Escorted Rail Tours to The Eagle's Nest
Built by the Nazis for Adolf Hitler
The Kehlsteinhaus, or the 'Eagle's Nest', is a chalet-style building, built by the Nazis as a fiftieth birthday present for Adolf Hitler. It was designed to be a secure retreat, and a place for him to entertain visiting dignitaries. The retreat was certainly secure; it is reached by a spectacular road and then a granite tunnel, bored through the mountain. The last 124 m (407 ft) up to the Eagle's Nest are reached by a lift, furnished with polished brass, Venetian mirrors and green leather. Yet the Eagle's Nest's other main function was largely unfulfilled; Hitler rarely even visited, let alone welcomed state visitors here.