A BIT OF GERMANY
THAT POKES INTO AUSTRIA
Just across the border from Salzburg,
the alpine area of Berchtesgaden, Germany,
is beloved for its beauty, winter skiing,
and fame as a favorite Nazi resort area
and Hitler's favorite mountain retreat, Eagle's Nest.
From the Obersalzberg Nazi documentation center
and bunker (Hitler's final stronghold),
it is well worth the hike to the 6,000-foot peak,
and the Kehlsteinhaus (Hitler's Tea House).
This Eagle's Nest retreat was ordered by Martin Borman,
to be constructed in 13-months through 400-feet
of solid alpine granite, to the top of the mountain.
(It was given to Hitler as a birthday present,
but he was said to have visited this secret retreat only 14 times.)
It includes a giant polished brass elevator -- still working --
which takes visitors to the top.
(Hitler's mistress, Eva Braun, often hiked
to Eagle's Nest to sunbathe.)
Eagle's Nest retreat is the only Nazi building not bombed
or blown up by the allies, due to it's unique beauty and location.
(Today it is a restaurant.)