Lindenfeld, the Phantom Village in Banat


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Lindenfeld (Linden Field, Campul cu tei), the village with no residents located near Buchin-Poiana, Caransebes,  at 1,122 meters altitude in Semenicului Mountains, was once colonized by the German PEMI from Bohemia. The village was founded in 1828 by the German settlers called pemi by the locals. They set up several villages in this mountainous region.

In 1924, at nearly 100 years of existence, it had 230 inhabitants, but after the World War II many were deported to Siberia. The great depopulation began during the communist regime, when some of the locals descended first to Caransebes. After the Revolution, Lindenfeld had only one inhabitant, Paul Schwirzenbeck aged 83 who died in a car accident 1998.

The road to Lindenfeld, approximately four kilometers, can be covered only by a jeep, from Poiana to the top of the hill. Most of the houses were left uncared-for.  Today Lindenfled is just an attraction for Romanian and foreign tourists. Many come to admire what is left here, and once they arrive they also sign the register, inside the church.

The place is indeed full of history. The abandoned houses, where shepherds come sometimes, still stand. Some are still in good condition and one can also find there beds, the ceramic stoves, the tableware, the kitchen table, clothes or carpets. But most were turned into ruins.

However, it became a destination for enduro enthusiasts too, particularly those coming from Germany and Austria, according to Adevarul daily.

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