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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Living in a castle is objectively romantic.” (Lev Grossman) - Photo by Jan Bommes

Exploring an abandoned castle in the German state of Thuringia.
Exploring an abandoned castle in the German state of Thuringia.

"During our summer vacation this year, my wife and I got the oportunity for a legal visit of this truly beautiful abandoned castle. It was the "summer of the century", and on that particular day, the temperatures reached more than 40 degrees centigrade. We had hoped that once inside, it would get a little bit cooler, but it had been hot for weeks, so that even the castle's thick stone walls had heated up, and due to the heat outside, there wasn't even a small cool draft going through the old rooms.

Still, exploring this truly majestic place was a wonderful experience, and in spite of the high temperatures, we took opur time to get plenty of photos to take home."


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Sanatorium J.

Abandoned Sanatorium in the Harz Mountains of Germany

GALLERY UPDATE!! New photos added taken on October 3, 2017!!

In the late 1890's, the German Order of St. John decided to start building a sanatorium for lung diseases.

The southern slope of a summit in the Harz Mountains was chosen as a building site and in 1902, the first patients were admitted. The building was massive. The walls were built of granite three stories high, and next to the comfortable rooms, the patients had a conservatory, a library and a variety of lounges and day rooms at...(more)

Recreation Home H. [Revisit]

Abandoned Recreation Home in the Harz Mountains of Germany

GALLERY UPDATE!! New photos added taken on October 2, 2017!!

This recreation home was built in 1909 as a spa hotel.

During World War I, it was used as a military hospital and after that was renamed and used as a spa hotel again. In 1924, a big dining hall was added onto the building. Between World War I and II, the hotel was used as a recreation home by the "Deutsche Werke", formerly a big military shipyard in Northern Germany.

After 1945, the East German federation of trade unions took over the hotel, renamed it again in the 1950s and again in the 1960s and used...(more)



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Tour Report: The Baron's Castle [Revisit]

Published 2018-12-09

Abandoned Castle in the German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

The second of three abandoned castles I visited on our tour in May of last year together with North Urbex, Pixelcracker and Lost Places in Schleswig-Holstein und Umland was also one that I'd visited before. And I have to look back at this first time for the start of my story about this visit.

As we had finished our first visit of this castle in July of 2015, we were sitting on the steps in front of the main door of the castle waiting for the last one of our crew to exit the castle through a basement window in the back, when the caretaker showed up on his little tractor - along with his German Shepherd.........(more)


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The Ruins of Fort de la Chartreuse, Liege (Wed, 10 Oct 2018)
Eerie photos of this derelict military fort, with all its empty corridors, staircases, passageways, halls and ancillary buildings, can be seen on Wikimedia Commons. The post The Ruins of Fort de la Chartreuse, Liege appeared first on Urban Ghosts Media.
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Forgotten Rollingstock at Janakpur Railway Station, Nepal (Tue, 02 Oct 2018)
There's something elegantly decayed about this forgotten Nepal railway coach at Janakpur railway station. The post Forgotten Rollingstock at Janakpur Railway Station, Nepal appeared first on Urban Ghosts Media.
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Faded Farmhouse in Rural Virginia (Tue, 25 Sep 2018)
This image by photographer "PumpkinSky" on Wikimedia Commons illustrates a style of architecture that increasingly seems to be a thing of the past. The post Faded Farmhouse in Rural Virginia appeared first on Urban Ghosts Media.
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Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten in Bhutan (Fri, 14 Dec 2018)
Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten Built in 2004 by the Queen of Bhutan, Khamsum Yulley Namgyal is a chorten, or stupa, overlooking the Punakha Valley. It was built with a specific function in mind: to ward off evil spirits in Bhutan and across the world, and to bring peace and harmony to all living things. Despite its relatively recent construction, Khamsum Yulley Namgyal was built in strict accordance with traditional teachings. It took Bhutanese carpenters, painters and sculptors nine years to build the four-story, pagoda-style stupa, as well as the various smaller pagodas surrounding it, some of which contain prayer wheels. Khamsum Yulley Namgyal was built with a very specific intention in mind. Rather than being a place of communal worship, a monastic retreat or a place of education, it was built to provide spiritual protection, peace and harmony. As such, the chorten is largely focused on wrathful deities, a concept that may seem counterintuitive. As you walk in to the main room on the first floor of Khamsum Yulley Namgyal, for example, you’ll come face to face with a 15-feet-tall statue of Vajrakilaya, one of the eight deities of Kagyé. And while considered a powerful and wrathful deity, Vajrakilaya’s fury is directed at destroying forces hostile to compassion, purifying their power to do damage. Statues and shrines to these wrathful deities are also found on the second and third floors, each offering protection against the forces of evil in the world. And to balance the wrathful force of these deities are a series of yab-yum figures on the walls. Each of these figures depicts a male deity in union with his female consort, representing the union of wisdom and compassion. Finally, as you reach the final rooftop floor, you’ll see a golden statue of Sakyamuni Buddha in his classic pose. The serene statue looks to the south, surveying the spectacular view out across the Punakha Valley.
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