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."


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.....

Farm House H. [DK]

Abandoned Farmhouse in Denmark

This farm house belongs to an abandoned farm in Denmark. The three buildings (farmhouse, stables and work shop) are arranged in a classical rectangular shape right at the main road through a small village.
The workshop has been filled with objects that hint at the farm being used  as a café and as a small artisan's market - a combination fairly common in Denmark.
The farmhouse itself is a thatched-roof cottage. The condition suggests that renovation has begun some time ago but has been stopped due to lack of money.
Water damages are dissolving the newly installed drywalls and the polished parquet flooring has puddles....(more)


Tour Report: Abandoned Sanatorium L.

Published 2016-10-15

Abandoned Sanatorium

In urban exploration, if a spot carries the label "abandoned sanatorium", it's hard to say No if you're in the area, because, well, it's a sanatorium!
This was one of those spots. It was pretty clear that we couldn't expect much from this spot, but it was on the way, so we went there anyway.
It turned out that most of the buildings were walled shut, so we went for the main building - the only one that seemed accessible at first glance.
The sanatorium's buildings are right at the main road, so there was no parking. We made a left turn down a small path into the woods and found a small place that seemed alright for parking. It also gave us the opportunity to approach the buildings from the backside....

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Battered BOR-5: Historic Sub-Scale Buran Orbiter Test Vehicle (Fri, 21 Oct 2016)
During the development of the Soviet Union's now-defunct Buran programme, a number of subscale test articles were built to evaluate the orbiter's re-entry characteristics. The BOR-5, a battered 1:8 scale model of Buran, was one of them. The post Battered BOR-5: Historic Sub-Scale Buran Orbiter Test Vehicle appeared first on Urban Ghosts Media.
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Exploring 10 Remote Islands Forsaken by Humankind (Thu, 20 Oct 2016)
In this article, we'll turn our attention to a series of abandoned island locations and examine why they were forsaken by those who once occupied them. The post Exploring 10 Remote Islands Forsaken by Humankind appeared first on Urban Ghosts Media.
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Exploring the Abandoned Ruins of Ireland’s Clifden Castle (Wed, 19 Oct 2016)
The abandoned ruins of Clifden Castle, a 19th century Gothic Revival manor house built by the D'Arcy family, cuts an imposing and forlorn form on the Galway landscape. The post Exploring the Abandoned Ruins of Ireland’s Clifden Castle appeared first on Urban Ghosts Media.
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The Stalin Line in Minski rajon, Belarus (Sat, 22 Oct 2016)
Not far from the capital city of Belarus is one of the most grandiose defense museums in Eastern Europe, the Stalin Line Historical and Cultural Complex, named after the original Stalin Line, a network of fortifications along the Western border of the former Soviet Union. The fortified line was built in the 1920s to protect against attacks from the West. But when an attack from the West did come two decades later, the line provided little defense. The Stalin Line was an impressive line of concrete bunkers and weapons emplacements, aka pillboxes, that stretched from the Karelian Isthmus near Finland to the shores of the Black Sea. However it was abandoned by 1940 in favor of a newer line being built further West at the frontier of the expanding USSR. When Germany invaded in 1941, the new line was not yet finished, and the old line was in disrepair, leaving the Soviet Union vulnerable.  Today, what remains of this historical system can be found in various places across Russia, Belarus and Ukraine. To commemorate the 60 year anniversary of Great Patriotic War (World War II), a collection of military paraphernalia was amassed in the area of the line near Minsk. The museum complex includes a collection of trenches, roadblocks, bunkers, dots and other fortifications, and all kinds of technology like radar systems, boats, helicopters, war planes, tanks and weapons. Visitors who are keen on racing around in a war machine can even try out some of this equipment. But one exhibit stands as a reminder of the horrors of warfare: Called "Bombed House," it is a replica of what an ordinary house would look like after being bombed in war.
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