Where Eagles Dare

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After very little planning, ten of my closest friends and I rented two cars and headed out of Munich. Our destination, the Eagles Nest, a once iconic symbol of the war. The building, now a simple restaurant and gift store was originally a gift to Adolf Hitler from his party to celebrate his 50th birthday. Only accessible by a narrow road, followed by a walk through a tunnel and a 2 minute ride in a brass elevator found deep within the mountain the Eagles Nest was seen as a prestigious gift. After a bid from the Governor, the Eagles Nest was not bombed as many other buildings were and it has now become a scenic retreat boasting views of both Germany and Austria.

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With a warm 22 degrees at ground level it was a surprise to us all when we arrived at the top of the mountain to find snow and ice still covered the entire ground – although this is something we probably would have known had we actually done some research before booking our spontaneous day trip.

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After enjoying the view from the top we headed down to the local town and the Kings Lake. Enjoying a long walk and the amazing views that awaited us, This too reminded me of home.

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As the day came to a end and we began our walk back to the cars and few braved the ice cold water for a quick snap however there is always one and this time it was our token Aussie, jumping in a cliff edge (and giving us all panic attacks) for a quick wake up swim before the drive home.

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