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Dokumentation Obersalzberg, Berchtesgaden

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History Museum Museum
Learn more about the Obersalzberg mountainside retreat at Dokumentation Obersalzberg, which was erected on the foundation of a former Nazi guesthouse. Adolf Hitler regularly vacationed in this area beginning in 1928. The museum features more than 950 documents, photographs, audio clips, films, and maps, as well as a scale model of the area. Part of the formerly extensive bunker network remains accessible. Special exhibits rotate periodically. An audio guide is a huge help if you don't speak German. For Dokumentation Obersalzberg and beyond, use our Berchtesgaden vacation generator to get the most from your Berchtesgaden vacation.
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  • It seems like they are at the breaking point of how many people can fit inside at sny time. So crowded and everything is in German. The audioguide was of some help but it's almost like it's too much i...  more »
  • A thoughtful museum covering difficult aspects of history in a useful way. Strongly recommend this before going to Eagles Nest where there is no context provided.  more »
  • I found this documentation center & the caves underneath to be super interesting. There's so much history to be learned, told, understood & learned from all available here. Definitely add this to your...  more »
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  • This museum was created on the site where so many crucial WWII events unfolded making the experience more poignant. The creators have done a tremendous job of clarifying the timeline of events. As you travel down a long narrow hallway toward a mostly restored Nazi bunker, the information on the walls take you from pre-war events until to reach the post war happenings. It is all in a beautiful setting which offsets the weightiness of the subject. Most is in German, but you can get headphones to hear it in English & other languages.
  • Having visited the area in the 1980s, I was very saddened to see how it had been altered. The eyesores of the new hotel and visitor centre nearby have completely ruined the site. The old Hintereck cafe and shops have totally disappeared. What was once a historical area has now been replaced by a purpose built modern tourist attraction. The "museum" is typical of the exhibitions in Germany depicting the era of the Third Reich - walls and stands covered in large picture posters. The actual history of this terrible period - what remained of the buildings - has been largely torn down and replaced by modern monstrosities. I feel sorry for first-time visitors of today who never had the opportunity to see what was once there and is now lost forever. I actually begrudge giving it one star.
  • Good and informative exhibition. It is free for student and lecturer. But if you dont understand German, you need to rent english audio guide which is 2 euros
  • If you're trying to figure out how to get to the Kehlsteinhaus (Eagles Nest) read this. It's literally this simple... 1. Park your car at the Documentation Center. The correct name is the Dokumentation Obersalzberg. This place is dual-role. It's both a museum (Dokumentation Center) and the staging grounds for all of the busses that journey to the Eagles Nest -- the *only way* you can reach the Eagles nest. There are also some tourist shops here, along with tons of parking. Tons. Of parking. 2. Follow signs to the Eagles Nest busses. They are everywhere. 3. Purchase a ticket (don't forget to show your hotel discount/guest card if you have one). We paid €29.50 for two people in 2017. 4. Take the bus to the Eagles Nest Bus Parking (also on Google maps). Note the bus departure times (snap a photo) so you can time your departure accordingly. From here you will follow the long tunnel to the elevator that takes you to the top. You also have the option to hike, which we were told takes about 2.5 hours. I can neither confirm nor deny this hiking information. 5. They tell you to register your return time, but we didn't know how long we'd be at the top, so we didn't do this and everything worked out fine. I think they are just trying to ensure large groups don't overwhelm their return capabilities. Note: The Eagles Nest is an altitude increase of ~6,000 ft. Factoring in adiabatic cooling, the temperature is going to drop 2-3°C each 1,000 feet. Essentially, dress warmly in layers. If the sun is out, it's warm. If not, it can be quit cold. There you go, it's that easy. I'm not certain why zero websites were able to explain this process clearly, but hopefully this is helpful to others.
  • Interesting and scary exhibition at the same time. Absolutely recommended, you can learn a lot about history.