Monday, July 29 and Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Today we left the hotel enroute to the bunkers of Dokumentation Obersalzberg. This bunker complex was started in 1943. It was an underground Fuehrer Headquarters in case the buildings above ground were destroyed or if the Obersalzberg should be taken over by the enemy. The subsystems were connected by long corridors or staircases. All of the important buildings were reachable. The bunkers contained living, work, office, storage and technical space. When the air raid by the British occurred in April, 1945 over Obersalzberg the bunkers were filled with many workers but no Third Reich officials.
We entered the Bunkers from the office on the side of the Hotel sum Türken. The hotel is in use again. It was taken from the owners in 1933 when Hitler moved in next door! After the war, the owner’s daughter got it back and restored it because it was badly damaged during the bombing raid of 1945.
As we explored the bunkers there were so many ways to go it would be easy to get lost! Luckily, the tunnels are well marked.
One of the tunnels leads to Hitler’s Bunker but the entrance is bricked up so you are unable to get into the Berghof’s Bunker.
Underground prisoner cells
The Berghof (Hitler’s home) was blown up in 1952 by the Bavarian government.
After our exploration of the bunkers, we went to the bus parking lot to switch to a special bus that took us up to Eagle’s Nest! Before getting in the smaller bus to visit Eagle’s Nest we had lunch in Obersalzberg.
It was cloudy and foggy during our visit to Eagle’s Nest which to us seemed appropriate. When you talk about Eagle’s Nest it refers just to the mountaintop chalet. We walked through a tunnel to take the elevator up to the building.
The elevator up to Eagle’s Nest is made of polished brass.
Eagle’s Nest is now a restaurant. In the dining room is a marble fireplace given to Hitler as a gift from Mussolini.
Hitler rarely visited here because he lived at the Berghof. He didn’t like the elevator and he was scared of heights. More pictures from inside Eagle’s Nest are below.
Even though is was cloudy when we were visiting Eagle’s Nest the views were still amazing!
After spending the afternoon at Eagle’s Nest, we headed back to Munich for our group’s farewell cocktails and dinner! It was difficult saying goodbye to such a wonderful group of people!
Tuesday morning began with the first bus ride to the airport! The hotel packed a to-go breakfast for us.
We had a late morning flight back to the U.S. from Munich to Atlanta and then from Atlanta to Columbus. Our flights were close to on time and no issues going through customs. It was definitely a trip to remember and share with others.