The Eagle’s Nest in the Berchtesgaden Alps
Located atop the Obersalzberg Mountain, the Kehlsteinhaus, or Eagle’s Nest is inseparably linked with the Third Reich. Those who visit venture back into a dark period of German and Austrian history. Commissioned by Martin Bormann between 1937-1938, it is built on the summit of the Kehlstein Mountain and was given to Adolf Hitler by the Nazi Party on the occasion of his 50th birthday. The Kehlstein Mountain is part of the Berchtesgaden Alps and is 1834 meters high. Adolf Hitler visited this place only rarely, probably no more than 10 times.
In 1945 the Kehlstein House was the target of an Allied bombing raid, though it was not hit. In the 1960’s the building was almost destroyed by explosives, but the local government prevented its destruction. Instead, it became a mountain-top restaurant whose impressive construction and breathtaking views awe visitors. A museum on the property tells the history of this site. Visitors can reach the summit via a bus along the Kehlsteinstraße road. One of the most unique mountain roads in the world, it conquers the 700 meter climb in altitude with only one hair-pin curve. The Eagle’s Nest is open from May to October. All proceeds from admissions go to charitable causes.