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 climbed into bed, wide awake and full of dreams.” - Photo by Jan Bommes

Farm House [DK]
Bed of Straw

"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."


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Railyard E.

Abandoned Railyard

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.
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Soviet Military Depot B.

Ferropolis

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...
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Tour Report: Soviet Airfield R.

Published 2016-08-25

Soviet Airfield

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....
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Urban Ghosts Media

20 Beautiful Offbeat Travel & Nature Photographs by Céline Colin (Sat, 27 Aug 2016)
(All images by Céline Colin) Céline Colin’s Flickr stream features a selection of beautiful and haunting photography covering offbeat travel, nature and the great outdoors. You’ll also find urban exploration, abandonments and other lost places […] The post 20 Beautiful Offbeat Travel & Nature Photographs by Céline Colin appeared first on Urban Ghosts Media.
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Forgotten Fords: Pat Harvey’s Rusting Truck Graveyard by Highway 319 (Thu, 25 Aug 2016)
As Atlas Obscura writes, these "trucks are an unusual worse-for-wear site on the scenic byway, but their apocalyptic charm attracts more photographers than any of the natural scenery." The post Forgotten Fords: Pat Harvey’s Rusting Truck Graveyard by Highway 319 appeared first on Urban Ghosts Media.
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The Gloomy Interior of an Abandoned Train Car in Italy (Wed, 24 Aug 2016)
It may not be travel at its most luxurious, but this abandoned train and defunct locomotives in Italy undoubtedly offer a photogenic subject for urban exploration photography. The post The Gloomy Interior of an Abandoned Train Car in Italy appeared first on Urban Ghosts Media.
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Atlas Obscura - Latest Places

Spitzhäuschen in Bernkastel-Kues, Germany (Sat, 27 Aug 2016)
Small House "Spitzhäuschen" in Bernkastel-Kues Built in 1416, this distinctive building has been described as "the most photographed building in Bernkastel-Kues," and with good reason. The base of the house is extremely narrow, with the upper floors jettied out wider, making this 600-year-old home look like it is about to come crashing down at any minute. The home was originally built this way to allow for wagons to travel through the narrow alley running alongside the building. As well, tax payments in many cities in Germany were based on the area of the foundation of the building, which explains why "jettied" buildings were a common occurrence in medieval Germany, as taxes were not charged on wider upper levels.  The building has been home to a wine bar since the 1970's and is still open to the public.
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