“Explore. Dream. Discover.” (Mark Twain) - Photo by Jan Bommes
"It was a dream that we all had through our "urbex life" until now. The four of us really went to Chernobyl. The four of us, that were Freddy from Nordgriller Urbex, Torsten from North Urbex and my wife and I. Freddy had taken care of the organization, and there we were - right at the city sign of the famous abandoned city of Pripyat. It was an awe-inspiring experience walking the streets of this city that has been turned into a nuclear wasteland by the largest catastrophe of the 20th century next to the two World Wars."
After in the 1630s a principality had arisen in the Harz region of Germany, the local prince aimed to establish a mercantilist economy in his lands to
overcome the ramifications of the 30-Year-War.
The conditions seemed ideal for founding the ironworks - ore deposits in the surrounding mountains, wood in the forests, the water of the nearby river and the mercantile knowledge and financial strength of a merchant from the nearby city. In the 1640s, the first ironworks were founded and sold just as quickly less than ten years later. Various changes of ownership followed over the centuries, and various princes had the facilities either used for production of iron or the production of silver.....(more)
The first mention of the little town dates back as far as the 9th century. Even an
estate house existed back then which of course was much smaller and simpler at the time. The renaissance style manor house that exists today was built in the late 16th century. Most of the
villagers were employed at the estate and working as farmers for the Barons. This went on until the 1950s. When Karl Marx's family lived in their London exile, this estate supplied them with food
- because the Baron's family was related to them.
During the German separation, various uses for the building were found over the years by the socialist authorities - kindergarten, village shop, apartments, library. After the German reunification, the manor has been left abandoned...(more)
After finishing our exploration of the old paper mill and had the cake safely stowed away in the car, we sort of went on our way home.
Sort of, because we had one more place planned for the way back since it was almost on the way.
After a drive of about 45 minutes, we reached our destination - an ensemble of buildings contructed in moorish style. It used to be an estate where new methods of agriculture were tested, before the Soviets took over the place after World War II.
The area was completely open - there were only a few remains of fences, so we could walk right onto the premises.
Obviously - as in many places of....(more)