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Eagle's Nest and Berchtesgaden Tour from Salzburg

1. Eagle's Nest and Berchtesgaden Tour from Salzburg

Enjoy unique mountain landscapes on this round tour of the enchanting Bavarian Alps. Traveling along the Königssee river, you will be able to discover the imposing crags and romantically positioned farmsteads of the road towards Obersalzberg. In specially-equipped and comfortable buses, you will be able to relax in luxury, while your driver conquers the dramatic heights and sheer cliffs. 20 minutes travel on well-constructed roads will bring you to the Eagle's Nest, where Adolf Hitler always spent his summer holidays. From the Eagle's Nest, you will be able to enjoy an extraordinary view of the "Hoher Göll" and other majestic, snow-covered mountain summits of the Bavarian Alps.

From Salzburg: Half-Day Tour of Berchtesgaden

2. From Salzburg: Half-Day Tour of Berchtesgaden

Experience the beauty of the Bavarian Alps on this captivating and unforgettable tour. Start your journey from Mirabellplatz in Salzburg and enjoy the stunning scenery, dramatic heights, and idyllic valleys. Get ready to be amazed and enchanted by this magical tour. Take in the stunning views of the Königsee as you pass through the enchanting landscape of the Bavarian Alps and the historic Obersalzberg. Get a glimpse of the infamous Kehlsteinhaus, or 'Hitler's Eagle's Nest', and marvel at the incredible beauty of this region. Discover the breathtaking beauty of Lake Königssee. Marvel at the azure lake surrounded by steep, rugged cliffs, and take your time to truly appreciate the stunning scenery. After this, you'll be led back to Berchtesgaden, where you can enjoy a delicious range of local delicacies before making your return to Salzburg.

From Munich: Königsee Day Tour by Van

3. From Munich: Königsee Day Tour by Van

Spend a beautiful day at the emerald waters of Königssee in the Berchtesgaden Alps of Bavaria. Departing Munich, you will drive along the most scenic German Alpine road into the marvelous valley of Berchtesgaden. Arrive at Königssee and take a boat ride to the peninsula. As you cruise, listen out for the mysterious echo of Königssee, created by the proximity of the sheer rock walls. You will also see the historic Eagle`s Nest viewpoint, a teahouse that was offered to Hitler on his 50th birthday. Look out too for the so-called Sleeping Witch silhouettes in the mountains. Back on dry land, visit the chapel of St. Bartholoma, dating from 1134 and located at the foot of Germany’s second highest mountain, the 8,900-foot (2,700-meter) high Watzmann. Walk to the final station at Salet, where a footpath leads to Lake Obersee. Enjoy the marvelous views of Germany´s highest waterfall at Röthbachfall. Return to Munich for a hotel drop-off. The entire length of this journey into a serene wilderness is 8-10 hours.

Bavarian Salt Mine Tour and Berchtesgaden

4. Bavarian Salt Mine Tour and Berchtesgaden

Learn what it's like to live in the Bavarian Alps. Travel along the Königseeache River passing the Obersalzberg, where the leaders of the Third Reich once had their residence. The highlight of this tour is a visit to a 500-year-old salt mine, where you'll first slip into original protective gear before entering. Once inside, you'll learn about exciting, informative, and legendary facts to do with this enchanting, underground world. Use the slides that miners once used to delve deeper into the mine and see what secrets it still hides. A raft trip along the mystical underground salt lake and a trip on the mine railway cap off the informative trip. Before returning to Salzburg, you'll have plenty of time to discover the Berchtesgaden area.

From Munich: Guided Group Tour to Eagle’s Nest

5. From Munich: Guided Group Tour to Eagle’s Nest

Take a full-day tour from Munich to Hitler’s mountain retreat, located in the mountains above Berchtesgaden. Presented to him in 1939 as a 50th birthday present, the mountain chalet took 13 months to complete and includes an elevator bored through a tunnel in the rocks to reach the entrance. You will depart from Munich and drive along some of the most scenic roads in the German Alps. On arrival, a special bus will take you up to the Eagle´s Nest entrance area, where you will ride the elevator to the mountain peak, and into Eagle´s Nest itself. Look at beautiful views over the Alps, with free time on your own to explore. The lower rooms can be visited with an English-speaking guide, and offer views of the building's past through plate-glass windows. Graffiti left by Allied troops is clearly visible in the surrounding woodwork. A large fireplace in the restaurant shows severe damage along its lower edges, where soldiers have smashed off small shards of marble as souvenirs. Hitler's small study is now used as a store room for the cafeteria. After the tour, you will get more free time to go to the NS-Documentation-Center in Berchtesgaden, before the drive back to Munich.

