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#1 Jakob Kjaersgaard

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Posted 05 August 2009 - 01:58 PM

Hello all.

I’d like to share a few photos from my recent vacation where I visited various places in Germany. I started out in southern Germany, more precisely Berchtesgaden and moved up towards the area around Berlin.

First off, photos from The Eagle’s Nest, Berchtesgaden located on the Kehlstein Mountain. This was Hitler’s alpine retreat where he would invite his prominent guests to impress them with the view of the surrounding mountains. Built by Martin Bormann for Hitler’s 50th birthday the house is located 1834 meters above sealevel and in order to get up there you have to make your way up to Obersalzberg and take a special constructed bus further up which leads to the famous gold plated elevator which will lead you up to the Eagle’s Nest.



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Posted 05 August 2009 - 02:02 PM

Nearby Obersalzberg the Hotel Turken lies which was used as an SS officers mess and guardhouse.
Below the hotel you are able to enter the airraid shelters which was connected between Hitler’s berghof house, Bormann’s house and a smaller access tunnel leading behind the hotel to the Modelhaus basement.
When the Americans moved into the tunnels on the 4th may 1945 they didn’t know if the shelters were defended. On the third and fourth photos you can see how the mg nest has been blown away.

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Posted 05 August 2009 - 02:04 PM

Right below the Hotel Turken a path leads to the site where Hitler’s Berghof was located before it was initially bombed and later set on fire by the SS.

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Posted 05 August 2009 - 02:06 PM

In the town of Berchtesgaden I found various war memorials.

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Posted 05 August 2009 - 02:09 PM

Moving towards Berlin I visited the German-Russian museum Karlshorst-Berlin.
On 8 May 1945, Field Marshall Keitel signed the unconditional surrender of the German armed forces here in what had been a German army engineers’ school and later became the headquarters of the Soviet Military Administration in Germany.

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Posted 05 August 2009 - 02:18 PM

Finally, I visited Oranienburg and the Sachsenhausen concentration camp, which perhaps was primarily known for Operation Bernhard, the counterfeiting plot.


I’m sure Tom could tell a lot more about this place :).

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Posted 05 August 2009 - 04:21 PM

Jakob,

Thanks for the wonderful photographs of your trip. Great to see and brings back memories.

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Posted 05 August 2009 - 05:22 PM

Great photos, thanks for sharing.
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Posted 05 August 2009 - 05:40 PM

Many thanks, I always get confuse with the different pictures of the Obersalzberg

Because they always say this is the view that hitler had etc......then they show a pic of the big windows.....next you see a lump of concrete and a few trees saying thats all that is left
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Posted 05 August 2009 - 06:24 PM

Fantastic photos thanks for sharing, looks
like you had a great trip
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Posted 05 August 2009 - 08:25 PM

Kehlstein....brings back so many memories, great pictures Jakob, fantastic pics of Karlshorst too. I enjoyed the museum there.
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Posted 05 August 2009 - 09:12 PM

Great photos, cheers
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Posted 05 August 2009 - 11:08 PM

Thanks for sharing

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Posted 25 October 2009 - 08:51 PM

excellent photos.
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Posted 26 October 2009 - 08:19 PM

Great pics!
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Posted 19 September 2010 - 10:05 AM

Cheers for the heads up Jakob....Great pictures matey.
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Posted 19 September 2010 - 10:59 AM

EXCELLENT - Its great to see pictures loke this.
Thanks very much for sharing them with us.
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Posted 29 June 2011 - 02:40 PM

Great pictures! It's my dream to make it to Germany some day and visit all these historic places and reconnect with my mothers family. It looks amazing!
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