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 | June 1, 2020

Tradition is not the worship of ashes, but the preservation of fire.”

(Gustav Mahler)

Hoffmann Kiln in an Abandoned Brick Factory in Germany
Hoffmann Kiln in an Abandoned Brick Factory in Germany


The Movie Castle

Castle Vitzenburg in Germany

Vitzenburg Castle is a Renaissance and Neo-Renaissance castle on the Unstrut that dates back to a castle that was probably founded in the 9th century.

In the register of the Hersfeld monastery, which was written down between 881 and 899, both the place and the castle Vitzenburg itself are mentioned for the first time. However, nothing is known about the size and shape of this early castle.


Before 991 the noble Brun and his wife Adilint founded a convent. The nunnery lay within the castle, which continued to exist....(more)

Children's Hospital B.

Abandoned Hospital in the Harz Mountains in Germany | Verlassenes Kinderkrankenhaus im Harz

The children's hospital in Bad Sachsa consisted of seven wooden houses that were built in 1935/36 in a vast, remote valley in the Harz Mountains, not far from the former border between East and West Germany. In 1944, all the children of the July 20 attackers who had attempted to assasinate Adolf Hitler, were interned there. In 1945 a Dresden pediatrician fled there with 146 orphans from the bombing war.


After the war, the local deaconesses turned the sanatorium for tubercular children into a children's hospital. ....(more)


Chemical Bonding - The Pharmaceutical Company


Tour Report: Hotel "Porphyrite"

Published 2020-05-27

Abandoned Hotel in the Harz Mountains in Germany | Verlassenes Hotel im Harz

After exploring a cave the day before and having to walk a really long way for that, we decided that we wanted a location with a parking spot not too far away to start out the following day. And so we went to check the map and the list of potential objects I had made, and we did find a nice spot.

The old abandoned hotel is located nicely near a public parking lot and right next to a hiking path, which was a nice way not to look suspicious walking around the abandoned building with backpacks and tripods.

The weather was on our side as well...(more)

Urbex News

Urbex-Related News [English/German]

Freitagsreportage: Das verlassene Werzalit-Gelände: Ein Lost Place der ganz besonderen Art

Etwa davon, wie Werzalit in den 30er-Jahren in Oberstenfeld begann - in einem heute winzig anmutenden Verwaltungsgebäude. Oder davon, wie sich die Firma zu einem Weltunternehmen mauserte, „zu dem jeder Oberstenfelder irgendeinen Bezug hatte. Entweder haben die Leute selbst dort gearbeitet, jemand aus der Familie oder ein Freund.

Atlas Obscura - Latest Places

Kuno II in Jettingen-Scheppach, Germany (Thu, 04 Jun 2020)
Originally, the company Kuno used factories in the cities of Augsburg and Regensburg. Kuno assembled airplanes on behalf of the aviation company Messerschmitt AG—one of the predecessors of Airbus SE. During World War II, and after the first bombings, the company moved the factories to forests, tunnels or drifts. One of these factories, Kuno I, was originally located next to the airfield Leipheim. In April 1944, the airfield was destroyed by U.S. bombers, and the factory was moved to the forest next to the village Burgau. The new factory, Kuno II, was built right into the forest using forced labor from concentration camps. The factory consisted of hangars, barracks, and a shooting range to adjust the jets’ weapons. Camouflage netting between the trees worked so well that the factory was not discovered before the end of the war. In 1945, approximately 1,000 Jewish people were deported to the nearby concentration camp close to the village Burgau. From there they were driven to the forest factory every day to assembly the Messerschmitt Me 262, the world’s first mass-fabricated jet. The Me 262 was originally planned as an interceptor against adversarial bombers. By command of Adolf Hitler, it was modified to suit as a blazing-fast bomber. Parts of the airplanes like fuselage, nose and weapons were assembled in smaller locations, transported to the forest factory where the jets were finally assembled. In April 1945, U.S. bombers destroyed several assembled jets which were scheduled to depart only half an hour later. The nearby motorway had been broadened some days before to suit as a runway. It is most likely that only less than 20 airplanes departed from the runway to be brought into service. As fuel was available only to a limited extend some further jets were also transported on trucks. With the opposing army corps approaching, Nazis destroy the remaining airplanes, documents and equipment. The former roof over the assembly line was later dismounted and used to built a sawmill. Today other remains can still be seen on a path through the forest. Most visible is the pit of the assembly line and the shooting range. Some parts are on display in boxes to be prevented from rain and snow. You will find additional information on some signboards along the forest path.
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