IN A NUTSHELL
WHAT: Hitler's Eagle's Nest
WHERE: Village of Oberzalberg, on the German-Austrian
border. CLICK HERE to Map
WHY: WWII landmark; featured in "Band of Brothers";
WHEN: May to October.
HOW: Short trip for those staying in Munich or in
trip for those in Southern Germany.
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Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany.
"Eagle's Nest" was designed and built for Adolf Hilter's 50th
Birthday by his personal secretary and Head of the Nazi Party
Chancellery Martin Bormann. The monument is called "Kehlsteinhaus"
in German because of it was originally intended to be a "Teahouse"
for the head of the Third Reich. This mountain-top hideaway
played a prominent role as the main unit objective in HBO's
critically acclaimed mini-series "Band of Brothers."
The allied bombing and
battles of World War II left the building intact and today the Eagle's
Nest remains in its original state. In the years after the
war, the Eagle's Nest and the surrounding area of Berchtesgaden
remained a part of US Armed Forces property in southeastern Germany.
The US military set up a recreation center where servicemembers
could hike in the summer and ski in the winter. The US
military returned the area to Germany in the 1990s.
At that time, the German government demolished the American
General Walker Hotel at Obersalzberg, to make way for the
existing bus depot that serves the Eagle's Nest.
Guided Tours of the Eagle's Nest and
Berchtesgaden - CLICK HERE!
Today, you can get there by taking the local bus or driving
from Berchtesgaden to Obersalzberg, a small village community.
At Obersalzberg, you must buy tickets on the Eagle's Nest bus (the
road is closed to privately-owned vehicles) which takes you up the
mountain. This bus route provides some of the most spectacular
views of the German and Austrian Alps.
At the end of the bus
ride, you will walk through a marble-lined tunnel 400 feet into the
heart of the mountain. There you will ride the original brass
elevator 400 feet straight up into the Eagle's Nest building at the
top of the mountain.
There you will be able to walk around the grounds at 6017 feet
altitude and enjoy the spectacular scenery.
You can combine this wonderful day trip with a stay in the
nearby city of
Salzburg, which is just across
the German border with
Austria. Or you may want
to visit other World War II historical sights in the area, such
Tickets to the Eagle's Nest can be purchased at Obersalzberg.
Busses leave for the Eagle's Nest every 20-30 minutes from 8:00am to
4:00pm daily from May to October. For more information, call
+49 8652 2969 from May - October, or +49 8652 61244 from November -
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to map the Eagle's Nest!
Official Eagle's Nest Website HERE
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local area, or elsewhere in Germany too.
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