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