On this trip Ondrej and me went to the deserted Russian military airbase at Milovice.
But before I start with the details and pictures, here a brief history of this area.
In 1904 a training area of 3465 ha land was constructed by the Austrian army.
A surrounding village was moved (with force) to make place for this training area.
The ruins of the villages where used for target practice.
During WWI about 46.000 Italian and Russian prisoners of war where kept here.
During WWII, the German army in 1939 used this area and moved more villages to expand the area.
After WWII in 1945 the Czechoslovakia army used the area and also expanded it by including another village to the area.
In 1968 the Russian army replaced the Czechoslovakian army, and stayed until 1991 when they abandoned the area.
During the Russian occupation there where more then 100.000 soldiers with their families living in this military airbase.
Every since it is abandoned, and metal thieves have stripped down almost all metal, and the are is used by people who play paintball or airsoft. Also some of the airplane bunkers are privatly owned by people who use the airstrip for the ultralight airplanes
The airstrip is huge, with 1 main strip, and on each side a smaller strip. It ends in the back where the tree’s are slightly visible. This airstrip was meant for the big old Russian airplanes that transported tanks etc, and they needed a long strip to take off and land on.
This is the route we walked. On Saturday evening we walked about 5.5 km in the dark, (the red dotted line), and Sunday around 10 km (the blue line).
I marked the sleeping place with a red arrow.
On Saturday evening we stayed mainly on the roads, because there where several holes in the ground, and also the covers of sewage holes where already removed by metal thieves, so it would be quite dangerous to walk anywhere else except for the main roads.
And here is the video of this hike.