Lost Villages – November 20 2019 Gravel Ride

Almost every area will have something that has been abandoned with some long since forgotten and rubbed away.

On this short gravel ride, we passed two lost villages, at Kerstlingeröder Feld and Omborn. The first was badly hit during the Thirty Years War (which devastated the German speaking states) and what was left was then destroyed during a local feud before finally the surviving manor house was overcome by Leopards and Chieftains. What remains are redundant concrete Panzer Platz and a romantic ruin set in a nature reserve.

Later, we visited the site of what was once Omborn set deep in the forest, now only signs mark where a village and church stood, nothing remains. Trees have taken back a cemetery and buildings. The information board says that stones etc. from Omborn can be found built into the buildings in nearby villages.

There are several lost villages in the area having been destroyed by war, famine or economics.

Kerstlingeröder Feld, Peace Dividend
I sat on a bench at Kerstlingeröder Feld

The Ride
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