Between May and October, if you want to reach Kehlstein, you can either sign up for an organized tour with Eagle's Nest Tours, or set out by yourself from the railway station at Berchtesgaden. Modern buses operated by the RVO Regionalverkehr Oberbayern (for information, call the Berchtesgaden Tourist Office at tel. 08652/9670) charge 7€ per person for round-trip transit from the Berchtesgaden railway station up to the Alpine hamlet of Berchtesgaden-Hintereck. Here you'll find some souvenir shops, a documentation center, and a small museum showcasing the region's role as a place of rest and relaxation for Hitler. Also at Hintereck, you'll have the option of visiting a bunker and a grim series of rooms used as a military prison by the Nazi regime. Access to the museum, the documentation center, the bunker, and the prison cells at Hintereck costs 8€ for adults. Access is free for students, children 15 and under, and military personnel. From May to October, they're open daily from 9am to 5pm; from November to March, they're open Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 3pm (closed Jan 1, Nov 1, Apr, and Dec 24-25 and 31).
To continue uphill from Hintereck to Kehlstein, you'll have to transfer to the Kehlstein Bus that hauls passengers uphill, past sweeping panoramas, along a tight and winding Alpine road, to the base of an elevator shaft that will carry you the remaining way to the Kehlstein. Total transit time from Berchtesgaden to Kehlstein, without stops, is about 50 minutes each way. The Kehlstein bus line operates at roughly 25-minute intervals daily from 9am to 5pm from mid-May to mid-October. Round-trip passage, including the fee for the elevator, costs 16€ per person (free for children 4 and under). If you're hardy, you can skip the elevator and take a 30-minute uphill climb along a well-marked hiking trail instead. The restaurant at the summit, within the Kehlsteinhaus, is open during hours that correspond to the bus access described above.
The Kehlstein road is closed to private traffic. The only option for drivers of private cars involves parking in the lot at Hintereck and then riding the Kehlstein bus to the base of the elevator described above.
If you prefer to visit Kehlstein by guided tour, you'll find English-language options at the American-run Eagle's Nest Tours, Königsseer Strasse 2 (tel. 08652/64971; www.eagles-nest-tours.com). Tours, including Obersalzberg, Eagle's Nest, and the bunker system as an afternoon history package, are conducted daily mid-May to mid-October starting at 1:15pm, departing from the Berchtesgaden Visitor Center. A 4-hour tour costs 50€ for adults, and 35€ for children 6 to 12. Children 5 and under are not permitted on the tour. In addition, Eagle's Nest Tours also offers a popular "Sound of Music" tour to nearby Salzburg, which costs 35€ for adults, 25€ for children 6 to 12, and is free for children 5 and under.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.