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The Kehlsteinhaus (known in English as the Eagles Nest) was commissioned for Hitlers 50th birthday and took 13 months to build. It lies on the tip of a mountain (the Kehlstein), 1834m above sea level and is one of the most popular attractions in southern Germany.
The house was built as a quiet retreat for Hitler, and it was conveniently situated not far from his usual Obersalzberg residence - the Berghof. However, Hitler only visited the site a few times, as he found it too insecure.
Luckily, the house was spared from bombing during World War 2 because it was small and difficult to pick out from the mountains around it. Many Nazi buildings were destroyed after the war (including the Berghof), but after extensive lobbying the Kehlstei... read more