Eagle’s Nest was a place I really looked forward to visiting when we were in Salzburg (While it is in Germany, it is actually very near Salzburg). The reason was most pictures I saw about it was like the one you see here – a little complex surrounded by mountain ranges must be a breathtaking scene.
Of course it does not disappoint me although I was disappointed that I couldn’t have a nice meal in the restaurant there (I was on a local tour). Before I arrived I was wondering if it’s possible to take a bird’s eye view of it as I feared the beautiful pictures I saw were actually taken on a plane. Luckily I was over worried as there was a trail from there to a higher ground at which I could have an excellent view of the complex. It was really worth the visit but if I have the chance to go there again, I must pay a visit to the restaurant there.
A bit of history on the Eagle’s Nest: It was built in 1938 and presented to Adolf Hitler on his 50th birthday as a retreat. However, Hitler actually only visited it very infrequently and because of this, the building wasn’t demolished at the end of the war. It is now served as a restaurant. One interesting thing is since it was built on a sub-peak of a mountain called Hoher Göll, an elevator was built inside the core of the peak to provide access to the complex. To take the elevator, we need to walk past a long tunnel built at the base of peak. Even though it was a hot summer, it was really cool inside the tunnel and we needed to walk very fast to avoid the cold. So if you are going there, remember to bring a thin jacket!