July 28, 2023

Tour Report: Recreation Home "Mountain View"

Somewhere in the Saxon hill country near the Czech border rises a mountain on which a remarkable building between tradition and modernity was erected. It was built in the late 1920s and served first as a recreation home for the workers' youth, later as a camp for the "Bund Deutscher M├Ądel" and in GDR times as an SED party school.
We had decided to pay a visit to the building during our summer vacation 2019 because of its striking architecture.
However, getting there was not as easy as we had imagined. A lot of construction sites and closed roads and paths prevented us from taking the direct route to the site, so we ended up taking almost an hour longer than planned.
Eventually we did arrive, and in the absence of a normal parking space, we parked the car at the edge of the field next door.
The grounds and buildings were wide open, so we didn't have to overcome any other obstacles as we explored.
Even though there was no longer any furnishings and the building looked as if it had been at least partially gutted in the course of construction preparations, we could sense its former glory: The main entrance is reminiscent of a festival hall, there is a high, impressive festival room with a stage, and large panoramic windows and other elements have a strong reference to the surrounding landscape.
After exploring all the rooms, we went back to the car, packed up our gear, and discussed which way back would be best given the problems on the way there.
The end of the story was that Birthe uttered the magic words "Then I'm a construction vehicle!" and took the short route directly across the construction site. Luckily it was the weekend and there were no construction workers on the road :)



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