeld in the altitude of 1000 m was occupied by the Nazis in the 20s of the 20th century. Hitler reputedly wrote his book Mein Kampf there. The central building of the Eagles Nest was situated near the top of Kehlstein Mountain in the altitude of 1834 m. The chalet was rebuilt into a mountain hotel, accessible on the road with a number of tunnels, which connected it with Obersalzberg. The entrances to the hotel were provided with lifts that were built inside the mountain. Eagles Nest was commissioned by Martin Bormann, Hitler’s secretary, for the occasion of the "Fuehrer’s" 50th birthday. The chalet is called Kehlstein Teehaus, Eagles Nest or Kehlalm. The whole area was bombarded by the Allies at the end of the World War II but the Eagles Nest itself was not destroyed. Only fractions of the complex that originally stretched from the mountain’s foothill have survived up to now but the hotel on top of Kehlstein still works as a tourist attraction today. There is a small museum with an exhibition concerning the Eagles Nest’s history. New hotels have been built throughout the area of the former complex.

Practical information

If you are planning to visit Eagles Nest, you will need at least a half day for this trip. You have to park your vehicle at one of the three car-parks above the city, which is, especially during the main season, rather difficult. From there, you can reach the Hitler’s nest either on foot, following a steep path through woods, or by a regular bus. You can buy the bus ticket directly at the car-park for 13 EUR. Before paying, be sure to ask (at the ticket office) when your bus leaves because sometimes it takes even 2 hours to get into the bus that will take you to the top of Eagles Nest. There are only 5 buses, which is not enough for the crowds of incoming tourists. When you reach the top of Eagles Nest, a truly beautiful view of Alps will open in front of you, and you can enjoy it as well from the hotel’s restaurant.

Type of the museum

exposition
museum
monument

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history
military history and technology

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for general public


Information and Facts

GPS: 47.5919, 13.0338
Altitude: 1841 m
Is it possible to borrow the exhibits?: No
Cameras allowed?: Yes
Is it possible to use the facility for events and special actions?: Yes
Do you lease your facility for trainings or conferences?: Yes
Children corner?: No
Last update: Oct 19, 2012 7:22:30 PM

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