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SHARKHUNTERS International
2015 "Southern Patrol"
Berchtesgaden
This is the place where it began, where Adolf Hitler met with Dietrich Eckhart and the Third Reich began to take root.

 
Above - a door into the coal bunker tunnel complex   Above - the coal bunkers seen from the road
     
 
     

When we get close, we appreciate the enormity of this structure.  Coal was dumped into the bunkers from trucks on the road above and when coal was needed to heat the homes and office buildings on this level, trucks would back into one of the bays.  Overhead doors were then opened, allowing the coal to fill the truck for delivery to the home or office building here.  This was at the top of the mountain, more or less, and it was in the very heart of the Reich Sicherheits Zone - the Reich Security Zone where the leaders of the Reich had homes - Adolf Hitler, Martin Bormann, Hermann Göring, Albert Speer and others as well as office buildings and homes for their staff.

We had heard reports that there was a doorway entrance into the tunnel complex at the back of the last bunker in this structure, so a few years ago we climbed and crawled over the debris that was shoved in front of this bunker to prevent people from coming in.....but Sharkhunters never quit!  We made it over and through all the junk at the entrance and we found that door!  The door was welded shut!  And we didn't think to bring cutting torches...............

 
     

Onward to what remains of the Berghof, Hitler's residence here but before we do this, take a moment to look at the photo by GREG LUTTON, Member #7848 to the right.  This is one of those 'before and after' photos and GREG lays this out perfectly!

The top photo is what Adolf Hitler saw of the Alps through the parlor and out the great sliding window.  Magnificent scenery, isn't it?

GREG positioned himself in approximately the same spot and shot the lower photo and we see that the mountains are in the same position, meaning that GREG is pretty much standing where the parlor had been.  Great camerawork to be sure!  You would have been standing here too - if you had been with us.  We will be back next year.  Will you?

We believe that the "Great Steps" are still here.  This is the massive staircase where Adolf Hitler would meet all the visiting foreign dignitaries.  They are there, but buried under a thick layer of dirt with the forest growing over it.

 
     
     
 
     

Actually, there is nothing left of the Berghof - nothing one see, that is.  What we see in the two photos above is the retaining wall that was to keep the mountain from coming down on the house.

We said there is nothing left of the house.....nothing that one can see, and that is because it is possible to slither through one of the narrow openings in what was once a ventilating window and drop down into the cellar but we do not do this during any of our "Patrols".  It is just way too dangerous!

The great steps are here too, but heavily covered over with a thick layer of dirt and undergrowth.  It would be a simple task to dig these stairs out except for the police, who would take a very dim view of such activity.  We are told that Mannheim Prison is not a fun place.............

To the right is the blast-proof door into Hitler's personal bunker.  Behind this door are apartments for Hitler, Eva Braun, dining area and phonograph record storage room.  All are merely empty rooms now.

 
     
    Next we visit what was once Bormann's farm
 
     
 

This was actually called the Gutsof which means something like grand farm.  All the food for the houses on the mountain was produced here.  It has changed over the years.  Under the occupation, the US Army used this area for R & R so the farm was turned into a golf course in the summer and a ski area in the winter.  The Skytop Lodge once hosted famous names when they came to visit on the mountain.  It is gone now, torn down to make way for a putting green.  Or was it torn down to further eradicate history?

In these three photos we are on the parking lot looking down into a stairway and walkway system.  Entrance has recently been blocked by a fence and locked gate and nature is taking it all back.  Was it due to safety concerns as stated - or more history to be lost?

     
Treasure Train    
 

No, we do not mean the so-called "Treasure Train" allegedly found in a tunnel in Poland with 300 tons of gold aboard.  We mean the train full of treasure that Hermann Göring had hidden in this hardened tunnel which was meant to protect his train and its cargo from bombing at the end of the war.  He was going to make a run for Austria and beyond, but he was arrested and we know the rest of that story.........

   
     
 
     

 

Both above - so sad; these are images and memorials to sons and husbands who did not return from the battlefield.  It is the same in all countries involved in a war; so many do not return.  Nobody wins a war.  Well, maybe the banksters do and the weapons dealers do.

We always say that we eat well - REALLY WELL - on our "Patrols"................

 
     
  Above and left - the breakfast buffet was something to behold.

Below left - a sitting area in our hotel.

Below - the view out our window.

Bottom - Dinner at the oldest beerstube in Bavaria.
     
 
     
 


"It's good to be the King!"  That was a line in a Mel Brooks movie and it appears to be quite true.  Today we go forth onto the Königsee - the King's Lake.  It is very beautiful.....it looks like it fell off a post card.  Join us aboard.

 
This hotel was the HQ of Luftwaffe General Kesselring   We depart past the fleet of electric boats
     
 

Our boat stops at the 'Echo Point' and the narrator plays a tune on his trumpet; and we hear it echo three times off the mountain walls.  Previously they would fire a gun which would echo seven times, but someone thought a gun was too military or whatever, so now it is a trumpet.

 

Everyone is happy - especially the narrator/trumpet player
as he passes through those on board to collect his tips.

     
 
We pass by incredible scenery on the lake   Yep - it was good to be the king!
     
   

At the upper end of Königsee, we disembark and walk to the Obersee.  This was once part of Königsee but the land shifted and cut off this small part.  As it is a bit higher in elevation than Königsee, the water is always running through this creek.

 

 

     
 

As we walk back to the dock to catch our boat for the return voyage, we pass this little shrine.  These are all over Germany and Austria, big and small.  We were told they were all Godless Nazis - could it be that we were lied to?

  Our boat arrives for the return trip.
     
 
We are at the dock and ready to board   Monument to König (King) Lutpold
     
 

On the way back, we stop at Saint Bartholomč, a
beautiful old church on the shores of Königsee.

  Inside the church


Now we go to beautiful Salzburg in Austria.  CLICK HERE to join us.
 

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