Janos and I continue our quest for old and abandoned. A little research in the Internet, and I discovered there are a few lost places in and around Munich. I also discovered that they are technically no longer lost places. They are abandoned, but not neglected. They are fenced in, and if you do find a hole in the fence, you still can’t penetrate the buildings. The doors are barricaded with cement and brick, the windows are boarded up. These buildings aren’t waiting to be torn down, they are waiting to be renovated. Nevertheless, they are at present old and defunct and should qualify for the challenge.
We cycled a 36 km loop to the west of Munich and visited two lost places. The first was the Aubinger Heizkraftwerk, a former power plant.
The power plant was planned in 1937 as part of an unfinished industrial plant of the Reichsbahn and construction was started in 1940. During the Second World War, the Reichsbahn facilities were bombed in Aubing, after the war, the plant was initially unused. In 1952 the German Federal Railroad converted the building into a cogeneration/power plant. Since its closure, twelve years later, the building has been vacant. In the 1990s, techno parties were held in the building. In 2005, the former railway company Vivico sold the hall with the 20000 square meter site with protected trees to the mineral oil company and gas station operator Allguth, who wanted to set up a company headquarters here. in 2006 a building application was submitted. In spite of approval, however, construction did not begin, instead Allguth sold again at the end of 2010.
In other words, the building has been vacant for 56 years.
Our second stop was at the Diamaltwerke in Allach, a factory which produced baking malt (backmalz), a malt which is usually made from barley, wheat or rye. It is added to dough to accelerate fermentation and create a better texture. However, Diamalt’s most well-known product was Ovomaltine. It was on the market as early as 1904 and at that time used only for medicinal purposes.
The former Diamalt factory premises in Munich’s Allach-Untermenzing district covers an area of over eight hectares and was used until around 1994. Some of the still existing factory buildings, such as the Diamalt Tower or the Boiler House are protected as historical monuments.
Since 2012, the Boiler House has been extensively renovated by a private investor and since 2014 serves as a residential and commercial building. As of 2017 it is planned to build 680 new apartments by the ISARIA Wohnbau and Münchenbau whereby the Boiler House in the center will be preserved.
The Diamalt Tower is behind the Boiler House. We didn’t see it at first and again access was blocked by fences from where we stood. We then saw that it was probaly accessible from a different side and cycled over. The Diamalt Tower is still a lost place without fences. You could get as close as you wanted, but you couldn’t enter.
Finding “old and abandoned” has taken us through parts of Munich that we never otherwise visit and opened our eyes for things that we never noticed before. A great challenge.