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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New Video: The Movie Castle

This is the last video I made during our summer vacation this year. I'd wanted to visit this abandoned castle for a long time, and when we were in the area, we took the opportunity.
It was a really, REALLY hot day with temperatures of more than 40 degrees Celsius in the shade, and the castle wasn't much cooler, which is why the video is a bit shorter than usual. After three hours of taking photos, I just wasn't in the condition to take a lot of time for the video ;)
I hope you like it!



September 16, 2018

Tour Report: The Inn by the Cemetery [DK]

I had gotten a tip regarding this abandoned inn somewhere in Denmark and I had seen some promising photos of it before, so it was only logical to put it on the schedule for our trip back in April of last year together with Pixelcracker and Lost Places in Schleswig-Holstein und Umland.
It was about a half-hour drive from the first location, and by the time we arrived, the sky had cleared up and had made way for the sun which had been hiding behind clouds the whole time since we left home that morning.
The abandoned old inn is located right next to a cemetery and a church. There was a large public parking lot right next to it, which was used by churchgoers as well as people visiting the cemetery. It also seemed to be a pickup for bus travelers, so there was enough activity for us to not arise any suspicion.
The challenge was that the access which we discovered during our first inspection was perfectly visible from the pretty busy road...
It was only a small window, so we'd have to get in one at a time.
Everytime there was no car coming, one of us climbed in through the window while the others were hiding behind hedges or waiting around the corner.
I'm sure we were more than conspicuous, but somehow we made it in without being seen.
Despite well more than five years of abandonedment, the condition of the place was fantastic. A lot of the interior was still there, and the decay was only slowly beginning to make its way into the building, starting with the rooms on the weather side of the inn.
After about two hours, we had seen everything and we left the building the same way we'd used to get in.
There was another abandoned builduing across the street which we checked out. It obviously belonged to the inn as well, probably as accomodation for the staff. There was no way in at this point, so we got back into the RV and headed for the next location. A few months later, though, we managed to find acces during a revisit of the inn. There was also a cat, but that's a different story ;)


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September 9, 2018

Tour Report: The House of Chairs [DK]

It was time for a tour through Denmark again in late April of last year. About ten days after our successful exploration of an abandoned Soviet airfield in Eastern Germany, my wife and I met up with our friends Pixelcracker and Lost Places in Schleswig-Holstein und Umland to explore the abandoned parts of the picturesque Danish countryside.
As most of the times when we go touring through Denmark, we met in the parking lot of a large mall in Flensburg near the border early in the morning.
We all climbed aboard Pixelcracker's RV and headed across the border. The Danish government had re-established border controls to prevent refugees to illegally entering the country, which always leaves a stale taste in my mouth  after so many years of crossing European borders unchecked.

Anyway, it was only a short drive from the border to the first location that we had on our list. It was an unremarkable, small house in a small town. Since there weren't too many houses near the place and the Danish people (neighbors) unsually don't seem to be bothered by urbexers, we parked pretty close to the house and gathered our gear.
The back door was open, just like in most of the houses in Denmark that I've visited, and we entered.
There had obviously been a little amount of vandalism, but the general state of the place was still pretty much original. There weren't too many details to be photographed, but the chairs that could be found all over the house did make for some nice pictures.
Due to the lack of documents and such, there was no possibility for me to dig into the history of the place and find out who were the owners and what happened to them. The house appears to have been abandoned for a couple of years, but the electricity was still on...


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