If you want to see all there is to see on the Obersalzberg, you have to go beyond the touristic standards like the (very good) documentation centre and the Kehlsteinhaus. The area is not that big, so a strawl around the mountain can be done in a few hours. You can start the walk at the Parkplatz near the documentation centre.

1. Platterhof and Pension Moritz

2. Kampfhäusl

3. Gästehaus Hoher Göll

4. Berghof

5. Bormann Tree


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Berghof (4)

Location: Go past the Documentation Centre ino the woods, follow the path downhill, the Berghof ruïns turn up to your right. The path running past the foundations runs right across the Berghof site. The front of the house was a little over the edge of the hill.

Today: Only the foundations of the back of the Berghof are visible.

Haus Wachenfeld was a house on the Obersalzberg where Hitler used to go before he became the leader of Germany.  The house got transformed to the Berghof later. Hitler went to the Berghof many times. A lot of important people from all over Europe came to visit Hitler here.

The Berghof with the

Hoher Göll mountain behind it

(picture: Capelle/Bovenkamp)

A modern impression of the Berghof

(picture: copyright unknown)

The left side of the Berghof

(picture: postcard)

A postcard of the Berghof

(picture: www.saak.nl)

Adolf Hitler (second from the right) on the Berghof driveway

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Hitler and Mussolini on the stairs of the Berghof (picture: copyright unknown)

The Berghof, the windows on the first floor are the windows of Hitler's bedroom and bathroom.

(picture: copyright unknown)

A row of admirers of the Führer. Hitler is standing along the road passing the Berghof.

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Adolf Hitler and a little girl on the front driveway of the Berghof

(picture: copyright unknown)

The remains of the Berghof were finally blown up on April 30, 1952: exactly 7 years after Hiter’s death.

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Two pictures of the bombed Berghof, right after the war

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The Berghof ruïns in the snow. After the war the villa remained a popular place to visit. (pictures: copyright unknown)

All that remains of the Berghof

(picture: the Hitlerpages, 2006)

The view from the Berghof site to the place where the guardhouse used to be (picture: the Hitlerpages, 2006)

The remains of the Berghof

(picture: the Hitlerpages, 2006)

Above the ruïns is this unidentified concrete. It’s probably part of the watersuply of the Berghof

(picture: the Hitlerpages, 2006)

Looking down upon the site where the Berghof used to be

(picture: the Hitlerpages, 2006)

Left: Right over the edge are some more Berghof related leftovers.

The two pictures in the centre:

Other Berghof remains

(picture: the Hitlerpages, 2006)

Downhill, on the right side of the Berghof site when facing the foundation, you can find this bunker entrance (picture: the Hitlerpages, 2006)

Some other remains of the Berghof (picture: the Hitlerpages, 2006)

The view from the Berghof site in autumn (picture: the Hitlerpages, 2006)

The foundations of the backside of the Berghof. (pictures: the Hitlerpages, 2006)

The transformation of Haus Wachenfeld to the Berghof

(picture: copyrights unknown)

Hitler in the living room of

Haus Wachenfeld

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Before the Berghof was built, a much smaller house stood on the same location. Hiter used to rent it. The old house became a part of the new construction.

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A view downhill today. At about this location Haus Wachenfeld used to be. (picture: the Hitlerpages, 2006)

The old house was called Haus Wachenfeld. Hitler bought the property after he had rented the place for a while. The large Berghof villa was built here in 1935/36. (picture: wikipedia, 1934)

Large numbers of Hitler admirers used to visit the Obersalzberg. On this picture house Wachenfeld is still there. (picture: historical postcard)

A model of Haus Wachenfeld as displayed at the Obersalzberg Information Centre.

(picture: the Hitlerpages, Vermeulen, 2016)

Haus Wachenfeld from the terras side(picture: copyrights unknown)

Members of the Berghof staff

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Hitler having lunch on the terrace (picture: copyright unknown)





These pictures show the old driveways of the Berghof. Number 1 is the path that runs past the foundation of the Berghof. Number 2 used to run to the front of the Berghof. Arrow number 3 points at the Berghof area.

(pictures: the Hitlerpages, Vermeulen/De Boer, 2016)

The Berghof after the first renovation in 1935/36 (left) and the second in 1939 (right). The extension (on the left side of the picture on the right) was made twice as long. This is where the kitchen was located. A new driveway to the kitchen area was also made. (pictures: left: copyright unknown, right: copyright Time)

A military meeting with Mussolini inside the Berghof (picture: unknown)

The large hall inside the Berghof

(picture: Rochus Misch, 2008)

Hitler's study. In the corner (of the left picture) was the entrance to Hitler's bedroom. (pictures: copyrights unknown)

Eva Braun’s bedroom

(picture: copyright unknown)

The Berghof (on the right) with its both driveways. In the centre of the picture is the hotel Zum Türken, one of the few remaining buildings after the Obersalzberg was bombed. (picture: copyright unknown)

There’s not much more left of Hiter’s villa than the foundations of the backside of it and some concrete and stones in the ground. (pictures: the Hitlerpages, 2016)

The Bormann-tree (5)

Location: On the beginning of the driveway to the Berghof: the lower of the two paths you can see going up to the Berghof, when standing on the road in front of Hotel zum Türken

Today: The tree is not longer there.

Bormann planted a tree for Hitler at the beginning of the driveway of the Berghof so Hitler could stand in the shade when the crowds of fans walked by. It is said that though the tree is cut down, it’s still there. It has turned into bushes. In November 2006, after the Obersalzberg had been cleaned up, the remains of the tree are very hard to locate. Trees were cut down, bushes were removed, all around the mountain.

