May 27, 2020

Tour Report: Hotel "Porphyrite"

After exploring a cave the day before and having to walk a really long way for that, we decided that we wanted a location with a parking spot not too far away to start out the following day. And so we went to check the map and the list of potential objects I had made, and we did find a nice spot.
The old abandoned hotel is located nicely near a public parking lot and right next to a hiking path, which was a nice way not to look suspicious walking around the abandoned building with backpacks and tripods.
The weather was on our side as well - just as we arrived, it started raining, so there weren't too many hikers. We parked the car, got our gear together and waited until there were no more hikers in sight. Then we "hiked" up to the hotel, and I tried the door. It was open.
Upon entering, we didn't really feel safe. A part of the hotel is massively deteriorating. Some floors are beginning to collapse on the floors below them. The other part is in surprisingly good condition, and although you can see that many "interior decorators" had their way with the rooms, there is not much vandalism.
We took our time to explore all the rooms that we could access. Due to the heavy decay however, some rooms remained off limits for us. There may have been another way into that part from the outside, but there were workers on the property next door, so we refrained from trying that.
When we were finished, I made a short video (link below), and we went back to the car to drive to the next location.

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May 11, 2020

Tour Report: Heaven's Cave

In early March of 2018, my wife and I took a spontaneous trip to the mountains. We'd both had a few really exhausting months at our respective workplaces, and although our trip to Chernobyl was only three weeks away, we decided that we both needed a break.
My wife had to work on Saturday, so we took Monday and Tuesday off work and left Sunday morning.
For the first day, we had only planned to visit one location - but this was to be an exciting one.
We had never explored a "real" cave before, and this one seemed to be a good one to start, because it is fairly safe and there was no need for fancy equipment - it was good that we brought our rubber boots, though...
The cave is not "public" and is located on active property of the German railroad - namely a tunnel.
The cave was discovered when the tunnel was built through the mountain. And because of the tunnel, water that enters the cave, has to be drained so it can't damage the tunnel. To do that, drainage tunnels were dug into the mountain. And one of those tunnels was going to be our access route.
But let's start from the beginning.
There was no inconspicuous parking possibility near the cave, so we parked on a regular parking spot for hikers. Conveniently enough, a hiking path leads pretty close to the cave entrance.
Unfortunately, the hike does take some time, especially when you're carrying a bunch of equipment - after all, it was a cave, so we brought all the light we had. In addition, the sun really had a good day. Temperatures almost hit 20°C; something that usually doesn't happen in the mountains around the 10th of March.
Well, I'm not complaining. As we reached the spot where we had to leave the regular path, there was one more "obstacle" in our way - the active railway track that leads through the tunnel that goes through the cave. During the hike, we could observe the rhythm of the trains going by and wait for the opportune moment to walk along the tracks, cross them and look for the shaft that goes down to the drainage tunnels.
From the maps that I'd studied during my research, I knew that the shaft was about ten meters deep, but it was pitch black and narrow, so once you were in, you really couldn't see anything. As I had made it down the old rusty step ladder, I directed my wife down. When we had both arrived at the bottom, we started walking along the tunnel. It was dry art first, but after a while, it became too wet, so we switched shoes and put on our rubber boots. That first part of the tunnel was big enough for us to stand up, but as soon as we reached the real drainage tunnel, there was only a concrete walkway to walk on with the water flowing underneath, so from that point on, we had to go crouched and at the same time watch out not to step off the narrow walkway.

After a while, we reached the intersection that was going to lead us to the cave. At the end of that next tunnel, there were a couple of stairs that had been cut into the stone. Up the stairs, and the light of our flashlights disappeared into the darkness of the cave.
Since this cave has no natural accesses, there are no animals inside, and it was completely silent. It is a karst cave, and the rugged walls disperse every sound so everything sounds strangely muffled.
The cave was relatively small, but still seemed enormous to us, who had never been alone in a dark cave that was not a tourist attraction. We took our time and climbed around a bit in the cave and took a few photos - but the cave wasn't really photogenic. There were no stalagmites or stalactites only rubble from the cave's walls. And you could see the form of the tunnel underneath this rubble.
After about 45 minutes inside the cave, we decided to call it a day. After all - there was still the way back to the car and the drive to the bed & breakfast that we'd rented a room in for the weekend. Additionally, we had planned to visit our friend Jens at the old sanatorium for a barbecue that night, so we also had planned to go shopping for some groceries.

Since we already took the tough way in, we took the easy way out. We waited for the break between two trains going through the tunnel, and walked from the cave through the door right into the tunnel.
Yes, there was a door. It was put there by the railroad company for maintenance purposes, and we knew from the beginning that it was there.
But we thought that the adventure would be better if we took the long way in - and we were right! It really was a little adventure climbing down a shaft, walking through tunnels into a mountain and exploring a cave.

