July 6, 2017

Rocket Fuel Factory S.

Yes, it's only the administration building, but that's about all that's left with the exception of a lot of remains in the forest behind the building, and we neither had the time nor the equipment to go for a thorough exploration of that.
But let's start from the top.
After we were finished at the grinding shop, we were on the way to our next stop which was going to be a little less urbex, but still interesting.
Shortly before we got there, there was an obviously abandoned building right by the side of the road. Since there was a parking spot right across, we decided to make a quick stop and check it out.
Getting in was easy enough. There was a gaping hole in the fence, and the building itself was wide open as well.
There were no clues to the former use of this building. Since we found it by accident, of course we hadn't been doing any research, so we were completely clueless.
The only hint that I found was a small sign that said "Sortie" - "Exit" in French, and there is only one probable reason for a building in the middle of Germany to have French writing on the walls - it must have been a French garrison!
With that in mind, we went back out and wanted to go back to our car, when another car pulled up. We naturally thought that we were caught. But no. Two guys got out and asked us what we were doing, and we told them. The bigger of the two guys immediately started talking about the entire area having been a top secret weapons factory. The he started talking about bunkers and tunnels in the mountains and started disappearing through high-grown stinging nettle and into the forest.
My wife and I were curious, and we followed him at a distance. After we had made our way through some massive thicket, and he had indeed found something that looked like the remains of a large bunker.
He then disappeared just as quickly because his friend wasn't as interested and was waiting in the burning sun for him to come back.
My wife and I decided that we weren't equipped for climbing through the entire area looking for tunnels, so we might come back for a more thorough investigation of the place - preferably a day that's not 35°C...
Anyway, after doing some research, I did indeed find out that the building we visited was the administration building of a factory that produced explosives and rocket fuel for the Nazi weapons program. After the war, it was in fact used by the French army, but information about the use are more than scarce.
It was a short, but adventurous explore.

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