Gasthof of family Dafner (later known as Gasthof Zum Pommer) (1)
Location: Salzberger Vorstadt 15 (before Vorstadt 219)
Today: Shop. The building is still there.
Adolf Hitler was born at this Gasthof on April 20 1889. It is known as the Gasthof Zum Pommer, but it didn’t have that name when Hitler was born. Franz and Helene Dafner owned the Gasthof at that time. When Franz Dafner died in 1891, his wife married a man called Jakob Bachleitner. They sold the Gasthof in the beginning of 1912 to a man with the name of Josef Pommer. The Gasthof was called Zum Hirschen, but there was no sign put up with that name. When people went to the Gasthof they said they went to Pommer (‘zum Pommer’). (There was another Gasthof in Braunau that was called ‘Zum Goldenen Hirschen’. It had nothing to do with Hitlers birth.) In the grillwork above the door of the house where Hitler was born are the initials MB, which is said to stand for Martin Bormann. There’s a granite stone in front of the house, from Mauthausen concentration camp. It says: ‘FüR FRIEDEN FREIHEIT UND DEMOKRATIE NIE WIEDER FASCHISMUS MILLIONEN TOTE MAHNEN’. The family lived here until August of 1892. Hitler visited Braunau when the Anschluss took place, but after that he never went back.
An old picture of Hitlers birthhouse
An old picture of the city of Braunau
The Gasthof decorated with nazi flags
This is what the building looks like today.
A view of the street with the city tower in the back
The same view today. A new tree stands on the same spot as the one on the older pictures. (picture: Shaibal Giri, 2009. All rights reserved. The Hitler Pages, 2011)
Hitler in Braunau in 1938
(picture: Heinrich Hoffmann, 1938)
Stadtpfarrkirche St. Stephan (3)
Location: Kirchenplatz 15
Today: Still there
Alois Hitler and Klara Pölzl got married here on January 7, 1885 at 6 o’clock in the morning. They had to have dispansation from Rome for the marriage, because Klara was Alois niece in the second grade. Hitler must have been baptised in the same church on eastermonday at 15.15 hour by pastor Ignaz Probst.
St. Stephan is behind the houses. This could be the about the same location as the picture of Hitler on the left.
Bridge across the Inn (2)
Location: The road between Simbach and Braunau is called the Innstrasse. Exactly between both places runs the river Inn. The places are joined by the bridge.
Today: The steel bridge is not longer there, but the houses still look the same.
Pictures from Heinrich Hoffmann’s propaganda book Hitler in seiner Heimat show the Führer in Braunau, on the bridge over the river Inn and in the street where he was born.
All pictures: Hitlers motorcade on and near the bridge over the Inn.
(pictures: Heinrich Hoffmann, 1938)
Kloster der Englische Schwestern
Location: Maria-ward-Strasse 16-18. The bridge across the river is about 1 km. away from the Kloster.
Today: It’s still a place led by English sisters, but it has become a home for the elderly and sick.
Eva Braun was in the boarding school of the Schwestern for 9 months in 1928-1929.