March 21, 2019

Tour Report: Hotel "Atlantis"

This abandoned grand hotel was the grand finale, so to speak, for our tour of three hotels in one day during our summer vacation back in August of 2017.
It was the most promising location for the day, but it was also the farthest to drive to. In light of the potential for truly beautiful decay, however, this was definitely going to be worth it!
As most of the times, we didn't really have a plan what we could expect in terms of security or access possibilities; judging from the amount of photos from this location that you can find on the internet however, we didn't count on too much "resistance".
Finding a spot to park was easy - there is a supermarket near the place that nicely concealed our true intentions for mischief.
We gathered our gear and walked the rest of the way up to the old hotel that waited for us a little hidden behind some trees. There were a lot of tourists walking on the paths along the hotel, but since there was no apparent fence or signs of any kind, we just walked up to the hotel and started looking around. The trees helped because we couldn't be seen from the street while we conducted our search for a way in.
To cut a long story short: We had walked around a long time and were almost ready to cancel the explore when we finally found a way in.
It led through some basements directly into the pool area. We were greeted by warm, humid air, and the pleasant smell of mold filled the room...
From the pool, we made our way through the newer part of the building, which was not as nice in terms of decay, but did still offer some good shots, and from there into the old part of the hotel.
The old part has a lot of wood in its partly half-timbered construction, so during the many years of abandonment, the decay has literally painted the walls and floors in beautiful colors and textures.
We took our time exploring all floors of the building, and the higher we climbed, the more decay we discovered - but more decay means also more danger, so we had to be really careful in some of the higher parts of the place.
Only when the sun was slowly beginning to set, we called it a day, packed our stuff and left the hotel. On the way off the property, a middle-aged couple walked up to us and asked us if we knew anything about the place. We had a nice short talk with them before we went back to the care and drove "home" (i.e. our hotel).

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March 14, 2019

Tour Report: Hotel of Many Doors

The second abandoned hotel that we visited on the fourth day of our summer vacation back in August of 2017 was more or less an accidental find. I didn't know about the location, but while planning the route, I scrolled through the region in Google Earth and stumbled upon this pretty large building. A little research and I knew that it was an abandoned hotel. So we had another spot on our map for the tour.
It took us about 45 minutes to drive from the first spot to this one, and when we arrived, we found three buildings that made up the hotel. The area wasn't really secured; only a rudimentary fence gave the impression that at some point in the past, someone cared what happened to the place. So we just walked up and started looking around.
Two buildings looked really nice from the outside but were so completely trashed on the inside that we didn't really take any photos. In addition, the condition of the floors wasn't really encouraging... The larger building was empty. Almost no interior was left - but there also wasn't any trash and there were hardly any graffiti.
Although some people keep telling me that empty locations like this are boring and offer no real photo opportunities, I really did like this place. Nice decay, beautiful light, doors, windows, stairs - I say, whoever thinks that locations like this are boring, hasn't understood what "urbex" means!

Anyway, we had a good time exploring the place and took our time for a complete walkthrough before we headed back to the car and drove off to the next hotel.

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March 10, 2019

Tour Report: Hotel "Snowy Mountain Station"

After exploring the old iron works and leaving the Harz mountains, it was a bit of a ride until we got to Dresden. We had chosen Dresden as our "base of operations", so to speak, for the next couple of days of our vacation. We checked in to our hotel and still had some time to go shopping for some drinks and snacks for later.
It was around 7pm when we got hungry and decided to check for a restaurant - and we did find a nice little place really close by the hotel. The name was promising: "Hüftgold", which literally means "hip gold", roughly to be translated as "love handles" :)
In case you ever make it to Dresden, go check it out: Hüftgold

The next morning, we got up early because we had a long day and many miles of road ahead of us. We bought breakfast at the gas station near the hotel and were quickly on the way to our first target location which was a bit more than one hunderd kilometers away.
The abandoned hotel was originally the railway station of a small town in the mountains of Eastern Germany. The train operations were stopped in the 1950s, and all tracks have been dismantled, so only a few architectural features give testament to the former use.

