1 September 2009

Day Three- Berchtesgaden and the Obersalzberg

Berchtesgaden Fountain with German soldiers in the 1930's.

On the third day of our trip we were lucky to visit the town of Berchtesgaden in Bavaria, Germany. This is where Adolf Hitler and many of the leading Nazi leaders, Goring, Speer and Bormann had houses. The Obersalzberg, (over Saltzberg) a mountain above the town, is where these houses were situated. After American occupation at the end of the war they were all destroyed, all bar the Kehlsteinhaus, (Eagle's Nest) Hitler's holiday home. He never really used it as he didn't like heights. We went in a local bus to almost the top of the mountain where we had to walk through a tunnel to a lift that ascended up the middle of the mountain to the Eagle's Nest (now a restaurant). This was the actual brass lift used by Hitler which made us feel a little uncomfortable.

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