April 3, 2024

Tour Report: Ammunition Factory and Soviet Depot F.

As we do every year, we set off on a week-long tour in November 2019 to explore a few abandoned places in eastern Germany.
The first part of our trip took us to a wooded region near a lake. There are the remains of an air munitions facility from the Second World War, which was used by the Soviets as a trophy, fuel and ammunition depot during the Cold War.
The fact that there was a public bathing area at the lake with a public parking lot played into our hands, as it wasn't far to walk and our car didn't attract any attention.
From the parking lot, it was only a few hundred meters to the main gate of the facility, which was of course locked. We could certainly have climbed over despite the barbed wire, but decided to go further into the forest and look for a hole in the fence, which we found after about 15 minutes. From there, we first had to fight our way through quite a lot of undergrowth before we reached the normal paths.
This facility is pretty big - it extends over more than one square kilometer, so we had to walk around a little more than usual.
The complex, which is secured by fences, consists of a large number of buildings and bunkers. The buildings include an administration building, the staff area with vehicle halls and workshops, a canteen and social building, a group of ammunition workhouses, the case washing facility, several packing houses and the tarpaulin hall, as well as an engine shed and the remains of the railroad line used to transport the ammunition.
We started our exploration near the main gate with the administration buildings. From there, we went past the parking garages and followed the paths to the ammunition workhouses and the packing houses. Towards the end of our tour, we found some of the ammunition bunkers that hadn't been demolished by the Soviets. In the forest, lots of remains can be found, such as the coal bunker for the railroad and the power station.
Many of the buildings and bunkers have been turned into bat habitats and are not accessible, but the place was still very interesting to explore.
Towards the end of our excursion it started to rain, so we decided not to continue our tour of the site for the time being - after all, it's good to have a few more unknown corners to revisit.


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March 23, 2024

Tour Report: Farmhouse "Land of Green"

We got a tip for this abandoned farmhouse somewhere in Denmark. We were told that in all likelihood there would be no way in, but that the view from the outside alone was worth the trip.
As we still had some time after our visit to the old school, we used it to make a short detour to this place.
It only took us about 20 minutes before we were standing in front of what could have been a house. The house really was almost completely overgrown with ivy and other vines; we had never seen anything like it before. It was only the fact that it was November and many of the trees had already lost their leaves that made the house recognizable as such.
As we had been told, there was indeed no entrance - unfortunately, because we could see a lot of very old furnishings through the windows. It would have been a dream to explore this place from the inside too.
But who knows - maybe the opportunity will arise in the future!
In any case, this house was a worthy end to our tour and we drove home with a smile on our faces.


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March 16, 2024

Tour Report: The School of Roses

From the car graveyard, we drove west parallel to the border, until we reached the next spot on our map - an abandoned "efterskolen" (boarding school). We didn't really have any expectations, since we only knew that the school had been closed for a couple of years. As we arrived, we saw that part of the premises is being used by a catering service, so we couldn't just roam around without asking.
So that's what we did.
We knocked on the door of the catering service. It took a while, but eventually, someone answered the door. We explained where we were from and asked if we could take a look at the old school. They told us that some buildings were unlocked, and that we were allowed to check those out. They didn't allow us to enter the buildings that were locked, becuase they apparently were being used for storage and other things.
So we took our time and walked around the premises.
The parts of the school that were open where almost completely ampty and without real decay, so it wasn't as spectacular as we'd hoped - but from the outside, the buildings looked really nice - espcially when the rain clouds came and were lit by the afternoon sun.
We still had one more location to check out, so we kept this visit short and drove further west...


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March 10, 2024

Tour Report: Volvo's Graveyard

On a cold November morning in 2019, we embarked on a tour to Denmark to explore a couple of abandoned places together with our good friend "Lost Places in Schleswig-Holstein und Umland".
The first spot we had on our map for the day was right behind the border, so we only had to drive a little more than an hour from our hometown to get there.
The site is a plot of land with around 30 to 40 old vehicles - mainly Volvos, but also other makes. We don't know for sure whether it is the property of a collector, a mechanic or perhaps even a former car dealer. Rumor has it that someone comes to check on things from time to time, but when we were there, it was just us. Nevertheless, a few vehicle tracks on the driveway showed that a car stops there at least once in a while.
The plot is right next to a housing estate, but is almost completely surrounded by trees, so we were able to move around unseen. We just had to park a little further away so as not to attract attention. Fortunately, there was a public parking lot not too far away.
Once on the site, we took our time to look at everything. There is a small hut and a caravan, but they were locked. There were also some remains of walls that indicated that several small buildings once stood here - but as I said, we were unable to find out more about the history of the site, so we would have to speculate at this point.
The cars were not classic cars in the original sense, although one or two models are certainly considered "classics" by fans and collectors.
I don't know much about cars, but I assume that most of the models on the lot are from the 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s.
We even found one or two Volkswagens (even if there wasn't much left of them), which was surprising in this location, but probably not unusual - however, the tandem bike did seem a little out of place.
We probably spent a good hour and a half at the car graveyard. Then we made our way to the next location we had on our list - an abandoned school, so stay tuned!


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February 27, 2024

Tour Report: Bunker "L36"

In November 2019, I received a tip that one of the remaining high-rise bunkers from the Second World War in my home town was open. Apparently someone - presumably a city employee who had checked the condition - had not properly relocked the thick padlock.
So I set off after work. It was raining heavily and my wife was kind enough to drive me the short distance and then wait for me in the parking lot. The bunker is in the middle of a residential area, so I was able to operate under cover of darkness without being seen.
The door was indeed open, and the lock was only hanging loosely in front of it - but in such a way that it was not immediately visible, which is probably why nobody had noticed it.
Through the steel door, I got inside the massive building.
The basement was completely under water, so I couldn't enter it. The condition inside is not good. The British occupying forces had blown up the bunker after the war - but from the inside, so that the massive outer walls remained standing and the residential buildings in the vicinity were not affected.
On the pictures you can see what the detonation did inside: Stairs have collapsed, walls are full of holes and the thick reinforced concrete ceilings are hanging down in pieces. All in all, the picture was somewhat surreal.
For safety reasons, I didn't venture too far into the upper floors. What's more, after about 15 minutes I came across bats that had apparently chosen the bunker as their winter quarters.
This was the time for me to retreat, as I respect the bat protection period and leave buildings as soon as it becomes clear that they are a bat hibernation site.
The excursion was very interesting, because you don't get to see bunkers this big from the Second World War every day - especially not if they are in a dangerous condition.

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