Hitler's Revenge on the Allies

Trip Start May 26, 2007
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Trip End Jun 10, 2007


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Thursday, May 31, 2007

Atop a mountain in Berchtesgaden sits a museum called the Dokumentation Obersalzburg that mainly documents Hitler's time as the ruler of Germany but also the role Berchtesgaden played in his rule. The museum is built on of the Third Reich's unfinished bunkers, which was quite interesting to walk through. No English captions, but still definitely worth the few euro entry fee.

Atop another mountain higher than that one sits The Eagle's Nest, which was supposed to be Hitler's mountain retreat but he, apparently, rarely went up there for fear of heights. And though he and his army were defeated in WWII, he is still laughing last--every time a stupid tourist pays 14.50 to take a bus up to that retreat to see the top of a mountain that is, aside from the restaurant up there, like any other. Certainly, it was a great view but certainly not worth it. If you have been up Pikes Peak or similar mountains, do not waste your time (and money--did I mention it was 14.50?) with this. I felt like Marsellus Wallace after that experience.

Another equally-priced destination was the Salzbergwerk in town. After reading Salt by Mark Kurlansky last year, I became interested in how much work it is to extract something we consider so common and can buy for a few cents in the store. So this was pretty interesting to me, and you really feel like you are getting your money's worth for all the time they put into it. You get to wear a miner's suit, take a mine cart (note: not as cool as the one in Temple of Doom) down into the earth, then slide down a massive wooden banister even further down and take a boat ride across an underground salt lake, complete with a weird, wholly unnatural laserlike show across the ceiling. They finish the trip with a complementary salt shaker with salt from the mine, but what would I do with that?

After dinner, we went back to the carnival and then went to bed. I could say more but I'll save that for the photos. And you stopped reading a long time ago anyway.
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