April 27, 2016

The Forbidden City

For my birthday last year, I got the coolest present from my brother. He invited my wife and me to a tour of the School for Infantry at Wünsdorf.
Next to Beelitz, the infantry school is probabyl one of the most beautiful locations you can visit in Germany. The various uses by German and Soviet military have left a unique combination of styles in the old buildings, so even if the "thrill of entering" and the process of scouting, sneaking etc. is not there, a visit here is a great experience.
Since this was a legal visit, this time there will not be a great story about how we got in. We got to the city of Wünsdorf by train really early and had to walk a while before we reached the meeting point.
The organizers checked off the lists, and while they were still waiting for some other people to arrive, one of them started the historical lecture about the place. Because we already had been waiting for some time, I asked him if we could skip the lecture and just head on to the premises. There were some other guys who shared my eagerness to get going and not waste precious time. So we were allowed to go ahead. Because most of the people headed for the Officer's Hosue first, we diceded to head for the "Forbidden City" and explore it with as little disturbance as possible.
We managed to see only a little part. There are so many buildings, so many rooms to explore, so many photos to take, that I don't think it's possible to see it all in one day.
So we explored the Forbidden City for about five hours before we headed over to the Officer's House.
The heat was almost unbearable, just like the days before. Well around 35°C or higher, we were glad to have brought a lot of water with us.

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