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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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!"


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Brass Factory E.

Abandoned brass factory in Eastern Germany

Production at this plant began more than 300 years ago. It is considered the first industrial center of the region. In the Prussian era, a settlement was constructed for the workers who - unsusual at the time - were seen as a valuable resource by the management.  In the 1870s, about 200 people were employed in the company. Metal sheets, wires, cauldrons and metal tubes were produced, as well as bullet casings, detonators and grenades in the context of extensive armament orders. The number of workers rose to more than 2000 by the end of the First World War, and in 1917, construction began....(more)

Factory Bunker E.

Former underground production facility and air-raid shelter in Eastern Germany

This underground air-raid shelter is located beneath a factory for the production of transport equipment. In the 1930s, the bunker was constructed as an air-raid shelter for the factory staff.

During World War II, the production was changed from transport equipment to anti-tank weapons.

As with many industrial facilities, forced labour was an important resource for keeping up the production. For the protection against aerial attacks, parts of the production were relocated underground into the huge bunkers. As an essential industrial operation, the facility was fully equipped....(more)



Video

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Blog

Tour Report: Hotel of Many Doors

Published 2019-03-21

Abandoned Hotel in the Erzgebirge region of Eastern Germany

This abandoned grand hotel was the grand finale, so to speak, for our tour of three hotels in one day during our summer vacation back in August of 2017.

It was the most promising location for the day, but it was also the farthest to drive to. In light of the potential for truly beautiful decay, however, this was definitely going to be worth it!

As most of the times, we didn't really have a plan what we could expect in terms of security or access possibilities; judging from the amount of photos from this location that you can find on the internet however, we didn't count on too much "resistance".

Finding a spot to park was easy....(more)


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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

Sparky's in Hatch, New Mexico (Thu, 21 Mar 2019)
Hatch, New Mexico—the self-proclaimed "Chile Capital of the World"—is a town off Highway 25, between Albuquerque and Tucson, Arizona. Here, the Nunn family operates Sparky's, a restaurant surrounded by their collection of retro roadside statuary. A robot alien, Sparky's namesake mascot, welcomes customers from a lineup of noteworthy characters. A 30-foot-tall Uncle Sam heralds hungry road trippers from afar. The A&W burger family occupies rooftop real estate, and Colonel Sanders, Ronald McDonald, Yogi Bear, and Robin Hood all stand across the street. The inside is no different. Sparky's is practically bursting with Americana, from signage to collectibles.  Proprietors Teako and Josie Nunn opened up shop in 2008. They specialize in "Burgers, Barbecue, & Espresso," but most people line up for their award-winning green chile cheeseburger, which is often touted as one of the best renditions in the state. Teako oversees the meat department, while Josie handles the restaurant design and barista service (using local coffee roasted in the nearby city of Las Cruces). Hatch's namesake crop, the Hatch chile, appears on burgers, in burritos, and piled up at the condiment bar, but it also graces Sparky's dessert and drink menus. Spice fanatics love the kick it adds to thick milkshakes and tangy, iced lemonades.   The Nunn's started their acquisition of gargantuan pop culture figures from bygone decades in 2006. Teako purchased a Muffler Man bought to draw attention to their RV dealership. When the family opened Sparky’s two years later, the property became a museum for their historic stockpile.
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