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If you want to know more about the history of Obersalzberg and the nazis this informative exhibition is well worth a visit. The Documentation Centre has been open since October 1999 and is the only permanent exhibition worldwide to cover all aspects of the Nazi era. It includes numerous photographs, maps, plans and entrance to some of the underground tunnels and bunkers. The entrance fee is 3 euros for an adult. Almost all the exhibition is in German and an audio guide are available in other languages for 2 euros, and as its fairly loud a couple can easily share. The Documentation Centre is open most day but is closed on Mondays From Novemebr to March.
Updated Feb 20, 2011
Address: Salzbergstrasse 41 D-83471 Berchtesgaden
This is the place that Hitler and associates loved to visit. The climate, I am sure was great in summer months. The whole compound, and I will call it that, was to protect the Nazi brass and provide peaceful solitude away from the public. I could only guess what went on inside the walls. The main steel door entry is intact and huge. Then you go through a tunnel to get to the elevators to take you up to the other levels. It is 400 feet down. Now that is it a museum, there are pictures around, and a restaurant there. Cost was 30 million Reichsmark to build; or around $200 million in today's dollar. What is left is the Eagle's Nest, or real name Kehlsteinhaus, a residence on the top is the only memory remaining.
The view is unbelievably good on a clear day. The compound once covered a very large area, and a 7 foot high fence was erected in 1943 to protect the Nazi top echelon. The fence went around the perimeter 7 miles. Below they eventually dug 1 1/2 miles of tunnels to protect against bombing attacks. The compound was bombed in April, 1945, demolishing most of the structures. This was to let Hitler know he could not come back here from Berlin to hide in the tail end of the war.
Updated Feb 12, 2009