June 24, 2018

Tour Report: The Flight School of the Wehrmacht

Back in February of last year, my wife and I embarked on a three-day tour through the East German hinterland together with our friend Freddy from Nordgriller Urbex.
We had finished exploring an abandoned pharmaceutical factory, our first location of the day, and it was around noon, so we did have enough time left for a second spot.
We had a few spots on our list to choose from, but the one that to us looked the most appealing was also the one farthest away...
But there was enough time, so we got on the way.
The spot we had decided for is part of a huge abandoned military area that has a long history dating back to the 1860s. Of course, there wasn't enough time to explore all, so we decided to limit ourselves to the part that contains the most iconic buildings of the place - the former Wehrmacht's flight school.
As always, we hadn't really researched how to get in, so we chose our usual appraoch - park the car and walk aroud until you find a way in.
And so we did. We parked the car on a public parking space in a residential area near the location and started walking through the forest.
After a while, we got to the fence surrounding the buildings.We walked along the fence until we found a part where the fence was missing. No one in sight, so we walked in.
The trees had no leaves, so we could make out the impressive size of the place. It was one of those places where you can probably spend weeks exploring and still find something new every time around.
Anyway, we focused on the main building. The way in was easy enough, and we spent at least two and a half hours in there exploring all floors and looking in every room. The building is empty, but the architecture itself is impressive enough. A well-known mural and a really moldy completely dark auditorium topped off the walkthrough.
This one really was worth the drive.
As we got back out and walked back in the direction of the fence, we found dirty footprints that hadn't been there when we arrived. We hadn't seen anyone, but signs on the fence had indicated that there was a security service patrolling the premises. Had we gotten lucky and the security just hadn't seen us? I guess we'll never know.
What I do know is that we had chosen the right time to leave, because when we crossed the road back to the car, we saw various units of the fire brigade and the Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW, Technisches Hilfswerk) preparing to enter the premises - obviously for an exercise...
So we gladly went back to the car and drove to another location nearby, only to find that the same security service was patrolling this place as well...

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June 17, 2018

Tour Report: Pharmaceutical Company B. [Revisit]

For my wife and me, it was our fourth exploration of this abandoned chemical factory. I had a business meeting and was in town for two days before a weekend at the end of February of 2017. We had gotten the idea to use the weelend for a couple of days of traveling together with our friend Freddy from Nordgriller Urbex.
I had booked a hotel for the three of us, and on Friday, Freddy picked up my wife at home and we met in the hotel a couple of hours later.
We got up early the next morning to avoid too many people around the locations that we had planned.
Ever since my wife and I had discovered the abandoned factory in 2013, we had known that there was a security service patrolling the place from time to time, and there has been an increasing amount of workers there, probably preparing the demolition that has already been planned.

About a year ealier, my wife and I had to take the hard and obvious way, but this time, the "usual" opening was there again, and the way onto the premises was quick and hidden.
There were, however, two white vans on the premises. We didn't see any workers, but the probability of them suddenly showing up was pretty high.
I think we were thinking back and forth what to do for what must have been about 30 minutes when I said that if they haven't showd up until now, I'm sure they'll wait another five minutes, and with that, we quickly ran across the open area to the first building.

Exploring the place was exciting as ever. Everytime you discover new things, new rooms and even new buildings that you haven't checked out before.
After a few hours, we reluctantly left the place the same way we had entered it, walked back to the car and drove off to the next spot.

Rumors are telling me that demolition has begun, but I am not sure about this since it hasn't been confirmed yet. But maybe this was my last trip to this amazing abandoned place. I do hope not.

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June 5, 2018

Tour Report: A Cottage by the Sea [DK]

It was only a small location that my wife and I visited as our last spot on a short tour through Denmark together with our good friend Freddy from Nordgriller Urbex.
We didn't want to be too obvious, so we parked the car at the crossing of the road we needed to walk towards the house.
It was close to the sea, and the only thing surrounding the small cottage were fields of crops, so it was clearly visible that we were walking towards it. And the neighbor's house is right next door...
But in accordance with our previous experiences with Danish police, neighbors and people in general which had shown us that people in Denmark were generally nice and understanding of urbexers, we just went right to the abandoned house.

My wife and Freddy didn't even enter because it was so unspectacular. Nothing really was left except for a table and a bed; the decay wasn't really nice either - but the house looked nice from the outside, and I decided to jump in just for some quick photos.
And I did get a nice shot of my wife looking through the window :)

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