We had some trouble finding a spot to park, but eventually found one that was not too far away and wouldn't be too obvious for passing cars or pedestrians. It was only early in the morning, but it was a really sunny day and temperatures were already high. There was only a rundimentary fence around the premises, so the only difficulty was getting to the building through the dry and thorny flora surrounding it. Eventually we got there and found an easy way in on the backside of the building. Situated pretty close to a residential area, it was clear that there would be a lot of vandalism and graffiti, and it was exactly as expected. The place was pretty much trashed, but we did manage to get some nice shots out of it, so it was a nice spot to start out the day.

After about an hour and a half, we climbed back out and got back to the car. The next spot was about forty kilometers away - but driving in the mountains can be tricky, so we calculated about 45 minutes...stay tuned for hotel number two!

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March 9, 2019

Tour Report: Iron Works II

On the third day of our summer vacation in August of 2017, we got up pretty early. Our plan for the day was to explore one more location in the Harz mountains before we left for Dresden, where we were going to spend the rest of our vacation.
Again, Jens from the Schlittenhunde Erlebniscamp had arranged a nice breakfast outside. It was sunny and the temperature was about 5 degrees Celsius - luckily, the coffee was nice and hot :)
After breakfast, we packed our stuff, loaded the car and drove off - but not before we had promised Jens to come back again on our way home from Dresden :)

The spot we had planned for the way was an old iron works in the mountains. It was right across the street from another location that we had visited the year before. At the time, we didn't have any time left to also visit the old iron works - but it remained on the list, so this time around, we took the time.

We parked on a publik parking lot a bit down the street and started walking along the fence. We had to be careful, because the spot is located right by the road, so it's really easy to be spotted by people passing by. Also, some of the houses that used to be part of the iron works, have been renovated and there are people living in them.
We found a hole in the fence and slipped in unseen. We managed to explore some of the buildings before we noticed people on the premises. They didn't look like fellow explorers, so we decided to abort our exploration and head back to the car.
Although it was cut a bit short, it was a nice little explore before a rather long drive to our hotel in Dresden.
We arrived in Dresden in the early evening and had a nice hearty dinner before going to bed - the plan for the next day was another long ride to check out three abandoned hotels in the mountains near the border to the Czech Republic, so stay tuned...

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February 28, 2019

Tour Report: Knight's Manor W.

We had finished exploring the abandoned sanatorium as the first spot of our summer vacation tour in 2017. For the first two nights, we had asked for a place to sleep at the Schlittenhunde Erlebniscamp deep in the Harz mountains. Located on the large premises of another abandoned sanatorium, this wonderful place offers not only great photo opportunities on a really beautiful spot of land, but also the company of great people, good friends and - of course - the sled dogs!
Did I mention that there's a barbecue almost every night?

Anyway, we went grocery shopping to get some food and drinks for the night and drove up the mountain. We had a great barbecue and someone (I'm not telling who) broke out a bottle of Jack Daniel's; we went up to the trailer my wife and I were going to sleep in and started watching DVDs with documentaries about abandoned places.
At the end of the evening, the bottle was almost empty so that I skipped the idea of going for a night shoot in the old sanatorium - to be honest, I couldn't have taken another step ;)
I wouldn't have guessed, but I woke up bright and early the next morning to the rays of the sun creeping into the window, and since we had an appointment for a legal visit, we got up pretty quickly. Jens had prepared a fantastic breakfast - fresh rolls, eggs from his own chickens, fresh coffee - everything we needed to start the day!
We left the camp at about 09:30 a.m. to be in time for our appointment which was scheduled for ten o'clock.

The old abandoned knight's manor was an impressive sight to see while driving through the small village towards the high wall surrounding the place. We found a parking spot pretty close to the main gate where we were expected by a nice lady who told us a little bit about the place before giving us the key and leaving us alone to go about our business.
The main hall itself was worth the visit, but the place offered so many great sites to capture with the camera; it was really amazing, especially realizing that we were strolling through the halls that barons and baronesses have walked more than four centuries before we did...

After about three hours, we had finished exploring, gave back the key and left a donation for the association taking care of the mansion. We decided to drive back to the camp and relax for the rest of the day because we had a long drive planned for the next day.

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