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Eagles Nest Tours

Get a bird’s-eye-view of the Bavarian Alps during your Salzburg trip by taking an Eagle’s Nest tour! Soar above the rest of Germany at over 6,000 feet while on a day trip from Salzburg! And, explore a secluded building designed for Nazi government meetings! Although part of Germany, the Eagle’s Nest is typically visited as part of a Salzburg sightseeing trip due to its proximity to the Austrian city. Also, you’ll find a wide range of enticing packages that combine certain Salzburg attractions with an Eagle’s Nest trip. Why not pair a day trip to Eagle’s Nest with a Hop-on, Hop-off Tour of Salzburg? Or, take an exciting excursion to the Eagle’s Nest and the Salt Mines! You can even enjoy the luxury of a private tour of the Bavarian Alps with a stop made at Eagle’s Nest. So, if you’re trying to figure out what to do in Salzburg, then check out Hitler’s chalet in the sky! Whether you are a World War II expert or simply have a general interest in world history, enjoying an Eagle’s Nest experience one of the most fascinating things to do in Salzburg!

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Our tips for Eagle's Nest

  • Pack a Picnic. While there is a restaurant inside Eagle’s Nest, you can save a bunch of money by buying your own food beforehand and packing a picnic lunch.
  • Mistaken Identity. Many people lose their way during their walk up to Eagle’s Nest and end up at the Document Center. So, just look for the blue flags over the ticketing area of Eagle’s Nest and you should be just fine.
  • Going Down? If you plan on taking the bus back down the hill after your Eagle’s Nest tour, then you should know that you need to book it in advance by showing your ticket at the arrival area.

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Best time to visit

The best time to visit the Eagle’s Nest is mid-May to mid-October because that’s the only time of year it’s open! The rest of the year, the area is either frozen over or inaccessible due to treacherous conditions. But, if you want to know the best time of day to visit the Eagle’s Nest, then you will have to account for the mountains. Keep in mind that dawn comes a little later and dusk a little sooner than it would on the plains. And, that’s important because the lighting is typically best right after the sun rises and just before it sets. So, do a bit of research ahead of time and you’ll probably find that you should book your Eagle’s Nest sightseeing trip for early morning or late afternoon. Anytime immediately after the Eagle’s Nest opens, or right before it closes, should offer the best possible setting for a spectacular photo. Plus, you’ll discover that the crowds are somewhat smaller than they are around lunchtime. It’s one of the smarter things to do at Eagle’s Nest!

Getting there

Getting to the Eagle’s Nest is pretty easy, but your options will be rather limited. Most individuals on a Salzburg trip choose to book a guided tour of Eagle’s Nest. That way, you don’t have to worry about getting off and transferring at the correct train stations or bus stops. The premium you’ll pay for a guided Eagle’s Nest trip allows you to simply enjoy the Austrian and German mountains, rather than constantly checking your GPS to make sure you don’t miss your stop. But, if you’d prefer to use the public transportation systems available, then take Bus No. 840 from Salzburg to Berchtesgaden HBF. After alighting at Berchtesgaden HBF, hop on Bus No. 838 towards the Eagle’s Nest Bus Stop. Finally, you can then hop off at the Eagle’s Nest Bus Stop and wait for special Eagle’s Nest bus, which will ultimately take you to your destination. Finally, before you pass by the Eagle’s Nest ticket window, make sure you book your bus ride back to the Eagle’s Nest Bus Stop. It’s what to do in Salzburg if you’re trying to get to Eagle’s Nest on a budget!

Money saving tips

Excited about your Eagle’s Nest trip? That’s wonderful! If you’re driving there yourself, just keep in mind that you need exact change to pay for parking. Otherwise, you could end up being forced to leave an overly generous tip!

Did you know?

Fun Facts – Amaze your friends with this Eagle’s Nest trivia!

  • After the bombing and capture of the surrounding area, the Eagle’s Nest was used by Allied Forces as a command center until 1960.   
  • The Eagle’s Nest was inaugurated by Adolf Hitler on his birthday, April 20th, 1939. But, the date is purely coincidental.
  • Adolf Hitler is known to have visited the Eagle’s Nest at least 14 times, but he could have stayed there even more often.
  • Because of the thin air and high likelihood of poor weather at the Eagle’s Nest, Adolf Hitler was not a fan. The elevation didn’t suit his acrophobia, either!

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