Eagle’s Nest is a must see destination if you live or stay in Munich. After almost five years of living in Munich and so many trips behind me, I decided to organize a trip to Hitler’s infamous Eagle’s Nest. 15 of us from the Munich Travel Community ventured to visit the Eagle’s Nest sitting on the top of the rocky Kehlstein Mountain situated in the Berchtesgaden Alps and its surroundings. In his blog, you can shortly read about the history Eagle’s Nest, various ways of getting there and minimum budget the trip requires.

Table of contents

  1. What is the Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest
  2. Opening dates and hours
  3. How to get to Eagle’s Nest from Munich by public transport
    3.1. From Munich to Dokumentation Obersalzberg by train and bus
    3.2 From Dokumentation Obersalzberg to Eagle’s Nest
    3.2.1 Hike to Eagle’s Nest or
    3.2.2 By bus to Eagle’s Nest
  4. How to get back to Munich from Eagle’s Nest
    4.1 From Eagle’s Nest by lift and bus to Dokumentation Obersalzberg
    4.2. From Dokumentation Obersalzberg to Munich by bus and train
  5. Getting to Eagle’s Nest by car
  6. Getting the right gear for your trip
  7. Budget summary

1. What is Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest

It’s a building erected during the times of Nazi Germany. In German, it’s called the Kehlsteinhaus. Kehlstein is the mountain on which the building was erected. The Kehlstein mountain is part of the Berchtesgaden Alps mountain range. Haus means house or home.

The little house was used a present to Hitler by Martin Bormann (the head of the Nazi Party Chancellery) and was used by the member of Nazis Party for official and social meetings. It represents well the insanity of the Nazi regime, where plans for mass murders and wars were formed. It’s, by all means, an architectural masterpiece, but at the same time also a waste on natural resources.

To reach the summit of the mountain, there is a golden brass elevator in the very heart of the mountain. All this was created to impress people.

Surprising fact: Hitler has been there only 14 times as he was not really fond of the place itself. He didn’t like the location, because of his fear of height, thin mountain air and the possibility of bad weather.

Eagle's Nest in Bavaria in Germany

Today the location is a tourist site and the Kehlsteinhaus functions as a restaurant and a beer garden.

2. Opening dates and hours

  • 5th May – 21st October (depending on the weather)
  • Every day 8:20 – 17:00
  • Telephone number: +49 8652 2029
    To make sure that the location is accessible, you may call their info line.

3. How to get to Eagle’s Nest from Munich by public transport

The cheapest way to get there is with the group ticket of the Deutsche Bahn (German Railways): the Bayern-Ticket. With the Bayern-Ticket you can actually take the trip with spending as little as €9,80.

3.1. From Munich to Dokumentation Obersalzberg in Berchtesgaden by train and bus

The starting point is Hauptbahnhof Munich, the central station of Munich, where you need to take a train. Then you need to take two different buses. If you want to plan thing well in advance, click on the link below to make your booking. To search for your connections from Munich enter Dokumentation-Obersalzberg. It’s a long way from Munich and therefore I suggest that you take a train not later than 8 am.

Let me tell you about the best connection: First, you take the train to Salzburg. Second, you take bus no. 840 to Schießstättbrücke, Berchtesgaden. The bus stop is not at the main bus station located in front of the train station, but it’s situated in the Karl-Wurmb-Straße. When you step out of the train station, there is a shopping center on your right, you need to pass it, get across the street and you find the bus stop for bus no. 840. Third, when you get off bus no. 840, walk to the other side of the road and take bus no. 838 to reach Dokumentation Obersalzberg.

3.2 From Dokumentation Obersalzberg to Eagle’s Nest

Here you have two options.

3.2.1 Hike to Eagle’s Nest

This is exactly what we did. When you get off the bus, you will see a lot of buses in one place. If you go to the direction you will see also a sign that shows the way to Eagle’s Nest. The sign tells you that it takes 4 hours to get up, but that is wrong. It takes only 2 hours 30 minutes to get up.

Length: 6.72 km
Duration: 2:30 hours (until the restaurant on the top)
Ascent: 864 meter
Difficulty level: medium

I highly suggest you that you walk all the way to the restaurant even if with lift it’s easier to get up. The view on the way will compensate for the effort.

3.2.2 By bus to Eagle’s Nest

In Dokumentation Obersalzberg next to the parking lot there is a bus station from which you can take bus no. 849. For this bus the Bayern-Ticket is not valid anymore.

Bus schedule: from 8:55 every 25 minutes.

Price:
– adults: €16,50 including the lift to the top
– children: €9,60 including the lift to the top

When you reach the upper car park, there will be a long tunnel leading you into the mountain. Then, from inside the mountain, a lift takes you directly up into the Eagle’s Nest building.

Eagle's Nest in Bavaria in Germany

Once you are on the top, take your time and wander around.

Eagle's Nest in Bavaria in Germany

4. How to get back to Munich from Eagle’s Nest

4.1 From Eagle’s Nest by lift and bus to Dokumentation Obersalzberg

In case you don’t have your ticket yet, once you reach the upper car park, book your bus ticket back to Dokumentation Obersalzberg.

Price of one-way ticket incl. the lift (2 ways): €11.70.

We tried the lift when coming down and took the last bus back at 16:50. You can, of course, walk back, but in that case, you would get back to Munich very late. My advice is that you take the time and explore the area of Eagle’s Nest as long as you can and take the last bus from there.

4.2 From Dokumentation Obersalzberg to Munich by bus and train

Follow the same route as in the morning as it’s really the best one.

5. Getting to Eagle’s Nest by car

Enter Salzbergstraße 45, 83471 Berchtesgaden in your GPS and park your car in the parking lot. Easy peasy! You don’t have a car? We can solve the issue. Rent a car with Auto Europe.

6. Getting the right gear for your trip

7. Budget Summary

  • Obligatory:
    Bayern-Ticket: €10.60 / person if you are 5 persons traveling together
    (Munich to Dokumentation Obersalzberg and back)
  • Optional:
    Kehlsteinhaus bus:
    one-way: €11,70 / adult
    two-way: €16,60 / adult or €9,60 / child
    (Dokumentation Obersalzberg to Kehlsteinhaus and back)

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