October 19, 2023

Tour Report: "Walter's House"

On a tour of  the German state of Thuringia during our summer vacation 2019, we decided to take a look at the "Secret of Oberhof" - the former guest house of the GDR Council of Ministers and probably one of the buildings most closely monitored by the Stasi in the GDR.

It was a gloomy, rainy day, but we don't let bad weather dampen our spirits, so we drove from Erfurt through the Thuringian Forest to the famous winter sports town of Oberhof. The way to the former luxury resort of the GDR ministers was easy, and a parking lot was also quickly found. We only had to walk a few meters along the road until we came to the road junction that led us to the hotel.
There was no fence or other barriers, only a triangular concrete barrier to prevent driving on the property.

The buildings themselves were wide open; there weren't really any doors or windows anymore, and the vandals and metal thieves have done a great job over the years. Presumably, after the final closure of the hotel in 1990, citizens of the former GDR also helped themselves to parts of the luxurious EInrichtung.
Thus, during our visit, there was not much left to see of the splendor in which the GDR leaders as well as the Chairman of the Council of State himself had spent their vacations.

Nevertheless, we took a complete look at the building, because in the end it is a relic of the German separation, which will probably not exist in this form for much longer.

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