Private Eagle’s Nest Historical Tour
You can also book a private tour that includes an air-conditioned van or minibus with the services of a driver / accredited guide.
Cost of a half-day tour (as described on our site) starting in Berchtesgaden.
- Parties of 1 – 4 participants: EUR 250 (air-conditioned, 4-passenger van)
- Parties of 5 – 8 participants: EUR 300 (air-conditioned, 8-passenger minibus)
Note: price does not include mountain bus fare or admission fee to the Documentation Center / Bunker
WWII History Buff’s Tours
Recommended by the major travel guidebooks!
Millions of people have heard of Hitler’s “Eagle’s Nest” in Berchtesgaden. But how many are aware of the magnitude of the Third Reich’s takeover and development of the Berchtesgaden area? How many grasp the political, military and historical importance of the region that Hitler termed his “chosen homeland” and described as the “source of his inspiration”, his “secret capital” and the place where, according to him, his “greatest decisions” were made?
Discover the reasons for which Hitler spent over one-third of his time in power at Obersalzberg. First came the takeover and transformation of Obersalzberg into an extensive Alpine Headquarters, housing hundreds of employees and leaders of the Reich. Then came the HQ’s expansion into Berchtesgaden’s valleys with over sixty additional buildings. Then came the daring construction of a mountaintop folly, a teahouse later called the “Eagle’s Nest”. Last but not least, they undertook the eleventh-hour, albeit ambitious, construction of a fortress of rock: a 6km (4 mile) tunnel system hewn out of the depths of “Hitler’s mountain”.
This full-day private tour gives you the full – and little known – picture of the so-called “Alpine Fortress” in Berchtesgaden, the place that the Allies so eagerly wanted to capture, along with Hitler himself, if possible.
On this full-day incursion into world history we explore your personal choice of buildings, sites and topics connected with the former headquarters in Berchtesgaden. In fact, there are too many known, as well as unknown sites, to visit in one day. For this reason, each historically rich tour is customized to cater to the interests of the client.
Choice of sights:
- Eagle’s Nest (mountaintop diplomatic tea house, considered to be an engineering feat)
- Former Obersalzberg HQ’s (30-some existing structures plus sites of destroyed buildings)
- Platterhof Bunker Complex (a good example of the underground fortified system)
- RSD-HQs Tunnel (a study in the defenses under Hotel Zum Tuerken leading to Hitler’s private bunker)
- “Mein Kampf” Hut (foundations of the Kampfhäusl, supposedly where the book was written)
- Model Farm of the 3rd Reich (the Gutshof was to be duplicated throughout Eastern Europe)
- Albert Speer’s Studio (many significant architectural projects were developed here)
- Albert Speer’s Home (Speer’s family spent their holidays here)
- Goering’s Adjutancy (located near Goering’s home)
- Hitler’s VIP guesthouse and Party HQs (rebuilt, now houses the Documentation Center)
- Documentation Center at Obersalzberg (objective and in-depth coverage of the 3rd Reich)
- Dietrich Eckhart Lodge (former home of Hitler’s “esoteric mentor”, head of the Thule Society
- Site of Hitler’s Home and HQs (nothing remains of the ‘Berghof’ but the site)
- Site of Mooslahnerkopf Teahouse (Hitler’s favorite destination for a ritual afternoon walk)
- Site of Goering’s House (no building remains)
- Site of Bormann’s Home (no building remains)
- Site of Platterhof (only the theater remains of what one could term the ‘cradle of the Reich’)
- Scharitzkehlalm (major workers camp and base during the Eagle’s Nest’s construction)
- Military Barracks (extensive barracks for the general security of the region)
- Nazi Hospital (abandoned hospital named after Hitler’s mentor, Dietrich Eckhart)
- Eckhart’s Grave (key figure in the formative years of the growing party)
- Berchtesgaden’s Palace (site of town’s surrender to the Allies, later military tribunal)
- Hitler Youth Center (a former Hitlerjugend center buildings still stand)
- Adolf Hitler Youth Hostel (still a youth hostel today, it was originally named after A.H.)
- Heinrich Himmler’s Home (former base for the SS leader and his mistress)
- Fritz Todt’s Home (Minister of Armament, General Inspector of Road Construction)
- Berghof Staff’s Last HQs (at Hintersee, also site where one of Hitler’s car was discovered)
- Train Station (typical example of a 3rd Reich public building, includes original features)
- Hitler Girls’ Sports School (unfinished BDM complex, now housing retirement home)
- Nazi Party Hotels (several hotels built by, or used by the party for their elite)
- 1 – 4 participants: EUR 450 per private party
- 5 – 8 participants: EUR 550 per private party
(Pricing includes full-day transportation in air-conditioned vehicle and professional guide service. Not included are applicable admission fees, as well as the mountain bus to Eagle’s Nest).
When The Eagle’s Nest is Closed
Obersalzberg Tour / Bunker Tour
Due to its high elevation, the Eagle’s Nest is only open from about mid May through October and closed in the winter.
In low season, weather permitting, we can offer private Obersalzberg / Bunker tours which focus on the former 3rd Reich sites near the Eagle’s Nest. The 2,5-hour tour includes the remaining original buildings at Obersalzberg, the historical importance of Hitler’s former residence and southern headquarters on the mountain, a tour of the Third Reich museum (Dokumentation Obersalzberg), a short biography of Hitler and a tour of the underground bunker system.
Our Private Obersalzberg/Bunker Tour (conducted only in English), can be booked (depending on availability of our guides) during low season (except Mondays and Holidays) from Nov. until the Eagle’s Nest re-opens in May (duration 2,5 hours) departing from the Berchtesgaden (Germany) tourist office. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.
For parties of 1 – 4 participants, the price is EUR 150 for the guiding and transportation starting and ending at the Berchtesgaden Visitors Center. Additionally, each participant pays an admission fee of EUR 3 for the museum and bunkers.