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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Hitler's Eagles Nest

During our stay in Salzburg we traveled about 30 km south of Salzburg into the German Bavarian Alps near Berchtesgaden to see what is known as Hitler's Eagles Nest- or as the German's call it Kehlsteinhaus. The Eagles Nest is on top of Kehlstein mountain and was built for Hitler as a 50th birthday present in 1938-1939. It took 13 months to build and was used as a place for Hitler to entertain important guests. To reach this point, you need to take a special bus up a narrow 4 mile mountain road. The last 124m up the mountain are reached by an elevator of polished brass that was bored straight through the mountain. As you can see from the pictures- the views were absolutely amazing.

During World War II the allied forces tried to bomb and destroy this place. However, due to fog and weather conditions, the target was missed and nearby areas were heavily destroyed. The allies took control of the Eagles Nest in May1945 and used it as a military command post until 1960. After 1960, it was returned to the German government.

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