“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 ."
For almost 20 years, this impressive hotel has been abandoned. Built in the early 20th century with the goal of establishing a very modern hotel for about 100 guests with all the luxury imaginable at the time: running hot and cold water, electrical lights, central heating, a music room and a classy restaurant were advertised in the brochures.
Even the king inspected the hotel after its grand opening. In the 1920s, the town flourished under the rise of tourist numbers when snow sports became vastly popular among the wealthy population.
The aristocratic companionship was ended by the start of World War II, when the hotel was turned into a military hospital. Instead of cheerful tourists, wounded and....(more)
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)
We didn't really know what to expect from this location. I had discovered a peculiar structure looking over a certain area using Google Earth while having a closer look at the surroundings of a hidden underground bunker of the East German Secret Police (StaSi). I did some more research about the structure in the woods about two kilometers away from the bunker, and I discovered that the area was operated not by the Secret Police (which was subordinated to the Ministry of State Security/MfS), but by the Ministry for the Interior (MdI).
Upon arrival, we found a parking space by the side of the road and went straight into the woods. We passed a dog training field which we couldn't date - although it it quite probable that it had been used......(more)