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 - Easter Special

"This smell communicates that we haven’t found all the eggs from last Easter." - Photo by Jan Bommes

The Dark Side of Easter
The Dark Side of Easter

"This wasn't shot on an Easter tour, but I did have Easter in mind when I took this shot on a tour together with my wife and our friend Freddy from Nordgriller Urbex back in November of last year. Since I'm not a huge fan of the happy Easter images all over the place, and since the bunny-like sculpture on the stairs looked kind of evil, a darker processing seemed logical."


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Castle "Charlotte's Valley"

Castle Charlotte's Valley

Although the history of the estate dates back as far as the year 1637, the neo-gothic castle wasn't built until 1843. Eighteen years later, the estate was sold to another family and yet again in 1898. The new owners started operating a thoroughbred stud complete with training grounds.
Parts of the estate were populated starting in 1932, but the remainder was still owned and operated by the horse breeding family.
During the Soviet occupation, all of the castle's interior as well as the 70 thoroughbreds were lost. After 1945, the castle was used to accomodate refugees; in later years, it was used as a nursery and as an inn.
After the German....(more)

School of the Forest

Forestry School in Eastern Germany

Not much is known about the history of this abandoned forestry school.
It lies in the Northeast of Germany. Since the early 1950s, more that 2.000 foresters and forestry managers have gotten their education here.


In 2005, the forestry school was integrated into the professional school for agriculture and agrucultural economics for administrative purposes.
In 2008, the school moved to another site and the old buildings of the forestry school was closed down for good.
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Tour Report: Chateau Sacrale

Published 2017-04-16

Chateau in Eastern Germany

On a nice and warm summer day late in June of last year, I went on a nice little tour through the Northeast of Germany together with Andreas from Lost Places in Schleswig-Holstein und Umland.
I had chosen a bunch of spots and planned a good route that was goint to take us on a nice round trip through the beautiful German countryside.
We started relatively early and arrived at the first little spot after about two hours of driving.
This first spot was a small red brick chateau whose origins date back to the 18th century. The dominant feature is its facade which resembles a sacral building. The house is located in a small village, but there was no one around when we got there, so..(more)


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THE HAUS: Abandoned Berlin Bank Turned Ephemeral Art Installation (Tue, 25 Apr 2017)
It's not the prettiest building, and many probably won't be sorry to hear THE HAUS is set to be demolished in June. But in the meantime, the abandoned Berlin bank has been transformed into an urban art canvas by 165 street artists. The post THE HAUS: Abandoned Berlin Bank Turned Ephemeral Art Installation appeared first on Urban Ghosts Media.
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Dibbinsdale: Abandoned Canal Tunnel Converted into Bat Cave (Tue, 25 Apr 2017)
Abandoned canal tunnels may not seem like the easiest structures to repurpose, but this example on the Wirral in North West England may provide some inspiration. The post Dibbinsdale: Abandoned Canal Tunnel Converted into Bat Cave appeared first on Urban Ghosts Media.
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Lost Industry: 9 Abandoned Company Towns of North America (Mon, 24 Apr 2017)
Company towns were built by employers for their work forces and their families. But when that industry declined, these communities were often forced to close - like these abandoned company towns in Canada and the USA. The post Lost Industry: 9 Abandoned Company Towns of North America appeared first on Urban Ghosts Media.
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Atlas Obscura - Latest Places

Jens Hansen Jewellery Workshop in Nelson, New Zealand (Tue, 25 Apr 2017)
Home of The One Ring. The Jens Hansen The Ringmaker Gold & Silversmith jewelry studio workshop in Nelson, New Zealand. As the story goes in the famous J.R.R. Tolkien trilogy, the Dark Lord Sauron forged the One Ring to rule them all in secret, in the fires of Mount Doom in Mordor. The real secret is that the magic ring seen onscreen in Peter Jackson's films was actually forged in a modest workshop on an unassuming street corner in Nelson, New Zealand. The Jens Hansen Workshop was started by third-generation Danish silversmith Jens Hansen, who was contracted to make 15 rings of varying sizes for the Lord of the Rings movies, including the oversized band seen spinning in the opening of the films. Unfortunately, Hansen died in 1999, shortly after making the first prototypes. The work was passed on to his sons, Halfdan and Thorkild, who run the shop where the One Ring was crafted. Replicas are available both in store and on the shop's website (which also has a good deal of information about the making of the famed ring) and are shipped all across the globe. Despite having become an international destination, the jewelry studio remains modest, tucked away just off the main street in downtown Nelson, with just a few small signs noting it as the birthplace of Hollywood's mightiest ring.
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