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The Eagle’s Nest today – a legacy of recent history

A symbol of the power of the NS regime even though decisions were made at the Eagle’s Nest, it still stands for the insanity of his regime. It stands for his world on the Obersalzberg, where plans for war and mass murder were formed there.

The Eagle’s Nest was a present to Hitler from the political party, who, without any free will surrendered to the man who was going to bring down the world. In defiance, the building stands perched over a sheer rock wall. A road was cut into the mountain through the previously impassable terrain. Although an architectural master piece, it was still an act of waste on nature and other resources. To reach it, there is a golden brass elevator buried in the heart of the mountain, through which one can reach „the summit of power“ – all this is created with the sole purpose to impress and dazzle people.

The building became a legend in the postwar period, and apparently its use of the Eagler’s Nest was seen as essential as a visual motif in popular US war films and serials. This building is one of the few undamaged monuments of the Hilter era which has resulted in giving it a prominence that it does not perhaps deserve though it might seem to provoke.

Berchtesgaden has out lasted its political importance. It can however not be forgotten that the Eagle’s Nest was a part of an idyllic setting that was intended to deceive all the horrors of those years. Today however it still offers a magnificent and unique view of the surrounding countryside and also the opportunity to remember and learn about the inhuman dictatorship it served.

The Eagle’s Nest was originally designed by Martin Bormann as a birthday present for Adolf Hitler’s 50th birthday on behalf of the NSDAP (Nazi Party). In fact, Hitler seldom visited the Eagle’s Nest.

In the end, Allied bombing at the end of World War II did not damage the Eagle’s Nest and thanks to the intervention of former Governor Jacob, the Eagle’s Nest was spared being blown up after the war.

Today the Eagle’s Nest remains in its original state. In 1960, on the occasion of the 150th celebration Berchtesgaden’s incorporation into Bavaria, the Bavarian government relinquished its control of the building to a trust that ensures that the proceeds are used for charitable purposes.

Opening Dates

The Eagles Nest is open from middle of may to middle of oktober.
Please call the infoline: 0049 8652 2029 and 967 0.

The Eagles Nest is today a restaurant. It is open to the general public. Individuals require no reservation!

Getting there

By car take the A8 and exit at Bad Reichenhall or at Salzburg Süd to Berchtesgaden and from there the Obersalzberg road to the Hintereck parking area at Obersalzberg.

Possible ways of reaching Kehlsteinhaus (Eagle’s Nest)

  • RVO-Bus from Hintereck parking area to the Eagle’s Nest parking area
  • Or hike from Ofneralm up to the Eagle’s Nest parking area (approx. 1½ to 2 hours)
  • Or hike from Scharitzkehl parking area to the Eagle’s Nest parking area on a trail that offers beautiful panoramic views. (approx. 2 ½ to 3 hours)

Eagel’s Nest Tour for groups (20 pax)

Our exclusive Group Offers include the following:
– Reserved return seats on the Eagles Nest Shuttle bus
– Return ride in the original Brass elevator
– Historical account of the Eagles Nest:
– Conception, occupation, destruction and the Eagles Nest today
– Restaurant seat reservations

This is an offer from the
Eagles Nest Tour GmbH
Oberschönauerstr 62
83471 Schönau a Königssee

Minimum: 20 pers.
Duration: circa 35 min
Languages: German, English (French, Italian)
Price: € 22,50 p.p. incl. VAT

info@eagles-nest-tours.de
Fax: +49 (0) 8652 948091

Eagle’s Nest Road

The road from Obersalzberg to the Eagle’s Nest parking lot is considered a feat of engineering. The road was blasted out of solid rock in only 13 months time and is considered to be unique in this construction design.
The great difference in elevation is achieved with only one switchback and crosses the steep northwest side of the Kehlstein mountain twice. In 1952 the Eagle’s Nest road was closed to public traffic and a special mountain bus service was put into operation.
Through the frost and snow of winter, the rock walls of the Eagle’s Nest road are damaged from falling rock from above, therefore every spring the walls are „cleaned“ and since 1952 have insured that no accidents have occurred.

Length: 6,5 km; difference in height: 700 m
width: 4 m; five tunnel altogether 277 m
construction period: 13 months

Eagle’s Nest Restaurant

Board a breathtaking bus journey up the Kehlstein road and a luxurious brass elevator up through the rock into Kehlsteinhaus, known in English as the Eagle’s Nest. Enjoy its impressive views and its excellent cuisine. The site combines a unique example of historic architecture and a stunning alpine setting..

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cake and pie

sea level1834 m
construction period1 year
lift124 m
tunnel124 m
panorama viewup to 200 km