April 3, 2016

Steel Company R.

In August of last year, my wife and I went to Denmark for her family's biennial reunuion. Last year, it took place on the island of Fyn.
Before we made our way up there, I contacted an urbex colleague in Denmark if he had an idea where in the region I could find some worthwile spots.
Normally I don't ask other people for locations, because the searching (and the finding!) of the spots to me are an important part of the hobby. But in this case, the language barrier is too high for me to do any successful searching over the usual channels, because the usual translation tools are really having a hard time with the Danish language...
Anyway, the guy in Denmark was really nice and gave me a couple of tips, and this was one of them.
It was only about twenty or thirty kilometers from the place of the familiy meeting, so on the second afternoon, my wife and I took the chance and got away from the family for a while. The factory buildings are in the middle of a small rural settlement with a couple of homes around. It was the weekend, so we parked a little hidden on the driveway of another company nearby and walked the rest of the way. We had checked for an appropriate entry route in advance, but that led us right past one of the neighboring houses. So we ducked and snuck past the shrubs in front of the house and dove through the gate on the steel company's premises.
We made our way through the high grass along the building walls until we found a way into an adjacent hall. The only door into the factory had been walled shut, but there was a hole in the wall - something like a service hatch - through which we finally got in...
On one of my later explorations there, a friend of mine found out that the front door was open...but that's another story for another post...
I cant't be sure when this company was abandoned. Some files in the offices that I discovered later date back to 2009, but some of the calendars and other stuff in the actual production halls suggest that the production seized as early as 1999.
The shape this place was in is amazing. There is no vandalism whatsoever (although we learned on a later expedition that there are some teenagers in the area that are slowly starting to discover the place as a party spot...), no graffiti and no metal thieves.
Highlight in this first exploration of this place was of course the dusty Porsche 944 that we discovered. It probably belonged to the owner and became part of the insolvency estate.
Well, after about one and a half hours we had to go on back to the family reunion, but this short excursion was a nice diversion from the usual family "routine" :)

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