Visiting the Mühldorf
Park at the Innbau cement firm, at the back of the lot,
near where the entry road enters the woods (this road going into the woods is
closed to private vehicles). (Do not enter the cement firm grounds – just park
along Kraiburger Strasse, before the unpaved road enters the woods.)
GPS - Kraiburger Strasse 3, 84562 Mettenheim, Germany, N
48.24277, E 12.46427
Walk on this unpaved road, into the woods, for 8-10
minutes. You will come to a clearing where the larger trees have been cut down
and smaller trees have been planted – take the dirt road that goes to the left
here (there is sometimes a small blue sign pointing the way to the left).
Continue on this dirt road, staying on the main path as the
road curves (follow any small blue signs that you see – you will also see
concrete pieces off the path to the right). In a few minutes walk, the road
makes a 90-degree curve to the right. After this curve, the Weingut ruins site
is off on the left side.
A short distance past the 90-degree curve, there is a small
path to the left. Taking this path will allow a good view of the remaining
concrete arch (Arch 7), across the ruins of the collapsed Arches 5 and 6. You
can walk out onto Arch 5 here, and down toward the center of the ruins, onto
Arch 6, and under the standing Arch 7. CAUTION – There are pieces of rebar
sticking up a few inches all over these collapsed arches, and you need to keep a
good eye on your walking path so as not to trip on this rebar. There are also
pieces of broken concrete and gaps between the collapsed arch segments that you
have to watch out for.
The remains of the air raid shelters are on either side of
the front end of Arch 7 – the end that faces away from the collapsed arches
behind. Pass under the arch to where you see the interpretive marker on the
right. One shelter ruin is a little behind this marker, and the other ruin is on
the opposite side, past the arch, following the gravel path.
If you want to see the remains of the gravel removal tunnel, this site can be particularly hard to find. Walk straight out from the center of the front side of the arch, following the gravel path. You will come to an area where this path divides into an oval shape, going around a small clump of trees and meeting again on the other side. Just beyond here, there is a path that slopes down to the right – you can see three large pieces of broken concrete along this path, on the right side, as it slopes down the hill. Just stay on this path going in the same direction, and you will eventually come to the remains of the gravel removal tunnel (you know you are going the right way when you pass the remains of a VW Beetle in a depression off the right side of the path).
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