Wow!!! A must do if you are anywhere near Bavaria. I was staying in Salzburg and took the bus from Salzburg Bahnhof as the other reviewers suggested. I also did the Harpers tour which was very good. Met some fantastic people in the small van. This is a must for anyone interested in WWII history. The other tours through Panaroma and Bob's Tours are more oriented on seeing the whole area. I debated, but glad I went for this one focused on the Eagle's Nest.
LAKE KONIGSEE : I never got up close and personal to Lake Konigsee, so will have to do this on the next trip. There is a trail from near the Berchtesgaden Bahnhof to the Lake (I've attached pictures) but it's about 3.5 miles (I think).. I didn't make it that far as I had to get back to meet the tour group at 1:30pm. Next time I would make it a priority to rent a bike and get to the Lake, on the fabulous trial. Still you do get a spectacular view of the Lake from the top of the Eagle's Nest (picture attached).
The Harper's Tour includes:
BUNKERS: Really fascinating. You can do this on your own (another review I read said otherwise?) but I appreciated the guided tour.
DOCUMENTATION CENTER: provides Nazi history of the area and photographs. Everything is written in German here, so for monolinguists like myself I definately recommend a guided tour.
EAGLE'S NEST: ride up is breathtaking. Everyone on the bus gasped when we first saw the view of the valley below. The EAGLE'S NEST is now a restaurant, but you still get a guided tour through it to see Hitler's fireplace, Eva Braun's "room", etc. You also get to ride up in the gold elevator.
There really aren't words to express the views so I've attached some pictures (that still can't even do it justice). I was there in middle of June and there was still snow which only made it more unbelieveable.
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