After you read this, the line from the song “If you go out to the woods today” will have a whole new dimension…
The overgrown wood in the north or Germany was probably the most unassuming place you could come across, not to mention random. Situated in the very depths of the former German Democratic Republic.
This particular area had been sealed off, and old grey bunkers were scattered among the trees.
But when these two friends visited the woos and forced their way inside, after curiosity got the better of them, what they found was inspiring and shocking, hiding a secret past, almost forgotten…
It was these submarine looking pipes which initially peaked the interest of the two friends, who were walking in the woods. The guys knew this needed further investigation…
The intrepid explorers didn’t need to look far for an entrance to what they assumed was a bunker. Just 350 feet away from the pipes, they found this hidden entrance.
It took some work getting into the bunker, but the friends succeeded in gaining entry. Behind rotten wooden planks, they found a slimy staircase, which led down to an underground lair. They descended the stairs, carefully, and meandered through a winding corridor.
What they saw before their stunned eyes far exceeded their expectations. With no end in sight, they found their way through a labyrinth of mysterious tunnels.
The exploration was going good at first. But the friends decided it would make more sense for them to split up and go their own ways, to cover as much ground as possible. They both encountered blocked entrances and impasse after impasse.
It’s just as well the friends came prepared, with flashlights and good strong boots. They waded through filthy, muddy waters, finding their way through the abandoned structure.
You could certainly forgive these guys for getting more than a little freaked out when they saw graffiti. Knowing that they weren’t the first ones there, or possibly, that they were not alone. The fact it read “Hallo Satan” was even more disturbing.
In one of the many corridors they found the word “Hilfe” scrawled across the walls. That means help in English. While another read, “Hello Satan, I love you,” read another. It was “At this point we were both uncertain if we should proceed or get the hell out of there,” one of the friends admitted.
The rot set in long ago, and the tunnels within the underground bunker looked more like the set from a horror movie than anything else. They ventured deeper through the corridors, and it became clear. Whatever was once here was under heavy guard, for some reason.
It seemed like at every turn, these guys came across massive vault doors, some still in place, with other strewn across the ground.
Cold War Connection
The friends were shocked when they found Russian inscriptions on one of the gigantic doors, suggesting a probable Cold War connection.
As the guys reached the end of the main passageway, they were suddenly struck hard by a strong odor, which stopped them in their tracks. As they told reporters, it was “Like rotten organic stuff and old water,” one said. “Sewer-like.”
At the end, they took a left turn and found themselves at the entrance to a heavily armored chamber. Mysteriously, neat numbers had been carefully inked in red on the thick lead walls.
At one point the guys found themselves in deep water, literally. They decided not to explore further when they saw a stepladder leading to an access point, but they resisted, for fear of getting into some real danger.
One of the friends told reporters, “ We were terrified by the silhouette of this pile of rubbish, resembling a crouching or sitting man, I screamed and nearly knocked over my friend.”
The “Great Hall”
They found this huge, daunting looking windowless chamber right at the heart of the bunker. They nicknamed this room the “Great Hall.”
One of the friends was able to poke his camera through one crevice and took this photograph of the monstrous old contraption inside, with its huge, mold-covered pipes.
Sure it was creepy, but no we aren’t talking about a sign from god. On top of the water, a sign in Russian which read “Keep Clear” came by, and the friends looked at one another.
As well as the “Great Hall,” the friends found this giant tank, which could have been a septic tank they assumed, When they opened its circular vault doors, they saw mysterious stalactite formations inside.
There was way more to photograph, but sadly, the guy’s camera battery died, and this picture of a stalactite from the giant taken was the last image they snapped on their more than interesting journey in the woods.
[Featured image credit: hellomynameisthatthingfromthewalls @ Imgur]