Salzburg: Sound of Music and Salt Mines Tour

6. Salzburg: Sound of Music and Salt Mines Tour

Start with the salt mines and take a breathtaking ride from the city of Salzburg into the Bavarian Alps along the Kings Lake-Ache passing the Obersalzberg, where the second headquarters of the Third Reich used to be.  Afterwards, the tour continues to its highlight – the 490 year old salt mines at Berchtesgaden. Slip into traditional miners’ clothes and take the miners’ train deep into the mountain. Experience the fascinating underground world of the salt-miners and discover the charm of the magnificently illuminated subterranean landscape. Take the slides down to the salt lake which you will be crossing by boat. After this 2-hour unique tour you will have the opportunity to explore the little picturesque town of Berchtesgaden tasting some Bavarian specialties.  After a short break go to the Sound of Music Tour - a wonderful ride with amazing views! Tour the picturesque World Heritage City of Salzburg as well as the beautiful landscapes where the opening scenes of the movie The Sound of Music were filmed. The enormous success of The Sound of Music Broadway Musical by Rodgers & Hammerstein premiering in 1959 caused film director Robert Wise and 250 crew members to turn Salzburg and its surroundings into the Sound of Music film location in 1964.   Right after release, the film became a tremendous success, awarded with 5 Oscars, becoming the highest grossing movie ever and reaching cult status over the years. Both the musical and film are based on the "The Story of the Trapp Family Singers" written by Maria von Trapp in 1949.  Do follow the traces of the Trapp family and take a tour through Salzburg and its surroundings. Visit all of the original film sets and just imagine being Julie Andrews, the main character in the film, playing Maria von Trapp. Learn about the historical and architectural landmarks of Salzburg as well as the Lake District while enjoying the highlights of the movie. Relax and listen to the Original Sound of Music soundtrack and of course feel free to sing Edelweis and much more.

From Munich: Berchtesgaden Foothills and Obersalzberg

7. From Munich: Berchtesgaden Foothills and Obersalzberg

Enjoy one of Germany's most impressive tourist destinations. This tour offers a truly breathtaking view of the mountains and lakes of this unique natural region. Start on the Deutsche Alpenstrasse, or German Alpine Way, whose sinuous curves wind upwards through the picturesque valleys of the Alps towards the beautiful foothills of Berchtesgaden. Then, take a trip up to Obersalzberg and enjoy its phenomenal views. Those who wish to may take the exceptional bus service and exciting underground elevator to visit the Eagle's Nest, where the remains of Hitler's holiday residence are to be seen.  On wintry days, when snow and ice cover the higher peaks, visit the famous salt mines of Berchtesgaden instead to learn about this particularly fascinating chapter in the area's history.

Private Eagles Nest and Salt Mines Tour from Salzburg

8. Private Eagles Nest and Salt Mines Tour from Salzburg

This personal customizable tour covers Bavaria's mountains, Adolf Hitler's former mountain home, Eagle’s Nest retreat, Nazi bunkers around Berchtesgaden, the King's Lake, and the Salt Mines.  After pickup from your Salzburg hotel, start your morning with a scenic drive, following an off-the-beaten-path route past the meadow where the opening scene of The Sound of Music was filmed. The road leads to one of the most beautiful viewpoints in Berchtesgaden and after a short photo stop here continue to the Obersalzberg Eagle’s Nest bus terminal. Here board a specially equipped mountain bus and experience a breathtaking ride up the four-mile (6.4 kilometers) road, negotiating a 27% incline up to a rocky plateau. Disembark the bus here and walk through the 406 foot (124 meters) tunnel to the original WWII brass elevator up to the Eagle’s Nest. Feel the palpable sense of history as the elevator carries you a further 406 feet (124 meters) through the heart of the Kehlstein mountain and straight into Hitler’s former lair. On arrival, take a fascinating tour of the building and afterward get some free time to enjoy the birdseye views and refreshments. Descend from the Obersalzberg toward the mountain town of Berchtesgaden. See the fortress-like system of underground bunker complexes that were built by the Nazis to be used as air-raid shelters, a military headquarters, and a possible last refuge for the Third Reich leaders. Having explored here, emerge back into the daylight and after a short walk, visit the grounds of Hitler’s now destroyed home, known as the Berghof. Continue to the Königssee (King's Lake) a glacial lake in an Alp-framed valley. After a short photo stop at the lake, we will travel back in time exploring the underground world of a 500-year-old salt mine. Relax on a scenic return drive along the Königssee River to Salzburg, where your tour concludes with a drop off at your accommodation or chosen central location.

