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Dokumentation Obersalzberg, Berchtesgaden

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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 was interesting to see how Hitler here lived, however it is completed within 5 minutes. Much of what is shown is generally nothing with his stay in Berchtesgaden, but rather with the NS. We were so glad that we had to pay no admission as students.
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  • We have reached here in auto and as it was not enabled to upload to the nest of the Eagle decided to go here to see a bit of the history of Hitler in the war. It is very interesting photos of the era and the explanations given. Also interesting passages that look!
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  • The Center is a reconstructed building inside which you may find information about the nazi era: how were buildings that had at that time, for what were used, how was life in them, who were leading people of the nazi regime, how organized the resistance against the regime. Especially interesting are maps, posters and other documents of the time, many of them related to the deportation and internment of Jews in concentration camps. Also along the route are two videos in German with English subtitles, and there are several audio recordings of speeches of Hitler. At the end of this visit, you can access a part of the bunker. If you know German, the visit will be easier, but there are audio guides in English and even at the ticket counter they have generic brochures with a summary in Castilian and in some other language that kindly provide if requested. Admission is 3 euros for adults. If you are accredited student is accessible for free. At a minimum, I would recommend spending an hour or an hour and half there, but depends on the interest that each person has. Indeed, at the beginning of each section, where the panels explaining a couple of things in German, are there are brochures that you can take in which appears the same detailed information in English, French, Italian, and a couple of more languages, if I remember correctly. In short: a very interesting visit.
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  • It's unfortunate that there is no written information in English, as this will put a lot of people off. However, the audio guide in English is incredibly comprehensive. If you have the stamina and dedication to stick with it (not everyone like audio guides as you can't set the pace) you will learn an incredible amount. So much so that I rate this as one of the best museums I've ever visited, up there with the Schindler Factory Museum in Krakow. It provides the fullest, most exhaustive account I've ever come across of the social, economic, and political circumstances that facilitated the rise of fascism and the Nazi party and a detailed account of the development of the holocaust and a great deal about goings on in the local area that led to Hitler's 2nd base being established. The level of detail is unparalleled and it's good that the Germans have opted not to gloss over or detract from the horrors of what happened, as I've seen in museums in other parts of the world (I'm looking at you Hỏa Lò Prison, Hanoi). I found the bunkers to be of lesser interest to me and just a pleasant distraction at the end as more of a novelty than a learning opportunity but they are popular.
  • An interesting experience for Americans in the crowd. They thoroughly deal with the social, economic, and political circumstances through between ww2 including a considerable amount of attention paid to the nuances of the system that allowed the Holocaust to occur. The bunkers are extremely interesting to examine as a capstone. Highly recommended for all to contemplate the real advancement of society beyond 1945...
  • Best about this museum was the big bunker complex. There are translations in multiple languages and also audio tours. Can get quit crowdy at some times. Worth visiting when in the area.
  • Superb history, excellent audio guide. Written narratives only in German is an unfortunate drawback. The bunkers speak of massive preparations for the worst. In the end, did not count for much.
  • Fantastic museum. Despite other reviews here, we found the English audioguide to be excellent. We spent hours here listening to it. Definitely worth a visit if the topic is of interest to you.