Ride 80 – Through Munich and to Two More Hochbunkers

In Catholic Bavaria, August 15, the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, is a public holiday. It was a beautiful day with temperatures in the low 20’s C, and it being a holiday, meaning little traffic, it was perfect for our ride through the city to seak some more hochbunkers I had on my list.

Before we left Janos mounted his handlebar cell phone holder. He discovered he can charge the cell phone from the e-bike battery while riding! Brilliant. Rain would be a problem, but otherwise it’s easier to use than the Garmin and the map is easier to read.

Janos mounting the cell phone holder

We set off on our usual route through town only to discover that the preparations for the October Fest are now underway and the path across the fair grounds, the Theresienwiese, is now closed to pedestrians and cyclists. They start building the giant beer tents about two months before the start of the October Fest, which is actually the last week of September. They have left one corridor open, but when the October Fest is in full swing that too will be closed to bicycles.
The fair grounds are now a construction site for the October Fest.

A corridor is left open for pedestrians and cyclists.

But no big deal, we rode along the edge of the grounds and after about nine kilometers, we had reached the first hochbunker on Boschetsrider Strasse. It is boarded up and probably has no function, aside from being the supporting fourth wall for the small adjoining building.
Our first hochbunker, boarded up

A few kilometers farther we reached the second hochbunker of the day. Here we could see that it is inhabited. There was a bicycle stand beside the building and doorbells at the gate. Over the entrance there was a stone sculpture of the Nazi reichsadler perched on a wreath. However, the head had been chopped off and the swastika which was originally inside the wreath had been chiselled out.
This one is inhabited. Very thick walls!

Decapitated reichsadler and wreath with chiselled out swastika

We cycled back home along the Isar and through the English Garden, totaling 21 km.

I'm a US born ex-pat, having lived most of my adult life in Munich, Germany. Cycling and photography are my favorite things.

3 response to "Ride 80 – Through Munich and to Two More Hochbunkers"

  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: August 17, 2018

    Those are some very thick walls!
    So thick in fact demolition was prohibitively expensive?

    • By: Suzanne Posted: August 18, 2018

      Yes, I think the high costs of demolition are the reason any of these bunkers are still standing. Who needs Nazi architecture?

  2. By: The Navigator Posted: August 19, 2018

    It looked like a perfect day for a ride! Those bunkers are definitely very imposing – both physically and the history they invoke. Great idea for the cell phone holder to make charging and navigating easier 🙂

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