March 26, 2017

Vampire Castle S.

The day after visiting the Olympic Village, we again set sail, so to speak, to go on a tour with our friend Freddy (Nordgriller Urbex) who we'd met up with for a couple of days not only of exploring, but also a great heavy metal concert - it doesn't get better than this!!
Anyway, that morning, we had paid a short visit to an old ballroom, which doesn't really deserve its own post, so I'm just going to skip it here and move on to the next spot - an old mansion.
The name is appropriately chosen, regarding the history of the building, so please forgive the dramatic title :)
The entire estate is surrounded by a big wall and various buildings that are still in use. We drove through the village a couple of times trying to find a good way in, but there was no chance. We then decided to take the direct way and parked right in front of a junk dealer's plaxce that was right next to the place we wanted to get into.
We walked on the scrapyard and looked around until we met someone. He didn't spear German really well but we managed to tell him that we wanted to take photos of the old house next door. After we had convinced him that we weren't "Television", he showed us a hole in the fence that seperated his place from the castle's park.
We crossed the high grass until we got to the building. There was no way in at groudn level, but a scaffolding at one side offered access at the first floor. We simply had to climb up the scaffold and then take big step across through the window - piece of cake!
The huge swarm of bees that lived in one part of the building made an infernal noise the entire time we were there, but they left us alone and we could take our pictures.
We left the same way we got in, waved the junkdealers goodbey and were on our way...

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March 19, 2017

Olympic Village 1936

The Olympic Village from 1936 was not too far from the first location of the day, so we decided to pay it a visit.
Since an association is taking care of the place, collecting money and organizing events and guided tours to be able to keep the buildings in relatively good condition, we didn't know what to expect.
We found a parking lot and a ticket booth. You can get single tickets or tickets for guided tours, but these wouldn't grant access to any of the buildings.
But there was the option of a guided photo tour for at the time (I think) 13 Euros per head that included everything, so we went for this option.
After a while, the guide came (he had to be called from home) and took us on an almost three-hour long tour of the entire area.
It was great, because we didn't have any of the other people runnning around in front of our cameras, and the guide was telling really cool stories as well that really enhanced our view of the historical site.

You can find the (German) website for visiting the place here.

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March 12, 2017

Railyard E.

The day after we visted the old Soviet military depot, my wife and I met up with our friends Nordgriller Urbex and Fotodokumentationen zu "Verlassene Pl├Ątze" to visit one or the other nice spot.
My wife and I got picked up and we all met up at a public parking lot near the first spot - an abandoned railyard that used tp be part of one the largest freight depots in Europe.
The access was more than easy - the area was not really fenced in and we were able to walk right onto the premises.
We had to be careful not to be seen, because a part of the area is still in use and there were workers running around the place.
But everything went well, we went from one building to the other and everything was fairly uneventful until this one moment...
I had just climbed through a window into one of the buildings and my wife was trying to hand me my camera and the tripod when the boards below here gave in and her entire right leg disappeared into the ground. At the same time, the arm holding the tripod with the camera shot up in the air in the heroic attempt to save the valuable equipment. Turns out both my wife and the camera were unharmed and there was in fact a better way to enter the building...
After about two hours, we left the place to head for the next location.

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March 3, 2017

Soviet Military Depot B.

My wife and I had decided to pay a visit to this spot - an abandoned depot of the Soviet forces in germany - during a short vacation at the end of May of last year.
Since we didn't have a car, we had to take the train and walk a while until we were near the place. It was one of those acces ways that look way too easy - just walk along the fence until you find the hole, find the nearest opening to the building and hop in.
It was that simple, and we were undisturbed the whole time.
The area is pretty large and the buildings huge, mostly empty halls and lots of graffiti, but the sunlight made for some nice shots.
A little highlight were some of the murals we found in the upper floors in one of the buildings.

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