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.


Featured Photo

“In nature, everything has a job. The job of the fog is to beautify further the existing beauties!” - Photo by Jan Bommes

A Foggy Morning Deep in the Harz Mountains in Germany
A Foggy Morning Deep in the Harz Mountains in Germany

"It was a moment I had been hoping for. The first night of our summer vacation this year was really cold and that resulted in a beautiful fog the next morning. I almost issed it because I was too lazy to get up, but when I saw the sunlight through the window, I quickly got dressed, grabbed my camera and went outside. The smell of fresh coffee already filled the air and I just grabbed a few quick shots. This was actually the first time I've tried to take 5 shots for a HDR without a tripod."


Galleries

Sand-Lime Brick Works B.

Abandoned Factory in Northern Germany

Only a little amount of information can be found about this abandoned industrial ruin. The accessible information points to a closure or a sale of this plant around the year 2012. At the time, the owner wanted to take over a Scandinavian company, and the sale of this and another plant was an effort to avoid the creation of a monopolistic company in Northern Europe. The sale was supposed to create the necessary competition to get permission from the cartel authority. Nothing can be found as to why the factory was eventually closed. Rumors are circulating regarding an impending demolition.....(more)

Farmhouse Dionysius

Abandoned Home in Denmark

There is no historical information about this abandoned house in Denmark......(more)




Blog

Tour Report: The Secret Command Post

Published 2017-09-23

Abandoned Bunker Complex of the East German Army

Our three-day tour through the Northeastern part of Germany started exactly one year ago today. Nordgriller Urbex and I had chosen the Recreation Home "Moss Lover's" as our first spot on the way to our main area of exploration. We had finished the first day with a nice evening at our friend's place where we also spent the night. As always, we started with a nice little breakfast and then went on our way. I had a list of spots in the area that we could choose from, but for some reason, it became a bunker tour. Mmmmh...I really like bunkers!

The first spot we had picked for the day was really something. There is only two more facilities of this kind in Germany. In an area that carries a dark piece of history from the Third Reich with it, there is.....(more)


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Urban Ghosts Media

California’s Abandoned Saline Valley Aerial Tramway (Thu, 21 Sep 2017)
California's desolate Saline Valley is home to the ruins of an aerial tramway that ceased operating during the Great Depression. The post California’s Abandoned Saline Valley Aerial Tramway appeared first on Urban Ghosts Media.
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Retired Saab Combat Jets Mounted by E4 Road, Sweden (Mon, 18 Sep 2017)
At the roadside around five miles east of Linkoping City Airport, two former Swedish Air Force combat jets have been pole-mounted for all to see. The post Retired Saab Combat Jets Mounted by E4 Road, Sweden appeared first on Urban Ghosts Media.
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The Wilverley Oak or “Naked Man”: New Forest’s Mysterious Gallows Tree (Fri, 15 Sep 2017)
Curiously marked on maps as the "Naked Man", the Wilverley Oak is the stump of a gallows tree where highwaymen and smugglers were hanged in centuries gone by. The post The Wilverley Oak or “Naked Man”: New Forest’s Mysterious Gallows Tree appeared first on Urban Ghosts Media.
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British Dental Museum in London, England (Sat, 23 Sep 2017)
Smile! Austin Powers may have struck comedic gold with his British “bad teeth” bit, but this tiny museum tells a different story—though it’s definitely not for odontophobics. Even people who don’t fear a routine trip to the dentist might feel queasy here too, as the cabinets and shelves are lined with an armory of pointy, scary-looking instruments. Here, you’ll even learn that in past centuries, it was probably a barber, blacksmith, or wigmaker who’d be pulling out your achy, rotting teeth, often using pliers or a “tooth key” (which works exactly as you might imagine). It wasn’t until the 20th century that medical science became advanced enough to see beyond extraction. Instead of simply having your teeth cleaned or touched up, if you were lucky, your basically bare gums would’ve been squelched beneath dentures made of ivory, wood, porcelain, hard rubber, or, grossly, the teeth of soldiers killed in battle. Fortunately, anesthetic and orthodontics have bought dental care to millions of people. At the British Dental Museum, you can gaze upon the horrors of the past and celebrate the industry’s progress. The museum houses over 25,000 items that span from the 17th century to the present. It’ll even help you trace your family history to see if any of your ancestors were dentists. There’s plenty of information about how the dental industry became legitimate and legal, too. Artwork like a Victorian-era dental scene made of crab shells shows the old horrors of extraction. These vintage images are contrasted with more modern posters urging you to brush twice a day. The museum displays some of the early toothbrushes that were first popularized in England, which were made of pig bristle or horsehair and were often too expensive for the general public. Some of the dental pots, tubs, and pill boxes are works of art. Though these older versions are far more appealing than the plastic squeeze tubes of today, the pastes and powders in them might have contained charcoal, chalk, or some other abrasive ingredient. In the museum’s front window, right by the door, is something from 1890. Even after over a century, it has barely changed: a recognizable reclining chair with a spittoon on the side, a large light overhead, and a foot-powered drill alongside. It practically invites you to sit back, relax, and open wide.
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