Ghostly Nazi-era motorway resurfaces in German forest

  • Friday 15, November 2019 08:00 PM
Sharjah 24 – AFP: In the middle of a dense Bavarian forest, amateur historian Dieter Stockmann points to the ghostly shapes of an abandoned motorway from the Nazi era.
The remains of Route 46 have always been known about but the area was once "taboo", according to Stockmann, who has studied the project for 20 years.

But today the site is drawing visitors and local authorities are clamouring to turn it into a full-blown tourist attraction -- as another means of countering Nazi propaganda.

Juergen Lippert, mayor of the Gemuenden am Main municipality, where most of the road is located, organises around a dozen guided tours every year.

"During the tours, we dismantle the lies that are still now seen as true. For example, motorways were not invented by Hitler," the 53-year-old said.

Stockmann, who also organises free tours for hikers willing to brave thorny bushes and nettles to see what is left of what would have been Germany's longest motorway, said he has not encountered Third Reich fans.

Visitors in car-obsessed Germany are more interested in the technical challenges of building a motorway at the time rather than the Nazi links, he said.