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"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!"
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)
Production at this plant began more than 300 years ago. It is considered the first industrial center of the region. In the Prussian era, a settlement was constructed for the workers who - unsusual at the time - were seen as a valuable resource by the management. In the 1870s, about 200 people were employed in the company. Metal sheets, wires, cauldrons and metal tubes were produced, as well as bullet casings, detonators and grenades in the context of extensive armament orders. The number of workers rose to more than 2000 by the end of the First World War, and in 1917, construction began....(more)
This abandoned grand hotel was the grand finale, so to speak, for our tour of three hotels in one day during our summer vacation back in August of 2017.
It was the most promising location for the day, but it was also the farthest to drive to. In light of the potential for truly beautiful decay, however, this was definitely going to be worth it!
As most of the times, we didn't really have a plan what we could expect in terms of security or access possibilities; judging from the amount of photos from this location that you can find on the internet however, we didn't count on too much "resistance".
Finding a spot to park was easy....(more)