hitler's eagle's nest

Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest: Plan Your Visit With This Jam Packed 2 Day Itinerary

Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest is one of those touristy places that you just need to visit. The famous mountain top house now operates as a restaurant and is open for guests to see, grab a bite to eat and walk around the top of the mountain to soak in the incredible views. Since the house is now a restaurant and there aren’t a range of exhibits to see, you don’t need to allow a huge amount of time there. So how are you going to spend the rest of your time? This itinerary guides you to visit not only Hitler’s Eagles Nest, but also offers a weekend worth of other activities in Austria and Germany from museums to a concentration camp and even a gorgeous lake in nature. 

Planning A Visit To Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest: A 2 Day Itinerary

Plan your visit to Hitlers Eagles Nest with this complete & action packed 2 day itinerary featuring sights in Germany & Austria.

Where to stay

When I was looking into planning a visit to Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest I found that most people book a place to stay in Berchtesgaden, however my visit was so last minute that I was booking only a couple of hours before leaving and found that most places in Berchtesgaden were sold out. It worked out perfectly because it led me to Hotel Garni Frauenschuh in the nearby town of Salzburg which is where I chose to stay. I ab-sah-lute-ly LOVED it! If you will be traveling with a car then I highly recommend it because was only 30 minutes from the Eagle’s Nest and located on the outskirts of Salzburg in the most picturesque country area by the mountains.

If you will be relying on public transport then it would be better to stay close to the attractions in Berchtesgaden and the hotels I had in mind there were the Gästehaus Achental Bed and Breakfast or Hotel Zum Turken.

hitler's eagle's nest

hitler's eagle's nest

Day One

The Eagle’s Nest

Day one starts by crossing the border into Germany to visit the famous Kehlsteinhaus, or Eagle’s Nest. This is something you definitely need to visit early to avoid the crowds – especially since to get up to the Eagle’s Nest you need to wait in line inside a crowded tunnel then get crammed into the famous brass elevator like sardines in a can. I would suggest arriving no later than 9am.

To get there, you need to park at the Obersalzberg parking lot (costs 3 Euro per car) where you then get your bus ticket and take a bus up to the top of the mountain (costs 16.10 per adult). You must take a bus to get to the top – there is no way to drive. Once you arrive at the top you need to get your bus ticket stamped and designate what bus you want to return on – if you go early, 2 hours is enough time to walk around the top and take some photos of the view.

For more information on getting there click here.

hitler's eagle's nest

hitler's eagle's nest

hitler's eagle's nest

Dokumentation Obersalzburg

Once you are done at the Eagle’s Nest, I recommend walking across the other side of the parking lot to the Dokumentation Obersalzberg museum (costs 3 Euro per adult to enter and 2 Euro per audio guide – which you need unless you speak German). The museum will take about 2 hours to get through and has a collection of very informative and interesting exhibits  about Nazi history and the significance of the Obersalzberg area which are all displayed over the two floors. There is even an underground bunker that you can walk through and, in a dark room of the bunker, watch a video which shows a documentary of WWII. The audio is in German, though the graphic imagery speaks volumes and it is eerie to watch while sitting in the bunker.

hitler's eagle's nest

hitler's eagle's nest

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Stop for lunch

By now you will be hungry so it is time to stop for some food. I recommend stopping at the Berggasthof Obersalzberg which is next to the parking lot you originally parked in. I stopped here because I wanted to get a quick meal and get on the road again, and, to be honest, I wasn’t expecting anything great given that it was in such a touristy location but my skepticism was quickly proved wrong. The staff were friendly and quick to help, you can gaze at the gorgeous mountains that surround you and the food was delicious with generous portions without obscene price tags. They even made iced coffees the same way they do in Australia with cream and iced cream which was a pretty cool novelty. After you’ve eaten, pick up any souvenirs you want from the stores near the parking lot before getting on the road again.

Salzburg

I didn’t go into the town to explore, but if I was to recommend an itinerary or do my visit over, I would do a little town exploring  here. There is a bus stop outside of the hotel which can take you directly into town if you prefer not to drive. For the afternoon you could do a Sound of Music tour as Salzburg is the home of the real Trapp family and also where the movie was filmed. It’s also where Mozart was born so you could visit the Mozart’s Birthplace museum. If I were visiting again, I would use this time to stroll around the city without too much of a plan, stopping at things that look interesting, then having a nice dinner before heading back to the hotel.

This website has a lot more information on the tours and activities in the city.

Day Two

Mauthausen Memorial

Mauthausen Memorial is in Austria, an hour and a half drive from Salzburg so it’s another early start to make the most of the day. Breakfast at the hotel starts at 7:30am so I recommend eating a quick breakfast then leaving the hotel by 8am. There is no entrance fee though an audio guide (which you definitely need) is 3 Euro per person.

The Mauthausen Memorial is a former forced labor concentration camp where at least 90,000 people were murdered. The audio guide gives an educational and complete tour of the grounds beginning outside and taking you around the quarry site where much of the work took place, through the living quarters and other buildings, the cemetery and also to gas chamber, crematorium and autopsy room. There is also a museum within the tour with a range of exhibits and short videos. Since you are walking around the entire grounds I recommend wearing comfortable shoes and allow about 3 hours for the visit.

Overall, it’s heavy and made me feel sick in the stomach but it’s very well put together with a lot of information about the history of the camp in the audio tour.

For more information visit the Mauthausen Memorial website.

hitler's eagle's nest

hitler's eagle's nest

hitler's eagle's nest

Lake Königsee

I grabbed a quick sandwich from a petrol station on the way back to Germany for the final stop for the weekend – the beautiful Lake Königsee. Park in the huge parking lot (costs 3 Euro) then wander past all the cute stall towards the lake. The mountains completely surround the lake, right to the edge of the water so you cannot walk around it. Instead, get on one of the boats which will take you on the scenic journey to the other end. The boat stops during the trip to play a trumpet which echoes against the high mountain walls which is pretty cool too.

There are two options for your boat journey and I recommend get the ticket to the Salet stop (costs 17.80 Euro) which takes you to the very end of the lake where you can walk about 15 minutes to see Lake Obersee and the  Röthbach waterfall – the highest waterfall in Germany. If you have more time you can walk further and explore the scenic area or take a boat back and go for a swim in the chilly Königsee water (a must do in my opinion)! If you have more time, I would give this spot a full day because it is definitely deserving of it but if you’re only in the area for a weekend, then the afternoon will do.

There are a number of food stalls and restaurants along the walk back to the car, a perfect way to finish the trip!

hitler's eagle's nest

hitler's eagle's nest

hitler's eagle's nest

hitler's eagle's nest

4 Comments

  • wandering_woodsy September 7, 2017 at 1:40 am

    Nice post. Love the heads up on alternate things to do if time poor. Great photos as always, .travel is about the food too, omg i miss real bread☺

    Reply
    • Katie Mac September 12, 2017 at 8:01 am

      Definitely about the food! Thanks for the comment and support <3

      Reply
  • Michelle | michwanderlust September 14, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    Lake Königsee looks out of this world! Spectacular scenery. My burning question though is: why is it called Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest?!

    Reply
    • Katie Mac September 14, 2017 at 1:10 pm

      It was insanely beautiful there – definitely out of this world beauty! The Eagle’s Nest is one of Hitler’s former houses and the house is called the ‘Eagle’s Nest’. It was given to Hitler as a gift.

      Reply

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