22. Excavation German Stadium / "Silbersee" lake
Dr. Alfons Baier, Lehrstuhl für Angewandte Geologie, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nuremberg
The “Silbersee” lake is part of the excavation for the planned ”German Stadium” designed by the architect Albert Speer. As “the world’s largest stadium” it was to provide space for over 400,000 spectators. Work started in 1937 and was discontinued at the beginning of World War II. The excavation then filled with groundwater, creating the “Silbersee” lake.
This artificial lake today must be considered an area of dangerous waste: the adjacent “Silberbuck” hill consists of the rubble from the Old Town destroyed during World War II which contains some hazardous materials. The water seeping into the lake from these deposits contains poisonous hydrogen sulphide. Bathing is strictly prohibited in this lake.
Dr. Alfons Baier, Lehrstuhl für Angewandte Geologie, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nuremberg.