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 explorer is the person who is lost.” - Photo by Jan Bommes

Rusty barge near a demolished brick factory in Northern Germany
Rusty barge near a demolished brick factory in Northern Germany

"It had been more than six months since our last tour together with our friend Freddy, and we really had fun again driving around in the Northeast of Germany looking for abandoned spots. The highlight for this tour was an abandoned old barge that had been used to transport bricks from a brick factory through various channels to the river for further transport. In fact, this rusty old ship - next to some remains of the loading terminal - is the only thing that is left of the brick factory. We had to walk a while through the forest before we had finally found it, but when we did, we foud out that it was totally worth the hike!"


Police Shooting Range P.

Abandoned Shooting Range of the East German Police

The only known fact about this abandoned shooting range in the Northeast of Germany is that it was used by the East German ministry of the interior, so it is safe to assume that it was used by the East German police. Maybe there is also a connection to the nearby underground bunker of the East German Secret Police ("Stasi"), but this would be pure speculation....(more)

Courthouse W.

Abandoned courthouse in Eastern Germany

This former courthouse in Eastern Germany was originally built in 1880 to be the jailhouse of the small town.

The use for judicial purposes has been documented since 1984, and in the 1930s, a lawyer practised here who had been transferred to this court for disciplinary reasons.

He became a resistance fighter in the 1940s and was an important figure in the peaceful surrender of various towns to the Red Army towards the end of World War II.

There is no information regarding the use of the buildings since 1945, but it appears that it has been used as a residential building by the local population...(more)


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Tour Report: School of the Forest

Published 2017-11-19

Exploring an abandoned forestry school in the Northeastern part of Germany

After a great first day on our tour in late October of 2016, my wife and I, as well as our friends Pixelcracker and Lost Places in Schleswig-Holstein und Umland, all spent the night at a friends' house - not after we had a nice barbecue to finish off the day.

The next morning, we all had breakfast and left at a convenient time (that means not too early!). We had two possible spots planned for the day that were on the way back home, so that we wouldn't be arriving home too late.

The first spot of the day was an abandoned forestry school. We had to drive about 40 kilomters to get to the location. Nicely enough, there was a public parking spot more or less right across the street.....(more)

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