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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“Fire, water, and government know nothing of mercy.” - Photo by Jan Bommes

Abandoned Inn in Northern Germany
Abandoned Inn in Northern Germany

"There are rare moments when a location that has fallen victim to fire has actually gained in therms of 'photographic attactiveness'. Mostly due to smoke and water mixing and generating some of the most beautiful decay that you can find. Moss and mold make a nice green color and the smoke on everything kind of dampens the colors and swallows some of the light entering the rooms."


Galleries

Gallery Update: Textile Mill K.

Textile Mill in Germany

GALLERY UPDATE! New photos added taken on November 24, 2016.

The building is one of the largest factories from Germany's "Gründerzeit", a period in the second half of the 19th century when many industrial companies were founded.
It was built in 1876, and at its peak employed more than 5.000 people.
In 1900/1901, the mill was expanded, and together with five other companies in the area, an own industrial railway was built. In 1914, the administration building was newly built and the entire production was reorganized to match the needs of the war. In World War II, parts of the company were totally destroyed, production started again in June of 1945, but rebuilding the factories...(more)

Hospital H.

Abandoned Hospital in Germany / Verlassenes Krankenhaus

Asbestos, polychlorated biphenyls, artificial mineral fibers, polycyclic aromatic carbohydrates - the list of pollutants in this abandoned hospital reads like a book for chemistry 101.
Built in the middle of the 1960s, this comes as no surprise as most public buildings of the time were contructed using similar materials.
It was one of three loss-making hospitals in the district that were bought by a large clinic operator in 2006. In 2010, the hospital was closed in favor of continuing operation in the other two clinics. Various plans were made regarding the 50.000 square meter area, but noe were ever realized.
First photos appeared on the web around early 2013, and in 2014, patient files and x-ray images...(more)




Blog

Tour Report: Vacation Camp "Basalt"

Published 2017-06-27

Abandoned Vacation Camp in the Harz Mountains of Germany

After not getting into the abandoned iron works but instead finding the Highway Hotel, we drove on to explore our first "planned" spot of the day.
It was an old vacation camp, a spot that I had found during planning, but I wasn't able to find out anything about the history of it.
What was clear was that we were going to have to take a little walk through the forest to get there.
We parked the car at a turning area near the forest entrance and we started our walk.
The path was not declared as private, so we didn't expect any trouble. After about twenty minutes, we met a lady with two dogs. One of the dogs ran straight toward us and got us all dirty with the mud he was playing in..
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Urban Ghosts Media

Ghost Stations of the London Underground (Mapped) (Mon, 26 Jun 2017)
This schematic map shows the many long-shuttered ghost stations of the London Underground. The post Ghost Stations of the London Underground (Mapped) appeared first on Urban Ghosts Media.
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Ancient Hill Forts of Britain & Ireland Compiled into Online “Atlas” (Fri, 23 Jun 2017)
Academics have teamed up with amateur historians to create an "Atlas of Hillforts" website, documenting the thousands of ancient hill forts across the British Isles. The post Ancient Hill Forts of Britain & Ireland Compiled into Online “Atlas” appeared first on Urban Ghosts Media.
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Floral Design Transforms NYC Garbage Cans into Beautiful Bouquets (Thu, 22 Jun 2017)
Floral designer Lewis Miller has turned empty New York City trash cans into beautiful bouquets that smell of roses. The post Floral Design Transforms NYC Garbage Cans into Beautiful Bouquets appeared first on Urban Ghosts Media.
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Atlas Obscura - Latest Places

Sometimes Train Tracks of Sunset Beach in Cape May, New Jersey (Tue, 27 Jun 2017)
100-year-old tracks on Sunset Beach In early November of 2014, a colossal storm wreaked havoc on the New Jersey Atlantic Coast, taking layers of sand with it. This event revealed a forgotten artifact on the beach that had been hidden for years, a piece of history encapsulated in the sand: two pairs of train tracks dating back to the early 1900s. Several times a year, during low tide, visitors to New Jersey’s Sunset Beach can see two out-of-place sets of 100-year-old railroad tracks, a remnant of the time when the beach was used for industry and not tourism. The first track, located near the Cape May Canal, is believed to have been built during World War One, leading to a munitions proving ground where Sunset Beach’s sand and water were used to test the concussion and power of a shell. The facility was used by Russia, France, and England and is the reason that duds (unexploded munitions) often can be found on the beach. The second set of tracks are believed to date back further, to 1908, when they were used by the Cape May Sand Company to haul sand from the beach to the glass factories in the town. Some suspect that the tracks were also used to transport some of the sand used in the locks of the Panama Canal. The two pairs of tracks on Sunset Beach are located about half a mile north of the main beach area, and during low tide, they provide visitors with the ultimate century-old scavenger hunt.
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