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!"


School Hostel B.

Abandoned School Hostel in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

This abandoned building was a catholic school hostel north of the city of Hamburg. It was used by various schools and youth groups for class travels. There is not much known about its history.

In 2010, the district attorney began investigating the institution because evidence was emerging regarding abusive acts that have supposedly happened in the 1950s.

When the hostel was closed is unknown, but in the same year that the investigations began, the owner was officially required by the authorities to demolish the unused building...(more)

Maintenance Bunker of the Luftwaffe

Maintenance Bunker of the "Erprobungsstelle der Luftwaffe"

These ruins of a large concrete bunker in the forests of Eastern Germany are some of the remains of the Nazi's "Erprobungsstelle der Luftwaffe" (Luftwaffe Test Area) that still can be found surrounding the still active airfield near the town of Rechlin. The history of the premises as the "birthplace of the German Luftwaffe" dates back as far as the year 1916, when the war ministry started planning the construction of facilities for aeronautical engineering and in 1918 relocated the growing airplane testing facility from Berlin to the newly built area. The end of the first World War and the following...(more)


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Tour Report: The Devil's Bridge

Published 2019-04-13

The Devil's Bridge (Rakotzbrücke) near Kromlau, Germany

Not really an abandoned place, this bridge had long been on my list of places that I want to visit, and during our summer vacation in 2017, the day finally came.

It was day seven of our vacation. The day before, we had picked up my mother-in-law from the train station in Dresden, because we had invited her to spend a couple of days with us and maybe explore one or two spots.

After we unexpectedly had successfully gained access to the abandoned knight's manor, we drove North towards the Rhododendron park where the bridge is located......(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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Neptuni Åkrar in Borgholm N, Sweden (Wed, 24 Apr 2019)
The limestone landscape. Along the northwest coast of the island of Öland lies Neptuni Åkrar, Swedish for "Neptune's Fields," a vast shingle beach dotted with unusual limestone rock formations and abutting a Viking-era burial ground. The pebbles of Neptuni Åkrar were created as a result of stones left behind during the last ice age, which eroded down to their present shape by the waves over the centuries. During summer, the otherwise barren and colorless coast transforms into a sea of brilliant blue, as the viper's bugloss, or blueweed, flowers bloom. The area was named by the Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus in 1741 in honor of Neptune, the Roman god of the sea. Today the beautiful alien landscape is a nature reserve featuring several ancient monuments, most notably, the sprawling grave field on the southern border of the reserve. This ancient burial ground is filled with various cists and cairns, Viking-era graves, stone circles, and a Bronze Age ship-shaped burial mound called the Forgalla Skepp (Forgalla Ship). The beach is also rich with fossils, including numerous trilobite and brachiopod fossils.
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