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Hitler's Walk to the Mooslahnerkopf Teehaus

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   There were probably several routes to (and from) the Teehaus. The red route which goes counterclockwise is the most known one, but some photographs (see below) show a different (green) route. So, there were probably different "outward-" and "return routes".

   And the story goes, sometimes Hitler walked to the Gutshof where they picked him and his entourage of that day up and drove them back to the Berghof. Again, bear in mind the red route differs from the modern path that one can walk on nowadays.

Hitler’s daily walk to the Mooslahnerkopf Teehaus from the Berghof.  (Left - private collection; right - excerpt from the "Kartenwerk Obersalzberg" map by Max Hartmann, ca. 1940)


Copyright: Walter Frentz Collection, Berlin

After leaving the Berghof they turned left, crossed the street and walked downhill counterclockwise.  (left - Walter Frentz Collection, used by permission)


Photomontage of the old and current situation. Both photos are taken from the Hotel zum Türken.
(modern photo courtesy Kaspar Lyngsie)

This track is no longer accessible and differs from the modern path.


Copyright: Walter Frentz Collection, Berlin

Hitler and Himmler (reverse angle), walk downhill from the Berghof. Martin Bormann’s house can be seen in the background, through the trees.  (left - Walter Frentz Collection, used by permission)


The wooden walkway that made its way down this hillside.


Same spot in another season.

Aerial view of the two turns and the Berghof.


Further along this path, looking back toward the Berghof in the background (still from Eva Braun's movies in the U.S. National Archives).


Same spot - obviously before it was a golf course! (still from Eva Braun's movies in the U.S. National Archives)


Still with Speer and Hitler walking clockwise back to the Berghof (Gutshof?).

The approximate location.


Speer (?) and Hitler must have turned right and walked back to the Berghof or perhaps the Gutshof (?). In contrast to the previous photograph, there are clouds and the sun has gone. Perhaps another time of day? Or another day entirely? (The Watzmann mountain is in the background.)  (screen capture from Google Earth ©)


Copyright: Walter Frentz Collection, Berlin

Hitler and Walter Hewel (one of Hitler's few personal friends) walking counterclockwise to the Mooslahnerkopf Teehaus.  (left - Walter Frentz Collection, used by permission).


Same part of the route seen from another perspective: the terrace of the Berghof (the path along the grassy hillside in the background was the Teehaus route - stills from Eva Braun's movies).


These four photographs are stills from Eva Braun's movies in the U.S. National Archives. The woman on the right was an actress named Else von Möllendorff.


Hitler approaching the Mooslahnerkopfhaus.

This is likely the exact location (Hitler must have been on the "green route" - see below).


The main path led directly to the famous overlook at the Mooslahnerkopf. A side path to the left led to the Teehaus itself.  (Stills from Eva Braun's movies in the U.S. National Archives)


The Mooslahnerkopf Teehaus. The famous overlook can be seen in the right background.


Hitler (in front of the entrance of the Mooslahnerkopfhaus) talks with Dr. Karl Brandt.

Hitler enters the Mooslahnerkopfhaus.


Hitler talking to children in the Mooslahnerkopfhaus (these four photos are stills from Eva Braun's movies in the U.S. National Archives).


Hitler with Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop in the Mooslahnerkopfhaus - stills from Eva Braun's movies.


 Hitler with Joachim von Ribbentrop.

Not much has changed.


Hitler takes an "alternative" route and walks clockwise to the Mooslahnerkopf Teehaus; the green route on the map at the top of this page, and the aerial photo below.

This path went past the Villa Bechstein, and across the Gutshof meadow (modern golf course).


The path no longer exists, but the Google Earth screenshot shows the approximate location. The buildings seen in the background are, left-right: the Heustadl hay barn (above the left group of walkers), Albert Speer's house and studio (light colored roofs), and the Gutshof (just behind the right group).  (left - U.S. National Archives, RG 242-EB; right - Google Earth ©)


The Teehaus routes marked on an aerial photograph taken ca. 26 April 1945, after the bombing of the Obersalzberg.
Both paths start at the Berghof, in the lower right center, and the Teehaus is circled in yellow at the upper left.
(U.S. National Archives, RG 373, Sortie 7-147D, #3061)


Unknown Spots I

The path runs along the hill towards the Watzmann. Note: the light seen at the end of the track in the distance, is a car (still from Eva Braun's movies in the U.S. National Archives).

Google Earth printscreen from the same perspective. The path on this printscreen runs on a flat part and cannot be the same path as seen in the movie still.  (Google Earth ©)


The above mentioned car (from the opposite side) that picked them up.

Is it this area?


Unknown Spots II

These two spots are probably very close to each other, but where?  (stills from Eva Braun's movies in the U.S. National Archives)


Unknown Spots III


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