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The Eagle's Nest, Berchtesgaden
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I'm not complaining because it's cold, I'm complaining because it was closed! The Eagles Nest isn't open if there is snow, the buses won't run and there is no option to simply walk up. Too bad, I've a... read more »
Kehlsteinhaus...aka "Eagle's Nest". A mountain top base for Hitler and his evil inner circle. According to our tour guide, it was meant to be a gift to Hitler for his 50th birthday, and cost the equiv... read more »
This has been on my bucket list for a while. It exceeded my expectations. We took the 12:15 bus up and were in the Kehlsteinhaus just after 12:30. The weather was perfect for the end of September, I c... read more »
We did the 3hour hike from the car park which rises 800m in elevation to reach the top. The view from the top is amazing. You get a 360 degree outlook of the beautiful mountains and country side. The Eagles Nest is now a restaurant but some parts remain untouched like the fireplace. If you choose to do a tour you go downstairs which is apparently untouched and you get a bit more history of the building. The only downside to The Eagles Nest and the hike is it is quite busy but that's about it.
Despite my star rating I enjoyed visiting The Eagles Nest. The trip up the mountain, the view, the elevator ride and the experience at the top were all great. The ride up very briefly mention Hitler out of duty but once at the top there's no mention of the Nazis or the dark past. It's pretty obvious that there's been a serious effort to turn this into a tourist destination for German tourists and I found the whole "we're going to gloss over Hitler" a little disturbing. At the house they have a souvenir booth and a restaurant. We ate and the restaurant and I'm going to advise eating somewhere else. The food isn't great, it's expensive, and the beer is all bottled. It's often the case that there's zero visibility at the top due to fog so be sure to check the weather reports before you make the trip. I enjoyed my visit but I would skip this unless your a real history buff.
The majority of my appreciation of the Kehlstein Haus is the history and the extreme competence of the many that risked their lives to build the infrastructure to make it possible, ignoring the disastrous politics that were determined here. In modern times it is an extremely beautiful place that is best experienced with some added hiking up top, especially with a bit of progress toward the Hoher Göll. This location is highly dependent upon weather. Poor weather will only appeal to history or hiking nerds...
Even though the weather was very cloudy, it was still a unique experience. You could get occasional glimpses through the clouds of how spectacular this place is. I would love to come back when the weather is great, but this was the best day, weather-wise, of my week in Germany. Can highly recommend, though.
Very historically interesting place for me. The views are awesome on a sunny day! We took the 9.20 bus up, with very short queue at the tunnel section. When we came down (~11.40), the queue there was quite long. So try to start the day earlier in the morning. Remember to immediately reserve your return trip when you arrive at the upper parking lot!
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