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Obersalzberg Documentation Center – tickets, prices, timings, what to expect

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Obersalzberg Documentation Centre in Berchtesgaden, Germany, was established in 1999 and serves as a historical museum focused on providing insights into the dark history of the Nazi regime. 

The Documentation Center was Adolf Hitler’s mountain retreat. 

There are over 950 documents, photographs, audio clips, films, and maps exhibited in the museum that delve into the role of Obersalzberg in Hitler’s regime and the horrendous crimes during this period.

The center also hosts various educational programs, including tours and workshops for visitors to understand historical events better. 

This article covers everything you must know before booking tickets to the Obersalzberg Documentation Center.

Obersalzberg Documentation Center

What to expect at Obersalzberg Center

Enlighten yourself on a journey through history with a tour guide to where important political decisions were made during World War II. 

Step back in time to the 1930s, and discover the place where Hitler and the members of the Nazi High Command gathered in secret, plotting the strategies for the Third Reich’s domination of Europe and the world.

Gain unique insights through personal meetings with eyewitnesses from that period, making your exploration both educational and emotionally compelling.

The Documentation Center Obersalzberg houses exhibitions that span two main building floors and extend through a tunnel to the bunker. 

A section is dedicated to the history of Obersalzberg, and most of the tunnel exhibits on the ground floor cover topics related to Nazi Germany. 

The exhibition concludes with documentation of the Holocaust in the darkness of the bunker.

The permanent exhibition named “Idyll and Crime” enhances your understanding of the National Socialist Era and the Nazi dictatorship.

The exhibition featuring historic bunkers illustrates how mass crimes were planned and ordered within the idyllic mountain landscape.

Tickets  Price
Eagle’s Nest+Berchtesgaden+Obersalzberg       €390 (Group of eight)
Berchtesgaden+Obersalzberg+Eagle’s Nest       €65   
Berchtesgaden Foothills+Obersalzberg       €65

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Where to book tickets

Tickets for the Documentation Center Obersalzberg can be purchased online or in person at the attraction. 

Online ticket prices tend to be cheaper than tickets at the attraction. 

When you buy online, you can avoid the long queues at the ticket counters.

Because some attractions sell a limited number of tickets, they may sell out during peak days. Booking early helps avoid last-minute disappointments.

How do online tickets work

Visit the Obersalzberg Center ticket booking page, select your preferred date and number of tickets, and buy the tickets right away.

After making the purchase, you will receive the tickets in your email. 

Ticket printouts are not required.

You can show the e-ticket on your smartphone at the entrance and have it scanned.

Obersalzberg Documentation Center ticket price

Obersalzberg Documentation Center ticket costs €65 for all visitors aged 27 and above.

Tickets are available at a discounted price of €55 for young visitors and students aged 15 to 26.

Child tickets from ages four to 14 can be purchased with an adult or student ticket at a reduced rate of €36.

Infants aged four and below can enter for free. An adult must accompany them. However, separate seats are not provided for them.

Obersalzberg Documentation Center tickets

There are different ways to explore the Obersalzberg Museum. 

You can book tickets for Eagle’s Nest+Berchtesgaden+Obersalzberg, opt for a tour of Berchtesgaden Foothills and Obersalzberg, or book a private tour

Berchtesgadener Land, Obersalzberg and Eagle’s Nest tickets

Berchtesgadener Land, Obersalzberg and Eagle's Nest tickets
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This ticket allows visitors to embark on a 10-hour round trip from Munich to Berchtesgadener land in a comfortable, air-conditioned bus. 

Visitors can explore the Obersalzberg Documentation Center, Eagle’s Nest, and Berchtesgaden and enjoy live commentary in both English and German.

Seating is also available within the exhibition premises. Portable chairs can be rented from the ticket office.

The admission fee to the Documentation Center is not included in this ticket.

Please note that meals are not included in this ticket.

Ticket Prices

Adult Ticket (27+ years): €65
Youth Ticket (15 to 26 years): €55
Child Ticket (4 to 14 years): €36

Berchtesgaden Foothills and Obersalzberg

Berchtesgaden Foothills
Image: Obersalzberg.de

This ticket lets visitors appreciate Germany’s natural beauty while journeying in a luxury tour bus through the Deutsche Alpenstrasse, or German Alpine Way, towards the beautiful foothills of Berchtesgaden. 

Enjoy the phenomenal views of Obersalzberg and visit the famous Kehlsteinhaus or Eagle’s Nest, Hitler’s holiday retreat. 

