October 30, 2016

Power Station V.

After our first day of travel together with Nordgriller Urbex had been fairly successful with visits in an abandoned recreation home, a sanatorium and an old Soviet airfield, we had something really great planned for the next day.
After a good dinner at the end of day one and a good night sleep in the hotel, we got up early the next day to meet up with Lost Places Knipser and TI Fotografie Lost Places and More to explore a huge abandoned power station.
To all of us, this spot was a dream location. Everyone had planned to go there for some time, and now, our dream became reality.
We met in a side street near the power station and had a short briefing on which way we were going to take to get in. We left our cars and casually went for a stroll on a small path that happened to run alongside the fence. As we reached a corner of an adjacent building, we spotted a hole in the fence. It was small and right at the ground, so we all squeezed/crawled through. We were on the premises. Now we only had to get to the main building without being seen and find an entrance...
We sneaked along the earth wall we were on until we found a slope that led down to a large free area between us and the main building.
We quickly ran across the open field until we reached the relative safety of the large walls, only to find that the door that we had planned to use as access had been boarded shut.
Luckily, only a few meters to the side, we found an open window. It was harder to get through, but we managed, and we were inside. It was dark. We already feared that we only had found a closed room with no access to the large halls of the power plant when we found the way.
The insides of the power station were a fantastic sight. Rusty steel, valves and dials, stairs and vast halls. It was a location noe of us will ever forget - and I believe a second visit is in order very soon...

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October 25, 2016

Soviet Airfield Z.

It was already gettng dark on the first day of our tour through East Germany together with Nordgriller Urbex, so we only had time for one more short stop. It was February after all, and the daylight was fading fast.
So we stopped along the highway when we saw the remains of an old Soviet airfield. It was the classic view - old buildings and a solar field on the former tarmac. Only in this case, there were windmills being built between the buildings.
It seemed like this former airfield didn't have much time left.
We tried a few possible entries (less to find a hidden way in, but rather to find a good place to park) until we found a good spot.
Since it was getting dark, we only had time for one or two buildings before we had to leave - but what we found makes us want to come back and see if there is anything left.

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October 15, 2016

Sanatorium L.

In urban exploration, if a spot carries the label "abandoned sanatorium", it's hard to say No if you're in the area, because, well, it's a sanatorium!
This was one of those spots. It was pretty clear that we couldn't expect much from this spot, but it was on the way, so we went there anyway.
It turned out that most of the buildings were walled shut, so we went for the main building - the only one that seemed accessible at first glance.
The sanatorium's buildings are right at the main road, so there was no parking. We made a left turn down a small path into the woods and found a small place that seemed alright for parking. It also gave us the opportunity to approach the buildings from the backside with no one being able to spot us from the road.
So we walked through the woods for a short while until we got to the construction fence that surrounded the premises. It was only a rudimentary security measure because it was full of holes that had been made by teenagers and copper thieves over the years.
Access was easy, and the building was as expected. Pretty run-down and not really worth a lot of our time.
On the way out, we discovered the stairs down to the basement, and the basement proved worthwhile after all, because there was a lot of beautiful decay, and we were able to get some nice shots using our flashlights.

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October 11, 2016

Socialist Recreation Home M.

In February of this year, my wife and I went on a three-day tour together with our friend Freddy (Nordgriller Urbex).
The main location that we had planned for this trip was an old power station - a huge place with vast halls and tons of rusty steel!
Of course, we had checked for a couple of spots on the way south to keep us occupied during the five-hour drive to the hotel. The first spot, however, was not on any of our lists. There was a traffic jam on the highway, so we took the back roads to get around it. And as always, we kept our eyes open. It's one of the things you learn pursuing this hobby - keep your eyes open, you never know what's around the next corner.
This is especially true for Eastern Germany. You can drive around the countryside and are bound to bump into a couple of lost places.
It was no different with this spot. We were driving through a small village when suddenly we spotted a beautiful old wooden house with an overgrown garden. By the time we realized what we had seen, we were around the corner, so we stopped, turned around and went back.
We were not really sure at first. The house did still look good from the outside, and there were fairly new trash on the premises. It was right in the middle of the village, but I got out of the car snd went for a quick check. The fence had been trampled down some time ago and the front door was open!

So we went in. There had obviously some renovation measures been going on. Especially the bathrooms had been neatly refurbished, but it seems as though whoever had been paing for this had either lost interest or his money...

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October 3, 2016

Foundry P.

This was one of my rare solo tours. I had seen photos of this place online and since it is in my state, it couldn't be far. I just had to find out where it was...
So I asked a couple of people until I got the final hint to pinpoint the location.
It's actually really not that far form my home, only about 80 kilometers and you can get there by train! Well, the location is not far from the train station anyway.
So I packed my gear one Sunday morning in January, walked to the train station in my hometown and took the train South.
After the train had arrived at my station, I walked for about fifteen minutes until I got to the perimeter of the spot. The fence facing the street didn't have any holes in it, and there were children playing on the nearby halfpipe, so I decided to walk along the railroad tracks to find an access point on the far side of the premises. It's always a little risky to be walking along active railroad tracks, not only because of the trains passing you at high speeds, but also because the engineers do call the railroad police when they see you. But I figured that this was a Sunday, so the risk of getting caught was pretty low.
So I walked along the tracks until I found an opening in the fence and slipped through. I was in.
The place was really quiet. This is one thing I really like about locations during winter - the cold air seems to block sounds, and since it had even been snowing a little, it seemed even more quiet.
Unfortunately, I had gotten up a little too late, so there wasn't a lot of time before it got too dark for decent photos and I left.
I did come back about ten weeks later with a friend for a revisit and managed to get the photos I'd missed the first time, though.

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October 1, 2016

Soviet Airfield A. [Revisit]

The New Year's tour together with my wife and her brother has been a tradition for three years now, so it was convenient that he had already arrived on New Year's eve.
We used the day after the fireworks to rest before the next tour.
This year, the destination was an abandoned Soviet airfield. I'd had the opportunity for a visit there about four months before, but neither my wife nor her brother had seen it, so we went.
As it turns out, this was a good decision, because not three months later, trees were cut down and the demolition began
Entering the area was easy - just like the last time- We parked the car and just walked through the place. We also managed to find some buildings that I hadn't seen the last time.

After about three or four hours, we left due to the cold weather and fading light - and I had to cook dinner for my brother-in-law for being our driver ;)

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