June 27, 2014

June 24, 2014

Revisit - The Abandoned Rubber Factory

It was a nice Sunday morning and we had planned to visit a beautiful new location.
This was our luck. We chose the only day that had the harbor fest going on with literally thousands of people attending and passing by the designated entrance into the building...
So after some time trying to decide wether to risk getting caught we went for the option of a revisit in the old rubber factory which is only about a mile away.

So after a short walk we made our way into the factory halls. I thought it was a great opportunity to get some pictures of things that I'd missed the first time around.

Here's the first load of pictures.

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Revisit | Revisit 2

June 22, 2014

High Society - Abandoned Ballroom (Part 2)

The establishment survived World War I. Right at the riverfront there were landing stages for guest arriving with row boats or sailing ships. Internationally known singers and musicians performed here.
The place boomed during the 1936 Olympic Games when the water sports competitions were held here.

The ballroom even survived World War II and was kept in poeration during the German separation. It stayed a well-known venue and was used for cultural, social or casual events.

After the collapse of East Germany and the reunification, operation was stopped in 1991 and the ballroom was closed forever.
In 2006, a Turkish businesswoman bought the whole thing for presumably 650.000 Euros with the intention of building a conference hotel. Nothing has happened since.

A notable feature was the grand piano standing in the large ballroom.
It's not there on older photos of this location, and it sounds way too good to be as old and rotten as the building itself.
Obviously someone brought it there.

Part 1 | Part 2

June 20, 2014

High Society - Abandoned Ballroom

After the "German Reich" was founded in 1871, the population of the cities began to grow and at the same time the people developed the demand for diversified entertainment in their spare time.
In the suburban region of this particular city new residential districts were built, as well as establishments for water sports. Regatta courses were laid in 1880 and various leisure facilities were built.

In the time of this trend, clubs for rowing, sailing and canoeing were founded on the river and built the corresponding boathouses.

At the end of the 19th century, a couple of restaurants for day-trippers had been built to cater for the well-being of the sportsmen and visitors.

This here is one of them. Built in 1898 and abandoned in 1991, its most sepcatcular feature is the huge beautiful ballroom with a ceiling height of 9 meters.
The building itself is in danger of collapsing, and a visit is not really recommended.

Here are the first couple of pictures.

June 18, 2014

One of a Kind - Abandoned Railyard (Part 3)

The enginehouse with the dome roof was the last of its kind to be built in Germany. The nearby railway station was opened on October 1, 1893. Since August of 1924, the station was also serviced with electric commuter trains.
The railyard with a water tower, the two enginehouses and other buildings was closed permanently at the end of the 1990s. The area is slowly being stripped down. Most of the tracks are gone by now, and in 2009, the premises were sold to an investor that plans to build a huge furniture retail store with lots of parking spaces there.

After the first enginehouse and the "abandoned village" of other buildings our exploration led us to the second enginehouse. Not as spectacular a construction as the first one, but remarkable nonetheless. The huge turntable and the 24-track enginehouse sure were impressive.
The other "visitors" were really annoying at some points, running around and ruining some shots, but in the end we managed to get a couple of nice ones.

In spite of all the fuss about dealers and crime and police this was a great location to explore. I only wish that a monument of the industrial age such as this one could be saved and not be demolished in favor of consumerism.

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3
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