WWII Underground Aircraft Factory (remains)
This place has the name “Weingut I”, there is also a “Weingut II” near Nuremberg I have heard.
Work was started on this in 1943/44 (sources vary) but it wasn’t finished. The aim was to build an underground aircraft factory; specifically to build Messerschmitt Me 262s.
The large concrete arc you can see on the photos was built to cover the runway. 12 were planned linked together, 7 were started. The arc shown is 85m wide and 32m high, whereby 15m were underground, so you can get an idea of the size.
The whole “building”, most of it being underground and not accessible, is around 400m.
It was dynamited after the war, so the entrances to the underground areas are not visible – maybe there is way in, I’ll check it out next year.
There are lots more things to take photos of, but the weather was really bad, the light too, so you’ll have to wait for another installment in spring.
This place was built by 8000-10000 (sources vary) people that were improsinoed at Dachau in the concentration camp.
An outpost was created here. Many died of fatigue or through accidents during the building work.
Some sources have presumed the bunker to have 8 floors below ground, but I don’t think that’s true, because if you build a factory, you normally don’t have floors like that but 1-2 large halls. Using floors would present the difficulty of moving parts between the levels.
I took these photos on 5.12.2011, it was raining and at some points it there were hailstones.
This bunker is in the middle of a huge forest and not very easy to find.
I was quite alone there, what was quite strange was that I heard childrens’ voices 2-3 times off in the forest (sounded like they were playing).
I’m not one for supernatural stuff, but I can’t explain it.
Some photos from the build and the poor people involved in German: http://www.kz-gedenk-mdf.de/vergangenheit
Category: Lost Places