Christine Dundas-Harper grew up in Montana in an intercultural household with a German mother and American father. After attending travel school, Christine opened a travel agency / tour company with her father. Her working years at the agency allowed her to better understand the wishes, dreams and expectations of US travelers abroad and to also gain first-hand foreign tour experience by visiting travel destinations around the world. First providing destination management services in the hosting of foreign tour groups visiting the US Northwest, Christine then decided to live in Germany in order to master the language and to show American travelers an inside view of Europe.
After working as a tour guide for the US Armed Forces in Bavaria, Christine founded “Eagle’s Nest Tours” with her husband, David, in 1990. Fluent in German like her husband, Christine works closely with the Berchtesgaden tourist board in the fields of marketing and public relations. Specializing in German WWII history, numerous travel journalists, history publications and TV productions have sought her out as a local authority on Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest and his adjoining 3rd Reich HQs.
David Harper was born in New York, NY, and moved to Paris, France at the age of five. Growing up in the heart of a multilingual family, he was bilingual at an early age and his school years were spent both in France and the United States where his studies focused mainly on music, acting and philosophy.
Always eager to adapt to new situations he has gained experience in many professional fields: as translator, stonemason, farmer, lecturer, writer, pop singer and language teacher. In 1986 David began working as a tour guide in Berchtesgaden, Germany, and started a sightseeing company there with his wife Christine in 1990. Author of “Your Complete Guide to Berchtesgaden”, his research has focused on the fascinating history of this well-known region and, above all, on the major importance of Hitler’s HQs on the Obersalzberg / Kehlstein mountain.
Sharon Fendt was born in Harare, Zimbabwe and moved to King Williams Town, South Africa, in the early 80´s where she completed school .
She then attended Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa, to study zoology and botany with the intention of becoming an entomologist. It was then that she developed in history and, after traveling around Europe for some time, she met her future (German) husband back in Cape Town, South Africa.
Sharon and her husband have been living in Berchtesgaden, Germany, since 1990 and have four children. She has been working as a tour guide with Eagle’s Nest Historical Tours since 1996 and has been certified as a specialized guide for Third-Reich themes by the Munich-Berlin Institute for Contemporary History.
James Wilson was born in Northern Ireland. The Wilson Family ran a successful printing business that had been established in the 1820s. Following family tradition, and a five-year apprenticeship, James also entered the printing industry. He moved to London in 1979 where he went on to run his own business. In 1995 he joined the Metropolitan Police Service and retired in 2014. James has written a number of historical reference books on the Third Reich, two of which focus on the importance of Berchtesgaden and the Obersalzberg during the period. Two carefully planned career breaks saw James work as a guide with Eagle’s Nest Historical Tours in 2009, and again in 2010. His return to Berchtesgaden in 2014 sees him back on the team. James Wilson is certified as a specialized guide for Third Reich themes by the Institute of Contemporary History, Munich – Berlin.
Tom Lewis was born in a small town in the south of England. His interest in German WWII history was piqued during a 2 year study on The Third Reich, after which he continued with his own extensive personal research into the subject. This research led him inevitably to Berchtesgaden with a desire to discover the history of the area in person. After working in England as a printer for 6 years, he decided to move to Germany permanently, to follow a new career path sharing his passion for Third Reich history through historical tours. Tom now lives in Berchtesgaden with his wife Amy. He has been working with Eagle’s Nest Historical Tours since 2014 and has been certified as a specialized guide for Third-Reich themes by the Munich-Berlin Institute for Contemporary History.
Amy Lewis grew up in the south of England where her interest in school was a love for language; both a passion for English, spending much of her time reading and writing, as well as an aspiration to master a foreign language. She went on to work in Marketing Communications in England for 8 years, a field in which she enjoyed learning about successful communication through effective use of language. Always having a desire to experience more of the world and live in another country, she moved to Germany in 2014 with her husband Tom. Now working in the field of communication in a different way, she has been a tour guide sharing the Third Reich history of the Obersalzberg since 2014. Amy is certified as a specialized guide for Third Reich themes by the Munich-Berlin Institute for Contemporary History.