Eagle Nest

The Eagle's Nest s an architectural marvel with a dark past. Built as a mountaintop retreat for Adolf Hitler, it now serves as a restaurant and historical site with panoramic views that will leave you breathless. Read more

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The Eagle's Nest was originally constructed as a 50th birthday gift for Hitler, although he seldom visited. The structure stands at an elevation of 1,834 meters and is accessible via a dramatic road followed by a tunnel and an ornate brass elevator, which was a feat of engineering in its time. Visitors today can reach the site through a bus ride up the steep Kehlsteinstrasse, which is a marvel of engineering itself, or opt for the more adventurous hiking trails.
Upon reaching the summit, the contrast between the building's ominous history and the stunning natural beauty surrounding it creates a complex emotional landscape. Inside, historical displays and interpretive panels provide context about the Third Reich and the U.S. Army's occupation of the area post-World War II. The restaurant and café at the Eagle's Nest allow for relaxation and contemplation, offering an opportunity to reflect on the vistas and the site's complicated legacy.

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The most famous sights
What to do in Eagle Nest

Kehlsteinhaus Building

The main building itself is a focal point for visitors, offering panoramic views of the Alps, historical exhibits, and dining options.

The Kehlsteinstrasse (Eagle's Nest Road)

The perilous, winding road leading up to the Eagle's Nest is itself an engineering marvel and a must-see.

Documentation Center Obersalzberg

Located at the base, this museum offers an in-depth look at the history of the Nazi regime and Obersalzberg's role in it.

The Brass Elevator

An engineering marvel in its own right, the brass elevator takes visitors the final 124 meters to the summit.

Berchtesgaden National Park

This nearby national park offers hiking, wildlife viewing, and more, and is an ideal natural complement to a day at the Eagle's Nest.

Rossfeld Panorama Road

A scenic drive near the Eagle’s Nest offering stunning views of the Bavarian and Austrian Alps.

Salt Mines Berchtesgaden

Underground salt mine tours offer a contrast to the high-altitude experiences at Eagle’s Nest.

Schönau am Königssee

The idyllic town and lake below offer boating, kayaking, and a range of watersports.

Alpine Zoo

A local zoo focusing on alpine wildlife, offering a family-friendly experience.

Local Mountain Trails

Numerous hiking and mountain-biking trails offer routes of varying difficulties, showcasing the Alpine beauty of the region.

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In and around Eagle Nest

Berchtesgaden (1.95 km)

Nestled amidst the towering peaks of the Bavarian Alps, Berchtesgaden is a quaint town that looks like it has been lifted straight from a fairytale.

Schonau am Konigssee (4.99 km)

Experience the heavenly allure of Schönau am Königssee, a Bavarian oasis renowned for its crystal-clear lake, verdant alpine scenery, and idyllic mountain vistas.

Hallein (5.57 km)

Hallein is an Austrian town where history and nature converge. Known for its salt mines, scenic landscapes, and historical architecture, Hallein offers a blend of cultural richness and natural beauty that makes it an appealing destination for tourists.

Bad Reichenhall (16.12 km)

Bad Reichenhall is a picturesque spa town that promises a harmonious blend of wellness, culture, and natural beauty. Known for its salt production and therapeutic air, this town is a sanctuary for relaxation and outdoor adventure alike.

Werfen Ice Caves (18.11 km)

Ethereal world within the Werfen Ice Caves, the world's largest ice cave system. Located just an hour's drive south of Salzburg, Austria, this natural marvel promises an adventure that will transport you to an icy wonderland deep within the Alps.

Salzburg (18.36 km)

Salzburg, the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, is a Baroque gem with a magnificent historic centre, situated between the Salzach River and the Hohensalzburg Fortress. The picturesque streets and charming atmosphere will captivate you.

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