The Bormann-tree is next to the second drive way on the right side of the picture. (picture: unknown)

The same site in 2006. You can still see the beginning of the driveway. (pictures: the Hitlerpages, 2006)

The Berghof after it was bombed. The tree is still there.

(picture: copyright unknown)

The Obersalzberg from the air (picture: H. Zandt, the Hitlerpages, 2012)

Gästehaus Hoher Göll (3)

Location: Downhill from the parking place

Today: Renovated. It’s become a Documentation Centre concerning the nazi history of the Obersalzberg.

Gästehaus Hoher Göll was ment to be a place where special guests could stay. It was also used as Borman’s administration building. The lower parts of the renovated building, made of stone, still look like the original building. The Documentation Centre is worth a visite. There’s an entrance to the bunkersystem inside, open to the public.

If you’re interested in the bunkers you should also go to the Hotel zum Türken. There’s another bunker entrance there. A blocked entrance to a tunnel leading to the rooms of Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun is there.  

The Documentation Centre as seen from the parking place

(picture: the Hitlerpages, 2006)

Bormann’s guesthouse as it was

(pictures: copyright unknown)

The guesthouse today

(picture: Vermeulen, the Hitlerpages, 2016)

The renovated guesthouse has become an interesting Documentation Centre. (picture: the Hitlerpages, 2006)

The guardhouse and the gate on the grey and white picture used to be where the wall in the front of the picture is now.

(picture: the Hitlerpages, 2016)

Kampfhäusl (2)

Location: Behind the Platterhof restaurant. Looking towards the woods behind the restaurant you’ll see a powerhouse across the road. When you walk into the trees behind it, in the opposite direction of the Platterhof-parking place and go a little uphill, you’ll see it within a minute. It’s not so hard to find.

Today: Only the foundations are still there.

Hitler wrote a part of Mein Kampf in this little dependance of Hotel Moritz. It seems to be a sort of neo-nazi-hotspot, because there were little candles on the stones lighted for the dead führer on several occasions I was there.  

The Kampfhäusl. The stone foundation that is still there today, can be seen on the left picture (below). (picture: copyright unknown)

 The remains of the Kampfhäusl are hidden in the woods behind this power house.

(picture: the Hitlerpages, 2006)

Hitler in front of the Kampfhäusl

(picture: copyright unknown)

The view downhill from the Kampfhausl. You can see the street behind the Platterhof parking place through the trees.

(picture: the Hitlerpages, 2006)

The remains of the foundations in the summer of 2006. Some admireres still visit the mountain to light a candle...

(pictures: the Hitlerpages, 2006)

The remains of the Kampfhäusl in the autumn of 2006

(pictures: the Hitlerpages, 2006)

Some visitors took stones from the Kampfhäusl site.

(pictures: De Boer, Vermeulen, the Hitlerpages, 2016)

The location where Hitler wrote a part of his book ‘Mein Kampf’.

(pictures: De Boer, Vermeulen, the Hitlerpages, 2016)

The Kampfhäusl remains are still there.  

(pictures: De Boer, Vermeulen, the Hitlerpages, 2016)

Platterhof and Pension Moritz (1)

Location: Parkingplace Obersalzberg

Today: Most of the Platterhof has been torn down around the year 2000.

Adolf Hitler often came to Pension Moritz until 1926. When he ruled the country the hotel was replaced by Platterhof. When the Platterhof was torn down, parts of the pension’s ceiling were still there. Hotel Platterhof was ment  to be a hotel were every German could spent a night near the Führer. After a dramatic period of building (large parts were torn down and rebuilt over and over) the Platterhof  became a place where only important partymembers came. After the war the Americans used it. It was still there in 2000. When you look downhill you’ll see the documentation center. On the other side is the busstop for the Kehlsteinhaus. The busstop building is the renovated garage of the Platterhof.

The Platterhof garages are used as  busstop for the Kehlsteinhaus tour.

(pictures: the Hitlerpages, left: 2006, right 2016)

The parking place where the Platterhof used to be

(picture: the Hitlerpages, 2006)

The remaining part of the Platterhof

(picture: the Hitlerpages, 2006)

A detail of the inside of the restau-rant (picture: the Hitlerpages, 2010)

The remaining part of the Platterhof in 2010 (picture: the Hitlerpages, 2010)

The Platterhof has become a restaurant

(picture: the Hitlerpages, 2010)

A postcard of Pension Moritz

(picture: copyright unknown)

Pension Moritz became the Platter-hof… (picture: copyright unknown)

and the Platterhof became a large hotel. (picture: copyright unknown)

The Platterhof after the bombing of the Obersalzberg

(pictures: copyright unknown)

Inside the hotel Platterhof (pictures: copyright unknown)

When the Americans took over the area the Platterhof remained in tact for years. (pictures: copyright unknown)

The Platterhof is still used as a restaurant

(picture: the Hitlerpages, 2016)




Pictures of the bunkers underneath the Documentation Centre (pictures: Vermeulen, the Hitlerpages, 2016) More pictures of the bunkers underneath the Documentation Centre (pictures: Smeets, the Hitlerpages, 2006)


Inside the Obersalzberg is a large bunker complex. It could be entered from from several houses on the mountain. One of the entrances that’s still in use is inside the Obersalzberg Documentation Centre. Another entrance that is still accessible is underneath Hotel Zum Türken. Emergency exits of the bunker system are all over the mountain, but they’re not longer accessible.

The Obersalzberg and the Berghof

(picture: Capelle & Van de Bovenkamp)

The Obersalzberg today. There’s a gol fcourse in front of the Berghofsite now that is used as a ski slope in winter. (picture: the Hitlerpages, 2018)