January 31, 2014

The Laboratory - Abandoned Pharmaceutical Company (Part 5)

This is almost the final post about the abandoned pharmcautical company. I'll keep the last couple of pictures for myself a little longer ;)
It's amazing that so little of the glass equipment is broken or stolen. It adds a really unique feeling to the whole place.
Some rooms still smell like the chemicals that were produced or processed in them.

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6

January 29, 2014

No Home for Animals - The Abandoned Zoo (Part 2)

The best-known "inhabitant" of the zoo was the brown bear "Bruno". Born in 1976, he had been an attraction for various circuses when he came to the zoo in 1987.
After the closing, his whereabouts remained unknown for a while.
It turns out that after a bunch of assessments of his condition concerning arthrosis it was recommended to put him to sleep, but after objections from the city - especially since Bruno had a chance to make it into the Guiness Book of Records as the oldes living brown bear in captivity -  it was decided to follow the recommendations of the "Veterinary Visit Report" from 2010 and in 2011 he was transferred to a large bear sanctuary nearby.
Two months later, after his condition got worse, he was finally put to sleep.
The former owners claimed that he could never get used to the new surroundings and died of homesickness.

Part 1 | Part 2

January 26, 2014

No Home for Animals - The Abandoned Zoo

I have seen abandoned amusement parks, but I have never set foot in an abandoned zoo (nor can I remember ever setting foot in a zoo at all).
So since the weather was good and there was still enough daylight left after our trip in the abandoned former brewery, we decided to take a trip to the zoo.
The zoo was founded in 1950 by a famous German animal trainer and in 1952, moved to the location were its remains can be found today.
The "inventory" included seven lions, three bears, a wolf, two silver foxes, three monkeys, horses, ponies and a number of other animals.
Over the course of the 1950s, the number of animals climbed over 200. At the beginning of the 1960s, a famous animal researcher recommended an expansion of the zoo, so in 1967, the city provided 4.5 acres of land so the overall area grew to nearly 7 acres.
After the founder's death in 1976, a couple of employees that had worked in the zoo took over and carried on the operation.
Because of animal cruelty, various animal rights groups demanded the zoo be shut down in 1993, but the city's senate ruled in favor of the zoo.
In a magazine article from the year 2000, experts voted this zoo as the worst facility of its kind in Germany.

Here are the first couple of pictures.

Part 1 | Part 2

January 23, 2014

100 Years without Beer - The Abandoned Brewery (Part 3)

As I've said in my last post, I have no more stories to tell about this location.
Entering was a bit of an adventure and involved some climbing, so did the way out, but I think it was worth it.

So here are the final photos I took in the abandoned former brewery.

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3
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