“Fire, water, and government know nothing of
mercy.” - Photo by Jan Bommes
"There are rare moments when a location that has fallen victim to fire has actually gained in therms of 'photographic attactiveness'. Mostly due to smoke and water mixing and generating some of the most beautiful decay that you can find. Moss and mold make a nice green color and the smoke on everything kind of dampens the colors and swallows some of the light entering the rooms."
GALLERY UPDATE! New photos added taken on November 24, 2016.
The building is one of the largest factories from Germany's "Gründerzeit", a period in the second half of the 19th century when many industrial companies were
It was built in 1876, and at its peak employed more than 5.000 people.
In 1900/1901, the mill was expanded, and together with five other companies in the area, an own industrial railway was built. In 1914, the administration building was newly built and the entire production was reorganized to match the needs of the war. In World War II, parts of the company were totally destroyed, production started again in June of 1945, but rebuilding the factories...(more)
Asbestos, polychlorated biphenyls, artificial mineral fibers, polycyclic aromatic carbohydrates - the list of pollutants in this abandoned hospital reads like a
book for chemistry 101.
Built in the middle of the 1960s, this comes as no surprise as most public buildings of the time were contructed using similar materials.
It was one of three loss-making hospitals in the district that were bought by a large clinic operator in 2006. In 2010, the hospital was closed in favor of continuing operation in the other two clinics. Various plans were made regarding the 50.000 square meter area, but noe were ever realized.
First photos appeared on the web around early 2013, and in 2014, patient files and x-ray images...(more)
After not getting into the abandoned iron works but instead finding the Highway Hotel, we drove on to explore our first "planned" spot of the day.
It was an old vacation camp, a spot that I had found during planning, but I wasn't able to find out anything about the history of it.
What was clear was that we were going to have to take a little walk through the forest to get there.
We parked the car at a turning area near the forest entrance and we started our walk.
The path was not declared as private, so we didn't expect any trouble. After about twenty minutes, we met a lady with two dogs. One of the dogs ran straight toward us and got us all dirty with the mud he was playing in....(more)