A Military Urbex Article on Vogelsang in Germany

Author sophos9 - Last updated: 09.12.2009

Written by winchester

A walk through of the abandoned military complex/village

On Friday night CmdrCord put up the co-ordinates, while we barbecuing meat and veg and drinking beer in the grounds of the Lungenheilstätte am Grabowsee. After leaving some more central Berliner sites, we keyed in the co-ordinates and headed for this site. With the Timtom directing us to a locked gate that was apparently 3km from our destination, we chose to drive around the site to look for another entrance. We couldn’t find one.

We parked in the middle of the forest and trekked down some long disused roads towards where we thought the base was.

Passing dug out trenches and watch towers, structures began to be visible through the trees, until eventually a wall appeared. We just knew we had to get past it…

Passing dug out trenches and watch towers, structures began to be visible through the trees

Passing dug out trenches and watch towers, structures began to be visible through the trees

Our first sightings of buildings were great piles of concrete, the next were not much better.

We ventured inside, they hadn’t really cleared the place out properly. The boilers were inside, the floors were littered with various items of clothing, recognisable as soviet.

We ventured inside, they hadnt really cleared the place out properly

We ventured inside, they hadn't really cleared the place out properly

Across the way was this barracks type building, with a mural on the far wall, depicting the early cosmonauts.

Across the way was this barracks type building

Across the way was this barracks type building

Large mural on the far wall, depicting the early cosmonauts

Large mural on the far wall, depicting the early cosmonauts

Eastern European toilets were found, disgusting squatter jobbies. Gross.

Eastern European toilets

Eastern European toilets

After a 20 minute walk, we arrived at another part of the base, where we were greeted by Lenin

Greeted by Lenin

Greeted by Lenin

The stairs of Vogelsang

The stairs of Vogelsang

Next to Lenin was a huge auditorium, with more Soviet bas-relief.

Auditorium in Vogelsang

Auditorium in Vogelsang

The next building seemed to be a school, Mother Russia adorning the walls, amongst other murals depicting Russian pride

Mother Russia - Vogelsang

Mother Russia - Vogelsang

Painted wall in Vogelsang

Painted wall in Vogelsang

We found a Gymnasium at the other end of the building.

Vogelsang Gymnasium

Vogelsang Gymnasium

Inside the gym at Vogelsang

Inside the gym at Vogelsang

As light was fading we promised ourselves one more building – we didn’t want to be wandering around the forest in the dark, and we had a long way to go to get to Hannover for that evening.

This building however was ruined; the ceiling had fallen in. Judging from the shape, it could have once been an auditorium.

Derelict auditorium at Vogelsang

Derelict auditorium at Vogelsang

So we promised ourselves another one – and in that one, we found this…

Basket ball court in Vogelsang

Basket ball court in Vogelsang

Vogelsang entertainment

Vogelsang entertainment

Vogelsang entertainment

Vogelsang entertainment

Gym and sports at Vogelsang

Gym and sports at Vogelsang

I looked up the info on the way back, and this based housed 15,000 soldiers and their families, from the elite 72nd RVGK engineer brigade.

Declassified documents released in the 1990s revealed that this base had nuclear missiles stored there in 1958, aimed at London, Paris, Bonn, the Ruhr Valley and Brussels. The R-5M missiles stored there had a range of 1200km and the troops practised launch preparations at night, in order to avoid the American reconnaissance.

The site was built entirely by Soviet companies – the East Germans in the area had no idea what was behind the walls. The secrecy around the site was so great that the locals became suspicious, and a secret agent reported the transportation of ‘very large bombs’ being delivered in the night to the base, using the back roads around the base.

In 1959 the 72nd Engineers vacated hastily, and the base was used by the Soviets as a tank base until the early 1990s.

I really want to go back to this place – we only scratched the surface and I’m sure there are other treasures here.

7 comments

#1Bradley L. GarrettDecember 9, 2009, 9:38 pm

Excellent report Winch – it was an amazing trip and I look forward to going back with you to explore the rest of this massive site!

#2sophos9December 9, 2009, 10:08 pm

Excellent explore my friend, thanks for sharing!!

#3Motivated CJanuary 4, 2010, 4:54 pm

Phwar, great story and history, would love to go!

#4Speo DeoJuly 17, 2010, 3:30 pm

Great story. But if you want to go back, do it on short term.
The place is demolished on this moment. Lots of buildings on your photo’s are already down.
In the south you will find the both nuclear warhead bunkers. The will not demolisched but buried.
Also interesting: Himmelpfort “waldlager” also a nuclear warhead storage, just around the corner.

    #5sophos9July 17, 2010, 3:38 pm

    Thanks for the update. Do you have any photos of the bunkers?

    Thanks again,

    Dave

#63passaNovember 19, 2011, 4:37 pm

Good report, here is a pic of one of the bunkers. They are identical, and the doors are welded shut.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/3passa/6244074785/in/photostream

#7dermatzeNovember 21, 2011, 11:34 pm

Have been there this year.
It is really great. Have you also been to the shelter as well? Really fascinating!

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