“The comfort of having a friend may be taken away, but not that of having had one.”
On April 20, 2019, one of my best friends was taken from us without warning.
I first met Jens back in 2013 on a spontaneous visit to "his" abandoned sanatorium - a lonely place on top of a mountain where he had chosen to live with his pack of sleigh dogs. He offered us coffee, showed us the place and told stories. The little time we had just flew by. This first meeting was special. We had immediately connected on a really cool level, and my wife and I only reluctantly left that evening. We returned a few months later, and then again...and again. Over the years, a real friendship developed. Jens and "his" mountain became the place for us to be grounded, to meet new people, learn new things - and have barbecue ;)
We felt at home there, and Jens was the reason for that.
I still can't believe that he is gone and that I won't see him anymore walking quickly over his premises, feeding his dogs, riding the sleigh or building something new.
What remains are the great memories of adventure, of long talks by the campfire at night, the hunts for trespassers trying to jump the fence and of surprising visits to cool places that nobody else knew of.
And what will remain are the friendships that developed with the people we met on the mountain. That is Jens' legacy - he brought people together. People of different ages, religions, political views. People that came because of the dogs, people that came because of the sanatorium - in the end everyone came for Jens and for all the things that made this place so unique.
Thank you, Jens, for your friendship.
Thank you for everything you gave us!
We'll meet again by the great campfire in the sky!!!
This abandoned Soviet bunker in the Northeastern part of Germany was the command post of the 125th Soviet fighter-bomber division. It was built around 1965 and was expanded in the late 1980s. Due to the German reunification and the withdrawal of the Soviet troops early in the 1990s, the extension was never finished, so that only a shell exists today.
The bunker has an overall effective surface area of almost 500 square meters and was equipped with an independent power system and a filter ventilation system.
Surrounding the bunker....(more)
This bunker was the control center for the 125th Soviet fighter-bomber division that was stationed on a former Luftwaffe airfield in the Northeastern part of Germany.
The bunker was commissioned by the Soviet forces and built by a regional construction company in the late 1950s. It has a length of about 40 meters and a width of nearly 15 meters with an effective floor space of about 360 square meters.
There are two access points as well an emergency exit and a maintenance.....(more)
For the second day of our urbex tour through the Northeastern part of Germany back in November of 2017, my wife and I had planned something big. Well, for us it was. We were going to explore one of the largest Soviet garrisons in Eastern Germany. During the Cold War, more than 15.000 Soviet soldiers and civilian personnel were stationed here, so the place is actually way too large to be explored on one day in late November. But we wanted to at least check it out; it had been on our list too long! We got picked up early by our friend Torsten from North Urbex. The ride took a little more than two hours....(more)