|Ordensburg Vogelsang is a former national socialist estate placed at the former military training area in the national park Eifel in North Rhine-Westphalia. The landmarked and completely preserved estate was used by the National Socialists between 1936 and 1939 as an educational centre for future leaders. Since 1 January 2006 the area is open to visitors. It is one of the largest architectural relics of National Socialism. The gross area of the landmarked buildings is 50,000 m≤.|
The buildings are one of the best-maintained examples of Nazi architecture in Germany and the biggest after the Nuremberg party rally grounds.
The Burg's black stone cladding and crushing symmetry, by Clemens Klotz, a Cologne architect, mirrors that of Albert Speer, Hitler's court architect and friend.
In Hitler's time, the 500 25-to-30 year-olds picked from the cream of Nazi youth would learn "geopolitics", "race policy" and "history policy" here.
Never finished, the castle served its intended purpose for only a few months before being taken over by the Wehrmacht [German army]. It was captured by American forces in 1945, then transferred to the British and, a year later, to the Belgian army which used it as a training area.
From 2006 on, Vogelsang will have a new purpose : the Training Area becomes a National Park.