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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“Some beautiful paths can't be discovered without getting lost.” (Erol Ozan)

Soviet War Memorial | Sowjetisches Relief Dannenwalde | Hyundai Kona
Soviet War Memorial in the German State of Brandenburg

"The last photo of our car parked in front of a bunker inspired me to take another shot of it during our last vacation. Luckily, there wasn't too much trash and rocks lying around in front of the memorial, so I could park the car neatly in front of it☺️

These Soviet memorials are really interesting to me, because on the one side, they are a monument of the occupation of Eastern Germany and on the other hand, they are memorials of a terrible war - seen from a different perspective. History is always written by the victors - which in this case were the Soviets."


Grinding Shop II [Revisit]

Abandoned Grinding Shop in the Harz Mountains in Germany | Verlassene Schleiferei im Harz



This abandoned wood grinding shop was in operation since the end of the 19th century. The facilities included a hydropower plant that was integrated into the building during its construction.

The shop was used until the 1950s.

The legal basis for the construction of the wood grinding shop was a 100-year lease contract from the 1800s. The Royal Forest Treasury allowed the former landowner to create a weir and a water supply trench in the river to use the water to......(more)

Sanatorium J. [Revisit]

Abandoned Sanatorium in the Harz Mountains, Germany | Verlassenes Sanatorium im Harz



In the late 1890's, the German Order of St. John decided to start building a sanatorium for lung diseases.

The southern slope of a summit in the Harz Mountains was chosen as a building site and in 1902, the first patients were admitted. The building was massive. The walls were built of granite three stories high, and next to the comfortable rooms, the patients had a conservatory, a library and a variety of lounges and day rooms at their disposal.......(more)


The Asylum for the Insane


Tour Report: Soviet Command Bunker

Published 2020-02-12

Soviet Bunker in Eastern Germany  | Sowjetischer Führungsbunker in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

For the finale of our "military only" tour in January of 2018, we chose to vist a relatively large bunker that used to be the command post of a Soviet fighter-bomber division.

Access was easy enough. We could drive right up to the premises, there were no fences, and we quickly found one of the two entrance ways to the bunker.

At almost 500 square meters, this bunker was one of the larger ones we've visited until now, but unfortunately, it was as empty as it was big.

There was literally nothing left in terms of electronic equipment, pipes, consoles - only...(more)

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