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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