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Abandoned Army Base In The Woods

Viktoriia Makeenko
Soviet Training Base
Soviet Training Base

Abandoned Forst Zinna is a special town with a surprisingly pleasant atmosphere, and fall is a special time of year when something special gathers in the air that materializes childhood dreams, fairy tales and fantasy from the subconscious and fills the space around with magic.

Two five-story buildings were built here in the mid-80s to house Soviet military officers, so they were occupied for just a few years before the dissolution of the USSR in 1991. In front of the entrance to the building there is a stove uprooted from the kitchen and abandoned here.

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From the roof, you can see how far the forest stretches, hiding this abandoned town in its thick foliage, the buildings almost invisible among the forest as nature slowly reclaims this fading area. Views from the roof do not suggest that the complex is particularly expansive.

Still, five floors up is level with the tree canopy, and all that is visible from such a height is a forest that seems endless from here and the roofs of neighboring houses. But fall adds to this simple landscape its vibrant colors and moods.

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None of the apartments have preserved furniture on which to sit down; windows in all the rooms are broken, trash and dust are on the floor. This accommodation, of course, is not the standard of a cozy refuge.

Each cabin has its own balcony, which offers pleasant views of abandoned houses scattered among coniferous pines and birches. The views are almost the same as from the roof.

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Despite active demolition, the forests of eastern Germany still hold a huge number of relics of both empires of the last century — dozens of abandoned towns, military airfields, air defense positions and bunkers are still scattered in abundance over the eastern federal lands.

Now everything is changing very quickly — Germany is experiencing a powerful economic recovery and is actively getting rid of abandoned locations within its borders. The next generation of explorers will only be able to explore our photographs — in five years everything will either be demolished or restored, breathing new life into abandoned houses.

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The apartment number and the time-stamped nameplate of its last inhabitant. © technolirik@livejournal.com

The apartment number and the time-stamped nameplate of its last inhabitant. © technolirik@livejournal.com

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The night gives the dead houses a special mysticism, shrouding the street with a thrilling atmosphere, forcing you to listen to every rustling sound nearby. ©technolirik@livejournal.com

The night gives the dead houses a special mysticism, shrouding the street with a thrilling atmosphere, forcing you to listen to every rustling sound nearby. ©technolirik@livejournal.com

Soviet artifacts made from tank shells. ©technolirik@livejournal.com

Soviet artifacts made from tank shells. ©technolirik@livejournal.com

Garrison Officers Club (GOK). Under the Germans, this building housed the officers casino – essentially the same officer club. ©technolirik@livejournal.com

Garrison Officers Club (GOK). Under the Germans, this building housed the officers casino – essentially the same officer club. ©technolirik@livejournal.com

Basement. ©technolirik@livejournal.com

Basement. ©technolirik@livejournal.com

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Original propaganda posters, or fragments of them, remain in storage in the basement. ©technolirik@livejournal.com

Original propaganda posters, or fragments of them, remain in storage in the basement. ©technolirik@livejournal.com

Fragment of a poster in honor of the 35th anniversary of the founding of the GDR. ©technolirik@livejournal.com

Fragment of a poster in honor of the 35th anniversary of the founding of the GDR. ©technolirik@livejournal.com

In a separate room lay a variety of advertising posters on the cultural program GOK. ©technolirik@livejournal.com

In a separate room lay a variety of advertising posters on the cultural program GOK. ©technolirik@livejournal.com

The picture shows the original posters of concerts and films held in the officers’ club. ©technolirik@livejournal.com

The picture shows the original posters of concerts and films held in the officers’ club. ©technolirik@livejournal.com

“Disco” ©technolirik@livejournal.com

“Disco” ©technolirik@livejournal.com

In the foreground you can see a construction wheelbarrow which remained here since the Soviet times. ©technolirik@livejournal.com

In the foreground you can see a construction wheelbarrow which remained here since the Soviet times. ©technolirik@livejournal.com

