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!!!


Command Post W43 [Revisit]

Abandoned Underground Command Bunker | Unterirdischer Bunker NVA-Gefechtsstand

This abandoned underground command post was part of the East German anti-aicraft defense strategy during the Cold War. In the early 1960s, an anti-aircraft regiment was founded that was tasked with the protection of the East German airspace in the Northern region, including the naval bases and the larger cities of the area from airstrikes and border violation. Towards the middle of the 1960s, this bunker was put into operation as the command post for the newly founded anti-aircraft regiment.

The bunker has an effective area of more than 200 square meters and was....(more)

VLF Communications Bunker G.

VLF Communications Bunker in Germany | Fernmeldeanlage Groß Hollwedel

Towards the end of the 1930s, the German "Reichspost" (German Mail) commissioned the  construction of a VLF communications facility that was supposed to ensure the military communication within the Wehrmacht.

Construction began around 1939, but at some point the completion of the complex was no longer deemed necessary, the project was cancelled in September of 1941. At that point, only one of the bunkers had been completed, but the technical facilities have never been installed. Of the other two planned radio towers, only the base plate was ever built. Since the facility was never completed, the Allies also....(more)


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Tour Report: The inn by the Cemetery [Revisit]

Published 2019-07-15

Abandoned Inn in Denmark | Verlassenes Gasthaus in Dänemark

As the second spot on our short tour through Denmark together with North Urbex, we had decided to go for a revisit of a spot that my wife and I had first visited about six months earlier - a really nice abandoned old inn.

We assumed that it would still be accessible relatively easy, and we also hadn't been able to explore the smaller house across the street during our first visit, so there still might be more to see for us.

Everything went smoothly, just like the first time.

We parked in the public parking lot right near the inn, and we walked around the building. There we found the open window that we'd used....(more)

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