August 7, 2017

Tour Report: Soviet Airfield S.

It's no secret that I am really a fan of the Soviet relics you can find in Eastern Germany, so whenever I get the chance, I have to check them out. My wife isn't too much into all the military stuff, but she is fond of a nice walk in the park, so to speak, so when the opportunity arose for a quick stop at this abandoned Soviet airfield on the way up North towards the end of last years summer vacation, of course we took it.
The weather was great, but as a lot of times in these locations, parking was a bit of a problem. There were no regular parking places, so we just parked in an industrial area near a junkyard and a dog training area. There were a bunch of obscure-looking people around, but the attraction of the airfield was bigger that our desire for security.
The parking spot we chose offered direct access to the old airfield. We didn't have too much time since we still had a couple of hundred kilometers to go to our friend's place, so we quickly went and we only checked out a couple of buildings and the two large hangars.
The hangars were really cool, because there are only the carcasses of rusty steel and rotting wood left.
I hop that we will have the chance to come back and check out the rest of this huge place.

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August 5, 2017

Tour Report: Spa Hotel B.

It was the morning my wife and I were going to leave the Harz mountains to drive North and visit a friend of ours - and maybe some nice spots on the way.
Walking through town the day before, we had discovered the ruin of an abandoned hotel. Part of this hotel had been burned down and demolished about two years earlier, but the other part was still standing, so we decided to take a look the following morning before we left.
Getting on the premises was easy enough - just jump over the fence. Exploring the pool and spa area and the first couple of rooms was easy as well; there was an open door just by the side of the building.
Getting to the hotel's remaining rooms proved to be the hard part. The way led around the back part of the building which was right next to another road with a parking lot of another hotel. And everyone seemed to be leaving RIGHT THAT MOMENT, so we ducked in the bushes to wait till all those people had left. But they didn't; they just stood around their cars and kept talking. At some point, a couple of people left, but others came out - coffee still in hand...
After about 30 minutes of waiting, my wife didn't want to wait any longer and went back to our car, whereas I got tired of waiting as well, but chose to just be blunt and walk past all the people under the assumption that no one would be bothered if I just acted naturally. And I was right, I reached an open back door unchecked and undisturbed and was able to complete my mission.
Unfortunately, the staircase was in the torn-down part of the hotel, so it's only photos from the first floor...

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August 4, 2017

Tour Report: Sanatorium J.

It was our (I think) fifth visit to the old sanatorium. It was after all the last full day we were going to spend in the Harz mountains this time, and although we had visited Jens a couple of days earlier just to say Hi, we had decided to drop by again.
Jens has become a friend over the years, and it's always really nice to see him, share stories over coffee or beer and go for a little stroll through the hallways of the old sanatorium.
This time was no different. We stayed much longer than we had originally planned, but since we didn't have any other spots to go or places to be that day, we really enjoyed the evening up in the forests high in the mountains.
We regretfully left when it got dark because we had reservations for dinner. It was actually too bad, because we could have stayed for a nice barbecue.
But this is a thing we will make uop for in only a couple of days, when my wife and I will be staying at the sanatorium for two days next week to meet up with Jens again and to see what more secrets the Harz mountains have in store fore us before we drive further East for this year's summer vacation.

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July 31, 2017

Laundry Shop B.

On the way back from the railway repair factory, we checked out the remains of an old iron mine. Parts of it are now a museum, but since it was getting late, we only stopped to check out if the administration buildings are worth a visit. After running into what felt like an ocean of mosquitos, we decided that it wasn't and drove back into town to get some dinner.
After dinner, we went for a little walk and spent some time looking at an old laundry shop that was only two houses over from the hostel were we stayed.
It did look abandoned, but it was dark, so we couldn't really see - and it looked like there was a light on in one of the upper rooms. But that could have been an illusion. My wife and I had looked at the place before and it did look like it was okay, so we decided to check it out the next morning before our friend Lichtbeschatter left for home again.
And so we did. Aftzer breakfast, we packed our stuff and went a couple of meters down the street.
The fence in the back had been cracked open, so getting in the garden was easy. The back door to the house was open as well, and we started our explore.
There was very little vandalism, although it appeared like some closets have been cleared out to look for valuables. The last inhabitants of this place had been racoons, judging by the tracks on the kitchen table and the typical stench.
The laundry shop itself was pretty cool; most of the larges machines were still there, so we had some nice photos to take before we left again.

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July 23, 2017

Railway Repair Factory M.

On the evening of the fourth day of our summer vacation, my wife and I met up with our friend Lichtbeschatter, who was going to be with us on our urbex tour the next day.
During dinner, we were planning were to go the next day, when my father called and told me that we could keep the car (which we had borrowed from him) for two more days - just in case we'd like to visit a friend up North and explore some more spots. Although not relevant for the next day, this was great, because it extended our vacation and the list of possible locations for the next couple of days.

Anyway, together with Lichtbeschatter, we planned to leave the mountains and drive to a nearby city wich has a huge abandoned railway repair factory which we were goping to visit.
So after dinner and a nightcap (or two...or three...) we all went to sleep.
The next morning, we had a nice long breakfast before we left. The drive to our location took a little over an hour, but once again, the parking situation wasn't too great. It was really hard to find a spot that was close enough to walk (it was VERY hot outside) and yet inconspicuous enough to not be noticed. After all, this wasn't the weekend, and there were people working in the buildings around us.
After we found our parking place, we first did a short walk along the outer fence to look for the opportune way to access the location. We found a relatively hidden part where we could jump the fence, and we did.
We had to walk through a bunch of bushes and high-growing weeds, but then we were there, standing in front of a large factory hall. We found an entrance right away, and for me, the sight was breathtaking. I really dig those large halls made out of steel, concrete, bricks and glass. This one was really special - not only because we were completely alone, but also because the sun was just right to make a nice morning glow that was just a little foggy in parts - perfect for this place which has been overgrown with plants over the years and turned into a jungle.

The factory area is huge. We were there for about five or six hours and I'm sure that we didn't see half of it. But time was scarce and we wanted to check out some more spots on the way back, so we went back out the way we came, loaded our stuff in the car and drove off to our next adventure ;)

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