Eagle's Nest

Berchtesgaden, Germany

The Kehlsteinhaus (known as the Eagle's Nest in English-speaking countries) is a Third Reich-era edifice erected atop the summit of the Kehlstein, a rocky outcrop that rises near the town of Berchtesgaden. It was presented to Adolf Hitler on his 50th birthday as a retreat and place to entertain friends and visiting dignitaries. Today it is open seasonally as a restaurant, beer garden, and tourist site.

The Kehlsteinhaus was commissioned by Martin Bormann in the summer of 1937 as a 50th birthday gift for Adolf Hitler. Paid for by the Nazi Party, it was completed in 13 months but held until a formal presentation in 1939. From a large car park a 124m entry tunnel leads to an ornate elevator which ascends the final 124m to the building. Its car is surfaced with polished brass, Venetian mirrors and green leather. Construction of the entire project cost the lives of 12 workers. The building's main reception room is dominated by a fireplace of red Italian marble presented by Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, which was damaged by Allied soldiers chipping off pieces to take home as souvenirs. Much of the furniture was designed by Paul László.



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Founded: 1937
Category: Miscellaneous historic sites in Germany
Historical period: Nazi Germany (Germany)


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Ian Fairlie (12 months ago)
Just an amazing place with a chequered history. The views at the top are truly magnificent. We were fortunate to have had access the day we visited as the weather was beautiful. The walk through the tunnel to access the lift with the brass fittings was eerie but exciting. You could feel the spirits of those who had been before us.
Nienor Swistak (14 months ago)
I recommend to walk up, it is not so steep and difficult as we read. we did it at the end of october having really nice weather and it took us 2,5 hour. Be prepared to crowds up there, especially in the restaurant.
Harald Guttink (14 months ago)
Although it's gruesome history the Kehlsteinhaus is a beautiful place with amazing surroundings. The 15 minute busride up the mountain gives you an amazing view of the valley. After arriving at the end of the road, you walk through the tunnel to the luxurious elevator which takes you up to the house. First thing you see is the wonderful view outside. Walking around the complex gives a jawdropping view of the house and area. The restaurant offers a decent selection of food and beverages. A must see attraction
M. Meredith (15 months ago)
The day we went was completely fogged in so the magnificent views we had heard about were not to be ours. The one outdoor photo I'm posting was the clearest one I was able to take. So if you have a choice of days to visit, check the weather forecast before heading up. The history that is documented around the building is interesting. Stopped and had a beer, apple pie, and ice cream at the restaurant in the building.
Sabrina Antinucci (15 months ago)
a very interesting and historical place! incredible views towards the mountains! one step from heaven. We did the ascent and descent on foot, it is important to be prepared. You also have options to go and return by bus. We recommend going early! everything clean and organized!
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