Obersalzberg Off The Beaten Path

  • Taking in the view.
    Taking in the view.
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  • Tunnel entrance September 2014
    Tunnel entrance September 2014
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  • Path up to  Kehlsteinhaus from bus park.
    Path up to Kehlsteinhaus from bus park.
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    Tunnel leading to the lift for the Eagles Nest

    by alancollins Updated Oct 4, 2014

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    This is the tunnel which leads to the lift for the ascent to the Eagles Nest. As you walk along the tunnel there is echo of your footsteps and it easy to imagine the sound of jackboots marching along. If you have hiked up to the Eagles Nest there is sometimes someone at the entrance checking bus tickets in which case you will either have to purchase a ticket to ride the elevator or else use the footpath at the far end of the bus park.

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    Entrance to the tunnel

    by alancollins Updated Sep 28, 2014

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    The entrance to the tunnel which leads to the lift for your journey to the Eagles Nest above. The entrance has not changed from when it was first built in 1939. If you have walked up to the Kehlsteinhaus there is sometimes someone at the entrance checking tickets. If you take a bus up this includes use of the lift. When the US Army was in charge of the area after WW2 there were restrictions on the use of the lift. Only officers could use the lift other ranks had to use the footpath which is located to the left as you leave the bus park.

    Tunnel entrance Tunnel entrance 2011 Tunnel entrance September 2014 Path up to  Kehlsteinhaus from bus park. Path down from the Kehlsteinhaus
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    The Teehaus

    by alancollins Updated Sep 28, 2014

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    Another favourite place of Hitler was the Tea House which was built in 1937. He use to walk to the Tea House in the afternoons and then be driven back to the Berghof. The building was destroyed but the ruins were left behind. If you wish to find the ruins I would suggest looking at this excellent website for directions and more information about the history of the whole area. It may be worth wearing boots as it can be slightly muddy in places.
    ++The ruin of the Teehaus has been knocked down and removed to hide its past history. There is only a small amount of rubble now. ++

    Ruins of the Tea House Ruins of the Tea House Ruins of the Tea House Ruins of the Tea House Taken June 2010, not much left now
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    Berchtesgaden Valley

    by alancollins Updated Sep 28, 2014

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    One of Hitler's favourite views was looking down towards the Berchtesgaden Valley. The view frequently features in newsreels of the time. The view can be found a short distance away from the Tea House (now removed but the rubble can still be seen). When I last visited in July 2004 there was a convenient picnic bench to rest your feet and take in the view. Another visit in June 2010 shows the picnic bench has been replaced by 2 bench seats. My last visit in September 2014 showed the 2 benches had been replaced by a single a bench. There were no other visitors whilst we were there to take in the wonderful views from this vantage spot.

    View of the Mooslahnerkopf View of the Mooslahnerkopf View of the Berchtesgaden Valley View of the Mooslahnerkopf Taking in the view.
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    Lift to the top

    by alancollins Updated Mar 11, 2011

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    At the end of the second world war the Americans were in occupation of the area. The lift takes you up the final 407 feet to the Eagles Nest. At that time only officers could use the lift. All other ranks had to use the footpath to get to the top. The lift is ornate and looks like it has gold panels but I think the metal is brass which is a lot less expensive.

    Lift to top Tunnel to the lift
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    Walking up to the Eagles Nest

    by alancollins Updated Jun 23, 2010

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    As a rather unfit, overweight, lazy old fart I decided it would make a change to walk up to the Eagles Nest. I've done the bus bit several times. So I picked a July day when it was slightly overcast and set off for the top. The road for walkers travels a different route to the coaches and only one vehicle passed me on the way up as well as only one person. Shows it's a popular walk. It took me 2 1/4 hours to reach the top which was cloudy and cold. After lunch it took a another 1 3/4 hours to get back down. I was knackered afterwards but felt I had achieved something by doing it. I would suggest picking a cool day and take plenty to drink.

    See the travelogue for the June 2010 walk.

    Almost down Snow still around in summer Lizard

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    AA gun emplacements

    by alancollins Written May 30, 2006

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    Though thousands of people walk past these pieces of concrete when they walk around at the top of the Eagles Nest, but their purpose was more sinister as they were concrete bases for anti-aircraft guns.

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