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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Hotel "Rosary"

Abandoned Hotel in the Harz Mountains of Germany

There is no information regarding the history of ths abandoned hotel in the mountains of Germany. The closing date remains subject of speculation, as does the reason. Reviews in online platforms dating back as far as 2008 speak of a dysfunctional pool, smelly rooms with old furniture and less than friendly employees.....(more)

Hotel "Teddybear"

Abandoned Hotel in the Harz Mountains of Germany

It is unclear when this abandoned hotel was initially built. Judging by the architecture, it was sometime during the 1930s. What is confirmed is that during the early 1940s, the hotel was confiscated by the Nazi organization "Hilfswerk Mutter-Kind" ("Mother-Child Relief") which was tasked with taking care of pregnant women as well as young motheres and their offspring that were classified as "aryan".

A seperate part of the hotel was even used by the organization "Lebensborn", a notorious Nazi institution for the breeding of "pure-race Aryans". After World War II, hotel operations were taken up again. The furniture and equipment point to a renovation sometime in the 1980s. The hotel was probably...(more)



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Tour Report: Maison Mouton

Published 2018-11-11

Abandoned Mansion in the German state of Mecklenburg_Vorpommern

This abandoned estate house was an accidental find on a tour through Eastern Germany together with my wife in May of last year.

We were on the way from the Navy Command Bunker to the next location, and on the way I saw a sign for a village whose name I thought might be connected to an abandoned mansion. It turned out that I was mistaken and the village I was thinking of has the same name, but is located in a different part of the state. But we still found an abandoned mansion!

As we were driving through the village, we spotted it. There was another building next to it that had apparently been renovated and there were workers.....(more)


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Urban Ghosts Media

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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Villa Patumbah in Zurich, Switzerland (Wed, 14 Nov 2018)
Villa Patumbah The picturesque Villa Patumbah was erected in 1885 and represents a wild mixture of architectural styles. Different parts of the façade and interior combine elements of Italian Renaissance, Rococo, Swiss Chalet Style, and Southeast Asian folk art. The stately mansion, now hosting a museum, is surrounded by a beautiful English-style garden. Both the park and villa are among Zurich’s most wondrous and outstanding architectural sights. This unique, eclectic ensemble is well preserved and there is so much detail to be discovered. Yet Villa Patumbah is not only appreciated by architecture lovers. As a post-colonial relic, the history of the building sheds light on the imperial heritage of Switzerland. Even though the state itself never colonized other nations, many Swiss citizens came to riches by profiting from the imperial structures that Germany, Britain, or France had established from the 18th century on. For instance the mansion's owner, Carl Fürchtegott Grob-Zundel, a merchant from Zurich, made a living by exploiting a tobacco plantation in Sumatra. When he to returned from Indonesia to Zurich after 11 years, his wealth was so enormous he was able to build the flamboyant Villa Patumbah, designed by the famous Swiss architects Alfred Chiodera and Theophil Tschudi. In fact the villa's name, “Patumbah,” derives from the Indonesian language, and means “A place you like to be.”
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