“Suffering is the fuel in the engine of
civilization." - Photo by Jan Bommes
"This is a fuel tank on a fuel depot that has been used by the East German National People's Army during the cold war. There are at least two of these large tanks on the premises and a couple of smaller ones along with some more pretty rund-down administration and storage buildings. The large tanks are about 10 to 12 meters high and about 50 to 60 meters in diameter, and they were used to store up to 7.700 cubic meters of fuel each. The acoustics are fantastic!"
Until the early 1890s, there had been only privately owned slaughterhouses in this city. But private slaughter of animals was prohibited, so the city had this big
slaughterhouse built, which was opened in 1893. Next to the prohibition of private slaughter, the city also hoped for improvement of hygienic conditions and less traffic inhibitions due to the
cattle drive. Between the years 1932 and 1939, the area was expanded substantially. During the time of the German separation, the slaughterhouse became part of the regional meat production
By the end of the 1970, more than 1.000 pigs, 200 cows and 70 smaller animals were killed during each shift. Due to this high output, the construction of a quick freezing facility became necessary. But because of opposing orders...(more)
I had to wait a little for my next tour. More than a month after visiting the abandoned textile mill together with my wife, I went for a two-day tour with my friend
Freddy [Nordgriller Urbex].
We had a bunch of locations planned and had arranged to sleep in a friend's place.
We left pretty early that first day, because we had a lot of kilometers to go. The first spot we had planned was an old abandoned mansion - or rather castle - in a small town in the Northeast of Germany.
It was pretty easy to find, and so we quickly parked the car a little off the main road. The weather wasn't too good, and it was pretty early so there were no people around, and we just walked up to the mansion and started looking...(more)