July 26, 2020

Tour Report: Hotel "Borderline"

Late in March of 2018, we undertook a short tour to Eastern Germany together with our friend Pixelcracker. It was a very spontaneous excursion, so there wasn't a lot of time for extensive planning, and we just took the locations that came our way, so to speak.
The first location that we visited was an abandoned hotel. The building used to be a garrison of the East German border troops (Grenztruppen), and it could easily be identified as such - most of these garrisons look identical.
The hotel was in one of four buildings that are left of the garrison; the others have been turned into apartments and storage.
We parked a few hundred meters away and took a little stroll down the road to the hotel. A few truck drivers were using the area to park their trucks for the weekend, so there were a few people around, but they weren't really interested in what we were doing.
We walked across the lawn and along the side of the building to find a way in.
Surprisingly enough, the door was open.
The next surprise was the condition of the place. There wasn't a lot of vandalism or graffiti, and apparently, the copper thieves hadn't discovered the hotel yet.
Due to the relatively short time of abandonment, there was no real decay, and the hotel didn't seem to have bothered with expensive furniture, so there really weren't any neat scenes to be photographed. It was a bit disappointing, but in the end, it was another location we explored together with a good friend - and I think that in the end, I managed to squeeze one or two nice shots out of my camera ;)

It took us about an hour to explore the hotel. When we were finished, we went back to the car, had a quick breakfast and drove off to the next location.

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July 15, 2020

Tour Report: Sanatorium Supra

This is something you don't see everyday. Following a tip from a local, we drove to a town that is very well-known for having a lot of sanatoriums - abandoned and not abandoned.
There was one abandoned sanatorium that we hadn't explored yet, and it was kind of our destination.
We parked the car on a public parking space that wasn't too far away. It was still raining, and I decided to go for a short walk to get a quick look in the sanatorium. It really wasn't worth to take photos. I went through the entire building - it was completely vandalized, and a lot of trash was lying around on the floors. There was no reason for me to take out the camera.
But as I've said - the sanatorium wasn't the goal of this trip. The real destination was the fairly new small heating plant right next to it.
Someone had obviously used it to store some old cars inside it - and these were the reason for us to drop by.
We found two Toyota Supra and one BMW Series 02.
All three cars were in pretty good shape, taking into account that the door had been open for quite some time.
The three cars took up much of the free space in the heating plant, so it was a bit hard to get the photos. This - and the fact that there was a lot of traffic right outside the door - is the reason that I only have the photos you find see in this post.

There is no historical information regarding the cars; but I know that they have been removed at some point late in 2018. The sanatorium next door burned down only two weeks after our visit.

July 4, 2020

Tour Report: Grinding Shop II

On the last day of our short tour through the mountains in March of 2018, we wanted to spend some more time with our friend Jens and his dogs, so we decided to do only two short locations.
The first explore of the day was an abandoned grinding shop.
It was in a remote area right next to a river. There even was a public parking lot conveniently close to the place, so we could park the car without looking too conspicuous.
The rain that had accompanied us through the day (and night) before was still with us, but we didn't have to walk too far to get to the old building.
There was no fence and no signs, so we were able to just stroll around and check for a way in.
It didn't even take one minute to spot the open window and climb in.
The building was in surprisingly good condition; there was a lot of stuff standing around in the larger one of the halls - probably stored items from the last owner. Even an old forklift was standing there.
In the front part of the buildings was the large storage hall and some electrical installations. The part next to it had obviously contained the grinding machines; but this part had collapsed, and there was hardly anything left of the machinery, which supports my assumption that the grinding operation was stopped at some point and the building was used for other purposes until it was finally closed down.

Upon walking into the little hall right next to the river, we found the most exciting part of the old production facility - the hydropower plant.
It was still in excellent condition and may well be called an antique. You rarely find machines in abandoned buildings, because metal thieves steal everything they can get disassembled - and finding one almost in an operational state.

We took our time checking out all the rooms that we could get into. After that, we went back to the car and drove to the final spot of our tour...

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