An autonomous boiler room for heating the officers club. “Boiler room. No trespassing allowed.” ©technolirik@livejournal.com

An autonomous boiler room for heating the officers club. “Boiler room. No trespassing allowed.” ©technolirik@livejournal.com

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On the special staircase you can climb up directly to the boilers. ©technolirik@livejournal.com

On the special staircase you can climb up directly to the boilers. ©technolirik@livejournal.com

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Place of duty in the boiler room. ©technolirik@livejournal.com

Place of duty in the boiler room. ©technolirik@livejournal.com

The rules. ©technolirik@livejournal.com

The rules. ©technolirik@livejournal.com

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The reservoir of liquefied gas. ©technolirik@livejournal.com

The reservoir of liquefied gas. ©technolirik@livejournal.com

Racks with various spare parts. On the floor are trash cans made from tank shells for collecting cigarette butts. ©technolirik@livejournal.com

Racks with various spare parts. On the floor are trash cans made from tank shells for collecting cigarette butts. ©technolirik@livejournal.com

On the shelves, various bearings and other metal parts. ©technolirik@livejournal.com

On the shelves, various bearings and other metal parts. ©technolirik@livejournal.com

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Original soldier’s bed. ©technolirik@livejournal.com

Original soldier’s bed. ©technolirik@livejournal.com

Ground floor officers house. The original round windows in the corridors of the building attract attention. ©technolirik@livejournal.com

Ground floor officers house. The original round windows in the corridors of the building attract attention. ©technolirik@livejournal.com

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The main lobby of the officers club with a cloakroom. ©technolirik@livejournal.com

The main lobby of the officers club with a cloakroom. ©technolirik@livejournal.com

Clothes hangers. ©technolirik@livejournal.com

Clothes hangers. ©technolirik@livejournal.com

“New Thinking in Action” ©technolirik@livejournal.com

“New Thinking in Action” ©technolirik@livejournal.com

A corridor from which access is provided to small rooms overlooking the auditorium. ©technolirik@livejournal.com

A corridor from which access is provided to small rooms overlooking the auditorium. ©technolirik@livejournal.com

Booth for sound engineers and show club employees. ©technolirik@livejournal.com

Booth for sound engineers and show club employees. ©technolirik@livejournal.com

The booths looking from the audience area. ©technolirik@livejournal.com

The booths looking from the audience area. ©technolirik@livejournal.com

In the main hall of the officers club the roof has collapsed, burying the audience seating under its rubble. ©technolirik@livejournal.com

In the main hall of the officers club the roof has collapsed, burying the audience seating under its rubble. ©technolirik@livejournal.com

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Hall of Fame, where pictures of the advanced officers of the garrison were hung. ©technolirik@livejournal.com

Hall of Fame, where pictures of the advanced officers of the garrison were hung. ©technolirik@livejournal.com

Luxurious Soviet fresco on the theme of the armed forces of the USSR. ©technolirik@livejournal.com

Luxurious Soviet fresco on the theme of the armed forces of the USSR. ©technolirik@livejournal.com

Toilet room with round windows. ©technolirik@livejournal.com

Toilet room with round windows. ©technolirik@livejournal.com

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The remnants of the original yet German electrical panel. ©technolirik@livejournal.com

The remnants of the original yet German electrical panel. ©technolirik@livejournal.com

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Scene of the officer’s club. ©technolirik@livejournal.com

Scene of the officer’s club. ©technolirik@livejournal.com

Auditorium. ©technolirik@livejournal.com

Auditorium. ©technolirik@livejournal.com

The mechanism of closing the scenery. ©technolirik@livejournal.com

The mechanism of closing the scenery. ©technolirik@livejournal.com

Lighting gantries still hang from the ceiling. ©technolirik@livejournal.com

Lighting gantries still hang from the ceiling. ©technolirik@livejournal.com

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