June 24, 2018

Tour Report: The Flight School of the Wehrmacht

Back in February of last year, my wife and I embarked on a three-day tour through the East German hinterland together with our friend Freddy from Nordgriller Urbex.
We had finished exploring an abandoned pharmaceutical factory, our first location of the day, and it was around noon, so we did have enough time left for a second spot.
We had a few spots on our list to choose from, but the one that to us looked the most appealing was also the one farthest away...
But there was enough time, so we got on the way.
The spot we had decided for is part of a huge abandoned military area that has a long history dating back to the 1860s. Of course, there wasn't enough time to explore all, so we decided to limit ourselves to the part that contains the most iconic buildings of the place - the former Wehrmacht's flight school.
As always, we hadn't really researched how to get in, so we chose our usual appraoch - park the car and walk aroud until you find a way in.
And so we did. We parked the car on a public parking space in a residential area near the location and started walking through the forest.
After a while, we got to the fence surrounding the buildings.We walked along the fence until we found a part where the fence was missing. No one in sight, so we walked in.
The trees had no leaves, so we could make out the impressive size of the place. It was one of those places where you can probably spend weeks exploring and still find something new every time around.
Anyway, we focused on the main building. The way in was easy enough, and we spent at least two and a half hours in there exploring all floors and looking in every room. The building is empty, but the architecture itself is impressive enough. A well-known mural and a really moldy completely dark auditorium topped off the walkthrough.
This one really was worth the drive.
As we got back out and walked back in the direction of the fence, we found dirty footprints that hadn't been there when we arrived. We hadn't seen anyone, but signs on the fence had indicated that there was a security service patrolling the premises. Had we gotten lucky and the security just hadn't seen us? I guess we'll never know.
What I do know is that we had chosen the right time to leave, because when we crossed the road back to the car, we saw various units of the fire brigade and the Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW, Technisches Hilfswerk) preparing to enter the premises - obviously for an exercise...
So we gladly went back to the car and drove to another location nearby, only to find that the same security service was patrolling this place as well...

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