October 14, 2018

Tour Report: The Unknown School

In May of 2017, my wife and I went for a tour of the Northeastern part of Germany. We had arranged to spend a couple of nights at a friend's house who lives pretty central in the area where we had identified some spots to explore.
The first spot was a tricky one. It actually consists of three parts. One is an old manor house. The other is a bunker that sits practically in the back yard of the manor house. And then there was the third building. We had only seen the large structure on Google Earth during the planning phase for the tour, but we had no clue what it was.
Due to the three different spots in one location, it seemed to be a promising place to start our tour, and conveniently enough, it was right on the way to our friend, so it wasn't even a long detour.

Upon our arrival, we could see right away that the abandoned manor house wasn't so abandoned anymore. There were workers on scaffolds renovating the whole thing. So the main building was out of reach for an exploration. But knowing about the other two potential places on the grounds, we asked one of the workers if it was alright to go walk around the area and take some photos, and he said yes.
So we went back to the car to get our gear, when a car drove past us right onto the grounds. Inside the car was a grim-looking man who eyeballed us pretty intensely. After he'd passed us, we made our way back on the premises - where the guy was already waiting for us. He asked us what we were planning to do, and we told him about our conversation with the workers on the scaffolds. He said, the workers didn't have anything to say and that we weren't allowed on the premises. Feeling that arguing with him was going to  be unrewarding, we opted for a different approach. We accepted what he said, but started a conversation about the history of the whole place. It took some time, but then he started opening up. The guy was the groundskeeper and he really knew a lot about the place. The mansion was being renovated by the new owners and through the proper channels could even be visited legally - if you called ahead...
He was kind of surprised that we knew about the bunker, but also told us a couple of things about that. The large building that we didn't know anything about used to be a school, he told us - and in the end, he allowed us to explore it.
This was another fine example that if you are open-minded, friendly and don't run around in camouflage hiding as soon as someone sees you, you can sometimes gain more than you initially thought!
So we took our time to explore the place undisturbed, which took about two hours. After that, we got back into the car and drove towards a nice dinner at our friend's house.

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October 6, 2018

Tour Report: The House of the German [DK]

It was the final spot on our tour together with Pixelcracker and Lost Places in Schleswig-Holstein und Umland back in April of last year. We had gotten a tip regarding this place, but had first checked out the location right across the street that we didn't know about.
So after we were done exploring the "First House on the Left", we went over and entered through the open front door - as it's common in Denmark.
The place was pretty much trashed, so I only took some detail shots - but those reveal very clearly why the location is called "The House of the German".
Apparently, the person who lived here displayed some more than right-wing political views. We found newspapers, books and even sheet music that clearly pointed in this direction.
After about 45 minutes, we had seen enough and started our drive back home.
South of the Danish border, we went for our traditional quick snack at a fast-food joint and then went our separate ways.

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September 22, 2018

Tour Report: The First House on the Left

Here's the next report from the tour through Denmark I took in April of last year together with my wife and our friends Pixelcracker and Lost Places in Schleswig-Holstein und Umland. We had finished exploring the first two spots we had planned and were on the road to the third spot on our list.
As we took the turn onto the road where the "House of the German" (the planned spot) was located, we spotted another obviously abandoned house. It was the first house on the left, hence the rather unimaginative title of this report ;)
Two spots. One on each side of the road. We had some trouble deciding which one to explore first. We went for the one we spotted first, so we parked by the side of the road and gathered our gear.
A lot of the abandoned houses we explored in Denmark have had their front or back doors unlocked. It was no different in this case, so it was really easy to enter.
The house wasn't as spectacular as we had hoped - there wasn't any furniture left and the decay wasn't as advanced as we'd expected.
But there still were some nice shots to be taken - my personal favorites were two old liquor bottles standing on the window sills on the upper floor.
We didn't spend too much time in the place, and when we were finished, we just had to walk across the street to check out the next spot - so stay tuned for my next report :)

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