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Things to do in Berchtesgaden

Best attractions to visit in Berchtesgaden

1. Kehlsteinhaus - Berchtesgaden

Kehlsteinhaus

When visiting Berchtesgaden in Germany, one of the most famous tourist spots that a person could visit in the world is Kehlsteinhaus, translated in English as The Eagle’s Nest. The structure atop the summit of Kehlstein Mountain used to be a retreat presented by the Nazi party to Adolf Hitler as a gift on his 50th birthday. One can find many things to do in Kehlsteinhaus, as today; the structure is open for the general public as a restaurant with one of the most beautiful views. The restaurant also serves as a beer garden and is only open seasonally due to harsh weather conditions in the winter. The best material and engineers were used in the making of Kehlsteinhaus. 12 workers lost their lives working on this magnificent retreat. Italian Dictator Beniro Mussolini who was Hitler’s ally, gifted Italian red marble which was used to create the grand fire place at the reception hall of the structure. Kehlsteinhaus does not contain any historical objects that might portray its story but informal tours are available through the restaurant’s website. There are a lot of things to do in Kehlsteinhaus one of which is enjoying a great meal or drink with an even greater view.

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2. Konigssee - Berchtesgaden

Konigssee

The advent of manmade lakes can put natural lakes in the backdrop and yet, the beauty of natural lakes cannot be undermined. The Konigssee Lake is one such lake. It is located in the Bavaria region and it is near to the south city of Austria as compared to its German counterpart. The translation of Konigssee is known as the King’s Lake and its majestic beauty and depth of water only add to the definition. Tourists can enjoy the picturesque beauty of the lake as well as its steeply flanked mountain ranges.

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3. Berghof - Berchtesgaden

Berghof

Berghof was a home in the mountains of one of the most powerful men to have ever been born in the world. Adolf Hitler had spent more time at Berghof than any of his other headquarters. It is a beautiful chalet which housed not only Adolf Hitler but also his companion Eva Braun, some of her friends and the wives and children of many Nazi officials. The Berghof had many visitors from around the world of which the most prominent include British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, Kurt von Schuschnigg, The Aga Khan, Duke and Duchess of Windsor and Benito Mussolini. These guests had the honor of being greeted by Hitler themselves on the steps of the home. There are a lot of things to do in Berghof as it holds a lot of historical significance being the place where Hitler spent most of his life before he left for the Wolf’s Lair in Prussia, never to return. The house shows the lifestyle of the Dictator and what taste he had when it came to furniture and luxury. Although now in ruins and surrounded by overgrown plants and trees, one can still find many things to do in Berghof such as seeing the ruins and imagining a bygone era.

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4. Dokumentationszentrum Obersalzberg - Berchtesgaden

Dokumentationszentrum Obersalzberg

Interested in the history of the world’s biggest war? Among the things to do in Dokumentationszentrum Obersalzberg, also known as the Obersalzberg Center of Documentation, is seeing some of the best exhibits on National Socialism. The museum used to be a Nazi guest house and also a regular vacation spot for Adolf Hitler. The museum provides a better look in the history of the war and the way the National Socialist party worked as it exhibits many items of the era. Exhibits include documents sent or received, Audio recordings of Nazi officials, Photographs of events and individuals and many maps used for warfare. The tour of the museum also includes a tunnel which led to the Nazi bunkers inside the Obersalzberg Mountain. The museum not only offers exhibits significant to Obersalzberg but also covers a large amount of the Nazi history during war in any area. The area was bombed by the Allied forces and most of Obersalzberg was destroyed, leaving the area for the recreation of the U.S. Army soldiers. The area was returned to the state of Bavaria in 1996. Being one of the largest exhibits on World War 2, there are numerous things to do in Dokumentationszentrum Obersalzberg that relate to the history of the war.

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