“I climbed into bed, wide awake and full of
dreams.” - Photo by Jan Bommes
"This one was unexpected. We were on a trip through Denmark that had been only half successful until we found this place. It looked unspectacular from the outside, but we really fell in love with it once we were inside.
What we found was some of the most beautiful natural decay that I have ever seen. There was no obvious vandalism, only what appears to be at least fifty to sixty years of abandonement. When we found the two bedrooms with the straw beds, the reddish walls kind of glowing in a bit of sunlight that the late afternoon was shining upon this location, we all felt that the day had been a success."
This railyard was part of a larger facility - a freight depot that used to be one of the largest and most modern of its kind until World War II. Of the original
freight depot, only parts remain after the main facilities weren't rebuilt after WWII. The railyard, that had been built after World War I, was hardly damaged in the war and was in constant
operation, but lost its importance over the years. In 1996, it was downgraded to a branch of a larger railyard, and in 2001, it was closed down.
A few landmarked buildings from the early days of the railyard still remain, most notably the water tower of 56 meters. Next to it stands a 21-track roundhouse. Next to it used to be a second roundhouse which had been deconstructed before the German reuinification....(more)
This large depot was built by the Wehrmacht between 1939 and 1941. There are two areas - the main depot and the auxiliary depot. Both are about the same size of
around 20 hectares. The photos on this page are from the main depot and the administration.
From 1941 until 1945, it was used as a depot for uniforms and other materials the German army needed. After the war, it was as a supply depot by the Soviet Armed Forces. Since the withdrawal of the Soviets in 1991, the buildings are abandoned.
As the central suplly depot for their armed forces in Germany, it was used to store clothing, spare parts and other materials. Uniforms were.....(more)
After our exploration of the Insane Asylum, Freddy and I drove to our next spot - a former Soviet military airfield. Some of you may know the place as the area of
the annual "Fusion Festival" which is being held here since 1997 using twelve hardened aircraft shelters as stages.
The larger part of the airfield however has been turned into an airpark, and a lot of the shelters are still unused, and we wanted to check those out.
We got lucky with the weather - as soon as we got there, the clouds cleared and the sun came out to shine on...a lot of old airplanes! There is a small museum on the area, which doesn't seem to have been open for quite some time. There was a note on the door saying that it is closed due to illness, but the state of the exhibits....(more)