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 comfort of having a friend may be taken away, but not that of having had one.” (Seneca)

On April 20, 2019, one of my best friends was taken from us without warning.

I first met Jens back in 2013 on a spontaneous visit to "his" abandoned sanatorium - a lonely place on top of a mountain where he had chosen to live with his pack of sleigh dogs. He offered us coffee, showed us the place and told stories. The little time we had just flew by. This first meeting was special. We had immediately connected on a really cool level, and my wife and I only reluctantly left that evening. We returned a few months later, and then again...and again. Over the years, a real friendship developed. Jens and "his" mountain became the place for us to be grounded, to meet new people, learn new things - and have barbecue ;)

We felt at home there, and Jens was the reason for that.


I still can't believe that he is gone and that I won't see him anymore walking quickly over his premises, feeding his dogs, riding the sleigh or building something new.

What remains are the great memories of adventure, of long talks by the campfire at night, the hunts for trespassers trying to jump the fence and of surprising visits to cool places that nobody else knew of.

And what will remain are the friendships that developed with the people we met on the mountain. That is Jens' legacy - he brought people together. People of different ages, religions, political views. People that came because of the dogs, people that came because of the sanatorium - in the end everyone came for Jens and for all the things that made this place so unique.


Thank you, Jens, for your friendship.

Thank you for everything you gave us!

We'll meet again by the great campfire in the sky!!!


GALLERY UPDATE: Farmhouse "Time Capsule" [DK]

Abandoned Farmhouse in Denmark | Lost Place - Verlassenes Bauernhaus in Dänemark


New photos added taken on February 10, 2018.


There is no historical information regarding this abandoned farmhouse in the Southern part of Denmark.....(more)

GALLERY UPDATE: The Priest's Home [DK]

Abandoned Farmhouse in Denmark | Verlassenes Bauernhaus in Dänemark


New photos added taken on February 4, 2018.


There is no specific information about this farm-like house in the western part of Denmark. Presumably, regional obituaries point to an abandonment of about ten years.....(more)


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Tour Report: Children's Home F.

Published 2019-10-21

Abandoned Children's Home | Verlassenes Kinderheim an der Nordsee

It was December, and we had planned a short explore for our traditional annual Christmas tour. Just like in the years before, our plan was to go West and check out a few spots along the North Sea.

As always, we were accompanied by my mother-in-law, and this time our friend Freddy from Nordgriller Urbex was also with us.

The first location that we had on our list was an abandoned children's home. A friend of ours had visited this place about a year before us and had given us a few hints regarding the entry, so it shouldn't be too tough.....(more)

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Solar Branco Gin Library in Sao Miguel, Portugal (Tue, 22 Oct 2019)
Solar Branco is a mansion that was built in the hills of Sao Miguel, the largest of the Portuguese Azores islands, in 1885. Today, the white estate has been turned into a hotel with its very own Gin Library. The collection, assembled over the course of the owner's travels, currently consists of more than 400 bottles of gin from countries including the United Kingdom, Germany, France, South Africa, Australia, and Thailand.  Visitors are encouraged to bring their own bottles of gin. If you bring one that's not in the collection, you get a free tasting of the wares. Otherwise, you can pay to sample the diverse array of booze. The library also serves plenty of G&Ts.
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