German chef and restaurateur Sylvio Stelzer was lucky enough to be purchasing and renovating a villa in Saxony, but he found an extremely surprising bonus when he uncovered a secret store of Hitler’s cognac that had been buried on the grounds near the end of World War II.
According to The Local, Stelzer’s villa is on the grounds of the Wasserschloss Moritzburg estate, which was the seat of the royal family of Saxony. In 1944, the palace and its grounds were owned by Prince Ernst Heinrich von Sachsen. At the time, airstrikes on Berlin had made the city unsafe, so Hitler arranged to have his precious stores of fine food, Champagne, and Cognac sent to the prince for safekeeping.
The army reportedly sent over hundreds of boxes loaded with cheese, salami, chocolates, cigarettes, and alcohol. All the food is gone by now, of course.
"None of the food is left. After May 8th, 1945, the Russian troops plundered everything,” said Stelzer.
Considering the food would have been at least 76 years old by this point, its loss is not a tragedy. But during a renovation, Stelzer discovered the Champagne and Cognac hidden in a secret cavern in the gardens.
Stelzer has opened a restaurant on the grounds of his villa, but he says he’s still not sure what exactly should be done with Hitler’s Cognac.