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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“The explorer is the person who is lost.” - Photo by Jan Bommes

Rusty barge near a demolished brick factory in Northern Germany
Rusty barge near a demolished brick factory in Northern Germany

"It had been more than six months since our last tour together with our friend Freddy, and we really had fun again driving around in the Northeast of Germany looking for abandoned spots. The highlight for this tour was an abandoned old barge that had been used to transport bricks from a brick factory through various channels to the river for further transport. In fact, this rusty old ship - next to some remains of the loading terminal - is the only thing that is left of the brick factory. We had to walk a while through the forest before we had finally found it, but when we did, we foud out that it was totally worth the hike!"


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Police Shooting Range P.

Abandoned Shooting Range of the East German Police

The only known fact about this abandoned shooting range in the Northeast of Germany is that it was used by the East German ministry of the interior, so it is safe to assume that it was used by the East German police. Maybe there is also a connection to the nearby underground bunker of the East German Secret Police ("Stasi"), but this would be pure speculation....(more)

Courthouse W.

Abandoned courthouse in Eastern Germany

This former courthouse in Eastern Germany was originally built in 1880 to be the jailhouse of the small town.

The use for judicial purposes has been documented since 1984, and in the 1930s, a lawyer practised here who had been transferred to this court for disciplinary reasons.

He became a resistance fighter in the 1940s and was an important figure in the peaceful surrender of various towns to the Red Army towards the end of World War II.

There is no information regarding the use of the buildings since 1945, but it appears that it has been used as a residential building by the local population...(more)




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Tour Report: School of the Forest

Published 2017-11-19

Exploring an abandoned forestry school in the Northeastern part of Germany

After a great first day on our tour in late October of 2016, my wife and I, as well as our friends Pixelcracker and Lost Places in Schleswig-Holstein und Umland, all spent the night at a friends' house - not after we had a nice barbecue to finish off the day.

The next morning, we all had breakfast and left at a convenient time (that means not too early!). We had two possible spots planned for the day that were on the way back home, so that we wouldn't be arriving home too late.

The first spot of the day was an abandoned forestry school. We had to drive about 40 kilomters to get to the location. Nicely enough, there was a public parking spot more or less right across the street.....(more)


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Igreja de São Francisco in Porto, Portugal (Fri, 24 Nov 2017)
Interior details. The Igreja de São Francisco (Church of Saint Francis) in Porto, Portugal boasts fabulous Baroque features. It was founded by the Franciscan friars as part of their convent, one of the oldest in Portugal, and dates back to the 13th century. Its interior is decorated with intricate carved panels, all covered with a layer of gold leaf. It’s a breathtaking work of art that took several decades to complete. The magnificent building hasn’t always rocked these extravagant gold accessories. It received its precious metal makeover in the 1700s between centuries of turbulence. During the Napoleonic invasions of the early 18th century, the friars fled and the convent was occupied by the invading troops. They plundered the church, taking with them some panels, and to add even further insult, used the church as a stable. Decades later, during the Portuguese Civil War, the city of Porto suffered a severe siege. The convent, occupied by the garrison that defended the city, was bombarded and suffered a serious fire. But the church was saved. It was used as warehouse near the seaport until the beginning of the 20th century. Today, the church houses a museum and still contains its prized features, including its sculpture of Jesus' family tree. Known as the "Gold Church," it has been completely restored. The exuberance of its decor is so great that it has been impressing visitors and foreigners for centuries (though people should take a break from admiring the dazzling decorations to check out the catacombs).
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