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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Ferropolis-The City of Iron - Photo by Jan Bommes


"This strip mine was exploited for brown coal from 1964 until 1991. After that, the mine was filled with water over a period of five years and turned into an artificial lake. On the small peninsula that protrudes from the water, five huge hauling engines have been set up and turned into an open air museum. They have been set around an arena that is being used for festivals with more than 20.000 visitors."

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Pharmaceutical Company B. [Revisit]

House of Wheelchairs

 Gallery Update: Tour on February 27, 2016.

A lot of the older buildings have been torn down. Developers are planning to build about 300 new apartments on the premises. It is only a question of time until everything will be gone. ...(more)

The Red Church

Power Plant V.

This church was donated to the parish by the community in 1893. It was also called "Sugar Beet Church", because the town had gotten wealthy trading in sugar beets.
It was built in neo-gothic style and dedicated in 1894.
But the heyday of the church didn't last long; the number of churchgoers drastically declined - reason was a change in the contemporary taste which began preferring the "real Romanesque" and with that the old town church - and the Red Church (the never even got a "real" name") was decommissioned in 1953.
The former house of god fell victim to many looters and vandals over the following decades. After the german reuinification in 1990, hope arose.....(more)

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Tour Report: Meat Factory B.

Meat Factory in Denmark

We got up early that Sunday morning since we had not only two locations planned but also a relatively far trip back to Germany again.
So we left my neice (almost) asleep and headed for the car.
The first stop on our way was at a bakery to pick up some breakfast. It was the first bakery either of us had ever seen where you have to take a number and wait to be served.
But the wait was worth it. The sandwiches we got were really good and the prices were also relatively moderate (for Denmark). We only had to drive about fifteen minutes from the bakery to our first spot of the day, an abandoned meat factory.
The company that used to run this factory still exists today - many of you may know their breakfast bacon ;)

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Green Design: Abandoned Turf House in Iceland (Sat, 28 May 2016)
In this article, we thought we'd feature this charming abandoned turf house, the form of which is rather common on the Icelandic landscape. The post Green Design: Abandoned Turf House in Iceland appeared first on Urban Ghosts Media.
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Abandoned Monorail Pods at Beeston Marina, Nottinghamshire (Sat, 28 May 2016)
These abandoned monorail pods were spotted in an overgrown corner of a yard near Beeston Marina near Nottingham city centre. But what was their purpose? The post Abandoned Monorail Pods at Beeston Marina, Nottinghamshire appeared first on Urban Ghosts Media.
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Cityscapes: Paris From the Top of the Eiffel Tower (Fri, 27 May 2016)
There are many incredible views in the City of Lights, but this breathtaking photograph from the top of the Eiffel Tower really caught our attention. The post Cityscapes: Paris From the Top of the Eiffel Tower appeared first on Urban Ghosts Media.
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Cumberland Pencil Museum in Keswick, England (Fri, 27 May 2016)
Entrance to the Museum, with the factory in the back “Fraser-Smith. Charles Fraser-Smith”. OK, he wasn’t James Bond. But Charles Fraser-Smith was thought to be the inspiration for the gadget guru “Q” in the Ian Fleming series, serving as an agent for Britain’s military intelligence arm during World War II. Fraser-Smith came up with lots of inventions and gadgets for soldiers and flyers during the War, including a pencil with a secret compartment to hide a map and a compass. Fraser-Smith thought that such a pencil could be used by British prisoners of war, to aid them in an escape. When he needed a company to help produce his James-Bond-escape-artist pencils, he paid a visit to the Cumberland Pencil Co. in Keswick, Cumbria. Pencil manufacturing in and around Keswick goes back nearly 200 years, but the discovery of graphite goes back much further, to around the 16th century. Graphite was used for all kinds of things besides being stuffed into sticks of wood, including munitions manufacturing. Graphite mining became a major industry in Cumbria, and several factories began to pop up in the 19th century to take advantage of the supply. What was to become the Cumberland Pencil Co. goes back to 1832, fabricating writing implements under the name of Banks, Son & Co. The company changed hands a few times over the years, becoming Hogarth & Hayes in 1875, and finally the Cumberland Pencil Co. in 1916. The factory turned out graphite pencils, colored pencils and artist’s charcoal for another 90 years, finally closing in 2007 and relocating 20 miles west to the town of Workington, where they still make fine pencils and other art supplies under the brand Derwent. The little museum alongside the Cumberland factory will tell you the whole story, and they have the world’s largest colored pencil too boot. It’s 26 feet long, weighing just under half a ton. Just think what Charles Fraser-Smith could hide in that thing.  
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