April 29, 2017

Forester's House K.

On my tour through Eastern Germany in June of last year together with Lost Places in Schleswig-Holstein und Umland, we stumbled across this little old house.
We were on the road between two locations, when a really old ramshackle house appeared by the side of the road and we decided to check it out.
We found a place to park not too far away and walked over to the old house.
It was definitely abandoned, but a sign on a post next to the house said this was the oldest house in the community and identified it as the forester's house.
We didn't have to look for a way in - the front door was open, so we walked right in.
There was a lot of trash lying around, butwe managed to get some nice shots.
Not too bad for an accidental find on the way.


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April 16, 2017

Chateau Sacrale

On a nice and warm summer day late in June of last year, I went on a nice little tour through the Northeast of Germany together with Andreas from Lost Places in Schleswig-Holstein und Umland.
I had chosen a bunch of spots and planned a good route that was goint to take us on a nice round trip through the beautiful German countryside.
We started relatively early and arrived at the first little spot after about two hours of driving.
This first spot was a small red brick chateau whose origins date back to the 18th century. The dominant feature is its facade which resembles a sacral building.
The house is located in a small village, but there was no one around when we got there, so we parked the car close by and just went round back looking for a way in. The grass was really high, and I hit my leg on a tree stump. It was bleeding a little, but nothing serious. Nice start for an explore, though...
Anyway, there was an open door, so we were in really quick. As with many old buildings in Eastern Germany, the use by East German communities has left its marks on this one as well. Hardly anything is in its original state.
It was a short explore as there was not much to see, and we were on the way to the next spot within an hour...


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April 9, 2017

Chemical Factory R. [Revisit]

It was going to be a grand day! First an abandoned chemical factory and then Iron Maiden! It doensn't get much better than this!
Since the time table was a bit tight, we got up early to meet up with Freddy (Nordgriller Urbex) to drive to the desired spot.
About three years before this visit, my wife and I had already visited this place shortly after George Clooney had shot parts of "Monuments Men" here.
Since then, a lot of TV and movie productions have used the old factory halls and open areas for some shoots, most notably "The Hunger Games".
At the moment, the former technical manager of the plant has been hired to take care of the place and to keep vandals out. Luckily, we had heard of this guy from another friend of mine and went actively looking for him before attempting an illegal entry.
We met him after a couple of minutes and asked him if he would allow us on the premises to take photos. For some cash he let us in and we were on our own for a couple of hours.
We had the whole place to ourselves and not needing to sneak around had its advantages as well.
We really used up all the time we had planned, called the caretaker and left.
The traffic on the way back into the city almost made us be late for the concert, but we made it just fine and had a great evening following a great day.


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April 2, 2017

Army Fuel Depot N.

This place is buried deep in the woods, and thanks to a relatively inaccurate map we got from a friend of mine, we managed to take a little longer than planned to find our designated parking spot.
From there, it was only a short walk to the actual fuel depot.
The large fuel tanks with a volume of 7.700 cubic meters haven't been built underground. Only the foundations are in the ground, the rest has been built above the ground and was then covered in earth and over the years overgrown by trees.
The steel walls of the huge tanks make for an amazing sound, and if you're there in the right moment, the sun's rays can be seen shining through the hole at the top of the tank.


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March 26, 2017

Vampire Castle S.

The day after visiting the Olympic Village, we again set sail, so to speak, to go on a tour with our friend Freddy (Nordgriller Urbex) who we'd met up with for a couple of days not only of exploring, but also a great heavy metal concert - it doesn't get better than this!!
Anyway, that morning, we had paid a short visit to an old ballroom, which doesn't really deserve its own post, so I'm just going to skip it here and move on to the next spot - an old mansion.
The name is appropriately chosen, regarding the history of the building, so please forgive the dramatic title :)
The entire estate is surrounded by a big wall and various buildings that are still in use. We drove through the village a couple of times trying to find a good way in, but there was no chance. We then decided to take the direct way and parked right in front of a junk dealer's plaxce that was right next to the place we wanted to get into.
We walked on the scrapyard and looked around until we met someone. He didn't spear German really well but we managed to tell him that we wanted to take photos of the old house next door. After we had convinced him that we weren't "Television", he showed us a hole in the fence that seperated his place from the castle's park.
We crossed the high grass until we got to the building. There was no way in at groudn level, but a scaffolding at one side offered access at the first floor. We simply had to climb up the scaffold and then take big step across through the window - piece of cake!
The huge swarm of bees that lived in one part of the building made an infernal noise the entire time we were there, but they left us alone and we could take our pictures.
We left the same way we got in, waved the junkdealers goodbey and were on our way...


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