Trip Start Sep 07, 2010
29Trip End Sep 06, 2013
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I also had a mental image from the TV series "Band of Brothers". In the end two of the central characters are at what I thought was Eagle’s Nest. The only similarity between the TV depiction in my mind and reality was the Alpine location. Eagle’s Nest was a reception hall/tea room built for Adolph Hitler in honor of his 50th birthday. The engineering marvel of the facility lies in its location; perched on the edge of a mountain; and the road built leading to the building
During the bus ride between Garmisch and the town near Eagle’s Nest our tour guide explained what we saw in the countryside, a bit of background on Eagle’s Nest, and then showed us a video. The video did a fairly thorough explanation on its construction and use.
The bus to Eagle’s Nest leaves from an area that had been dedicated to personal homes of senior Nazi officials. It was bombed during the final days of WW II in Europe, but was totally destroyed within the last 10 years to create a 5-star hotel resort complex. You cannot deny the beauty of the natural surroundings
We climbed on the bus and rode up the mountainside with only 2 switchbacks on the way between the area where Hitler and his generals had lived to the reception building/tea house of Eagle’s Nest. You climb off the bus and head through a tunnel to a brass elevator. I could imagine the number of SS officers that had stood in that same elevator. I wondered if they were fearful about failure, proud of what they were doing, or just totally immune to the situation. At the top, Randy and I immediately climbed over the rocks and paths leading around the building. The views are spectacular. The restaurant that now occupies the building was saved by a former government official. There are a few photos on a wall about its former use, but otherwise there is little to no connection made to the people and era of its construction.
From the video explanation we knew the fireplace mantle of Italian red marble was given by Mussolini as a birthday gift. The hall where it is located diners jockeyed for a seat with a view of the TV suspended from the ceiling, rather than the outside, totally disassociating the present from the past
So Randy had a beer anyways, because after all we were in Germany. He ordered a large bottle at a shack on the hillside and two cups.
And Randy adds…..we toasted,
“Eat dessert first”