The area around Berchtesgaden and the Obersalzberg has some interesting things to visit. The second Reichskanzlei in Stangass is one of them. Hitler often visited the two lakes nearby: the Obersee and the Königssee. When Hitler was on the Obersalzberg he had some important meetings at Schloss Klessheim, near Salzburg.   

Berchtesgaden region weergeven op een grotere kaart

Heinrich Himmler’s house called Schneewinkellehen (5)

Location: At the end of the Schneewinklweg

Today: Private property.

Heinrich Himmler owned a villa in Schönau, near the Obersalzberg. The villa once was Sigmund Freuds vacation home.

Himmler’s old farm

(picture: the Hitlerpages, 2018)


Hotel Schiffmeister (6)

Location: Seestraße 34

Today: Still there

One of Hitler's favourite places to go to when he was on the Obersalzberg was the Königssee. He used to visit the Hotel Schiffmeister a lot.

Hotel Schiffmeister is a lakeside hotel in Schönau (pictures: the Hitlerpages, 2018)

House where Paula Hitler died (7)

Location: Unknown

Wolfgang Zdral states in his book about the family of Adolf Hitler that Paula Hitler died in Schönau, where she lived with her friend and alleged former girlfriend of Adolf, Maria Reiter. Paula Hitler died in 1960. Here you’ll find more locations linked to Paula Hitler.

Obersee (3)

Location: west side of the Obersee

Today: The exact location of the pictures below must be easy to trace.

There are some pictures used for propaganda made on the shore of the Obersee. Eva Braun often swam at this lake. One of the waterfalls of the Obersee appears in the Eva Braun home movies.

Adolf Hitler in front of the Obersee

(pictures: source unknown)


Königssee (2), (2a), (2b)

Location: Several locations around the lake

Today: The famous AH-spots are still recognisable.

Adolf Hitler came to Schönau and the Königssee every now and then. When he was not at the Obersalzberg Eva Braun often went to the Königssee with friends.

The Königssee

(pictures: the Hitlerpages, 2018)


Eva Braun at the Königssee

(picture: source unknown)

Adolf Hitler in a boat on the Königssee, with behind him St. Bartholomä (picture: source unknown)

The Königssee

(picture: the Hitlerpages, 2018)

St. Bartholomä today

(picture: the Hitlerpages, 2018)


Purtscheler Haus (1)

Location: Past the Obersalzberg and the Klaushöhe runs the Purtschellerstrasse. Between the Purtschellerstrasse and the Hoher Göll is the Purtscheller Haus. Exact location: 47’36’34.06’’N - 13’04’18.46’E

Today: Still there

Nerin E. Gunn writes about this house in his book about Eva Braun. He says Hitler also worked on Mein Kampf at this location. Other books (for instance the more recent study about Mein Kampf of Othmar Plöckinger) don’t mention the Purtscheller Haus. Hitler probably knew the place, but if it’s got something to do with Mein Kampf is not sure.

Sports school for the Bund Deutsche Mädel (8)

Location: Insulaweg 1

Today: Altenheim Insula (old people’s home)

This might be a place of interest when one is in the area. If Hitler was ever here, we don’t know.

The sports school for German girls during the nazi-period is turned into a home for the elderly.

(pictures: The Hitlerpages, 2006)

Adolf Hitler Kaserne, complex of the 2nd Battalion of the Gebirgsjägerregiment (9)

Location: Gebirgsjägerstrasse

Today: Still there, still a military complex.

I found no proof of Hitler visiting this Kaserne, but he must have known it.

The Kaserne with the round

tower is easy to find.

(pictures: The Hitlerpages, 2006)


The Adolf Hitler Jugendherberge (10)

Location: Gebirgsjägerstrasse corner Struberberg

Today: The building still serves as a youth activities centre.

Hitler was at this Youth Hostel at least once. There are pictures to prove it. The website thirdreichruins has such a picture. Hitler might have driven past this hostel more often than once.

There are some old pictures of Hitler walking on the path in front of the building; this is what it looks like now. (pictures: The Hitlerpages, 2006)

Göllhäusl Dietrich Eckart (Hinterbrand Lodge or Eckart Hütte) (11)

Location: Scharitzkehlstrasse 40, past Vorderbrand, just before the road turns into the Vorderbrandstrasse.

Today: Still there

Eckart used this cottage to hide for the government. Hitler was there several times. After the war it was used by the U.S. Army until 2004.

