This is a throwback to 2010 whenI visited this small abandoned village called Pier in Germany together with other explorers and friends. It’s one of the villages that had to make room for a quarry.
It was a hot day when we visited Pier and there was not really that much to see anymore, except for the quarry itself so the threat for the village was only a couple of kilometers away back then. Some big mean machines were in sight so we tried to get as close as possible to check them out since this is not something you can see every day. As crazy as it was, we were not sent away when we were only a couple of meters away from the bucket-wheel excavator.
I asked around on Reddit and it’s the Bagger 258 and the volume is 3850 tons.
Since I visited this place 7 years ago, I was curious about the excavation. Apparently, almost the whole village is gone already. Here’s an overview of the quarry. The village is abandoned from 2007, I visited it in 2010 and I also added the current status