November 18, 2018

Tour Report: Maison Hotel

This old mansion from the 1860s was another accidental find my wife and I made on our tour through Eastern Germany in May of last year. Similar to "Maison Mouton", we were driving through the lovely countryside and while passing a small village, we stumbled across a beautiful old manor house.
There was a car parked in front and two men carrying materials into the house.
I got out of the car and asked if the house was abandoned and if they are the owners. The younger of the two men answered that he was in fact the owner and that the mansion was only partly abandoned. He was renovating it in an attempt to turn it into a kind of hotel.
I asked if there was the possibility to explore the place and take some photos. He was really nice and said that it would be okay - but only on the next day, because he was about to leave. So we planned to visit the place the following day right after "Maison Mouton".

The next day we arrived as scheduled and found the owner working in the garden. He gave us a short tour of the building and explained that he had bought the mansion in 2011 and has since been renovating everything by himself, buying materials and other things such as doors, window frames etc. all over the world to keep the appearance as close to the original as possible. His plan was to turn parts of the old house into a sort of bed & breakfast. He was finished with psome of the rooms and what we saw was really nice and showed how much effort and love he had put into the place.

In this post, you won't find the renovated roms, because we concentrated on the still abandoned parts of the mansion.
To check out how the building and the rooms look like now, you can visit the mansion's website here.

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November 11, 2018

Tour Report: Maison Mouton

This abandoned estate house was an accidental find on a tour through Eastern Germany together with my wife in May of last year.
We were on the way from the Navy Command Bunker to the next location, and on the way I saw a sign for a village whose name I thought might be connected to an abandoned mansion. It turned out that I was mistaken and the village I was thinking of has the same name, but is located in a different part of the state. But we still found an abandoned mansion!
As we were driving through the village, we spotted it. There was another building next to it that had apparently been renovated and there were workers on the premises.
So we parked the car, and I went over to the orange-clad guy and asked him about the old mansion. He said that it was in fact abandoned, but if we wanted to take photos, we'd have to talk to the owner who lived in the renovated building. At that moment, the owner stepped out of the door, and we got the chance to ask her.
She was on the way somewhere, so at that point, there was no chance - but she invited us to come back the next day.
And so we did. We finished our day of exploring with the Professional School K. and headed back to our friend Petra's house for dinner.
The next morning, we had a nice breakfast, and then we drove to the "wrong village with the right name". The owner was expecting us just like we'd promised. Sheep were grazing on the lawn in front of the mansion as the owner led us to the back door, unlocked it and handed us the key.

We took our time walking through the building before we started taking photos. After about two hours, we were done with everything and went back to the owner's house to say goodbye, but she insisted on us having a coffee and showing us what she and (I think) her son-in-law had done with the place. They really had renovated it in a historically accurate style - and they have a huge room full of relics from way back before World War II.
It was a great exploration - not so much because of the location itself, but because it was great to see people trying to rejuvenate the old mansions in the area. And it was great to be reminded that there really are nice people who let us explore their buildings without even knowing anything about us :)

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November 5, 2018

Tour Report: Professional School K.

It was still the second day of our three-day tour through Eastern Germany in May of last year. It was still raining, and it was already afternoon, so we only had time left for one more location. A friend of ours had given us a tip regarding an abandoned school somewhere in the area, and according to the coordinates, it wasn't too far.
So this was to be our third spot of the day. The drive was relatively short, and as we arrived, we found the location right in the middle of a residential area. No fences or anything.
And it was just as easy as it looked. We chose a public parking spot right in front of the location and walked right up to the place.
The front door was open, and we began our exploration. It was a pretty neat spot which was still clearly recognizable as a former school - and it had some pretty decent decay in it.
About halfway through our explore, I stumbled into a hole in the ground, but nothing much happend. It was only a couple of months later when I started having trouble with my knee, that I went to the doctor and found out that I had partially torn my patellar tendon...
Anyway, we finished our exploration of the abandoned school and then drove back to our "urbex base" (our friend's house) for a nice dinner.

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