A third encrypted bottle post has been found in the river Alster in Hamburg. Can a reader decipher these mysterious messages? Can we find out who is behind these strange bottle posts?
In October 2016, I reported on an encrypted bottle post that was found in the Isebekkanal, a sidearm of the river Alster in Hamburg, Germany (thanks to Dominique Eggerstedt for the hint).
Yesterday, Tuncel Biyikli informed me about another bottle post. He has found it on the East bank of the Außenalster. This means that we now have three encrypted Alster bottle posts. The finding places can be seen on the following map:
Bottle post 1
Here’s a picture of the first bottle post found:
This is the message contained in the bottle:
Many readers commented on this strange cryptogram. Many words can be read, while other parts of the text seem to have no meaning. The purpose of this note is completely unclear to date.
Bottle post 2
The second bottle post looks like this (source: Facebook):
Again, I don’t know what the purpose of this message is.
Bottle post 3
Here’s the latest message (thanks to Tuncel Biyikli for the pictures):
Again, the message contains a number of German cleartext words, e.g., MÄDCHEN, STURMBEFEHL, and HÖCHSTGEFAHR. I don’t know what this means.
Who is behind it?
I still have no idea about the background of these messages. Are they part of a game? Where they created by Geocachers? Are they products of a performance art project? Any hint is welcome.
Further reading: Kaliningrad’s second mystery: Who can break this encrypted bottle post?