New Housing Project Built on Site of Medieval Village

The site of a new town in Grafenwöhr, Germany, for U.S. soldiers and their families, was once a medieval village and later boasted a guest house where tourists came to watch the Bavarian army train on a nearby range.

The Installation Management Agency-Europe last month announced that a private contractor, Nordica, would build 830 houses for military families at the new town of Netzaberg — a block of land inside Grafenwöhr training area that administratively will be part of the nearby town of Eschenbach once the houses are built.

Most of the abandoned towns within the training area were farming communities, but there are sites of medieval mines, a brewery and a glass factory inside the training area.

One of the most popular town sites to visit is Hopfenohe, where there are ruins of a 14th-century church. Langenbruck was another important village in the training area. Its population resettled at Vilseck.

Tours of the training area also stop at the Wolfschutzen Kappelle, which commemorates the place where the last wolf in the district was shot in the 17th century. The tours also visit artillery observation towers overlooking Grafenwöhr’s main impact area and the cemetery at another abandoned town, Haag, where there are more than 100 graves.