When you read online reviews of visiting Hitler's Eagle Nest - a gift ed holiday retreat that he actually rarely visited - you could easily be persuaded not to go there.
But we are probably not coming back this way again so we decided to brave the dreaded crowds and give it a try.
We are so glad we did !
Getting there involved three buses from Salzburg- not difficult to negotiate with a bit of research - and a final trip up the last 124 m in a shiny brass ( walls and ceiling ) lift.
No time to stop and look at the view....
though it is magnificent !
You race to book your return trip down on the bus in about 2 hour's time.
Then you head for the final bit of your journey - the lift.
124 metres along the tunnel - it's freezing cold and damp in there.
Eventually you come to the queue for the lift. The reviews said you can line up here for hours but we missed one lift and were first on the next in about ten minutes.
The lift is all brass. Shiny gold walls and ceilings but for some strange no photos allowed here.
Another 124 metres up. Very fast !
And this is what greets you !
You are on top of the world up here.
In the snow.
360 degree views.
No Eagles but a few crows riding the breeze.
But you're not quite at the top yet !
A path with steps and snow covered patches takes you up
higher and higher
with the view getting more breath taking with every step
till you reach the top .
Looking down on the Eagle's Nest.
The war must have felt a million miles away from this magnificent spot.