National Geographic : 1945 Jul
This Was Austria r' Paul T. Rump)p Thus Looked Berchtesgaden Before Storm Troopers Cleared Out Civilians When Hitler selected this south German town (on the Austrian border) for his home, it was a favorite summer and winter resort for Germans who climbed the Alps and took excursions on the lovely Bavarian lakes roundabout. Since Roman times salt has been mined from deep caverns here. Seventh Army troops captured Berchtesgaden without a fight. Decorations indicate the chalets house taverns and wine rooms (Weinstuben).