Inside the Eckart-Hütte in the

30’s or 40’s

Hitler in front of the Eckart Lodge

(picture: source unknown)


The Eckart Lodge in wintertime

(picture: the Hitlerpages, 2018)

The Eckart Lodge

(picture: the Hitlerpages, 2018)

1. Putscheler Haus

2. 2a. 2b. Königssee

3. Obersee

4. Second Reichskanzlei

5. House Heinrich Himmler

6. Hotel Schiffmeister

7. House where Paula Hitler died

8. BDM Sportschool

9. Gebirgsjägerkaserne

10. Adolf Hitler Jugendherberge

11. Eckart House

12. Hotel Vorderbrand

13. Gasthaus Seeklause

14. Berghotel Predigtstuhl

Adolf Hitler and Otto Dietrich on the terrace of Gasthaus Seeklause

(picture: Heinrich Hoffmann)

The Seeklause terrace today (pictures: the Hitlerpages, 2019)

A crowd turned up at the Hintersee when Hitler was there.  (picture: alamy, copyright unknown)


The terrace of Gasthaus Seeklause

 (picture: the Hitlerpages. 2019)


Gasthaus Seeklause (13)

Location: Am See 65, Hintersee - Ramsau

Today: Still there

Adolf Hitler used to visit the Seeklause Hotel on the shore of the Hintersee every once in a while.

Gasthaus Seeklause today

(picture: the Hitlerpages, 2019)

Adolf Hitler at the Hintersee

(picture: postcard)

The Hintersee in the wintertime

(picture: the Hitlerpages. 2019)

The mountain is clearly the same as the one on the ‘Hitlerpicture’.

(picture: the Hitlerpages. 2019)

Berghotel Preditstuhl (14)

Location: Südtiroler Platz 1, Bad Reichenhall

Today: Still there

Adolf Hitler was on the Preditstuhl mountain near Bad Reichenhall at least once. The Predigtstuhlbahn still goes to the Berghotel where Hitler was once.


Adolf Hitler at the Berghotel on Predigtstuhl mountain near Bad Reichenhall

(picture: Heinrich Hoffmann)

A postcard of a mother and a daughter with Adolf Hitler at the Berghotel

A postcard of the Berghotel




Gasthof Vorderbrand (12)

Location: Vorderbrandstrasse 91

Today: Still there

Paula Hitler rented a room at the hotel Vorderbrand in 1945. In 1949 she moved to Pension Sonnefels in Berchtesgaden.

Gasthof Vorderbrand on old pictures

(pictures: source unknown)

Gasthof Vorderbrand today

(pictures: the Hitlerpages, 2018)

Brüggenlehen Farm

Location: Scharitzkehlstrasse, near the Eckart Hütte

Today: Still there

There’s a picture of Adolf Hitler with the Brüggenlehen Farm in the back. Looking downhill from the Eckart Hütte the farm can be seen.

The Brüggenlehen Farm

(pictures: the Hitlerpages, 2018)

Second Reichskanzlei (4)

Location: Urbanweg 22-26

Today: Appartments

In 1936 the second Reichs Chancellery was built in Stanggass. On January 18, 1937 Hitler spoke at the Richtfest (festivities when the roof of a building has been made) of the second Reichskanzlei. There was also a hospital built in 1940 in Stangass, named the Dietrich Eckart Krankenhaus. It must still be there.  

The eagle’s still there, the swatika in the cirkel is gone.  

(picture: the Hitlerpages, 2006)

The other side of the Kanzlei

(pictures: the Hitlerpages, 2006)

Steps leading downhill to a shelter underneath the Kanzlei

(picture: the Hitlerpages, 2006)

The appartment complex that was built as Reichskanzlei is called the Kanzlerhaus today. (pictures: the Hitlerpages, 2006)

The so called Kanzlerhaus (picture: the Hitlerpages, 2018)

Both Generalfeldmarschall Wilhelm Keitel (house on the right) and Generaloberst Alfred Jodl (house on the left) had houses here. The Keitel-house was renovated, but the Jodl-house was torn down. A new house was built on the same location.

(picture: the Hitlerpages, 2018)



Location: Sonnleitstrasse

Today: Still there, in ruïns

There was a hospital in Stanggass named after Dietrich Eckart (Hitler’s mentor). It was built in 1939. Soldiers were treated here during the war. After the war it became a local Klinkik. Since 2009 it’s not in use anymore.

The former Dietrich-Eckart-Krankenhaus is not longer in use.

(pictures: the Hitlerpages, 2018)


A postcard showing Hitler near the lakeside at Hintersee (picture: postcard)

About the same location

 (picture: the Hitlerpages. 2019)

Hintersee is the name of a village and a lake near Berchtesgaden.

(pictures: the Hitlerpages. 2019)

The street by the lake at Hintersee. In the background, behind the trees is hotel Post

(picture: the Hitlerpages. 2019)

Hitler with Göring and Brückner in front of

the hotel Post in Hintersee  

(picture: postcard)


Hotel Post (13)

Location: Am See 61, Hintersee - Ramsau

Today: Still there

Hitler was also photographed in front of the Post hotel at Hintersee. Albert Bormann and Julius Schaub, among others, were here at the end of the war, before fleeing from the Americans.

Another picture of Hitler in front of hotel Post

(picture: postcard)


A boat takes guests to the Post hotel across the lake. The large building in the centre of the picture is the hotel. (picture: copyright unknown)