Secret places with historical flair in Germany
  • Kehlsteinhaus - The Eagle’s Nest

    Kehlsteinhaus, 83471 Berchtesgaden

    How to Get There?


      Berchtesgaden train station is the closest train station (aproxx. 10 mins) from there you are able to take bus line 838 to the entrance or a taxi.

      DB BAHN

      By car take the A8 to exit Bad Reichenhall or at Salzburg Sud to Berchtesgarden to Parking Area at Obersalzberg. You will need to either walk or take the bus (tickets for the bus up the mountain can be bought at the Documentation Center parking lot) to continue up the mountain to Eagle’s Nest.

      GPS coordinates

      LATITUDE: 47.611393
      LONGTITUDE: 13.042354



      Bus line 838 from Berchtesgaden ZOB/Hbf to Obersalzberg

      Nearest station

      Dokumentation Obersalzberg, Berchtesgaden

      The neareast airport to Obersalzberg is Salzburg, Austria. From the airport you can drive which is about 30 km and takes approx. 45 mins.

      Nearest airport

      Salzburg (SZG)

    Why Go There?

    Open only during Summer (May-Oct)

    The Kehlsteinhaus, known in English as the Eagle’s Nest, was a gift from the Nazi Party to Hitler for his 50th birthday as a place for him to entertain visiting dignitaries and serve as a retreat.

    Taking only 13 months to complete, finishing in the summer of 1938, before being given to Hitler on April 20, 1939 as a 50th birthday gift, the Kehlsteinhaus stands at the top of the Kehlstein mountain 1,834 m (6,017 ft), reached by a 6.5 km (4.0 mi) long and 4 m (13 ft) wide road. The last 124 m (407ft) up to the Kehlsteinhaus are reached by a beautiful brass elevator that goes straight down through the mountain. Although on the same mountain as Hilter’s home, Berghof, he rarely visited the Eagle’s Nest. Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Commander of U.S. forces in Europe and later President of the United States, stated that the U.S. Army’s 3rd Infantry Division was the first to take control of the Eagle’s Nest and confirmed with photos and newsreel of the infantry drinking „Hitler’s wine” on the patio in May 1945.

    On April 25, 1945 the Eagle’s Nest was supposed to be the aiming point of a Royal Air Force bombing raid, but Berghof (Hitler’s home) was targeted instead and severely damaged. The Eagle’s Nest was used by Allies as a military command post until 1960, when they handed it back to the State of Bavaria.

    Today the Kehlsteinhaus is in its original state and is used as a restaurant with all proceeds going to a charitable foundation. Enjoy something to drink or eat in the same spot that Hitler, Eva Braun, Himmler and others entertained foreign diplomats. When the weather is nice you get an incredible panorama view looking over both Germany and Austria.

    Location Details

    Escape Address: Kehlsteinhaus, 83471 Berchtesgaden, Berchtesgaden, Bavaria, Germany

    Things to do close by!


    Surrounding the Eagle’s Nest are several must see sightseeing things to do. These include, but not limited to, the village of Berchtesgaden, Berghof (Hitler’s home) and the salt mines.


    Hike either from Ofneralm (approx. 1.5-2 hours) or Scharitzkehl (2.5 to 3 hours) to get beautiful panaoramic views on the way up to the Kehlsteinhaus.

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