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April 26, 2020

New Video: Chemical Bonding - The Pharmacautical Company



The abandoned pharmaceutical company shown in this video is one of my all-time favorite locations.
The photos are from overall four times that we explored this industrial ruin. We first visited the place in December 2013 and immediately came back the next day to see more. The place is pretty big with various buildings from different time periods. Some were built as early as the 1890s, and the "newest ones" date back to the 1970s.
We returned for a revisit in 2016 and almost got caught by workers on the premises. Same thing a year later in February of 2017, when we came back for another visit, this time together with our friend Nordgriller Urban Exploration. Over the years, some of the buildings have been put to new use, and as far as i know, there are plans to demolish the entire complex to make room for an apartment building.

To find out what might be left in the ground that could make this endeavor impossible (or very expensive) and to check out more photos from this amazing place, visit my website.

April 12, 2020

Tour Report: The Villa by the Bridge

Over the years, there were a few times when I was standing in front of this abandoned villa - sometimes alone, sometimes together with a friend - but there never was a way in.
In early March of 2018, however, I heard that a certain group of "urban explorers" had been there, and "suddenly" a back window had been smashed. I have no proof that this group broke the window - but in the past, there has been more than one location that had been closed over many years, but was miraculously "open" (or rather broken in) when these guys appeared...
Although as an urban explorer, I am dependent on locations being open (unless there is a legal way to visit) - but to break in and destroy property to gain access is a disgrace and only leads to an increase of security for the locations.
But there will always be the "bad eggs" that will do everything (even break into an active airport...) to get more clicks on their Youtube channel...

But back to my explore of this particular place.
It was a sunny Sunday in March, and I had just heard about the potential access to the old villa. My wife didn't want to go, so I went alone. Usually, I don't go exploring alone, but there was a high risk that the villa would be sealed up again pretty quickly, because renovation was planned and nobody wants destruction or a fire in a place that he is about to renovate.
As I got to the villa, I walked around the back, trying not to be spotted by the neighbors that were right next door. I sneaked through the garden towards the terrace, and I could already see that a window had been smashed. I quickly climbed in, set up my camera and started my walkthrough.

The place had been abandoned for little more than five years, and the condition was still pretty good. Because it had been secured for most of the time, there haven't been vandals or copper thieves - but it seemed that for at least some time, one or more homeless persons had camped in some of the rooms.
I was completely alone, so I took my time to check out very room.
There wasn't too much to see in terms of decay, but I was happy to finally be able to explore this place. And it was about time, too, because only a few weeks later, demolition began on the adjacent buildings and the renovation of the main building started.


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April 5, 2020

Tour Report: Chalk Factory 48 [DK]

We had explored an abandoned farmhouse and barn during our tour in early February 2018, and we had explored an abandoned mill. While we were sneaking through the old mill, it had started raining, and it hadn't stopped when we were done there.
My friend "Lost Places in Schleswig-Holstein und Umland" and I conferred if we should continue and decided to roughly drive in the direction of home and check out one more location on the way. It was an old factory that we had seen a few times driving by on the way somewhere else and always deemed "not so interesting" - but it was a possibility for a location with relatively short ways and ample parking space.
And it was. The place was near the off-ramp from the freeway on the edge of an industrial park. Since it was Sunday, there was no one around, and we could freely choose a place to park.
The old factory wasn't even fenced in. The place was wide open which made entering easy not only for us, but over the years apparently also for lots of teenagers, people dumping trash and graffiti "artists".
Anyway, we first checked out the main factory building. It wasn't huge, but there were still a few remains of the production machines - and a lot of chalk dust.
Afterwards, we went to check out the outside parts of the facility, and towards the end, we took a look in the storage rooms.
The attribute "not so interesting" is almost fitting. The place itself doesn't have much to offer in terms of photography - but if you look closely, there are some things to be found. And since it was on the way, it wasn't even a detour for us, so it was a worthwhile explore after all!


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March 29, 2020

Tour Report: The Mill in the Meadow [DK] [Revisit]

The second location that my friend "Lost Places in Schleswig-Holstein und Umland" and I visited on our short tour through Denmark two years ago was also a place that I'd visited once before - an old mill that my wife and I had discovered during a summer tour the year before.
Just like the first time, we had no trouble at all. We were able to park right in front of the location, which was pretty good because it started raining.
The access also was still the same - the door was open.
Unfortunately, some nicer details were missing, such as a few of the rusty vintage oil cans and the old telephone.
It's sad that these things were gone, since usually I'm too excited during a first visit to get all the details - which is why I really like revisits to get a closer look.
I still took the time to get a few shots that I'd missed the first time.
It was a pity that we only found the baby strollers in the basement after we'd packed everything back into the car and didn't want to get back out into the rain...
...but luckily, there was going to be another visit at this place in the future - so stay tuned!


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