Zossen Things to Do
If you wish to visit the bunkers and tunnels at Wünsdorf you have to go on a guided tour. The only tour, without making prior arrangements, is to Maybach 1 and Zeppelin, which costs 10 euros and lasts about 90 minutes. The tour is only in German but there is a book held at the ticket office that has details of the guided tour in English and can be borrowed. Access to the site is via locked gates and though it is possible to take some photos of the Maybach buildings you will miss the main prize of the Zeppelin Underground Bunker.
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Maybach I was built between 1937-9 and consists of 12 buildings. They were used by Army Command Staff (OKH) during WW2. The buildings were built to give the appearance of 12 houses and appeared to have windows with window boxes which hid the bunkers and tunnels below. There was camouflage netting covering the pathways between the buildings. They were built out of reinforced concrete, 2 feet thick and could easily withstand an air raid. The buildings stood 15m in height, 16m wide & 34m in length, with 3 floors above ground and 2 floors below ground. Maybach II had a similar construction but only had eleven buildings and was completed in 1940. The complex was taken intact by the Soviets on the 20th April 1945. In accordance with an agreement made by the Allies at Potsdam Maybach I & II were blown up during 1946/7. The buildings of Maybach I still exist be it in a damaged condition and you can view the impressive structures. Maybach II did not fair so well being broken up and used as building materials and no longer exists. The complex was named after the Maybach Internal Combusion Engine.
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Zeppelin was built in 2 years and was a communications bunker during WW2. It was built on 3 levels with the lower floor at a depth of 18m. When the building was taken by the Soviets on the 20th April 1945 they were amazed at its size and complexity. As per the Allied agreement at Potsdam they made a half hearted attempt at destroying it, after removing anything that could be taken. Very little damage was caused though water soaked in. The Soviets later decided to reuse the Zeppelin as a communications centre and nuclear bunker and renamed it Ranjet after an apple. The bunker has been left pretty much in tack and certainly is the highlight of the tour.Related to:
- Historical Travel
Bahnhofstrasse 28, Zossen, Brandenburg, 15806, Germany
Good for: Families
You can catch a Regional train (RE 3 and RE 7) to Wunsdorf from Berlin, though there are various ways of getting to Wunsdorf-Waldstadt. After getting out of the railway station turn left over the level crossing. It is easier if you continue straight on along Bahnhofstrasse until you reach the T-junction. Turn left along Berliner Strasse and you heading towards Zossen. It is about a 40 minute walk and when the footpath on the right hand side of the road runs out you are almost there. Look out for a bus stop on the right hand side of the road as per the photo. Cross over and continue straight on for about 1km. There is a restaurant if you feel like rest.
You can also get off the train at Zossen, which is the station before Wunsdorf-Waldstadt as the location of the bunkers is located halfway between the two stations.
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