Today, you can walk around the ruins of Hitler's Berghof. This was where the famous 1938 meeting took place between Hitler and British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain. The result was the Munich Agreement, which Chamberlain so mistakenly declared would bring "peace in our time." The Berghof was destroyed in 1945 by Bavarian government authorities at the request of the U.S. Army -- the Americans did not want a monument to Hitler.
An eerily fascinating point of interest is the Kehlstein (Eagle's Nest), which was erected on a high-altitude site by Bormann, who intended it as a 50th-birthday gift for Hitler. Built on a rocky plateau and never intended as a military installation, its access was made possible by the construction of a 7km (4 1/2-mile) road that was blasted out of solid rock beginning in 1937 -- an outstanding act of engineering. Ironically, Hitler visited the site very rarely, perhaps three times in all. Unlike Hitler's larger lodgings at Obersalzberg, which were demolished by the Allies at the end of World War II, the original granite-built teahouse on the mountain summit at Kehlstein is still standing. Today it's the site of a restaurant, the Kehlsteinhaus. In winter, the site is completely closed because of snow blockages on its access road.
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