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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The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.” (Joseph Campbell) - Photo by Jan Bommes

Exploring "Heaven's Cave", cave that was discovered in the 1860s during the construction of a railway tunnel.
Exploring "Heaven's Cave", cave that was discovered in the 1860s during the construction of a railway tunnel.

"It was my birthday tour this year. My wife and I went for a two-day tour of the Harz mountains together with two friends - North Urbex and Lichtbeschatter. Two months earlier, my wife and I had explored the cave on our own and since it had been such a unique experience, we decided to take the others there as well. It was a warm spring day, and we had to wait for the train to pass the tunnel, before we had the chance to enter. Inside it was cold, wich was a nice change from the hot weather outside, and it was dark. Very dark, which gave us a nice opportunity to play a bit with our lights and get a nice selfie in the drainage tunnels ."


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The Hotel of Many Doors

Abandoned hotel in the Erzgebirge region in Germany

Built in the early 20th century, this abandoned hotel looks back on quite a checkered history. Once the best hotel in a small town in the Erzgebirge region of Germany, it had been turned into the office building of a hardware manufacturer by the beginning of World War II. During the war, the former luxury hotel was used as a military hospital.

After the war, massive mining operations were taken up by a German-Soviet mining company, by which the hotel was probably used, but there is no specific information regarding the further use.

Rumors however are saying that parts of the hotel were used as an office by the local branch of the KGB.....(more)

Hotel "Snowy Mountain Station"

Abandoned hotel in the Erzgebirge region in Germany

The last trains stopped at this station back in the early 1950s.

In the late 1850s, a feeder track of about five kilomter was built in the Erzgebirge mountains  of Germany, connecting the region with a larger track going through the state. In the early 1920s, health spa business was on the rise and resulted in a rise of passenger numbers.

When in 1946 unranium mining was taken up in the mountains, the track became even more vital for the region.

The unrestrained mining however led to several sinkings in the ground, so that in April of 1952, passenger traffic seized and in June of the same year, freight traffic was stopped as well....(more)




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Tour Report: The District Court

Published 2018-07-22

Abandoned former Jail in Eastern Germany

After finishing up our exploration of the abandoned district hospital, my wife and I went to check out the second location on our list for the day.

The abandoned building that used to be the local jail before its use as a courthouse sits right next to the hospital buildings - its access point is even the same as the one for the hospital.

We left the hospital through the hole in the fence and went along the back wall of the courthouse until we found the open window that we had spotted on the way in. It was a small window, so we struggled a bit to get in, but we made it.....(more)


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Peden's Cave in Scotland (Fri, 17 Aug 2018)
Steps leading up to Peden's Cave Found at the top of a red stone cliff overlooking River Lugar, it's said Peden's cave once hid Alexander Peden, a famous Covenanter minister from the 17th century.  Alexander Peden—also known as Prophet Peden— was a very wise man who was born in 1626 and studied at the University of Glasgow.  He started a post as a Minister at New Luce in 1660 before going on to lead the Covenanter movement in Scotland. After Charles II assumed the throne, Alexander had to flee his post and avoid being captured. Peden wandered Scotland and Ireland for 10 years preaching to followers, hiding his identity by wearing a cloth mask—on display at the Museum of Scotland—and hiding in caves. It's alleged Peden would often preach in the woods.  After years of escaping capture, Peden was caught and sentenced to four years and three months imprisonment on the Bass Rock, and then another 15 months in the Edinburgh Tollbooth. Later, he was sent to the American plantations as a form of banishment.  It is said that Peden spent the last years of his life between Scotland and Ireland. Today, the cave that he once hid bares his name. The cave is just 6 feet high and 4 feet wide and features steps leading up to it and man-made bench cut from the rock inside. 
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