The Eagle's Nest today - a legacy of recent history
A symbol of the power of the NS regime even though decisions were made at the Eagle's Nest, it still stands for the insanity of his regime. It stands for his world on the Obersalzberg, where plans for war and mass murder were formed there.
The Eagle's Nest was a present to Hitler from the political party, who, without any free will surrendered to the man who was going to bring down the world. In defiance, the building stands perched over a sheer rock wall. A road was cut into the mountain through the previously impassable terrain. Although an architectural master piece, it was still an act of waste on nature and other resources. To reach it, there is a golden brass elevator buried in the heart of the mountain, through which one can reach "the summit of power" - all this is created with the sole purpose to impress and dazzle people.
The building became a legend in the postwar period, and apparently its use of the Eagler's Nest was seen as essential as a visual motif in popular US war films and serials. This building is one of the few undamaged monuments of the Hilter era which has resulted in giving it a prominence that it does not perhaps deserve though it might seem to provoke.
Berchtesgaden has out lasted its political importance. It can however not be forgotten that the Eagle's Nest was a part of an idyllic setting that was intended to deceive all the horrors of those years. Today however it still offers a magnificent and unique view of the surrounding countryside and also the opportunity to remember and learn about the inhuman dictatorship it served.
The Eagle’s Nest was originally designed by Martin Bormann as a birthday present for Adolf Hitler’s 50th birthday on behalf of the NSDAP (Nazi Party). In fact, Hitler seldom visited the Eagle’s Nest.
In the end, Allied bombing at the end of World War II did not damage the Eagle’s Nest and thanks to the intervention of former Governor Jacob, the Eagle’s Nest was spared being blown up after the war.
Today the Eagle’s Nest remains in its original state. In 1960, on the occasion of the 150th celebration Berchtesgaden’s incorporation into Bavaria, the Bavarian government relinquished its control of the building to a trust that ensures that the proceeds are used for charitable purposes.