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.
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.
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.