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.

Featured Photo - Easter Special

"This smell communicates that we haven’t found all the eggs from last Easter." - Photo by Jan Bommes

The Dark Side of Easter
The Dark Side of Easter

"This wasn't shot on an Easter tour, but I did have Easter in mind when I took this shot on a tour together with my wife and our friend Freddy from Nordgriller Urbex back in November of last year. Since I'm not a huge fan of the happy Easter images all over the place, and since the bunny-like sculpture on the stairs looked kind of evil, a darker processing seemed logical."


Radio Factory N.

Abandoned Radio Factory in Eastern Germany

This former radio factory was founded in East Germany by an engineer shortly after 1945. In 1953, he left the country and his company was nationalized.
In 1960, the company was merged with a company for precision mechanics and electrical heating.

Since 1965, the company didn't develop any own products anymore and was only assembling radios for another East German combine. In 1967, the radio production was shut down.  Until 1990, the company was a supplier, and parts of the premises are still used by an electronics...(more)

Castle "Charlotte's Valley"

Castle Charlotte's Valley

Although the history of the estate dates back as far as the year 1637, the neo-gothic castle wasn't built until 1843. Eighteen years later, the estate was sold to another family and yet again in 1898. The new owners started operating a thoroughbred stud complete with training grounds.
Parts of the estate were populated starting in 1932, but the remainder was still owned and operated by the horse breeding family.
During the Soviet occupation, all of the castle's interior as well as the 70 thoroughbreds were lost. After 1945, the castle was used to accomodate refugees; in later years, it was used as a nursery and as an inn.
After the German....(more)


Tour Report: Chateau Sacrale

Published 2017-04-16

Chateau in Eastern Germany

On a nice and warm summer day late in June of last year, I went on a nice little tour through the Northeast of Germany together with Andreas from Lost Places in Schleswig-Holstein und Umland.
I had chosen a bunch of spots and planned a good route that was goint to take us on a nice round trip through the beautiful German countryside.
We started relatively early and arrived at the first little spot after about two hours of driving.
This first spot was a small red brick chateau whose origins date back to the 18th century. The dominant feature is its facade which resembles a sacral building. The house is located in a small village, but there was no one around when we got there, so..(more)

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BMEWS: Abandoned Missile Tracking Station in Chaguaramas, Trinidad (Thu, 27 Apr 2017)
Built by the US Air Force as part of the Cold War BMEWS early warning system, the Macqueripe Missile Tracking Station in Chaguaramas, Trinidad, has been abandoned for decades. As of 2016 its future hangs in the balance. The post BMEWS: Abandoned Missile Tracking Station in Chaguaramas, Trinidad appeared first on Urban Ghosts Media.
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Cape Town’s Zeitz MOCAA to Open in September (in a Repurposed Grain Silo) (Wed, 26 Apr 2017)
Cape Town's Zeitz MOCAA, which has been called "Africa's most important cultural attraction" and the continent's "first major contemporary art museum", is set to open on September 22, 2017 inside a historic 20th century grain silo. The post Cape Town’s Zeitz MOCAA to Open in September (in a Repurposed Grain Silo) appeared first on Urban Ghosts Media.
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THE HAUS: Abandoned Berlin Bank Turned Ephemeral Art Installation (Tue, 25 Apr 2017)
It's not the prettiest building, and many probably won't be sorry to hear THE HAUS is set to be demolished in June. But in the meantime, the abandoned Berlin bank has been transformed into an urban art canvas by 165 street artists. The post THE HAUS: Abandoned Berlin Bank Turned Ephemeral Art Installation appeared first on Urban Ghosts Media.
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Marktown Historic District in East Chicago, Indiana (Thu, 27 Apr 2017)
A classic Marktown house Marktown, dubbed one of the "seven wonders of Northwest Indiana," is best known for being the only town in North America where the cars park on the sidewalks and the people walk in the streets. It was featured on "Ripley’s Believe It or Not" for this reason, but this former company town also has a rich and interesting history.  Built in 1917, the neighborhood was designed by noted Chicago architect Howard Van Doren Shaw in the English Tudor Revival style, with all but three of the original 200 residential homes built with a stucco exterior. The idea was to create quality worker homes for employees of Clayton Mark’s steel pipe manufacturing firm, encouraging them to stick around and stay with the company. While the original plan called for 28 sections to be built, only four sections were completed. Construction stopped after World War I, when Mark Manufacturing was sold. The open lands where the additional homes, a high school, and other amenities were to be constructed were eventually filled in with steel mills. Due to the proximity of Marktown to the surrounding the steel industry, as well as the nation’s first and largest inland oil refinery, Marktown has been referred to as “The Brigadoon of Industrial Housing, rising out of the mists of industry every few years." This year marks the 100th anniversary of the community, though it's future is in doubt, as industrial giant British Petroleum is taking over the area and tearing down homes to make green space. Even though Marktown was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975, that status does not stop private owners of buildings in the district from selling to companies looking to plant grass on the plots. Marktown has survived previous threats to its existence in the 1950s and 1970s. There have been recent revitalization efforts, and some properties have landmark easements that should help protect them, but the diverse community is still worried it won't last another hundred years. See it while you can, folks.  
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