Austria to pay 1.5m euros for Hitler house

Austria has been ordered to pay 1.5 million euros to the former owner of Adolf Hitler's birth house.
Austria has been ordered to pay 1.5 million euros to the former owner of Adolf Hitler's birth house.

The Republic of Austria has to pay about 1.5 million euros ($A2.37 million) dollars) to the former owner of Adolf Hitler's birthplace, according to a ruling by a regional court in the north of the country.

The plaintiff's lawyer revealed the ruling by the court in Ried im Innkreis on Wednesday.

A second report had estimated the value of the house in nearby Braunau am Inn much higher than an initial estimate.

So far, the state had paid the former owner 310,000 euros for the two-storey house with garages and numerous parking spaces.

"She is relieved about the now reasonable compensation," lawyer Gerhard Lebitsch said of his 68-year-old client. But he said that he expects the case is not yet complete, and will go through all legal instances.

With the compulsory purchase the state had wanted to prevent the birthplace of the late dictator becoming a place of pilgrimage for neo-Nazis.

Hitler (1889-1945) spent the first months of his life in a flat in the house.

Australian Associated Press