Hitler's Kehlsteinhaus...aka...The Eagle's Nest
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September 30, 2009
I was finally heading to a place that I never thought I would end up at. The Eagle's Nest is a place that my father has wanted to go for as long as I could remember. From the moment I got into town, I couldn't stop thinking about how cool it would be if my Dad had made the trip with me. Someday he will make it here and I hope to be along for the ride.
I opted not to take the tour of the Eagle's Nest offered through the Tourist
Office since I had spent a few hours already in Obersalzberg at the Dokumentation Center. Instead, I headed up to the parking lot to
catch the bus to the Kehlsteinhaus. You
do have the option of getting a general tour for 5 Euro once you get to
there. A local girl gave a couple
Norwegians and me a basic tour upstairs of the history, the current dining room
of the restaurant, one of the viewing windows, the terrace and general
information. We walked through the tunnel that Hitler would only go through in his car. He was so afraid of heights, that he had curtains put on the windows of the car so that he wouldn't have to partake in the view. Funny part was, the tunnel was heated, which didn't make sense because he was always in a vehicle going through it. The tunnel leads to an expansive lobby and elevator to take you to the top. You come into what is now the dining room with the fabled marble fire place, that was a gift from Mussolini to Hitler. The red marble has been chipped away, mainly by American GI's looking for a souvenir to take home.
My favorite part of the place was the massive bay window overlooking the outside. There is a panorama etched in wood on a bench by window, detailing the view you are seeing outside. This once tea-room was a favorite of Eva Braun's. Our tour ended there, and for 5 Euro I felt it was more than worth it. I learned a few more things about the place and how it came to be the place it is today. I headed out to the terrace to get some fresh air and hiking in.I then walked up the path on the mountain away from the building to partake in some of the most amazing views. On a clear day you can see Salzburg, Austria 20 KM to the east. That day, it was nothing but clouds, but it made me feel more on top of the world than I have ever before. After, I ate lunch in the beer garden and then headed down the path back to where the busses pick you up at. I ran into the couple from Shawano again, who invited me to meet them near the Oktoberfest grounds the next day in Munich. I was never able to join them, but once again, it was nice talking with someone from back home.
My time in Berchtesgaden was finished. I had to catch a train to Munich so I could begin my drinking the next day…