The World War II Photo of the Week
for 26 July 1999
|Entering the Eagle's Nest
These three photos show how one would enter Hitler's "Eagle's Nest", the infamous teahouse atop the Kehlstein mountain constructed for him by Martin Bormann near the Obersalzburg compound in Bavaria. The top photo shows the ornate entrance cut into the mountain, with the Kehlsteinhaus visible on the summit some 500 feet above. The middle photo shows the 400-foot corridor that leads into the heart of the mountain. The lower photo shows the brass elevator that whisked visitors to the house in a matter of seconds. Following the end of the war in Europe, only officers above the rank of captain could use the elevator. Men of other ranks had to ascend to the house using a series of switchbacks cut into the mountainside. For pictures of the 225th's visit to the Eagle's Nest during the Summer of 1945, click here. Taken in 1985, not much has changed from 1945 in these views. From the Webmaster's collection.