Ever heard of the Kehlsteinhaus? No? It is at 1834 m near Berchtesgaden in Bavaria and on top of a the mountain Kehlstein. Still no idea? It's the famous Eagle's Nest above the Obersalzberg.
I took the opportunity to visit the house during my first time to Berchtesgaden in September 2015. You take a bus and drive up all the way until the car park. It is a special bus with only one gear in order to ascent the steep mountain day-in-day-out. The eagle's nest was used for government meetings during the Third Reich. Today it holds a seasonally opened restaurant with a beer garden and gets many tourists during the season.
As you can see in the following pictures it was a very foggy day and you couldn't see the valley from the top most of the time. But still it was beautiful because the fog created a special atmosphere and mood. For a few minutes the fog and clouds opened towards the Königssee in the valley.
After you arrive at the large car park by bus you enter this 124 m entry tunnel that leads to an elevator that ascends exactly 124 m again into the eagle's nest.
In 1945 the Royal Air Force bombed the Kehlsteinhaus, but the small house proved an elusive target. The Berghof and Oversalzberg area were destroyed instead.
In 1960, the Kehlsteinhaus was handed back to the State of Bavaria. There is a very good information center down at Obersalzberg area that is worth a visit. You can also visit some cellar-vaults: www.obersalzberg.de