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Obersalzberg, Berchtesgaden

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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 most beautiful and interesting place, only what makes it bad employees, and the clerks, who are willing to take advantage of the customer to the end without any shame, the same product can buy at ...  more »
  • So first, with your car, you go up to the car parks and you must leave it there. There you take a ticket for the bus (it tells you your bus number) and the Eagle's nest. And every twenty or thirty minutes, 5, 6, 7, 8 buses leave at the line staying behind to the top, there already, in some corners without trees, the view is magnificent. Once arrived at the top, you must indicate the time at which you want down to dispatcher a bit everyone properly for return. Because here, as elsewhere, a crowd waiting for a bus, it is crazy soft, because everyone wants to spend before the others. But attention! If you go there during peak afternoon, you're going to do an hour of tail already in the tunnel of 124 m, wet as there is not, so you cover. Because at the end of the tunnel to take an elevator that brings you in 41 seconds to the Eagle's nest, fortunately, it can hold 25 or 30 people and it takes 3 or 4 minutes between the time where he goes and where it goes back down. So it is better to go in the morning early, you will be more relaxed and... choose a day as the sky is clear. Because we we ended up to 1 834 m in the clouds and it did absolutely nothing. Well, once at the top, a little disappointed, since on a floor, where Hitler had to receive his guests, a large round room has been converted into a restaurant and the rest is free in the kitchen. Underneath there was another floor for rooms but we can't visit because we, even good looking, we found no stairs. Outside, when it's beautiful, then Yes, 360 ° view is remarkable. You can also stroll a little after the terrace of the restaurant to a headland between boulders and vegetation. Madness of men here still, when we think about tens of millions invested to build this residence with thousands of men who have worked and have the dig the rock for the tunnel and the elevator shaft, all this for a dictator who has stayed there only very rarely. But for history, worth a visit, but I didn't expect to see such a crowd for making this visit it must be said, a bit special, when you know that the master of the House has caused the death of millions of people.
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  • The coach ride through the spectacular countryside was smooth and comfortable and not expensive. We lunched in the village of Berchtesgaden. It was very pretty with lots of eatery choices. The beer ga...  more »

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