Private Eagle's Nest Berchtesgaden Obersalzberg WWII Tour

9. Private Eagle's Nest Berchtesgaden Obersalzberg WWII Tour

Berchtesgaden holds so much historical value with regards to World War II. During the Third Reich the Obersalzberg was the Southern Headquarters for the National Socialist Party, with many top leaders owning homes on the mountain, and where many important political decisions were made. This private tour is perfect for those wishing to discover this history... This half day tour covers the famous Eagle's Nest and many of the other historically important sites on the Obersalzberg, including the more hidden locations that most tourists never hear about. While there are many tour options that include this area, most will only stop off at the most well known spots. This tour also includes the secrets hidden on the mountain which really provide an authentic account of the fascinating history of this area. In addition, the mountain scenery is extremely beautiful and on a clear day you will be surrounded by stunning panoramic views of the Bavarian Alps and the valley below, particularly from the Eagle's Nest. Itinerary: - If you are staying in the Berchtesgaden area, I will pick you up from your accomodation to begin the tour. If not, the meeting point is the convenient and centrally located Berchtesgaden train and bus station. - We begin with a driving tour of the Obersalzberg mountainside with detailed historical commentary throughout. - Visit on foot into the woods to the lesser-known ruins of Hitler's Berghof home, including the opportunity to experience the panoramic views that were once on offer from his very house. - Next comes the opportunity to explore some of the original bunkers that made up the extensive bunker system below the National Socialist complex on the Obersalzberg mountainside. - The highlight is a visit to the famous Eagle's Nest perched atop the Kehlstein mountain at 6, 017ft. Exploring the fascinating history of Hitler's teahouse including the original features, such as the huge marble fireplace and the famous brass elevator. - Exploration of more hidden locations. Having lived directly on the Obersalzberg for many years I can show you some of the more hidden secret areas. - Time to ask any questions you may have. I always welcome any questions you may have on the subject of WWII! - The tour will end where it began, either back at your hotel if in the Berchtesgaden area, or at the Berchtesgaden train and bus station. Alternatively if you would like to be dropped off in Berchtesgaden old town to look around, or at one of the other popular tourist attractions in Berchtesgaden that would also be no problem. Please note: The Eagle's Nest is only open May - October, depending on weather. If visiting November - April: Although not being able to visit the Eagle's Nest building itself, an in-depth historical account of the Eagle's Nest, using period photos to explain the historical significance of the building is included in this tour. Additionally, there will be an extended driving tour of Berchtesgaden to stop off at other WWII historical sites along the way.

Salzburg: Private Eagle's Nest Tour

10. Salzburg: Private Eagle's Nest Tour

Drive from Salzburg crossing the German border while enjoying great views. Pass Salzburg, cross the German border and continue into the Alps. Stop in Obersalzberg and switch to a reserved bus that will take you on a spectacular 6.5-kilometer drive along a spectacular single-lane road. The road was blasted out of solid rock with a 22% gradient that leads up to the Eagle's Nest (1,820 meters). To reach Hitler’s former residence, enter a 124-meter-long tunnel into the mountain. Climb aboard a golden brass elevator to ascend another 124 meters into the building itself. Your private guide will take you on a tour of the building, and show you sights such as the room with the famous fireplace. Get lots of inside information and anecdotes about Hitler’s legendary tea house. Soak up the panoramic views of the Bavarian and Austrian Alps. Before your return to Salzburg, take the opportunity to explore the picturesque town of Berchtesgaden.  

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(93 reviews)

We had an amazing visit with Tom. His passion for the history surrounding WWII and Berchtesgaden, the relationships he fostered with veterans and his sharing of their stories and his pleasant demeanor made for an extremely worthwhile experience. I highly recommend a day with Tom to educate yourself and come away with a yearning to continue to learn about this important history.

Tom made every point of our journey enjoyable and informative. His local knowledge of the uncommon points of the area was especially enjoyable. This is an absolute must if your interest is WWII related!

Fantastic is the word. It was really well organised, though the duration was much less than what was advertised. Would have appreciated some more time at the quaint town where we had our lunch.

Very easy meeting point located. The guide was super friendly and informed us of even more history than what we ever expected. A must do experience in Salzburg.

Great tour. Well prepared and organized. Had thought time for everything! Be aware, it is cold up in the mountain.