October 26, 2014

Abandoned Distillery H. (Part 2)

In 1901, a new owner took over the business, which was at the time labeled a wine and liquor store.
In 1907, yet another family took ownership of the disitllery and operated the business for more than two generation until the production was discontinued at the beginning of the 1980s

Since then, the distillery itself, as well as the offices and the appendant residential building have been abandoned. Parts of the boiler house have collapsed, but there is still a lot to see in this wonderful location.

After we inspected the storage shed and the inner courtyard, we moved into the next part of the facility.

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

October 22, 2014

Abandoned Distillery H.

The origins of this company go back to its founding in the year 1833.
The first production site was opened on this spot in 1836 and is the oldest factory-like building in this part of the city.
The prestigious residential an doffice building toward the street was built in the 1850s.
The production facitlites were expanded over the years and at the beginning of the 1870, a  half-timbered rear house was built, which in the 1890s was further expanded with a boiler house and horse stables. The distinctive chimney was constructed in 1901.

This was really one of the most beautiful locations I have ever had the pleasure to visit. There was no vandalism and no graffiti - the whole thing was almost completely untouched!

We started our excurion in the former storage shed and the inner courtyard.

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

October 19, 2014

Neo-Classical Castle R.

There is not much information about this lordly mansion. It was probably built in the latter half of the 19th century, but no exact dates are to be found.
The area has been in the hands of various noble families over the centuries. Last it was used as a cultural center for the local agricultural cooperative during the Soviet occupation.

There are really not many rooms of photographic relevance. The vandals have obviously had their share and there have been other "inhabitants over the past years.

Here is my photographic loot from the tour.

October 16, 2014

Secret Bunker of the "Stasi" (Part 2)

The bunker lies embedded deep in a forest, even the above ground buildings can't be seen from the street. Construction started in 1972 and was executed using precast concrete components, so the building excavation could be filled quickly and even the people in nearby communities didn't have a clue about the construction activity.
Here is some information about the bunker:
  • Size: about 40 meters x 35 meters
  •  Equipment:
    • Fuel tank for 5000 liters of Diesel fuel
    • Filter
    • numerous emergency exits
    • water fountain with a capacity of 6.000 liters per hour
    • reserve water tank for 3.000 liters
    • water-processing unit (3 liters per hour)
    • 3 emergency generators with 36kW

In January of 1990 (10 Months before the German reunification) the object was handed over to the East German people's army. According to the handover certificate the following buildings were handed over in functioning state complete with inventory:

  • sheltered command building
  • multi-purpose building
  • residential building
  • office building
  • storage hall
  • large garage
  • workshop
  • shooting range
Since 1989, the facility lies deserted.
Water and power have been turned off, the supply lines disconnected, and darkness has filled the rooms.

Here is the rest of the pictures from this stunning underground facility.

Part 1 | Part 2

October 12, 2014

Secret Bunker of the "Stasi"

The fear of the party and state leadership of the GDR of a new uprising of the population and from military attacks during the 1960s resulted in the creation of a central mobilization system. It was constantly being revised and should be used in an "emergency".
A part of this system were the use of regional operational commands (BEL). They supervised by the National Defence Council and operated by its decisions.

The Order 1/67 "The content and purpose of the mobilization work in the State Security..." decreed by the Ministry of State Security defined the details on mobilization for its area.

Other documents governed the construction and maintenance of alternative spaces ("operational remotely operating agencies and operational reserve agencies"). From 1968 until the 1980s underground "shelters" were built in which it would be possible to maintain a "firm, continuous and covered leadership" during times of war as well as domestic or international tension.

The highest secrecy was applied for these bunkers. Internally, planning and operation was carried out under the code name  "filigree".

Here ist the first load of pictures from this underground station.
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