Rechlin


Almost 100 kilometres northwest of Berlin is a small town called Granzow. In a wooded area about 3-4 kilometers north of Granzow on an area belonging to Luftwaffe, Albert Speer had four high-rise buildings erected and a wall about 60 – 70 centimeters thick. The purpose of these was that they would be used as test objects to investigate the sustainability of shelling of all forms of weapons. The experiences would then be used when the Germans built new ”bomb-proof” houses and buildings around Germany.

Current status: Preserved (2013).

Location: N 53° 19.30 E 12° 49.60

Get there: Car.

My comment:

The buildings are not far into the forest but can still be difficult to find, especially in the summer when the forest is greening. First you have to drive into small roads and park the car, then you have to more or less go straight into the forest and keep an eye out. In fact, it can be easy to miss them if you do not know where to look. Even if it is not more than a few hundred meters, it can be good to memorize the road so that you can find your way back to the car. There are no trampled paths that you can only follow and the forest looks quite similar regardless of where you come from. Therefore, it may be good to take out some benchmarks to ensure that you find your way back. The buildings themselves are fenced and there are signs warning of undiscovered ammunition that may lie near the buildings.

Follow up in books: Speer, Albert: Inside the Third Reich (1969).