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Designed by Roderich Fick Martin Bormann began construction on the Kehlsteinhaus or Eagles Nest as it is known in America on August 23 1937 Designed as a wooden frame structure it now consists of 80 concrete The exterior and interior walls are covered by a facade of granite stones which gives the impression that the building is a solid stone structureThe term Eagles Nest was coined by a group of World War I veterans who visited the Kehlsteinhaus at Hitlers invitation and the name has always referred only to Hitlers Teehaus officially known as Kehlsteinhaus It was built by the Nazis as a gift to Adolf Hitler for his 50th birthday which is on April 20 1939 This teahouse is one of the top tourist attractions in Bavaria and has long been a favorite place for American soldiers in Germany to visit The building is atop of a 6017 foot moutain called Kehlstein a part of the Bavarian Mountains Berchestgaden the nearest town which is located at the foot of the mountain is a pictureqsue Bavarian town located 98 miles southeast of Munich A train trip from one town to the other takes ninety minutes and twelve trains leave each town daily The closest airport to the Kehlsteinhaus is in Salzberg Austria which is forteen miles north of Berchestgaden The Kehlsteinhaus is only reachable by a steep treacherous 4 mile-long road with hairpin curves which winds to the top of the moutain Cut through the mountainside of solid rock and considered one of the worlds greatest feats of highway engineering this road is only accessible to buses that leave ever thirty minutes from the Hintereck on the Obersalzberg a wooden plateau about half a mile up the mountain This plateau is reached by tour buses which leave regulary from the Berchtesgaden Post Office Visitors are delivered to the parking lot at the base of the Kehlstein Mountain by tour bus One must
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