Back in 2012, I posted about a place near the town of Syke colloquially known as Missile Hill, an abandoned US Army installation turned nature preserve with look-out tower. Unfortunately, I couldn’t take any photos from the top of the look-out tower back then, because the battery of my camera died.
Last week, I drove out to Gessen-Leerßen, a village near Syke again, to buy pumpkins, since those in my own garden did not bear fruit this year. And since it was a clear and sunny day, I took the opportunity to take a stroll around the “Hoher Berg” (high mountain, since it’s the highest elevation in the area. High means 65 meters above sea level in this case – North Germany is flat) and climb the look-out tower. And unlike last time, I made sure that my camera battery was fully charged.
So here are some photos of Syke’s own high mountain as well as of the farm where I bought the pumpkins:
A colourful display of pumpkins and gourds at Hof Klocke in Gessel-Leerßen
A selection of pumpkins and decorative gourds for sale at Hof Klocke in Leerßen. The sign indicates that they also sell fresh eggs.
An old potato crate holds several decorated pumpkins.
Squashes and pumpkins are laid out in the shape of a flower.
The first thing you see when you climb the “Hoher Berg” is wilderness, since the area is now a nature preserve.
A glimpse of the remaining buildings of the abandoned US military base “Hoher Berg”, seen through the shrubbery that has since grown here.
The remnants of the old US military basis “Hoher Berg”. The plattform in front used to hold the radar dome, which was visible from afar.
An apple tree grows defiantly next to the radar plattform.
An overview of the remains of the military base on Hoher Berg, shot from the top of the look-out tower.
For more information about the former US Army base on “Hoher Berg” and photos of what it used to look like, check out this detailed site. During the Cold War, the base housed Nike Hercules air defence missiles, including some equipped with nuclear warheads, which confirms the suspicions many people in the area had.
This 13-meter-tall look-out tower overlooks the Weser glacial valley.
Another view of the look-out tower. The Aeolian harps visible in the 2012 photos are gone by now.
And yet another view of the look-out tower, seen through some trees.
A view across the Weser glacial valley from the top of the look-out tower.
A view with a zoom from the top of the look-out tower. On the horizon you can see the high rise buildings of the Bremen suburb of Osterholz-Tenever as well as the Weserwehr power station.
Another zoomed in view from the look-out tower. On the horizon, you can see Bremen city center as well as the harbour.
Wind turbines are abaundant throughout North Germany. The four smaller wind turbines in front were among the first built in our area in the early 1990s. On the horizon, you can see a lot more wind turbines.
A look in the other direction, towards the village of Leerßen. The paved area in front is part of the old army base. Note the many con trails caused by airplanes starting and landing at Bremen Airport.
There’s also a playgournd on the “Hoher Berg”, which is frequented by local children.