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    Hidden signs

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Apr 3, 2016

    Look for the hidden signs in the museum garden.

    This one reads:

    Weil es denkbar ist.

    Alles Denkbare wird einmal gedacht. Jetzt oder in der Zukunft. ...",

    It's a quote by Frl. Doktor in a book of Dürrenmatt.

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    Peenemunde Museum

    by alancollins Written Jul 1, 2007

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    The museum is housed on 2 floors in one of the former power stations and it provides and extensive history of Peenemunde and the subsequent history of space flight. The displays have an English translation but an audio guide does make it easier if you do not want to view each display. Refreshments are available as well as guide and books. I took the easy option and went by car but I noticed a train as I was leaving so public transport to the site is available.

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    Peenemunde Museum

    by alancollins Written Jul 1, 2007

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    In accordance with plans drawn up by the allies at the end of WW2 the buildings at Peenemunde were largely destroyed. A power station that is now a museum and a block house for test firings remains. There are also a GDR missile boat and a number of aircraft to view. Other areas are slowly being opened up and it is possible to follow a route outside of the museum to look at areas of interest.

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Peenemünde Warnings and Dangers

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    Low trees (and speed traps!)

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Sep 7, 2002

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    On the so called Bundesstrasse sometimes there are low tree branches.

    Also look out for speed traps!

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Peenemünde Off The Beaten Path

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    Hidden plane

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Apr 3, 2016

    Try to the discover the hidden MIG.

    I was in the museum at the first floor and had to peek through the wall to see this Russian jet fighter.

    So, the museum does not solely display the WWII things, but also highlights the Cold War.

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    Keep an eye out for wild boar in the...

    by CatherineReichardt Updated Jul 27, 2012

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    For obvious reasons, access to the area around Peenemunde Army Research Centre was restricted for nearly 60 years. Although public access has been allowed since the museum was set up in 1992, the forest around the military base has been largely isolated from human activity for over half a century, effectively creating a forest nature reserve (although I doubt that this was the military's primary intent!).

    As we were driving to the base late one summer afternoon, a movement in the long grass on the road verge caught my eye, and I could hardly believe my eyes when I realised that there were two wild boar piglets (hoglets?) foraging in the vegetation! They seemed unfazed by my sharp braking, and lingered for a couple of minutes before disappearing off into the bushes in search of tasty morsels. Their camouflage of russet hair with paler 'racing stripes' was surprisingly effective, and they melted into the undergrowth as if they had never been there.

    I have seen wild boar in captivity, but I have never before been priveleged enough to see them in the wild. For me they symbolise Europe in medieval times before mass urbanisation, and to see that they were still alive, well and multiplying in northern Germany was a hugely exciting. One of the absolute highlights of our trip!

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    Rockets, rockets, rockets ....

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Apr 3, 2016

    Favorite thing: The Historisch-Technisches Museum Peenemünde displays the full history of the German rocket technology that was developed before and during the Second World War.

    The museum is housed in the former power plant that was needed to generate the power for the liquid oxygen plant.

    There are many rockets on display with technology that was used later in the American Mercury and Apollo projects.

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