Hitler’s Eagle Nest teahouse now a tourist hotspot in Germany
London: Adolf Hitler’s teahouse at the top of a Bavarian mountain has become one of the most visited sites in Germany.
Tourism authorities announced that over 300,000 people visited the retreat on the peak of the Kehlstein Mountain, which was built for him as a 50th birthday gift by Nazi party secretary Martin Bormann in 1939, the Daily Mail reported.
Although Hitler’s Berghof home on the mountain was destroyed by the Allies in bombing raids and after WW2, the tea house survived to become a tourism magnet in peacetime.
Officials said that most visitors to the mountain are Americans followed by Britons, which altogether make up 85 percent of the people who came to see where Hitler ate cream cakes with his mistress Eva Braun and snoozed in chintz chairs as the World War he started raged.
The Kehlsteinhaus is known in English as the Eagle’s Nest and is built in a chalet-style taking 13 months to construct.
It was finished in the summer of 1938 before it was presented to Hitler a year later, but he only made a few visits to the chalet partly due to his fear of heights.
After the war the Allies used it as a military command post until 1960 when it was handed back to the State of Bavaria.
It is 1834m above sea level and is perched on a rock wall having cost 30m Reichsmarks to build - about 100m pounds today.