August 13, 2016

Insane Asylum N.

We spent the night at a friend's pharmacy. Why a pharmacy? Well, said friend was on emergency duty in her pharmacy that night, and since it was conveniently close to where we wanted to go, we asked her if it was possible to spend the night.
The next morning, we got up relatively early as we had a pretty long ride and a couple of locations ahead of us.
The first spot we had planned was an old insane asylum that had been used by the Soviets after World War II.
Parts of the buildings are being taken care of by an association for its conservation and are being used for events such as tours, readings or summer theater. We didn't really know what to expect, so we parked the car near the place and walked some way across an open field until we reached the first buildings.
Some of the buildings have already collapsed completely, others are in use and inaccessible. After looking around for some time, we finally found one building that had an open window, and we climbed in.
You could clearly see the Soviet relics, especially the newspapers under the paint on the walls.
The day was pretty dark, there was no sunlight that morning, and so the light supported the rather bleak mood in the old asylum...


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August 5, 2016

Command Bunker P.

It was getting late on the first day of Freddy's  (Nordgriller Urbex) and my two-day trip to Eastern Germany last year.
It was the middle of December after all, so there wasn't much daylight left after a couple of hundred kilometers on the road, two more or less successful locations and an unuccessful one as well...
But there was one location that we still wanted to visit - a former command bunker of the East German National People's Army.
So we drove some more in eastern direction until we found the place.
We did our usual drive-by to check for a way in and for possible obstacles and ended up parking almost right in front of the location. There were neighboring houses, but no one but a dog seemed to be alerted by our presence.
Entering the former high-security military area was easy.
Did you see that barrier tape? What barrier tape? Thought so.
We walked past the barracks since our primary interest was in the bunker and we quickly found that. There was no obvious way in, but we found one after a quick search.
The desturction inside was severe. There is nothing left of the original interior. You can only guess what the two-floor command center must have looked like.
Since it was getting dark really quick and we still had quite a way to go to arrive at the place where we were going to crash for the night, we only took a couple of photos inside the bunker, grabbed some more outside and the headed back to the car.


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July 31, 2016

Alternative Spot: Construction Company N.

The second spot that Freddy and I had in mind for our two-day tour of Eastern Germany was an old cooling tower.
Situated right in the middle of an industrial area of a large East German town, it looked acessible on all photos that I had managed to find. So we thought, we'd give it a try.
We drove some time to get there, and once we got to the city limits, our mood started to dcline. The city itels looked so dreary and depressing, it started to have an effect on us. The rainy December weather added to the already sad atmosphere, when we got out of the car to find a way into the object.
There was no chance. We must have sneaked around the cooling tower on all sides for more than an hour when we decided to call it a day with this location. There were fences everywhere, as well as active industrial areas aound the cooling tower.
So we went for the next best thing - an abandoned building across the street.
This location was also very sad, actually. Not for the history, but for the fact that due to its relative boredom and its state of vandalism only added to our overall "sadness".
This whole experience was so influential that Freddy and I still have a little trauma from visiting this city.
It's called the "Neubrandenburg-Trauma".


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