Hitlers Eagle Nest

Trip Start May 08, 2006
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Trip End Mar 07, 2007


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Thursday, August 31, 2006

Berchtesgaden!!!... A place full of WW2 history. Hitlers holiday spot. Captured by the 101st airbone. As seen in Band of Brothers, etc...

This is probably the place i looked up first when even starting to ponder my travels. This is the Bavarian alps. Only like 45 minutes from Salzburg and just over the border inside Germany. I was tossing up whether to stay in the great hostel in Salzburg and catch a 8 euro bus or goto Berctesgaden and stay at the hostel there. I decided to goto Berctesgaden and stay there, thinking it was close, and i had seen all the movies available at the hostel, and because the girls had left and i it felt a bit wierd to stay there and have spagehti a 4th night. Big mistake. After the 45 minute bus to the town centre i had to take a half hour bus which cost me 2.5 euros each way to the youth hostel which was in the middle of nowhere in Jegenberherge or something wierd like that. The hostel was more like a school camp area. It had over 600 beds and was a massive building. There was only myself, an wierd old brazillian guy and a strange german dude staying there, and it was really eery. On top of this the hostel was very strict. Check out was by 8am. Breakfast was from 7 30 till 8. No noise after 9. Showers between certain times. If u didnt return b4 12 u werent allowed in. It was terrible. I felt like i was on a school camp, but got left behind. There were sensor lights, and i walked around massive hallways, down in the cellar where there was a table tennis table and fussball table and no one to play with. Lights turned on for what seemed forever. It to top it all off. Buses only left once an hour from this place. And the last bus back from town to here, left at 6 15 pm. If you missed it, u couldnt get back.

Anyway. This had been the place i had been looking forward to the whole time. I had visions of green hills filled with flowers, crystal clear lakes, etc. Unfortunatley, that was all there. It just rained non stop for 2 days and one night. The food at the hostel wasnt helping the situation. It was school cafeteria food. Pancake sort of thing drenched it some foreign red sauce, with a soup with wierd meat!!. Then you have the brazillian guy talking to u at night about how good hitler was for germany and the political situation in every country in the world, whilst rubbing some sort of location on an area i care not to mention. You had to laugh. It was meant to clear up the second day so i got pumped for where i had been wanting to go.

Hitlers Eagle Nest. I gladly checked out of the hostel and asked at the main bus station how to get to Obersalzburg. Where the muesuem was and where the bus to hitlers eagle nest was. The guy in the bus info bit, said hop on that bus there. It turned out he was the bus driver. He got in and took me to obersalzburg. I checked out the museum, all in German. I got free entry with my student card. But i paid for an audio guide. Was a pretty cool museum on the life of hitler and him hanging out at his house. It was interesting to read all the methods he used to unify germany. I took the bus 1800 metres up. The skies were somewhat clear although clouldy. When the bus finally made it up there the sky was black. I was amazed to see snow on the ground. I had seen pictures of this place and seen blue sky, mountains as far as the eye could see etc. All i could see was fog, black clouds and snow everywhere. I walked throught the tunnel and hoped in gold coloured elevator meant for hitler. Once up the top i walked around. Ended up walking 50 metres or so, down some stairs, finding myself looking down the edge of the cliff. Almost slipping off, as the ground was all ice, with my shoes i meant to throw out the first day when arriving in Thailand on this trip.

It was amaying to see so much snow. It was so cold too. I found out later it was 0 degrees. My fingers were in pain. I camera went dead and i struggled to change the batteries beacauese i couldnt feel them in my hands. It was sureal. I was going to where shorts and t shirt up there. At first i was bummed about clouds and stuff. Then i was amazed how there was snow everywhere and that it was so cold.

I didnt see the green hills and stuff i had been looking forward too, even though they were there, but in the end i didnt care. It was interesting to see rain move across the mountains so quickly. Although i may rant alot about things stuffing up. I am having a great time. I right down the rants to show its not all fun. That things stuff up all the time. I am learning just to go with the flow and not worry what happens, or get dissapointed by anything. Which were 2 things i seemed to always do back home. Anyways. I was glad to have achieved a little dream of standing on top of Hitlers Eagle Nest. Being a WW2 buff if u havent already noticed, it was good to go places where history was made and famous people, presidents, prime ministers and soldiers stood.

Anyways, I could the bus back to Salzburg, then the train to Slovenia. That is another story all together.
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