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“The zum Turken is a must see!!!” 5 of 5 stars
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Berchtesgaden-Obersalzberg, 83471 Berchtesgaden, Bavaria, Germany   |  
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Ranked #7 of 31 Hotels in Berchtesgaden
san diago
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14 hotel reviews
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“The zum Turken is a must see!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2011

The Turken is an old world building that offered a stay unlike any I have had in my numerous trips to germany. Its an historic building that was used by Hitler's men during the war. The place has postcard views of the mountains and even have a tunnel entrance into WWII air-raid shelters that Hitler and Eva Braun used! The lady who owns and runs the place was so nice that we felt like family. Do not expect elevators and wide screen TVs here - you need not travel if you are looking for the USA here in the Bavarian Alps.. The hotel is in walking distance to both a golf course and a small ski area. Historic sites were all around us and we had some great hiking plus a trip to the salt mines. This is a place not to miss - most hotels like this have been long torn down and can only be seen in old postcards...A+

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2011

The bunker (tunnels below this hotel) were a highlight of my vacation to Berchtesgaden. They were built by the nazis after they stold this sweet old hotel from the owner and appropriated it into their defense system. The owner's daughter bought the property back after the war and her daughter, Ingrid Scharfenberg, is still alive and running the place. She is a delightful person who speaks impeccable English. Before the US Army pulled out of this region in the 1990's, they used this hotel as an officer's retreat and encouraged Ingrid to preserve the tunnels underneath it.

Sadly, I think most visitors these days only see the small section of tunnels that are part of the documentation center which is just a short distance away. They probably don't know about this older section that is far more interesting. You descend by stairs over 200 feet below ground and see the tunnels pretty much as they were left after the war ended. You encounter machine-gun nests, a jail, some sleeping quarters, and other rooms. There are artillery marks in the walls from the nazi's last stand against the allies. The lighting is dim which heightens the experience and in places there are hand-painted explanations of what you are seeing that must be over 60 years old. Ingrid will also give you a nice little souvenir information sheet to read as you wander about the tunnels.

I heartily recommend adding the tunnels below Hotel Zum Turken to your agenda. You can do the whole tour in one-half to one hour. There is free parking at the hotel, or if you are parked at the documentation center parking lot (the starting point to catch the bus up to Eagle's Nest) you can just walk down. It takes about 5 minutes on a well marked path.

BTW, "Zum Turken" means "to the Turk". Be sure to ask Ingrid to tell you the story of how that name came about.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2011

If you're interested in the history of World War II you absolutely have to visit the Obersalzberg. In order to prepare yourself for the trip you should first read Angela Lambert's "The Lost Life of Eva Braun" and Heike Görtemaker's "Eva Braun. Leben mit Hitler". Also watch Eva Braun's amateur home movies showing the carefree, pleasant and luxurious life in villa Berghof. And it is also an absolute must to stay at Hotel zum Türken. The history of the Obersalzberg and that of Hotel zum Türken are so exciting that no thriller or detective can compete with it. Meeting, getting to know and talking to Frau Ingrid Scharfenberg will give you enormous pleasure and leave an everlasting impression. One of the other reviews complains about the fact that when one arrives late, the hotel key is thrown down to you from an upstairs window. Even though we arrived late we missed out on this experience - which we personally think is a pity: it sounds very romantic! History is alive in Hotel zum Türken - you can literally touch it with your own hands. Go there, you will never regret it! We want to go there again. Frau Ingrid Scharfenberg: thank you! Natasha and Claus de Vries

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cary, North Carolina
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2011

The Hotel zum Turken was our Berchtesgaden "bucket list" accommodations as we revisited a favorite location from years before. While in the military, and during the 1980's, my wife and I often stayed at the General Walker Hotel, the old Platterhof from Nazi Germany days. While little is left of those Obersalzberg days, the zum Turken was a great place to appreciate that era as the hotel was expropriated by the Nazis in the 1930'a and was connected to the Berghof by tunnels which still exist and may be visited. While the hotel was old and somewhat Spartan it sat in the middle of history and was very comfortable with the bonus of an incredible view of the valley. It was also located on paths which led by the ruins of Hitler's Berghof on the short walk to the Platterhof area which now consists of the original Platterhof/Walker restaurant, a transit point for tours of the "Eagles Nest", and a museum, the Dokumentation Obersalzberg, which those interested in the Nazi era will find fascinating. If you have an interest in WWII or appreciate great scenery, the Hotel zum Turken is well worth a stay, a memorable experience.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Elgin Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2011

This is a no frills Hotel. if you are looking for quite and away from everyone then this is the place for you.
Frau Scharfenberg will do everything to make your stay wonderful.
If you love history Obersalzberg is the place to visit.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Switzerland
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147 helpful votes 147 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2011

Very old fashioned, time-warp experience. I love hotels like this, and the owner is wonderful. Get it while you can!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Olympia, Washington
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2011

My son and I traced my wifes fathers trip across Europe during WW2. We ended in the Horel Turken in Bertesgarten This Hotel was attached to Hitlers house via tunnels and housed his elite guards and others. It is run by a charming Frau Shaufenberg. She lived thru this period and has been in the hotel since the early 50's. She is a facinating woman and can tell you stories of those times and what took place at the hotel during the war. She is having trouble keeping the hotel open as her help is not so good. If you are lucky enough to stay here you will not be disapointed. Frau Shaufenberg if you read this thank you again.

Bill and Shane Hanson
Olympia, Wa.

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Berchtesgaden-Obersalzberg, 83471 Berchtesgaden, Bavaria, Germany
Location: Germany > Bavaria > Upper Bavaria > Berchtesgaden
Amenities:
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Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Berchtesgaden
#5 Family Hotel in Berchtesgaden
#7 Romantic Hotel in Berchtesgaden
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 17
Also Known As:
Zum Turken Hotel
Zum Turken Berchtesgaden

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