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"Kehlsteinhaus" Top 5 Page for this destination Trip to Eagle's Nest - Kehlsteinhaus Tip by scottishvisitor

The Kehlsteinhaus - translated into English - Key Stone or re named in English as the Eagle's Nest holds a fascinating - if some what dark insight into the history of Word War ll. The house resembles a swiss chalet was commissioned by Martin Bormann as a gift to Adolf Hitler on the occassion of his 50th. Birthday. Built as a retreat and a place to entertain in September 1939 the house and the amazing road to it were completed in just thirteen months finishing in September 1939 . Although Eva Braun and her sister Gretl along with other high ranking party members and their families spent summer days here, Hitler him self visited only on about ten rare occassions - sometimes for as little as half an hour. Because of his lack of envolvement with the Kehisteinhaus it was saved from demolition at the end of the War. Up until 1960 the Eagle's Nest was used by the Allies as a military command post before being handed back to the state of Bavaria. Today it is not in anyway a memorial or any other tribute to Hitler but a restaurant complex managed by a charitable institution. Strange to think nothing structural has changed here in over sixty years except for the added terrace - one thing has changed here though - the number of visitors is incredible - no one told me the World and his Wife would be here too!!

Address: Kehlstein Road

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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