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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Living in a castle is objectively romantic.” (Lev Grossman) - Photo by Jan Bommes

Exploring an abandoned castle in the German state of Thuringia.
Exploring an abandoned castle in the German state of Thuringia.

"During our summer vacation this year, my wife and I got the oportunity for a legal visit of this truly beautiful abandoned castle. It was the "summer of the century", and on that particular day, the temperatures reached more than 40 degrees centigrade. We had hoped that once inside, it would get a little bit cooler, but it had been hot for weeks, so that even the castle's thick stone walls had heated up, and due to the heat outside, there wasn't even a small cool draft going through the old rooms.

Still, exploring this truly majestic place was a wonderful experience, and in spite of the high temperatures, we took opur time to get plenty of photos to take home."


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Recreation Home H. [Revisit]

Abandoned Recreation Home in the Harz Mountains of Germany

GALLERY UPDATE!! New photos added taken on October 2, 2017!!

This recreation home was built in 1909 as a spa hotel.

During World War I, it was used as a military hospital and after that was renamed and used as a spa hotel again. In 1924, a big dining hall was added onto the building. Between World War I and II, the hotel was used as a recreation home by the "Deutsche Werke", formerly a big military shipyard in Northern Germany.

After 1945, the East German federation of trade unions took over the hotel, renamed it again in the 1950s and again in the 1960s and used...(more)

Weasel's Inn

Abandoned Inn in the Harz Mountains of Germany

This abandoned inn lies buried deep in the mountains of Germany in a small town that has been shrinking over the past decades due to the rural exodus in the area.

The bank only opens for a few hours on three days every week, the former pharmacy is being used for storage by the local museum, and the old primary school is now the office of the only doctor in town - his area of expertise: geriatric rehabilitation. The little inn is also victim of this sad development. The picturesque building used to be the town's train station in earlier days, but nowadays...(more)



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Tour Report: The Baron's Castle [Revisit]

Published 2018-12-09

Abandoned Castle in the German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

The second of three abandoned castles I visited on our tour in May of last year together with North Urbex, Pixelcracker and Lost Places in Schleswig-Holstein und Umland was also one that I'd visited before. And I have to look back at this first time for the start of my story about this visit.

As we had finished our first visit of this castle in July of 2015, we were sitting on the steps in front of the main door of the castle waiting for the last one of our crew to exit the castle through a basement window in the back, when the caretaker showed up on his little tractor - along with his German Shepherd.........(more)


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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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Temple Bar Memorial Dragon in London, England (Thu, 13 Dec 2018)
The dragon. In the Temple Bar area of London, just outside the Royal court of Justice, stands a pedestal crowned by a sculpture of a dragon that appears ready to swoop down on passersby. This impressive Victorian-era sculpture was traditionally known to locals as "The Griffin," perhaps due to its feline-like posture and body shape, and its snarl that is reminiscent of a big cat. However, this creature is in fact meant to represent a dragon. The dragon was created in 1880 by the sculptor Charles Bell Birch, who had been commissioned by the Royal family and government to produce an ornate sculpture to surmount the pedestal marking what were the historic gates of the City of London. The Victorians were romanticists and consciously revived trends from earlier periods of history. As such, Birch chose the dragon the subject of the sculpture because the beast had always been a culturally important symbol for the City of London and the English nation. Dragons are creatures of heraldic significance and are prominent characters within English folklore, from the ancient Anglo-Saxon mythological stories such as Beowulf to the tale of Saint George the dragon slayer and patron saint of England. This particular dragon also plays another important symbolic role. In keeping with the folkloric beliefs about the treasure-guarding instincts of these mythical beasts, the Temple Bar dragon serves a totemic purpose as a protective guardian of the treasures of London.
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