September 29, 2019

Tour Report: Bunker of the Luftwaffe

On the way home from our short vacation in Eastern Germany back in November of 2017, my wife and I decided to make a quick stop to check out one more bunker.
The area is riddled with abandoned facilities from World War II as well as from the time of the Soviet occupation, and there was just enough time for one of those, so we chose the one where we expected the least trouble in terms of getting in.
It's not entirely clear what this bunker was, but it's pretty safe to assume that it was used for maintenance by the "Erprobungsstelle der Luftwaffe" (Luftwaffe Test Area).
We parked by the side of the road and walked don a path that led us into the forest. After a while, we arrived at a gate, There was a sign saying something about hunting season, but we walked past the gate through a hole in the fence and after a few meters, we could see the ruin of the bunker.
Right next to it, the Soviets had built a shelter which had been used as a communications hub for the airfield. Now it looked like it was only used by local farmers.
The ruin of the old bunker was more than impressive. The dimensions of the construction were huge - and since there were a lot of holes in it, you could really well see how massive the walls were.
The combination of the demolished construction from the 1940s, the graffiti of the Soviet soldiers on the walls and nature having reclaimed a lot of the area since the Soviets had left, gave kind of a spooky atmosphere to the place, especially with the bleak light of November...
We took our time and climbed around in the ruins...until...
A deer roared...then we hear a shot!
That sounded pretty close!
We couldn't tell, but we decided that this wasn't a place to stay any longer, and since we were almost done anyway, we left through the gate and got back to the car to drive home.

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