Interior of "The Eagle's Nest" 

The Great Hall is now a restaurant

The room shown in the photo above was formerly the great hall or living room of the Eagle's Nest. The six steps in the center background lead up to the former dining hall, which has also been converted into an informal restaurant. The double doors in the center background lead to the steps down to the Eva Braun room.

The restaurant in the former great hall, also shown in the photo below, serves typical Bavarian food such as sauerkraut and sausages, liver dumplings, Wienersnitzel and sauerbraten. Note the window niches, created by the double walls. The granite is a facade; the walls are not solid granite.

Restaurant in the former Great Room, May 2007

The great room was originally furnished with a huge round table in front of the fireplace, surrounded by a circle of comfortable overstuffed chairs which alternated with smaller chairs having wooden arms. There were other smaller groupings of tables and chairs in front of the windows. The floor was covered by a huge rug, that was a gift from the Japanese ambassador.

The photo below shows the main hall or great room as it looked just after the Eagle's Nest was formally presented to Hitler on April 20, 1939 for his 50ieth birthday. After the war, Allied soldiers visited the Eagle's Nest and wrote their names on the round table. General Dwight D. Eisenhower was one of the men who autographed the table.

The great room at the Eagle's Nest, 1939

The photo above shows a glimpse into the dining hall, which is located up the flight of stairs on the right.

When the Eagle's Nest was a retreat for Hitler and his henchmen, the dining hall had one long table with 14 chairs on each side and 2 chairs at the ends of the table. The back and seat of each chair was covered in green leather, as shown in the photo below.

Formal dining hall at the Eagle's Nest, 1939

The dining hall was never used for state functions; it remained empty and unused except for a few unimportant Nazi party functions. The room is completely paneled with wood and has wooden beams on the ceiling, from which two large chandeliers hang. The three windows in the room look out on the colonnades, also known as the sun terrace. Today the room is furnished with rustic Bavarian style chairs and small tables.

There are two doors at the end of the former dining hall. One leads into Hitler's former study which is now occupied by the caretaker of the Eagle's Nest. The other door opens into a hallway which leads to the kitchen.

The double doors in the center of the photo below lead to the Scharitzkehlzimmer, commonly called the Eva Braun room today, which is now empty except for a TV set which shows films about the Eagle's Nest. When I visited the Eagle's Nest in 1997, the Eva Braun room had 6 small tables and chairs, like the ones that are now outside the double doors, as shown in the photo below.

Double doors lead to Scharitzkehlzimmer, aka the Eva Braun room

The Scharitzkehlzimmer was named after the Scharitzkehl, one of the mountains that is visible from this room. The room is paneled in Swiss pine. It had to be partially restored after it was stripped by souvenir hunters. An expensive tapestry formerly hung on the wall, but is now gone. This was a sitting room, furnished with comfortable arm chairs, where Eva Braun gathered with her friends. There are no bedrooms in the house.

Eva Braun room has Swiss pine paneling on walls

View of Watzmann mountain from windows of Eva Braun room

The windows in the Eva Brown room can be lowered into the wall, so that one can get a good view of the Hoher Göll, Watzmann and Hochkalter mountains.

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

Elevator to Eagle's Nest

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