Images from our trip to Bavaria, Germany, in August 2011. Among other places we visited the Kehlsteinhaus (also know as the Eagle’s Nest) in the Bavarian Alps. This mountaintop retreat of Adolf Hitler played a prominent role as the main unit objective in HBO’s mini-series “Band of Brothers.” The allied bombing and battles of World War II left the building intact and today the Eagle’s Nest remains in its original state. In the years after the war, the Eagle’s Nest and the surrounding area of Berchtesgaden remained a part of US Armed Forces property in southeastern Germany. The US military set up a recreation center where servicemembers could hike in the summer and ski in the winter. The US military returned the area to Germany in the 1990s.
The Eagle’s Nest is a chalet-style structure erected on a subpeak of the Hohel Göll known as the Kehlstein. Construction was completed in 1938. It was built as an extension of the Obersalzberg complex erected in the mountains above Berchtesgaden. The Eagle’s Nest was intended as a 50th birthday present for Adolf Hitler to serve as a retreat, and a place for him to entertain visiting dignitaries. The last 124 meters up to the structure were reached by an elevator straight down through the mountain and linked via a tunnel leading to a parking lot. Today the building is owned by a charitable trust and serves as a restaurant.
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