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."


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Chateau Sacrale

Chateau Sacrale

The oldest parts of this unconventional mansion, which in its style reminisces a sacral building, were built sometime in the 18th century. In the 19th century, a new wing was added in the style of the red brick gothic.
The main floor was used as a chapel. The lateral annex has a noticeable stepped gable with an ornamental facade design.
The mansion is abandoned since 1998....
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Chemical Factory R. [Revisit]

Chemical Factory

GALLERY UPDATE!

It was a giant of chemistry.
The history of this abandoned chemical factory goes back to the year 1900, when a company built a cement factory on these premises. The site was chosen wisely, because in the area the industrial processing of lime and cement had been going on since the 18th century. After finishing construction, cement was produced using a dangerous process involving a rotary kiln. This went on until 1939, when another company bought the factory. Due to the war, from 1944, the factory produced synthetic bauxite.
After the war, the Soviet occupants completely removed the factory as reparations. Only the kiln and empty halls were left. In 1950, a fresh start was made in the.
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Tour Report: HAWK-Missile Launch Site W.

Published 2016-09-11

HAWK-Missile Launch Site

For the last couple of years, it has kind of become a tradition for my wife and me to take her mother on an excursion with us on the second day of christmas.
Last year was no different. We had decided to drive to the North Sea coast and check out an abandoned HAWK site on the way. We had two possible sites on our way.
It was late December in Northern Germany, and the weather acted accordingly. It was bleak. Very bleak. Dark clouds and rain. Not pouring rain, but rain.
The first HAWK site we laid our eyes on was secured and appeared to be in use by local farmers. And you do not want local farmers getting mad at you.
So we drove on to the next site. This one looked fine. It was clear by the looks of it that at some point in the.....
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Urban Ghosts Media

Abandoned Bucket-Wheel Excavator: Behold the Earth Moving Monster (Wed, 28 Sep 2016)
It's one of the most amazing pieces of abandoned machinery we've ever featured on Urban Ghosts: an epic bucket-wheel excavator, known to urban and rural explorers as the Earth Moving Monster. The post Abandoned Bucket-Wheel Excavator: Behold the Earth Moving Monster appeared first on Urban Ghosts Media.
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Urban Explorer Documents an Abandoned Villa in Belgium (Tue, 27 Sep 2016)
Urban explorer Jelle de Vries came upon this rather grand abandoned villa while out with his camera in the Belgian countryside. The post Urban Explorer Documents an Abandoned Villa in Belgium appeared first on Urban Ghosts Media.
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10 Animals That Have Been Declared Extinct in the Last Decade (Tue, 27 Sep 2016)
When it comes to the damage being inflicted upon our planet, modern civilization has a lot to answer for. This article examines a number of species that have, alarmingly, been declared extinct in the last decade. The post 10 Animals That Have Been Declared Extinct in the Last Decade appeared first on Urban Ghosts Media.
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Atlas Obscura - Latest Places

Twinings Tea Shop in London, England (Tue, 27 Sep 2016)
Twinings tea shop on the Strand. You'll have to excuse the exoticized Chinamen figures atop the Twinings tea shop doorway at 216 Strand. They've been sitting up there for about three centuries, in which time the cultural acceptability of such caricatures has lessened, and tea is more often associated with British gentry than with Chinese merchants. As a young man Thomas Twining apprenticed under an East India Company merchant, importing goods from exotic locales, coffee and tea in particular. Twining's mercantile career began in 1706 when he opened a small storefront on a busy London thoroughfare called the Strand. He called it Tom's Coffee House, and it soon became a popular gathering spot for fashionable aristocrats. Despite the fact that his shop was dedicated to coffee, Twining soon garnered a reputation for having some of the finest tea blends in London. Within a decade he ceased selling coffee entirely and almost exclusively sold dry packaged teas. This allowed women to partake in tea-drinking at home as well, as coffee houses were male-only establishments. Twining expanded his business, opening up more shops, and eventually growing it into the tea empire it is today.  Though we think of Britain's relationship to tea being as old as the nation itself, the drink had only been introduced in the 1660s by a Portuguese queen. With the expansion of East Indian trade and merchants like Twining though, tea quickly became the national beverage. Today Twinings is synonymous with the history of British tea. Over 300 years later, the original Twinings shop on the Strand is still in business. The Twinings logo, a simple, gold sign bearing the company name, has remained unchanged since 1787, making it the oldest corporate logo still in use. In 1837, Queen Victoria granted the company a royal warrant, a merit which has given Twinings the honor of providing tea to the royal family ever since. 
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