October 31, 2019

Tour Report: Old Wine Inn [Revisit]

For New Year's Eve 2017, we got a visit from my brother-in-law and his girlfriend. Since New Year's Eve that year was on a Sunday, the two arrived on Friday to be able to go on a short tour with us - in addition to our traditional New Year's Eve explore.
We didn't want to get up too early and had planned dinner for the evening, so we had to choose locations not too far from home, which meant that for us, it would have to be revisits of locations we'd already visited.
With many locations, I really like revisits. Almost twenty percent of all my explorations have been to places that I've visited before. To me, the revisit is part of documenting the history of a place, because you can see how it changes over time - either through natural decay or (unfortunately) also through vandalism.
This abandoned inn and this particular visit was no different, although I was surprised at the things that had in fact changed.
It was my third visit tho this place. The first was in September of 2016, the second in October of that same year, and now the third visit - more than a year after visit number two.
We parked the car on the exact same spot that we'd used for the first two visits, and we crossed the street to get to the premises. It was Saturday afternoon, and most people were probably shopping for New Years, so there wasn't too much traffic passing us, and we were able to get to the access without being seen. The window was still open, and we were able to enter without trouble.
The first thing I noticed was that the beautiful old wooden chest was gone - along with the old grandfather clock and some other stuff from the central hall. Moving on, we found that even more stuff had been removed - most notably the bar. Well, not the entire bar, but the fixtures, mirrors and shelves; even the bar stools were gone. Only the bar table itself remained.

We got the impression that sometime in the fourteen moths since our last visit, someone had removed most of the furniture that still was in acceptable or good condition. Since there were no apparent signs of forced entry, and the furniture couldn't have been moved out through the small window that we used to get in, I would think that the owner had sold off the things that weren't too moldy.
So, in this particular case, it seemed that not vandals had taken a liking to this place, but that there was an owner who still had at least some sort of interest in the old inn.

Well, at least the moldy things were still there :)

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The Bar - October 2016 and December 2017

October 24, 2019

Tour Report: The Farm of Cars [Revisit]

Exactly one year after our first exploration of the "Farm of Cars", we returned for a revisit. We'd already spent most of our time at the abandoned children's home, and we didn't have a lot of time left before the sun would be starting to set again.
So we decided to pay a revisit to this place, because it was on the way, and Freddy hadn't seen it yet.
As it turns out, it was (almost) too late.
When we arrived, we parked in the exact same spot as the year before. My wife and her mother decided to stay in the car, since they both had seen this place together with me the year before, so Freddy and I went by ourselves.
I already found it peculiar that the front door to the house had been boarded with OSB plates. It gave me a sense of foreboding... We went past the house towards the back yard. There were no cars left there. The place had obviously been cleared.
We were too late.
In the barn, we did find that one car was still there - the old Peugeot 403 that had been the highlight for me during our first visit. So at least we hadn't stopped there for nothing, and we got a few photos out of this place.
We finished off pretty quickly, went back to the car and drove home - after all, it was Christmas, and dinner was waiting :)

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October 21, 2019

Tour Report: Children's Home "Algae Bloom"

It was December, and we had planned a short explore for our traditional annual Christmas tour. Just like in the years before, our plan was to go West and check out a few spots along the North Sea.
As always, we were accompanied by my mother-in-law, and this time our friend Freddy from Nordgriller Urbex was also with us.
The first location that we had on our list was an abandoned children's home. A friend of ours had visited this place about a year before us and had given us a few hints regarding the entry, so it shouldn't be too tough.
It was the typical weather for the region and the time of year - rain and wind. Lots of it. But that wasn't going to keep us - after all, we knew how to get in, so we wouldn't have to be outside for too long.
At least that's what we thought.
Finding the place was easy, but the access wasn't accessible anymore. There was no way in. We walked around the building for about half an hour, and we checked every door and every window, but nothing was open.
Luckily, the location consists of two parts. There is a swimming pool that belonged to the children's home - and that building was open!
So after all, the first location was at least a partial success - and the swimming pool was really nice. The humidity inside had caused a nice growth of moss and algae on many of the surfaces, so I managed to get something of that green that I like so much :)
About an hour after entry, we left the place again and drove off to the second spot.

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October 13, 2019

Tour Report: East German Border Troops B.

After we had finished exploring the abandoned school hostel, we still had some time to check out at least one other location. On our list we had two possible sites; both of them were former barracks of the East German "Grenztruppen" border troops.
As we arrived at the first location, it became apparent that this particular garrison was still in use - not by the border troops, of course, but by what looked like a scrap trade or something of the sort. So we drove on to the next spot which wasn't too far either.
The weather was still rather bleak, the sky was draped in gray clouds, and a light rain came down from the sky as we arrived at the garrison.
At first look, we were a little surprised not to find the typical standardized prefabricated building made out of concrete slabs, but mostly red brick buildings. Later, I found out that although the concrete buildings were the standard, red brick buildings were in fact common for the border troops as well.
There was a fence around the premises, but this fence didn't really deserve this label - it was full of holes, and some parts were missing entirely. We had parked a little bit down the street to not arise too many suspicions - after all, there were houses right across the street - and walked across a field to enter the place.
As with many abandoned military facilities, this one too has been used for dumping trash by the locals and as a party location for the village teenagers, so the state really was lamentable...
We still took our time and explored every corner - and we did find some nice photo opportunities. In the end, this place was nothing special, but it was one more relic from the not-too-far-away-past in which we didn't live too far away from the border that divided the world into East and West.

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October 6, 2019

Tour Report: School Hostel B.

Early in December of 2017, we embarked on a short tour through Northern Germany together with our friend Freddy from Nordgriller Urbex.
The first location that we wanted to explore was an abandoned school hostel. It had been operated by the catholic church until its closure due to investigations into alleged cases of abuse that happened in the 1950s.
The building stood right in a residential area, so we expected difficulties in terms of parking and potentially watchful neighbors, so we first drove by to check if the coast was clear.
It was easier than we had thought. There was a place to park right near the location, and there were no fences around the place. Trails around the building and broken windows told the obvious story of teenagers from the neighborhood using the abandoned building as a playground.
We found an open door around the back and entered.
Our expectations regarding the level of vandalism were met - there was a lot of graffiti of rather low standard, but surprisingly enough, the destruction wasn't too extensive.
There was still a lot of stuff from the hostel's time of operation, so there were a couple of nice details to be seen.
What I liked most about the place was the decay.
Some of the ceiling lights had been thrown in, so ample amounts of rain had made their way into the building and soaked some of the walls and the furniture. The humidity brought some nice and colorful decay - even in the winter time.
After about an hour and a half, we were done exploring all the rooms, so we did one last walkthrough for a short video of the place (link after the photos); then we returned to the car and drove off to the next location we had planned...

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And here's the short video I made towards the end of our explore:

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