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Visiting Eagle's Nest and Berchtesgaden from Salzburg

Visiting Eagle's Nest and Berchtesgaden from Salzburg

Perched high in the Bavarian Alps, Eagle’s Nest is a stunning sight with a dark history as the former summer retreat of Adolf Hitler. Set just over the German border, the site is easily visited on a day tour from Salzburg—here are your options.

Half-Day Tours

A half-day tour is the quickest way to visit the Eagle’s Nest, traveling by coach over the border to Berchtesgaden, then climbing to the mountaintop at 6,600 feet (2,011 meters). With pre-booked tickets, you'll enjoy skip-the-line access and have a guide on hand to explain the history of the Eagle’s Nest and its use by Hitler and the Third Reich. Many tours allow for free time to explore independently, take in the views, or purchase lunch at the onsite restaurant. To maximize your time, opt for a private tour that includes hotel pickup, private transport, and the chance to visit nearby sights, such as Königsee Lake, along the way.

Full-Day Tours

The journey from Salzburg to the Bavarian Alps is just as spectacular as the destination, and a full-day tour provides ample time to soak up the scenery at your leisure. With time to spare, combine your tour of the Eagle’s Nest with other popular sights, such as the historic salt mines of Obersalzberg, the World War II sites of Berchtesgaden, or the Austrian Lake District, where The Sound of Music was filmed.

Things to Know

  • Berchtesgaden is located about 22 miles (35 km) south of Salzburg, over the German border.

  • The Eagle’s Nest is reached by a 10-minute bus ride up the mountain (included in ticket prices), followed by an elevator up to the estate.

  • Half-day tours to the Eagle’s Nest typically last between 4.5 to 6 hours, while full-day tours can last up to 9 hours.

  • Bring warm clothes or a sweater—it can be chilly on the mountaintop even in the summer months—and comfortable shoes if you want to walk up to the viewpoint.

  • Thanks to Europe’s open-border policy, you don’t need to pass through a passport check even though you will be traveling from Austria to Germany (although most tours do require that you bring your passport).

  • Tours include entrance fees and round-trip transport from Salzburg.

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Skip-the-Line: Eagle's Nest in Berchtesgaden Tour from Salzburg

Skip-the-Line: Eagle's Nest in Berchtesgaden Tour from Salzburg

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Journey through the stunning scenery of the Bavarian Alps on this half-day tour of the Eagle’s Nest, Hitler’s former mountain retreat, from Salzburg. Led by an expert guide, pass Hellbrunn Castle and the Konigsee River Valley as you travel to Obersalzburg. After bypassing the crowds with a skip-the-line ticket, soak up incredible views from the top of the mountain. Your tour will conclude with transportation back across the border to Salzburg.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$73.64
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$73.64
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Salzburg Super Saver: Bavarian Mountains including Eagle's Nest and Salt Mines

Salzburg Super Saver: Bavarian Mountains including Eagle's Nest and Salt Mines

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Soak up three top-selling tours at a discounted price on this Salzburg Super Saver through the Bavarian Mountains. Led by an expert guide, begin your morning with panoramic views of the Alps at Hitler’s historic mountain retreat, known as the Eagle’s Nest. Then spend the afternoon exploring the underground world of 450-year-old salt mines, before concluding with a trip to the charming town of Berchtesgaden.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$143.46
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$143.46
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Private Tour: Eagle's Nest and Bavarian Alps Tour from Salzburg

Private Tour: Eagle's Nest and Bavarian Alps Tour from Salzburg

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Venture across the German border to behold scenic views of the Bavarian Alps on this 5-hour private tour from Salzburg. Led by your own personal guide, travel to the mountain retreat of Obersalzberg, where the Eagle's Nest sits, the site of Hitler’s residential complex. Soar to the top in an ornate elevator dating back to World War II and soak up unparalleled views of the Alps. Afterward, stop in the historic town of Berchtesgaden. This private tour can be customized to your interests, and concludes with drop-off back in Salzburg.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$637.50
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$637.50
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Private Half-Day Eagle's Nest Tour from Salzburg

Private Half-Day Eagle's Nest Tour from Salzburg

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See both the Eagle’s Nest and the underground bunkers of Berchtesgaden in just half a day. The trip from Salzburg is ideal if you don’t have much time but do want to see the historic sites. Check out the opening scene location from the Sound of Music as you travel high through the hills, then gaze out at the alps from the Eagle’s Nest, Adolf Hitler’s mountain retreat. On your way back to Salzburg, you’ll call in at the underground bunkers and Berghof grounds, too.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$457.07
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Private Eagle's Nest & The Hills are Alive

Private Eagle's Nest & The Hills are Alive

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Combine a visit to Hitler's mountain retreat with stops at filming locations from the Sound of Music on this full-day private tour from Salzburg. Enjoy a flexible itinerary and personalized attention on this private tour with a dedicated guide. Midday, stop for lunch at a restaurant of your choice (own expense). Round-trip transportation from Salzburg hotels included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$829.95
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Private Bavarian Alps & Eagle’s Nest Day Trip from Salzburg Incl. Entrance Fees

Private Bavarian Alps & Eagle’s Nest Day Trip from Salzburg Incl. Entrance Fees

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Explore Adolf Hitler’s World War II lairs in the Bavarian Alps on this full-day private tour from Salzburg. Admire the mountain-and-lake scenery and visit the Nazi leader’s mountaintop Eagle’s Nest retreat. Experience the building and its bird’s-eye views, and explore bunkers, the site of Hitler’s home, and Berchtesgaden town before opting to visit a salt mine or cruise on Lake Königssee. Price is per vehicle, and includes private transport and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$781.84
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$781.84
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Private Eagle's Nest and King's Lake Tour from Salzburg

Private Eagle's Nest and King's Lake Tour from Salzburg

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With a dedicated guide, visit Hitler's mountain retreat, the Eagle's Nest, and enjoy views over the Alps. Stop by the glacial lake of Königsee, and walk over to the Malerwinkel viewpoint. Take a break in Berchtesgaden, a typical Bavarian town, where you can purchase lunch. This private tour ensures personalized attention and a flexible itinerary. Round-trip transportation from your Salzburg hotel included.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$601.41
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Private Full-Day Tour from Salzburg: The Hills are Alive and Eagle's Nest

Private Full-Day Tour from Salzburg: The Hills are Alive and Eagle's Nest

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See ‘Sound of Music’ filming locations, Obersalzberg, and the Austrian Lakes on a private day trip from Salzburg. The action-packed day includes visits to Schloss Leopoldskron, Hellbrunn Castle, Lake Wolfgangsee, and Mondsee — all sites immortalized in the ‘Sound of Music’ film. Travel to Obersalzberg, too, and learn about the mountain retreat during the days of Hitler’s Third Reich. Access to the Eagle’s Nest—or Rossfeld summit during snowy winter months—isn’t included, but there’s ample time for you to visit it, if you wish.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$482.40
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Private Eagle's Nest and Bavarian Alps Day Trip from Salzburg

Private Eagle's Nest and Bavarian Alps Day Trip from Salzburg

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Visit the Eagle’s Nest, Adolf Hitler’s former mountaintop retreat, plus Berchtesgaden and Lake Königssee on this full-day private trip from Salzburg. Ascend to the infamous Eagle’s Nest and absorb its panoramic views, and visit the town of Berchtesgaden for lunch (own expense). Afterward, explore Berchtesgaden salt mine and admire mountain-ringed Königssee with an optional boat ride on its glassy waters. Price is per vehicle on this customizable tour and includes Salzburg hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$829.95
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