A trip to Dwasieden castle ruins

Posted by ChristianA on 29 July 2017 in English (English)

So we're on Rügen; the beatiful island on the coast of Germany. This used to be a part of DDR during the cold war. Of course there are still many things left from this period. One such thing is the Dwasieden castle. There is no english wikipedia page for it, unfortunately, but at least a short german one: Dwasieden on german wikipedia

Ruins among the trees

In short, the castle was used by the Kriegsmarine during WWII. After the war, the Red army destroyed most of the castle but used the area for military purposes. There are industrial buildings (more or less ruins) left in the area, what seems to be bunker entrances and many remnants from military and industrial activitivies. I would love to know more about it, but it seems hard to find info in english.

Second floor

Anyway, most of the buildings and roads in the area are quite well mapped, so when I arrived it seemed there was not much for me to add. However, the actual castle did not have any outline in OSM, just a single node. I did not have much time for my visit, but I traced one lap around the ruins, and walked a bit on what was left of the second floor in the southwest wing.

Section of (partly destroyed) first floor

When I got home I used the blueprint found on Wikimedia commons and tried to adjust it to my gps track, using JOSM. Unfortunately my track was not very accurate, but I tried anyway. Since the blueprint had a scale ruler on it, I could at least adjust the scale of the image fairly accurately in JOSM.

JOSM screendump

Probably someone may improve this work, but it was a very interesting visit. One could spend days there mapping things.

Location: Sporthalle, Buddenhagen, Sassnitz, Landkreis Vorpommern-Rügen, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, 18546, Germany

Comment from MapsterJoe on 29 November 2017 at 22:17

Very cool location. The overgrown ruins remind me of Greek mythology and ancient legends. How where you able to read the scale ruler in the blueprint? I don't see a unit of measure for it.

Comment from ChristianA on 30 November 2017 at 07:09

Well, first and foremost Germany is a SI-unit country. When I adjusted the image to fit my GPS trace it also seemed to be in meters. If you then look at the original blueprint (can be found at ) it says "M".

Comment from MapsterJoe on 30 November 2017 at 22:19

Oh ok, so then the whole ruler is 40 meters across? That would make sense.

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