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Bonnland - an unusual German village

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Bonnland, a village of 120 buildings, without one inhabitant living there.

It is in use since 1937 for the German Army, Firefighters, Police and THW as a Practicetown.

It's a no go area for ordinary citizens. Only one day in the year, the first of october, ex-inhabitants are allowed to walk around through "their" town for some hours.
PLUS every 5 years the army opens bonnland for 2 days, called "the bonnland festival" In 2005, during the latest festival 29.000 people took the chance and visited the town.


THW enters Bonnland. The shield says really "training village"

firefighter vehicles at the end of the street

swedish soldiers in bonnland

virtual walk through bonnland

the cemetry, the church and the castle aren't used for training by anone.

castel greifenstein

Arieal view

Just like an average german town, if it wouldn't be used by the army, etc.

tank in bonnland
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Bonnland Fest

Do you think there will be a Bonnland Fest in 2010? If so, on what dates do you think it would be held? I am planning a trip to the area in 2010 and would like to visit.
Thanks for the reply.
I sent a query and received an email today that said,
"There is a "Bonnland-Fest" in 2010. 17. and 18. July 2010"
Bonnland-Fest 2010

FWIW: I heard that the Bonnland-Fest in 2010 was cancelled; I do not know when they may plan the next one. Due to other circumstances we could not have attended in July. We did attend the Treffen in October, 2010; my wife, her mother, and I. It is a charming village, a little forlorn with no inhabitants. The Bundeswehr was very accommodating of the former residents. We had arranged to meet 5 other former residents and they and my family spent most of the day reminiscing, taking pictures, and 'catching-up'.
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