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Obersalzberg, Berchtesgaden
(4.7/5 based on 240+ reviews on the web)
A mountain retreat that was once a getaway spot for Adolph Hitler, Obersalzberg is now a tourist destination. The area once held a handful of farms with small acreages between the pine-covered mountains. It was used as a retreat area in the 19th century when German intellectuals and industrialists began to arrive as vacationers. Hitler's presence meant that security barricades had to be built, and the remains of these are still visible despite heavy bombing in the later part of World War II. The U.S. military occupied the retreat after the war and stayed until 1996, operating the site as a military retreat. Rent a room at the hotel operated by Intercontinental, and visit the Dokumentationszentrum Obersalzberg to learn more about the area's history. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Berchtesgaden holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Obersalzberg and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • The views are the real highlight of Obersalzburg. Although Hitler frequented this area he didn't go the so called 'Eagles Nest' often because he disliked heights hence there is very little left from h...  more »
  • This beautiful place has to owe his celebrity a black period of history. Also and precisely reflected staying at this place is worth. The beauty of the landscape and the excellent location above Berchtesgadens not far from the beautiful city of Salzburg can enchant and radiate so much peace, that it seems paradoxical, that here the biggest criminals of in mankind history spent much time. That is why should one be sure to plan 1.5 hours for visiting the documentation of this period in the well designed Memorial. Who can afford it and want should choose the Kempinski as a hostel.
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  • Having read previous reviews, including some mixed, we decided not to go up there because the weather was bad and the view, main interest of the place, would not have been good. Having misunderstood the explanations of a well-known travel guide, we had in mind to climb on foot (a hike that's already). We then realized that the 30 minute walk filled in the guide was which should be arriving at the top in bus not far from the top, if we didn't take the elevator. It takes 4 hours to access this tourist place, (filled in and signposted from the main parking). Too bad, we could not make the journey as we taken too late in the day. We've still come half way: he is in good condition, sometimes paved, well-marked.
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