For the last couple of years, it has kind of become a tradition for my wife and me to take her mother on an excursion with us on the second day of christmas.
Last year was no different.
We had decided to drive to the North Sea coast and check out an abandoned HAWK site on the way. We had two possible sites on our way.
It was late December in Northern Germany, and the weather acted accordingly. It was bleak. Very bleak. Dark clouds and rain. Not pouring rain, but rain.
The first HAWK site we laid our eyes on was secured and appeared to be in use by local farmers. And you do not want local farmers getting mad at you.
So we drove on to the next site. This one looked fine. It was clear by the looks of it that at some point in the past this one also had been used by farmers, but not at the moment...
We left the car, put on our rain coats and the three of us - including my mother-in-law squeezed through a hole in the fence.
The site itself was not spectacular at all. All kinds of animals have left their droppings in the buildings, and the rainy , but windy climate doesn't really make for a nice type of decay.
But it is a remnant of the cold war and by that, witness to a very interesting episode in our history.
After about 45 minutes, we left the location and drove to the coast for a nice hot North Sea shrimp soup.
To find out more about the history of this place and to check out all the photos from this cold war relic, click the button below.