Adolf Hitler’s mountain retreat, the Eagle’s Nest, combines haunting history with stunning panoramic views. Located high in the Bavarian Alps, this famous Third-Reich construction was bought for the former German Führer as a 50th birthday present. Today, visitors can explore the spot, also known as Kehlsteinhaus, which sits atop Kehlstein summit with 360-degree views of the Alps. After a bus journey to the base of the Eagle’s Nest, visitors walk through a long tunnel and make a final ascent in a 406-foot-high elevator, embedded into the mountainside. Once inside the building, don’t miss the Italian marble fireplace—a present from Benito Mussolini. Also note that weather conditions may cause the Eagle’s Nest to close at certain times of year so summer is the most reliable time to visit.
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Long Treks Yield Incredible Views
My dad is a WWII nut. I wasn't too keen on this historical endeavor to visit Hitler's old 'tree house,' but I quickly changed my mind. Board a bus and creep precariously up the mountainside on winding roads, then hop on a cable car. Once you're there, do as you please. Take pictures, take in the view, and then drink a bier. Prost!