The Big 10 Hochbunker Bicycle Tour
Well, to start with it wasn't really a big tour, it was only 24 km. The big part was the number of hochbunkers I was able to round up on this loop through Munich. For several months now, I have been tracking the hochbunkers down that remain from WWII. They were built in the early 1940's to offer protection during air raids.
In one fell swoop Janos and I cycled to and photographed ten of these structures, two in downtown Munich and the rest a little further east from the center of the city. It was a sunny Sunday morning - again! - and we took advantage of the quiet streets for the ride in the center of Munich which is usually a traffic chaos.
We couldn't find the first hochbunker on my list because I had marked it incorrectly on my map. Funny how these dominating structures can remain hidden like that. Eventually we did find it, then stopped for coffee, and the second one wasn't far off.
For the next two bunkers, we wove our way through downtown streets we never otherwise ride. So nice to discover our town's different little neighborhoods.
Our next destination was an ensemble of four towers, originally built as a shelter for a factory producing explosives and munition. After the war the bunkers housed the Zündapp factory which produced a popular motorcycle. In 1984, Zündapp went bankrupt and the buildings were taken over by other companies. Some are still under renovation. The whole complex was rather confusing. It was hard to discern what was an old hochbunker, what was hidden behind a new facade layer and what was new. I took several pictures but wasn't always sure what I was taking pictures of.
At home I was able to figure it out.
And now on to a more resedential section of Munich, Berg am Laim, where we found our second-to-last hochbunker for the day, located on Sonnwendjochstrasse. From there we headed home, and hit one more bunker that I had seen before without realizing what it was because the facade had been covered over. That was in the beginning of my project when my eye had not yet been sharpened to recognize these structures.
And that was it for today. I have two more bunkers on my list and that will be the end of the project.
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