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SHARKHUNTERS International
2016 "Southern Patrol"
Königsee and Bunkers....
 

 
     

As with any tourist attraction, natural or man-made, we must first walk through a hundred meters or so of snack bars, souvenir stands, food vendors etc. to find what we came to see.

After we have our fill of the gift shops etc. we board our boat for the quiet and scenic voyage to the far end of Königsee.  It is not necessary to describe each and every photo, every sight we enjoy.  Just relax and enjoy the view for yourself.

 
     
 
     
 
     
 
     
 

Now we are at the far end of Königsee and we get off the boat for a short hike to Öbersee.  This had been the far end of Königsee until the land shifted and this section was raised somewhat.

First, however, nature calls!  It is cold, many of us have had cold drinks or even coffee and we have been aboard more than an hour so as we see in the photo below, some of the group have made a mad dash for the rest rooms.

     
 
     
 
We cross this footbridge that looks like it is right
out of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  We can see across Öbersee, but nobody is going
to walk that far today.  It sure is beautiful though.
     
 
Adolf Hitler liked this area and we see
many photos of him by this rock.
  Many of our group did likewise but we do not want to
overload this page with similar photos, here are a few.
     
 
We pass this altar on the way back
to catch our boat at Königsee
  We stop at St. Bartholomew for lunch
on the way back to the main base.


Now we visit "Ruins of the Reich" if we can borrow a phrase from our friend Geoff Walden

 

It has been a tough schedule so far and many have decided to take it easy the rest of the day.  A handful of other adventurers set out with JEFF CARSON, Member #7228 to visit the ruins of buildings of the Reich on the Obersalzburg.  This was a military compound on the mountain for recreation as well as military use.

We begin here with the ruins of the Theater Hall.  Those gigantic monoliths supported the floor joists of the theater.  In winter 1944, a very heavy snowfall collapsed the roof and as the war was going very badly for Germany, there was no effort to repair or rebuild the Theater Hall.  After the end of the war, villagers took the wood to rebuild their homes and to use for heating.

     
 
     
 
     
 
     
 


The above was for entertainment of personnel while the ruins we find just a bit further on were for military use.  One large building was for storage of heavy ammunition while on the hill just above was the building to store the fuses for the shells.  As a highly trained weapons specialist in the U.S. Air Force, I can tell you for sure that fuses cannot be stored with the shells.  Well, it can be done but the end result would be one hell of a fireball!  Nothing is being done to preserve these places and nature is taking a terrible toll.  In just a few years much will be lost forever.  Come along and see it now.

 
     

Both above - we are standing in the fuse storage building looking down at the storage building for the shells and munitions.

In the photo below we are in the shell and munitions storage area looking up at the storage facility for the fuses.

 
     
 
     
 
     
 

On the two photos above we see how nature is rapidly taking back this area.  At this rate, we figure ten years at the most and it will all be gone.

Photo left - we see how serene things look high up on this mountain.

 

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