9. Private Eagle's Nest Berchtesgaden Obersalzberg WWII Tour
Berchtesgaden holds so much historical value with regards to World War II. During the Third Reich the Obersalzberg was the Southern Headquarters for the National Socialist Party, with many top leaders owning homes on the mountain, and where many important political decisions were made. This private tour is perfect for those wishing to discover this history... This half day tour covers the famous Eagle's Nest and many of the other historically important sites on the Obersalzberg, including the more hidden locations that most tourists never hear about. While there are many tour options that include this area, most will only stop off at the most well known spots. This tour also includes the secrets hidden on the mountain which really provide an authentic account of the fascinating history of this area. In addition, the mountain scenery is extremely beautiful and on a clear day you will be surrounded by stunning panoramic views of the Bavarian Alps and the valley below, particularly from the Eagle's Nest. Itinerary: - If you are staying in the Berchtesgaden area, I will pick you up from your accomodation to begin the tour. If not, the meeting point is the convenient and centrally located Berchtesgaden train and bus station. - We begin with a driving tour of the Obersalzberg mountainside with detailed historical commentary throughout. - Visit on foot into the woods to the lesser-known ruins of Hitler's Berghof home, including the opportunity to experience the panoramic views that were once on offer from his very house. - Next comes the opportunity to explore some of the original bunkers that made up the extensive bunker system below the National Socialist complex on the Obersalzberg mountainside. - The highlight is a visit to the famous Eagle's Nest perched atop the Kehlstein mountain at 6, 017ft. Exploring the fascinating history of Hitler's teahouse including the original features, such as the huge marble fireplace and the famous brass elevator. - Exploration of more hidden locations. Having lived directly on the Obersalzberg for many years I can show you some of the more hidden secret areas. - Time to ask any questions you may have. I always welcome any questions you may have on the subject of WWII! - The tour will end where it began, either back at your hotel if in the Berchtesgaden area, or at the Berchtesgaden train and bus station. Alternatively if you would like to be dropped off in Berchtesgaden old town to look around, or at one of the other popular tourist attractions in Berchtesgaden that would also be no problem. Please note: The Eagle's Nest is only open May - October, depending on weather. If visiting November - April: Although not being able to visit the Eagle's Nest building itself, an in-depth historical account of the Eagle's Nest, using period photos to explain the historical significance of the building is included in this tour. Additionally, there will be an extended driving tour of Berchtesgaden to stop off at other WWII historical sites along the way.