September 28, 2017

Tour Report: Command Post F13

The third and final command post on our tour didn't have any command bunkers, only the office building, car shelters and some ammunition bunkers.
It was part of a larger area that during the cold war used to be the joint command post of an anti-aircraft unit and a radio-technical battalion of the East German National People's Army (NVA).
Someone had put rocks by the side of the road to prevent people from parking right in front of the place, so we had to drive past and find a different spot to park, which we eventually did, but it was a bit of a way to walk back.
Getting on the premises was easy enough, the fence didn't really deserve to be called a fence. Moving around the area and finding our way on the other hand was considerably harder, because all the former roads and walkways were so overgrown with all sorts of weeds that we couldn't really tell where the roads were. So it took us some time to walk around the entire place to make sure that there really wasn't any underground bunker that we had overlooked. There was none.
But further research indicated that there might be one in or near a different part of the larger complex that is a little down the road.
I guess we will find out the next time we are there :)

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September 24, 2017

Tour Report: Command Post A5

This was a tough one to find. I knew that theren was a forest riddled with bunkers in Eastern Germany from where an entire army would have been commanded in case Soviet and East German troops would ever have been mobilized to move against NATO during the cold war.
I also know where this forest was. But unfortunately, the aerial photos of the area didn't offer any clues as to where in the area the bunkers really were.
When Freddy from Nordgriller Urbex and I got there, we discovered that most of the area has been renaturated and was overgrown with thicket and forest. Only the main "roads" were recognizable as such; all other ways were overgrown.
We really didn't know where to go, so we parked the car and just started walking around. Of course, we didn't find anything at first. All parts of the forest looked the same, and we walked for what felt like hours in every direction without finding hints to where the bunkers are.
Additionally, there were really weird insects that weren't mosquitos, but were just as annoying: They'd just cling to your skin and could only be plucked off - unless you wanted them to bite you. Oh, and it was late afternoon and it was warm outside, so there were lots of mosquitos as well...
Anyway, we were getting alittle desperate when we finally found one of the four smaller bunkers. It was actually a small breakthrough in our search, because the specific location of it told us how the systematic of the complex was built. And it told us that the smaller bunkers were so hard to find because they all had been closed with lots of sand - but obviously have been re-opened by copper thieves.
After checking out this one bunker, we decided to call it a day. It was getting late, and we had a reservation for dinner, so we decided to continue our search for the other bunkers the next morning.
Which we did. We came back pretty early since this was also the last day of our tour and we still had to get home.
Finding the rest of the bunkers was easy. We could just slip in through the small holes, take our photos and climb back out again.
After about two hours, we were finished and drove off to the final command post of the tour.

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September 23, 2017

Tour Report: The Secret Command Post

Our three-day tour through the Northeastern part of Germany started exactly one year ago today. Nordgriller Urbex and I had chosen the Recreation Home "Moss Lover's" as our first spot on the way to our main area of exploration.
We had finished the first day with a nice evening at our friend's place where we also spent the night.
As always, we started with a nice little breakfast and then went on our way.
I had a list of spots in the area that we could choose from, but for some reason, it became a bunker tour. Mmmmh...I really like bunkers!
The first spot we had picked for the day was really something. There is only two more facilities of this kind in Germany. In an area that carries a dark piece of history from the Third Reich with it, there is a large subterranean bunker complex built by the East German military as a command post and an intelligence gathering and telephone platform.
There are at least six underground bunkers as well as some above ground buildings.
We had to walk a while on a "nature discovery" path that led us along a fence surrounding the area until we found an opening. Part of the area is still active, althtough we donn't know to what extent, and we quickly went across an open field to find some cover. We quickly found the entrance to the first bunker, and we were surprised that it was still in relatively good condition.
It was the same with the other bunkers. Of course, the copper thieves had found their way into some of the bunkers, but overall, the condition was really good.
We left after we had to jump into the bushes when a car came driving around the corner and we heard people talking not too far away from where we were.
This was one of the most interesting bunker complexes I've had the pleasure to visit until now, and I'm still planning a revisit to check out the parts that we've missed.

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September 14, 2017

Tour Report: Recreation Home "Moss Lover's" [Revisit]

Only a month after the first visit to this abandoned recreation home together with my wife, I returned together with my good friend Nordgriller Urbex.
It was the first location of a three-day tour of the area. We had planned a couple more locations on this first day, but we got stuck in a traffic jam and since we still had a way to go to our "urbex-hotel" (a friend where we're staying whenever we're going exploring in the region of Germany), we decided to skip the other ones and only go for this one due to the nice decay.
It was really late in the afternoon when we got there. The sun was almost setting, so we already had to work with our flashlights in some parts of the building.
The warm twilight of late summer had hundreds, if not thousands, of frogs coming from the lake, and some of them had already reached the recreation home and were jumping around all over the place.
We were finished as the sun had set and the fog came from the lake which made for one or two nice outside shots as we left.

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September 10, 2017

Tour Report: Butter Factory N.

After finishing our exploration of the abandoned inn, we still had a lot of time left, so my friend Lost Places in Schleswig-Holstein und Umland and I decided to check out a potentially cool, but also risky location, an old butter factory.
So we drove for about an hour, and upon arriving, we saw huge posters on the fence that the area was protected by a security service. Not very reassuring, but we wanted to go take a quick peek nonetheless. We found a place to park that couldn't be seen from the road or the factory building, so we were pretty sure that we wouldn't rise any suspicions.
When we got to the street side of the factory, we saw that there were only bushes seperating the street from the area. No fence, but a large, flat area where you could be spotted just like that. So we decided to take the harder, but less visible way and walk around about half the place to climb over a fence in the back.
One on the premises, we started looking for a way in, but it seemed that there was no access whatsoever. All doors and windows were tightly locked. But the place looked so interesting, we desperately wanted to find a way in...
...which we eventually did. I won't go into the details, but it involved climbing up a chimney and across roofs as well as unstable metal pipes and a courageous jump across an eternal abyss ;)
This way we were at least able to explore the main production and storage facility of the old butter factory. Some buildings remained inaccessible for us.
We didn't leave the way we came in - we left through one of the doors at ground level (which of course we locked behind uns again) and took the easy way through the bushes.

Although we haven't seen anything of a security service,I've heard that other explorers have made different experiences and weren't necessarily greeted as friends...

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