The road leading from the Obersalzberg (formerly Hitler's home and southern headquaters) to the Eagle's Nest parking lot is considered to be a feat of engineering. Perched at 1.834 m (6.017 ft), the building itself was a project of Martin Bormann's and given to Adolf Hitler for his 50th birthday as a teahouse for diplomats.
The Eagle's Nest remained unscathed from the bombing of the Allied Forces during WWII. Since 1952 is has been open to the public as a mountain top restaurant with a spectacular view and is accessed only by special mountain buses from Obersalzberg.
The "Obersalzberg Documentation Center" located next the car park at Obersalzberg offers interesting exhibits on the history of Obersalzberg, Hitler's regime and WWII. It also give access to part of the underground bunker system. Due to its high elevation the Eagle's Nest is open in summer only, ususally from mid of May until End of October.
Known the world over for its emerald green water and unique mountain landscape. Cruise silently across the lake on electric-powered boats and hear the famed Königsee echo. Continue on to the peninsula of St. Bartholomä with the unmistakable red onion domes atop its ancient pilgrimage church.
Lying in majesterial aura and aloofness, surrounded by towering rock faces, the emerald Königsee resembles a fjord set in the Bavarian alps. The Watzmann East Face almost reaches a staggering 1800 metres. The lake itself is a good 190 metres deep. Lake Königsee is a unique experience at any time of the year: in spring, mighty waterfalls thunder down over the steep rocks into the lake. Summer brings a rich, green contrast to the barren rock.
Autumn paints a colorful tone poem of incomparable splendour. And if ice conditions allow, winter presents an unforgettable snow landscape. The boat trip to St. Bartholomä takes around 1 1/4 hours. However, the St. Bartholomä peninsula deserves a little more time for looking around and appreciating the beauty of nature in the raw on the numerous walks.
The trip from Königsee over St. Bartholomä to Salet and back lasts about 1 3/4 hours. Guests who undertake the 10 to 15 minute walk from Salet are rewarded with a wonderful view: in deep tranquility at the end of the valley lies the Obersee. The Hagen mountains are reflected in its crystal-clear waters and the Röthbach waterfall plunges 400 metres from on high.
Salt Mine Berchtesgaden
In former times only privileged dignitaries were allowed to visit Berchtesgaden's salt mines, in operation since 1517. Today, this fascinating underground world can be visited by all thanks to continuous guided tours. Dressed in miner's clothing, the visitors enjoys the rides on a train, a funicular, a raft and down slides!
They also learn about mining history and techniques thanks to ta new film featuring the mascot "Pauli" and numerous exhibits with a recorded commentary. Don't miss this unique opportunity to experience more than just another tourist attraction: mining and exporting the "white gold" was the focal point of regional economy, technological progress and international politics.