Elevator to "The Eagle's Nest"

Waiting room outside the elevator

The photo above shows the circular anteroom, lined with Ruhpolding marble, which is at the end of the tunnel that leads to the elevator. The elevator, which can carry 53 passengers at one time, is shown through the open door. It rises 407 feet to the top.

Shown in the photo below is the interior of the elevator. It is lined with polished brass and has round Venetian mirrors on the walls. On the right side of the photo, you can see one of the mirrors in which there is a reflection of two passengers who are exiting the elevator. When Hitler rode in this elevator, it had green leather-covered benches on three sides. Note that the bottom half of the walls are covered with green leather but the benches are now gone.

A corner of the elevator which is completely lined with mirrors

The engine and the wire cable used to lift the elevator are in the Windenstube (Winch chamber) in a tower above the building. Hitler rarely visited the Eagle's Nest because he was worried that the Windenstube might be hit by lightning. Protective measures against lightning have been taken to make sure that any lightning will be safely conducted into the mountain.

Originally, the elevator had another cabin below it in which supplies for the house were transported. Hitler's guards rode in the bottom cabin while Hitler and his important guests rode above them in the brass-lined cabin, sitting on leather benches. The exit from the elevator is inside the house while the bottom cabin had its own exit in the basement. The lower cabin of the elevator has long since been removed, along with the leather benches

Elevator operator sits in the front of the elevator

The elevator at the Eagle's Nest has never failed since it was built in 1938. But what if it does, what then? Not to worry. There is another rescue elevator which has room for three persons. It can be reached through a door in the cabin of the elevator. The rescue lift has a separate engine, so if the engine for the elevator ever fails, there is a back-up engine. It has never been necessary to use the rescue elevator. If both engines fail, there are staff members in the Winch Chamber, ready to lift the cabin manually in case of an emergency.


Dotted line shows where elevator goes up 124 meters to the top

Interior of Eagle's Nest

Fireplace at Eagle's Nest

View from Eagle's Nest

Sun Terrace at Eagle's Nest

Mooslahnerkopf - Hitler's first tea house

Berghof - Hitler's house on the Obersalzberg

Hotel on the Obersalzberg

Access Tunnel to Elevator

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