The fairly isolated feel along the access road from Karlshagen is amplified by wire net fencing set back in the woods and bogs making it clear by signeage that entry is banned for real life threatening reasons due to un-cleared ammunition left over from East Bloc and Russian live fire excercises. (The airfield was a big base for them) Mysterious concrete lanes regularly lead off the good highway, casual use barred by simple barriers of fallen trees and rubble.
It gives way to a feeling of an abandoned neglected place once actually at the car parks at the gates of the old power station, where accross to the right in my case behind wire fencing a V2 rocket stands perched on a plynth, with a V1 displayed several metres away. Further accross this space is the parked up now renovated site train.
The remains of rail access lies unused, grass poking through and extending into the main area alongside the there unmetalled pay and display car parks - elsewhere well fenced off to avoid un-official entry, all overlooked by the brooding hulk of the disused power station buildings. However the entry road carries on, past a dark sombre building, The Bunker, now serving as the museum reception area. Little, more modern quaint buildings are scattered around offering a souvenier and ice cream shop, and small chapel.
To the immediate left along the road is then a small cafe. Surprise, because inside and un-announced is the most wonderful large toy museum for 6euro entry fee. Worth it. Following this tarmac passed large cleared and soft surface areas like from abandoned demolished building sites one is faced with another surprise. The first developed rocket firing submarine, moored up and a privately run attraction. In good condition too, but I thought 30euro a lot to go around it and didn't. Alongside are shops and lovely cafes leading to the wharfe alongside which are a number of modern tour and fishing boats.
Back to the Bunker. 5euro gives a day ticket to the car parks and the Bunker was just that; the power station could be run from there once upon a time if push came to shove. Stark it may feel, but the reception area is in the control room, and not well appointed either, the souveniers rather tacky although the collection of books on sale seemed adequate enough. However another 6 euro and I was following the entry signs. Free movement within allows a proper suck, see and feel on all the well maintained exhibits, and the site is so big despite quite a few visitors it still felt empty.
Then came the main building. Within is so much documented and photographic history well presented. For RAF buffs there is a Lancaster engine and propeller displayed salvaged from a crash in the lake on the raid 17/18th August 1943, just up from the main site around the tourist circle drive. This Lanc is still being argued over as to which one it is, and the model, but part of the main plane body is still visible in the lake. From my observation of the engine it seems to have been a 'Hercules' rather than 'Merlin' power unit, which should help the aforesaid Buffs.
This circle drive passes through more fenced woodland and sealed off lanes, to the massive airfield perimeter, and by parked old East aircraft, before leading off to the main road to Karshagen once more.
Over all, a very very interesting place where the real feel of recent abandonment, serious modern history, modern presentation and interest come together.
None of the original launch sites are open to the public, which would be a good move, if only to get the atmosphere, but the matter of live ammo lying around again comes into this. I felt a pathway over the grass from the road to the Lancaster site could also be a benefit as I was told remains are still visible if one got close enough to the lakeside, and not just the sticky out bit seeable from the road.
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