Private Eagle’s Nest Historical Tour
You can also book a private tour that includes a vehicle 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 – 8 participants: 300€ total per party (in an air-conditioned minibus for up to 8 passengers)
Note: Price does not include the eagles nest mountain bus fare (as of 2021: 28€ p/p) or admission fee to the Documentation Center/Bunker (3€ p/p). These fees are payed by tour participants directly at the ticket offices on the day of the tour.
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)
- Parties of 1 – 8 participants: 550€ total per party
- Note: Price does not include the eagles nest mountain bus fare (as of 2021: 28€ p/p) or admission fee to the Documentation Center/Bunker (3€ p/p). These fees are payed by tour participants directly at the ticket offices on the day of the tour.
When The Eagle’s Nest is Closed
Due to its high elevation, the Eagle’s Nest is only open from about mid May through October and closed in the winter. When the Eagles Nest is closed, we can offer a private Obersalzberg & Bunker Tour (only on request and availability of guides). Duration 2,5 – 3 hours.
The tour focuses on the former 3rd Reich sites on Obersalzberg and the Documentation Center with underground bunkers. This tour can be offered during low season (except Mondays and Holidays) from Nov. until the Eagle’s Nest re-opens in May.