Hitler had always been attracted to the Obersaltberg, the mountain overlooking Berchtesgaden. In the 1920s he had rented a house there and in the 1930s he bought Haus Wachenfeld. This was rebuild into the Berghof in which he spent a large part of the war. Being close to Hitler was very important for the Nazi Party chiefs and they moved into this area too, turning a lovely mountain into a Nazi powerhouse.
In the following photo’s we will be looking at the Berghof as it was, then bombed and gutted by fire, then blown up again and as it is now.
Haus Wachenfeld in 1934, before it was transformed into the Berghof [Via]
A postcard of Haus Wachenfeld
Guardhouse beneath the Berghof (seen at the top Right) [Via]
Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun at the Berghof [Via]
Lancasters of No. 460 Squadron RAAF took part in a daylight raid on Hitler’s Bavarian mountain retreat
Aerial shot of the Berghof (center) [Via]
Abandoned and destroyed
The destroyed Berghof it would remain in this state for 7 years until it was finally blown up in 1952. The remains of the garage that had so far survived destruction were pulled down in the 1990s. Only the retaining wall remains (see page 2).
A Postcard of the ruined Berghof [Via]
Looking up the the building from he street, the garage is on the right.
Looking up the driveway, note the American guard at the right.
Looking up the driveway. [Via]
The Berghof was completely gutted by fire
On the next page, pictures of the destruction of the remains and as it is today.
On 30th April 1952, what would have been Hitlers Birthday the remains were destroyed with a massive explosion. Subsequently virtually all traces of the building have been removed.
The Berghof has been thoroughly cleared from the mountainside, only the retaining wall remains. The area has been used to dump the rubble from all the torn down Nazi buildings, raising the current ground level by several meters.
The retaining wall
Amazing colour footage of the Obesaltzberg area:
This video blends the situation as it is today with images from the 1940s