Exploring the Rotten Side of Germany

You might say I'm a collector. I collect rare objects. Facts, stories...I travel the roads of Germany seeking its heart.

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"I'd like to think the best bunker buster is a diplomat." - Photo by Jan Bommes

Command Post Bunker
Goin' Bunkers

"This one was a lucky shot. I was on a tour of some command post bunkers of the East German People's Army (NVA). While finishing up and starting to pack our stuff, I walked around in one of the shelters and got between my friend and the light that came from the entrance. He immediately suggested we take a photo because of the stark contrast the scene was offering.

Because of the contrast, I decided to give the photo a black and white processing. I rarely do that, but in this case, it came out nicely."


House of Nitrogen [DK]

House of Nitrogen - Denmark

This abandoned house/villa lies right next to the old "ammonia port" of a large Danish city. From here, ammonia was shipped to all parts of the world.
This house was home to the offices of a couple of companies related to the amoonia production and export.
There is no information regarding the year of contruction or since when it is abandoned.

Hotel S. [DK]

Abandoned Hotel in Denmark

This abandoned hotel in Denmark consists of three seperate buildings.
The oldest one was built in 1859 as a depot for a local trader. This building had a timber-framed annex. The actual hotel building was built in 1879. The storage house was used as such for about 50 years before it was sold to the hotel owner and added to the hotel enterprise.
A landing pier was built at the beach, which is only a few meters from the hotel, so that giests could reach the hotel with boats.
Since 2008, the hotel has been abandoned. In 2012,  one of the buildings burned down to the ground.....


Tour Report: Soviet Airfield Z.

Published 2016-10-25

Abandoned Sanatorium

It was already gettng dark on the first day of our tour through East Germany together with Nordgriller Urbex, so we only had time for one more short stop. It was February after all, and the daylight was fading fast.
So we stopped along the highway when we saw the remains of an old Soviet airfield. It was the classic view - old buildings and a solar field on the former tarmac. Only in this case, there were windmills being built between the buildings.
It seemed like this former airfield didn't have much time left. We tried a few possible entries (less to find a hidden way in, but rather to find a good place to park) until we found a good spot. Since it was getting dark.....

Urbex Feeds

Feeds from various Urbex Pages

Urban Ghosts Media

North Brother Island: Home of NYC’s ‘Abandoned Leper Colony’ (Wed, 26 Oct 2016)
Most New Yorkers have seen it from a distance, but few have ever been there – odd considering NYC is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. But the ruins of North Brother Island, New York's abandoned leper colony, have been off-limits for decades. The post North Brother Island: Home of NYC’s ‘Abandoned Leper Colony’ appeared first on Urban Ghosts Media.
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What’s the Deal With Those Faces on the Moon? (Wed, 26 Oct 2016)
For thousands of years, we've been fascinated by the Moon. And long before mankind ever set foot on its surface, we were seeing faces in it. But why? The post What’s the Deal With Those Faces on the Moon? appeared first on Urban Ghosts Media.
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Dogtown: Witchcraft & Motivational Rocks in a Massachusetts Ghost Town (Tue, 25 Oct 2016)
The mysterious ghost town that lies on an inland area of Cape Ann, near Gloucester, Massachusetts, was first settled in the early years of the 17th century. Enter Dogtown, and the boulders that mark its long collapsed buildings. The post Dogtown: Witchcraft & Motivational Rocks in a Massachusetts Ghost Town appeared first on Urban Ghosts Media.
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Atlas Obscura - Latest Places

Statue of Loreley in St. Goarshausen, Germany (Wed, 26 Oct 2016)
Statue of Loreley On the tip of a causeway in the Rhine River, a 3.3-meter-tall bronze female figure watches ships go up and down the busy waterway. Sharing a name with the slate promontory towering overhead, the Loreley Statue is a relatively recent addition to the historic riverscape, and memorializes a relatively recent mythological figure borne of German Romanticism. Since the beginning of navigation on the Rhine River, the treacherous curve under the shadow of Loreley has destroyed an untold number of ships, claiming the lives of countless sailors. While practical explanations of the perilous site chalk it up to a rocky riverbed combined with an unusual drift, 19th-century poets created a more enchanting explanation involving a river siren enticing men to their doom. The legend involves a young woman, Loreley, with long blond hair and a beautiful voice. One version describes Loreley as a mermaid who fell in love with a human and thus came ashore from the Rhine in the form of a farmer's daughter; another claims she was a sorceress from the nearby village of Bacharach. In either case, she fell in love with a young man who did not love her back, and thereafter sat on a rock overlooking the river, serenading it with sad songs. The beauty of both her voice and appearance was so enchanting that she caused distracted sailors to break their ships on the rocks and drown. Like her origins, the end of Loreley's tale also varies. One version tells of the son of a local lord (the Palsgrave, or count palatine, to be exact) who heard about the nix and wanted to see her. When he came on his ship and spotted Loreley, singing and combing her hair, he immediately fell under her spell. He attempted to go ashore to speak with Loreley but slipped, was swallowed by the river, and drowned. When the lord learned of the accident, he dispatched soldiers to capture Loreley. Fearing her power, the arresting party, upon finding her, ordered Loreley to instead jump to her death. Apparently happy to comply, Loreley held out an amber necklace and called to the Rhine, "Father, Father, fast, fast! Send the white steeds to your child, she wants to ride with the waves and the wind." Two rushing white waves in form of horses emerged from the Rhine and carried Loreley away with them. This is the origin of the "Father Rhine" nickname the river bears to this day. The Loreley Statue was installed in 1983. Shipwrecks still occur at the dangerous curve, the most recent on January 13, 2011, when a tanker ship loaded with 2,400 tons sulfuric acid capsized. Thus, legends persist that the ghost of Loreley still appears—singing, combing her hair, and leading sailors to their deaths in the watery grave at the bottom of the Rhine.
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