The tour is operational on Mondays and Fridays from May to October.

Note: During very bad weather conditions, such as snow, ice, or fog, the Eagle’s Nest will be closed. In such instances, the itinerary will be adjusted to include a visit to the salt mines of Berchtesgaden instead.

Ticket Prices

Adult Ticket (27+ years): €65
Youth Ticket (15 to 26 years): €55
Child Ticket (up to 14 years): €36

Eagle’s Nest Berchtesgaden Obersalzberg WWII Private Tour

Eagle's Nest Berchtesgaden Obersalzberg WWII Private Tour
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This half-day private tour offers visitors the opportunity to educate themselves on the historical events of World War II. 

Embark on a guided walk through the woods to explore Eagle’s Nest and the lesser-known ruins of Hitler’s Berghof home. 

The tour will include an extended driving excursion through Berchtesgaden, allowing stops at other WWII historical sites.

There are two available tour slots at 8.30 am and 1 pm. You can choose your preferred time slot for the tour.

Ticket Price: €390 (Group of eight)

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How to reach Obersalzberg Documentation Center

The Obersalzberg Center is near Berchtesgaden in Germany.

Address: Salzbergstraße 41, 83471 Berchtesgaden, Germany. Get Directions.

You can reach the museum via public or private transportation.

By Bus

Take the line 838 bus that operates from Schießstättbrücke to Dokumentation Obersalzberg. 

A 5-minute walk from the bus stop will lead you to the attraction.

By Train

If you travel from Munich, you can take train line RE5 from Ostbahnhof and get down at Freilassing, Salzburg. 

From Freilassing, transfer to the train that goes towards Berchtesgaden HBF.

Get down at Berchtesgaden Hbf and board the bus line 838 to reach the Dokumentation Obersalzberg bus stop, a 3-minute walk from the museum.

By Car

If you are traveling by car, turn on your Google Maps and get started.

There are enough parking garages around the attraction.

Opening hours of Obersalzberg Documentation Center

The Documentation Center in Obersalzberg is open from 9 am to 5 pm from April to October. 

The museum is open from 10 am from November to March but closes early at 3 pm. 

It remains closed on Mondays.

The last entry is an hour before closing time.

The Obersalzberg Center remains closed on 1 November, 24, 25, 31 December, and 1 January.

How long does the tour take

How long does the Obersalzberg Center tour take
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It takes around two hours to experience the Obersalzberg Center, including the full bunker tour.

Long and short tours of 40 to 80-minute durations are also available, with the multimedia guide accessible on rental devices and apps free of charge. 

Best time to visit Obersalzberg Documentation Center

The best time to visit the World War II Memorial and Educational Center in Obersalzberg is during the opening hours at 9 or 10 am when they are the least crowded.

You can also plan your visit in the late afternoon for a relaxed experience.

If you purchase your tickets beforehand, you can beat the long entry queue.

Obersalzberg Center reviews

Obersalzberg Center is a highly-rated tourist attraction. 

Check out two Documentation Center Obersalzberg reviews we selected from Tripadvisor, which give you an idea of what to expect at this attraction. 

Historical interest

I found the center very interesting. My family came from Germany, so I had family members fighting for both sides. There are many original documents and heartrending photos. We also went down into the extensive tunnel system, which is still under repair. I recommend a visit here as it is educational and serves as a reminder of the devastation of war.

Lee W, Tripadvisor

Intriguing cultural significance

Recommend a visit if you are interested in World War II history. The bunker system was the highlight of the visit.

Andrew B, Tripadvisor


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FAQs about Documentation Center Obersalzberg

Here are a few questions visitors frequently ask about the Obersalzberg Center in Germany.

Where can I book tickets to visit the Obersalzberg Center?

Tourists can book the tickets online or at the venue on the day of their visit. For the best experience, we suggest you book your tickets in advance.

Can I cancel my Obersalzberg Center tickets?

You can cancel the tickets 24 hours in advance for a full refund.

Is it suitable for infants and young children to visit the museum?

The Documentation Center in Obersalzberg addresses themes of persecution, war, and mass murder. It is best recommended for children aged 12 and above.

Is photography allowed at the museum?

Photography without flash or additional lighting is permitted only for private usage.

Is the museum safe for people with specific medical conditions?

The Documentation Center Obersalzberg may not be suitable for visitors with acrophobia, claustrophobia, mobility impairments, or vertigo. 

Can my assistance dog accompany me to the Documentation Center?

Yes, the Obersalzberg exhibition center is open to assistance dogs.

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