June 26, 2016

Fiberboard Factory R. [Revisit]

It was almost October, so the days were getting noticeably shorter, and we only had enough daylight to explore one more location on the first day of our tour together with Nordgriller Urbex.
My wife and I had visited this spot together with two friends on a rainy day in November of 2013 and at the time, we weren't nearly able to explore all of this relatively large place, so we took the opportunity for a revisit.
The first time we were there, we had found out that the area was cut in half by a large fence, and the more "desireable" part was beyond the fence. So this time, we approached from the other side. We parked the car by the side of the street and found a small path that supposedly led to the industrial ruin we wanted to explore.
But we were stopped by a fence. We walked along this fence until we found a part that looked promising. Someone had already tampered with the wire fence, so after a couple of minutes, we all had squeezed through the tiny opening.
We were standing in a jungle. The only way to the buildings was through a "forest" trees and shoulder-high plants. We made our way through this sea of green plants until we got to the open area of the factory. On our way to the first factory building, we heard what sounded like steps on a metal floor, and we stopped walking to see where the sound came from. After a while, we started walking again, and then we heard a loud ruckus. A deer came running out of the factory hall and was trampling on some metal boards that were lying on the ground...
After that, nothing disturbed our exploration of all the parts we had missed the first time. The setting sun made for a fantastic light through the huge window fronts, and as we finally left, the full moon was rising over the wide industrial area.

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June 19, 2016

Saline Sanatorium B.

Unfortunately, this one was already undergoing renovation. I had planned this spot to be the second location on our tour through the Northeast of Germany together with Nordgriller Urbex because although I had only seen outside photos, it looked really nice and it was also located conveniently between out first spot and our last spot.
So we drove to this small village and quickly found the sanatorium - only to find out that large parts of the building ensemble have been demolished and that renovation has obviously begun.
But it looked so nice, so we sneaked around a little and were a little undecided. The interior of the main building was stacked with building materials and tools, and there was a construction fence around the whole place.
The only way to get in was through a hole in the fence. This hole of course was clearly visible from the street, so it looked a bit risky. But I decided that I wasn't going to leave this beauty without having tried to check it out, and I slipped through the fence. The others quickly followed, and we sneaked/ran along the side of the main house.

There was one intact building in the back of the property, but it was completely walled shut and overgrown, so there was no way in.
The main house was absolutely inaccessible. No open windows and doors, no holes in the walls, no way to get in. Only an annex of the main building was open. It was completely gutted, but you could see that it used to be part of the saline healing treatments that once were administered here.
There was nothuing else to see, so after about 30 minutes, we left the same way we had come and drove off towards the next spot.

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June 17, 2016

Brick Factory G.

The weekend after my tour to the Soviet airfield, my wife and I went on a two-day tour to Eastern Germany together with our friend Nordgriller Urbex. We had called a long-time friend who lives in the area if we could sleep at her place for a night and she had no objections. She then asked if her neighbor next door could join us for the tour. Her neighbor is a nice young lady from Russia (or Ukraine, I'm not really sure) who as we learned later that first day, can really drink a lot.
Anyway, the first spot we had chosen was an abandoned brick factory that we had passed on the way to other spots in the area (passed it in the way where you know it is there, and you're driving past it by just about three kilometers and you would like to stop but can't because you're on the way to another place, but you still want to stop and at least check it out...you get the idea), and this time we had this as our primary location for the day.
We got to the place,parked the car almost next to it. There was a free place that was used by truckers to rest and we just parked next to it. Our "guest" came a bit later, and we started exploring right away.
The way in was really easy, and it didn't seem like this particular spot was particularly well secured or looked after. The area is pretty large, but not really spectacular. The buildings have been vandallized aplenty and mostly been stripped down by copper thieves.
We did a thorough exploration though and managed to find some nice photos to shoot.
The real highlight for me was finding the little old locomotive. It's been really cool to find it almost completely untouched by vandals or other people.

When we were done and wanted to start to the next location, our guest split and went back home - only to be back later for food and drinks. But that's a story for another time (maybe). Here are the photos from the brick factory.

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June 11, 2016

Soviet Airfield A.

In September of last year, I went on my first excursion together with Lost Places Knipser and TI Fotografie Lost Place and more.
We had planned to explore an abandoned airfield in Eastern Germany that had been built by the Germans in the 1930s, but had been used by the Soviets occupying forces after World War II until 1994.
I took the train to Hamburg and was picked up at the station by Lost Places Knipser. The ride to the location took about two hours. We parked the car, waited for a couple of minutes until the other guys arrived, and then we started our exploration.
The airfield area is huge. And I'm not only talking about the runways which have been converted into a solar park to generate electricity. No, the entire place is really big. It's like a small town in the middle of the woods, and we were there for about six hours without seeing the half of it.
We explored some of the living quarters that are lining the roads that lead to the actual airfield, we checked out the hangars and administrative buildings by the runways, and we looked at the large gym and the buildings that surround it. We even found an old movie theater in the basement that can hardly be recognized as such.
There was so much more to explore, but since the way home was considerably long, we decided to call it a day after about six hours.
But for none of us, this was the last visit to the location. Everyone returned at some point to see more of this great spot.

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