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)

The Saturday before Easter, 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!!!


Children's Home "Algae Bloom"

Abandoned Children's Home in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

This abandoned children's home was originally built as a hospital in the 1890s. It was operated by sisters of the Order of "St. Algae". As early as 1901, the hospital began to accomodate children for recreational purposes. The official use as a children's home began in 1913. Since the 1980s, the number of children that stayed at the house declined dramatically, so the home was mainly used to accomodate travel groups of senior citizens, school classes and priests. In the middle of the 2000s, the order began withdrawing from the operation, and the last three sisters left in 2010. The first rumors of the closure...(more)

Border Troops W.

Abandoned Company of the East German Border Troops (Grenztruppen)

This abandoned base of the East German "Grenztruppen" (border troops) was active from 1962 until 1990. It was first used by a platoon of combat engineers before being converted into a maintenance company.

The area includes a three-floor building for administration and accommodation, various flat-roofed buildings that were used as workshops and storage rooms, and the typical garages for the vehicles.

There are also classrooms that were used for instruction and political education...(more)


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Tour Report: Industrial Bakery N. [Revisit]

Published 2019-05-21

Abandoned industrial bakery in the Northeastern part of Germany

About four weeks after our summer vacation in 2017, we were really hungry for another exploration, so we planned a spontaneous tour with our friends from Lost Places of Pixelcracker. We only had time for a one-day excursion, which is why we chose to explore two spots that weren't too far away. I had explored both spots before, so we could be relatively sure that they wouldn't be locked down and were open for exploration, so to speak.

The first spot was an abandoned bakery that I had visited almost exactly to the day three years before, and I was curious to see what these years ...(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)
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Faded Farmhouse in Rural Virginia (Tue, 25 Sep 2018)
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Pozo de Nieve Roundabout in Ibi, Spain (Sat, 25 May 2019)
In the middle of a traffic roundabout, a small round building celebrates the town of Ibi's rich history of producing ice and ice cream. Although the structure is merely for show, it is a replica of the ice houses that once dotted the surrounding mountains and provided chilly resources to those in town.   Ibi, located in the Alicante region of Spain, has long been famous for its ice cream. Before the advent of artificial ice machines in the 19th century, local ice cream makers relied on ice houses, known in in Spanish as pozo de nieve and Valencian as pou de neu, to store snow that they'd compact into ice. These structures consisted of deep holes in the ground with a circular building on top. If you walk around the surrounding hills today, you will encounter some shells of abandoned pozos de nieves as well as a couple of restored ones. The roundabout ice house in Ibi also features a replica of the kind of two-wheeled cart that was once used to transport the ice from the mountains into town. It's not the only celebration of the town's delicious history: There's also a nearby statue commemorating local artisan ice cream makers. For those who want to experience Ibi's ice-cream reputation first hand, the town celebrates the Geladors Festival, an ice cream celebration with loads of free samples for kids, in February.
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