The Forbidden City Wünsdorf -Waldstade

The Town of Wünsdorf near Berlin was once the headquarters of the Wehrmacht 5th panzer division who was part of Erwin Rommel African corps.

The two adjoining villages of Zossen and Wünsdorf, and the north-south road linking them, were enclosed within a secure military area during WWII, the area is about 30 – 40 km South of Berlin. After the Second World War, the Russians moved in on the site.

It was the largest Soviet military base outside the Soviet Union. Up to 60,000 soldiers served in huge bunkers, the Forbidden City and the various barracks Wünsdorf.

When I arrived at Wünsdorf – Waldstade, walking out of the train station I was instantly surrounded by derelict decaying buildings, in front of the station was a derelict hotel and snack bar, as I walked into the town there was old decaying shops and military housing blocks.

 Ghost Town very Erie feeling walking through here

While walking through the blocks a deer came rushing out from behind a tree and scared the life out of me, the place looks like Pripyat the deserted town in Chernobyl, further on I come to the main barracks gates, and see that it has a security guard that is watching the place,oh well he is not going to stop me exploring after cumming all this way,just have to keep my eyes peeled for him as well as wolves and wild boars etc.

The place has many fences and walls that hide away all the better buildings so its a bit of hard work having to keep jumping over fences all day long but its well worth the hassle as some of the buildings are magnificent, I did see the security guard a couple of times but never got seen by him. hate playing cat and mouse games with security guards makes the day harder. 

Maybach I and II were a series of above and underground bunkers built 20 kilometres south of Berlin in Wünsdorf near Zossen, Brandenburg to house the High Command of the Army (in Maybach I) and the Supreme Command of the Armed Forces (in Maybach II) during the Second World War. The complex was named after the Maybach automobile engine.Maybach I 

Maybach I was a built between 1937 and 1939 as the threat of war loomed. The complex consisted of twelve three-storey buildings above ground designed to look from the air like local housing, and two floors of interlinked bunkers with two-foot thick walls below. Later in the Second World War the site was further camouflaged by the use of netting.

Maybach II, completed in 1940, was of the same design with eleven surface buildings

World War II

During 1945 the site was heavily bombed by both the British and Americans, including a raid on 15 March that injured Chief of the Army General Staff Hans Krebs.

Midday 20th April the OKH evacuated to Eiche near Potsdam and OKW to Krampnitz, and the Russians arrived in the afternoon, finding the site empty apart from four German soldiers.

Cold War Era

The two Maybach bunkers were largely destroyed by the Red Army in late 1946, according to the stipulations of the four-power agreement on the occupation of Germany and an Allied Control Council order, although some buildings survived, including the almost entirely intact separate communications bunker Zeppelin.

The Zeppelin bunker later formed part of the Soviet Cold war era installations in Wünsdorf under the name Ranet. Further bunker installations were subsequently added to house the central command and communications functions of the Soviet army in the GDR. The bunker grounds were demilitarized following the closing of the army base in 1994, when the last Russian troops left Germany.


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