About thirty kilometres north of Vinnitsa and on the outskirts of the small village of Hulivtsi, Reichsmarshall Hermann Goering established a field headquarters for the Luftwaffe. It was placed in a forest next to a quarry and was thus named Steinbruch (german quarry). It consisted of a main bunker and dozens of smaller barracks. Goering also had a siding built from a nearby railway line directly into Steinbruch. The reason Goering had Steinbruch built was that he wanted to be near Hitler when he was in his headquarters Wehrwolf, which was only about twenty kilometres southwest of Steinbruch. Steinbruch was not active more than in about three months (august – October 1942) before Goering abandoned it. On September 6, 1942, Goering and SS chief Heinrich Himmler met for deliberations on Goering’s train Asia, which was parked at Steinbruch.

Current status: Demolished (2019).

Location: 49°29'58.98"N 28°35'56.25"E

Get there: Car.

My comment:

The blasted bunker is located about 200 meters into the forest and can despite its size be problematic to find. But it only contributes to the feeling of historical satisfaction that arises once you find what you traveled far away for. In addition to the bunker, there are also two large blocks that were blown away from the bunker and landed about 75 – 100 meters from the bunker. Although the ruins create large wounds in the landscape, it is fascinating to see how the ruins slowly but surely become one with nature.

Follow up in books: Seidler, Franz W. & Zeigert, Dieter: Hitler’s secret headquarters (2004).