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

Nature never hurries. Atom by atom, little by little, she achieves her work.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson) - Photo by Jan Bommes

Exploring an abandoned railyard in the German state of Saxony-Anhalt.
Exploring an abandoned railyard in the German state of Saxony-Anhalt.

"It had been a while since my wife and I had last explored an abandoned railyard. And so I was really looking forward to check out this place. Railyards have a lot of wood that can decay and openings through which water, wind and nature can enter, so that in many old railyards you can find beautiful patches of green next to steel, concrete and glass. I really like to explore these places, because for me, they are a true expression of what makes urban exploring so fascinating!"


Galleries

Railway Bridge D.

Partially demolished railway bridge in Germany

When it was built in the early 1870s, this railway bridge had a length of almost 1.000 meters and with that, it was one of the longest river bridges in Germany.

Due to its proximity to a Prussian fortress, the constructors were required by the government to provide adequate protection for the bridge by building fortified bridgehouses at either end of the bridge.

After an aerial attack on April 20, 1945, parts of the eastern half of the bridge collapes into the river. Because the structure crossed...(more)

Border Troops H.

Barracks of an East German Border Troops Battaillon

The Border Troops of the GDR were a military formation under the command of the Ministry for National Defense (MfNV) set up for observation and protection of the East German Border.

 

About 30.000 soldiers served at any time protecting the border between East and West Germany. Until April of 1989, they had order to kill in order to prevent "Republikflucht" (esacpe from the GDR).

 

This building is what remains of the 3rd Heavy Border Company of the 1st Border Battalion....(more)



Video

Lost Places | Goin' Bunkers - "The Defensive Command"


Blog

Tour Report: Fisher's Inn

Published 2019-01-20

Ruin of an abandoned mansion in Eastern Germany

Early in July of 2017, about three weeks after our tour to Fisher's Inn, I teamed up with Lost Places in Schleswig-Holstein und Umland again. This time, we had planned a quick tour to the abandoned sites in the Eastern part of Germany

We had picked a beautiful Sunday for our tour. It was already pretty warm in the morning and it looked like we were in for a sunny day.

The two main spots for the day were a hospital and a recreation home, but on the way there, we wanted to pay a quick visit to the ruin of an old manor house....(more)


Urbex Feeds

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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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Atlas Obscura - Latest Places

Bailbrook Mission Tin Church in Bath, England (Mon, 21 Jan 2019)
Down a narrow country lane just outside the city of Bath, a church erected entirely from corrugated metal rises from the treetops. In peculiar contrast to the Georgian stone cottages that surround, this Victorian tin church is complete with large arched windows and a huge wooden door adorned with ironwork.  It feels like something out of the Secret Garden, as the seemingly abandoned area is overgrown with weeds with planks of unused wood lying about. What is most unusual, however, is that shed-like structure is in fact a grade II listed building, recognized preserved by Historic England.  It is not clear why exactly it was created, or whether this is indeed the only rusting tin church in the country that's been granted a grade II status. What is known is that this structure is a particularly elaborate example of a "tin tabernacle," a type of prefabricated religious building made from corrugated iron. Developed in Britain in the 1800s, tin tabernacles were simple, inexpensive, and could be ordered by catalog and built from a kit. The example in Bath was formerly called the Bailbrook Mission, erected in 1892 for the workers of the local jam orchard. Later, it was used as a private residence, lovingly nicknamed “Our Lady of Crinkly Tins.” It became a listed building in 1992, as one of the few remaining tin tabernacles in Britain today.
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