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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"I'd like to think the best bunker buster is a diplomat." - Photo by Jan Bommes

Command Post Bunker
Goin' Bunkers

"This one was a lucky shot. I was on a tour of some command post bunkers of the East German People's Army (NVA). While finishing up and starting to pack our stuff, I walked around in one of the shelters and got between my friend and the light that came from the entrance. He immediately suggested we take a photo because of the stark contrast the scene was offering.

Because of the contrast, I decided to give the photo a black and white processing. I rarely do that, but in this case, it came out nicely."


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Spa Hotel B.

Spa Hotel

Part of this abandoned hotel has been demolished after a fire in the year 2014 destroyed one half of the building.
The hotel in the Harz mountains in Germany was a renowned spa hotel until it was closed down and abandoned by the owner in 2009.
Due to the fire and the resulting water damage, some older parts of the building became unstable, and in 2014, it was decided to demolish that part.
The remaining part consists of the pool/spa area and some larger rooms in one part and another building with smaller rooms...
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Sanatorium J.

Sanatorium in the Woods

Gallery Updated!! New photos from August 20, 2016

In the late 1890's, the German Order of St. John decided to start building a sanatorium for lung diseases.
The southern slope of a summit in the Harz Mountains was chosen as a building site and in 1902, the first patients were admitted.
The building was massive. The walls were built of granite three stories high, and next to the comfortable rooms, the patients had a conservatory, a library and a variety of lounges and day rooms at their disposal.
In 1903, a residence for the chief physician and a farm building were constructed on the premises, and in 1906, the hospital was connected to the newly built..
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Tour Report: Operation "Easter Basket" - Technical Museum B. [Revisit]

Published 2017-01-07

Technical Museum

After we had dropped off Elmar from Lichtbeschatter at the train station, we went on the way home ourselves - but not without stopping at one or two spots on the way.
The first location on our way back was the abandoned technical museum that my wife and I had first visited in early 2015 and that Freddy from Nordgriller hadn't visited yet.
Since it was conveniently close to our route, we made it our first stop.
It's a quick stop-and-shoot location. Since it is publically accessible and open-air, there is no attempting to get in, you just park your car, get out and get she photos you like.
Last I heard, the owner had told a local newspaper that all the relics will be gone by the end of 2016
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Diefenbunkers: Inside Canada’s Emergency Government Headquarters (Fri, 20 Jan 2017)
At the height of the Cold War, Canadian Prime Minister John Diefenbaker authorised the construction of more than 50 Emergency Government Headquarters, known as "Diefenbunkers", as the threat of a nuclear attack loomed. The post Diefenbunkers: Inside Canada’s Emergency Government Headquarters appeared first on Urban Ghosts Media.
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“Lost” Jet Fuselage (ex-Belgian Air Component) (Thu, 19 Jan 2017)
There isn't much left of this decommissioned Fouga CM.170 Magister. It's little more than an empty fuselage inside a deserted aircraft hangar, its wings and tail assemblies nowhere to be seen. The post “Lost” Jet Fuselage (ex-Belgian Air Component) appeared first on Urban Ghosts Media.
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Great War Unsolved: 7 Strange Mysteries of World War One (Wed, 18 Jan 2017)
In the second decade of the 21st century, visions of the Great War are quickly fading from living memory, making it increasingly unlikely that many of the strangest mysteries of World War One will ever be resolved. The post Great War Unsolved: 7 Strange Mysteries of World War One appeared first on Urban Ghosts Media.
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Istvántelek Train Yard in Budapest, Hungary (Sat, 21 Jan 2017)
MAV 424, the "Red Star." The abandoned Istvántelek Train Yard (Istvántelki főműhely), otherwise known as the "Red Star Train Graveyard," occupies a vast area of land outside Budapest. More than 100 locomotives and train cars rot away, some in deteriorating depots, others out in the field. Among these are some very rare train engines, and a few cars that are said to have transported prisoners to Auschwitz during the Holocaust. Built at the beginning of the 20th century as a repair yard for the national railway, only a few southern parts of the train yard are still in use, while most of it is abandoned. Two large depots, a few smaller sheds and open-air areas are scattered with locomotives and railcars, some of them very ancient, others more recent, from Hungary's time as part of the Soviet Regime. Some of the trains were brought here to be repaired and exhibited in the Budapest Railway Museum but never made it to the display and were instead left behind in the train yard. There are a few gems rusting away in the graveyard that are sure to make any train enthusiast's heart beat faster. A few Hungarian MAV 424 steam engines weigh in at 137 tons and bear a red star on their fronts, which earned the train yard its nickname. There is also an engine of the MAV 301 series, used from 1911 to 1914, which is one of only a few still in existence. Linked to this engine are several German freight cars, which may be the very ones that transported hundreds of thousands of Hungarian Jews to their death in Auschwitz during Nazi occupation in World War II. Standing in front of the freight cars, one can only imagine the horror, tragedy, and despair that went on inside of them. Among the more recent items in the train graveyard are some engines and cars from the Soviet era, inside of which rail tickets from the 1960s can still be found. Altogether the train graveyard offers a great alternative to the usual Budapest tourism sites, not only for train lovers, but for anyone with an eye for history. The engines and cars are slowly losing their battle against nature, and before long the trains may be entirely obscured by overgrown plant life. 
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