Over the years a number of prospective visitors have contacted me with questions about the Kehlsteinhaus, and while there are some specific questions I have been unable to answer – such as day to day enquiries regarding weather conditions – I have tried to reply to most of these.
Below you will find some of the more common questions that have been asked. If you have a question that is not listed here, just it to me via the contact form and I will get back to you – note that more specific questions should best be addressed to the owners of the house, who can be contacted via their Facebook page.
When is the Kehlsteinhaus open?
The Kehlsteinhaus is generally open from the second or third week of May until the middle of October, but at the beginning and end of the season there may be problems with the weather. The best time to visit is between July and August, but the downside of this is that it may be busier than usual due to the summer school holidays.
Is it possible to drive to the Kehlsteinhaus?
No. Only the designated buses (and authorised service and staff vehicles) are allowed to access the Kehlsteinstraße. All private vehicles should be parked at the Hintereck parking lot from where you can catch the bus.
Is it possible to enter the Kehlsteinhaus for free?
Yes, but this involves walking up to the summit and then onto the house using the designated footpaths. The elevator ride to the summit is covered by the cost of the bus ticket.
Are there any reduced prices for the Kehlsteinhaus?
There are special-rate entrance charges for children between the ages of six and fourteen, but no reductions for senior citizens or students. There is also a small reduction for those with a Berchtesgaden-Königssee guest card (usually provided to visitors by hotels, guest houses and B&Bs in the region).
Are reservations required for bus journey?
Unless you are booking for a group of ten or more people, no. Tickets are allocated on a first come first served basis, so it is advisable to arrive early to tailor your visit as best as possible.
Does the Kehlsteinhaus have disabled/wheelchair access?
Yes and no. The buses are wheelchair friendly and are equipped with ramps, but some areas of the house are less well-equipped. While it is possible to access the main dining hall in a wheelchair, some of the other smaller rooms are connected only by stairs.
Are dogs allowed to be taken to the Kehlsteinhaus?
Yes, dogs are allowed to travel on the bus for no charge, but should be wearing a muzzle.