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!"


Soviet Communications Bunker

Soviet Communications Bunker in Eastern Germany

Within the confines of the so-called "City in the Woods", a large Soviet garrison in Eastern Germany that was home for more than 15.000 Soviet soldiers and their families, there was also a large communications bunker of the Soviet ground communications network. Although within the confines of the garrison, this comms center had nothing to do with the procedures of the other units there. The bunker was constructed during the years 1971-1975 and had a dimension of about 25x40 meters which meant an effective surface area of roughly 800 square meters...(more)

The City in the Woods

Abandoned Soviet Garrison deep in the forests of Germany

After the end of World War II, a site near a small village in the forests of Brandenburg became important within the Western forces of the Soviet Union.

From 1952, a barracks town was constructed within the woods, that eventually was capable of housing 15.000 people, including military personnel and their families. The garrison was a newly built - planned, constructed and paid for by the East German government. It was self-contained and off-limits to non-essential personnel, and it contained shops, offices, a theater, a gym, schools and medical facilities. During the Cold War, it was the third largest Soviet base inside East Germany...(more)


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Tour Report: The Priest's House [DK]

Published 2019-02-20

This abandoned farmhosue in Denmark belonged to a priest who died long ago...

An abandoned farmhouse near the North Sea was the spot we had planned to explore on the way back home from my wife's family reunion in Denmark in late July of 2017. A friend of mine had discovered the location and found out that it had belonged to a priest who died about ten years or so ago.
It actually was a detour of about 100 kilometers on our way home, but it turned out to be worth it in the end. First we drove West from the island of Fyn until we started heading South on the coastal highway. The road that after a lengthy drive led us to the farmhouse was only little more than an......(

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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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Round Church of Geoagiu in Geoagiu, Romania (Fri, 22 Feb 2019)
Round Church of Geoagiu. This quaint church is believed to be the oldest stone church in Romania. It was built in the 11th century, during the reign of King László. Amazingly, the medieval structure still stands today. It’s both a historical and archaeological treasure. Initially, the church was Catholic. The building has belonged to the Reformed Church since the 17th century, and is still used by the organization for cultural activities. About 200 centuries-old graves are scattered around the church. Archaeological excavations have also revealed coins featuring an image of King László scattered around the grounds. Other excavations discovered young children buried inside the church. They were likely interred within the church’s walls because they were believed to be pure. At the end of the Second Crusade, members of the Knights Templar stopped by this church and left their marks. Etched onto a bell are several crosses, as well as two papal keys. Their visit also spawned an intriguing legend: according to local lore, a ray of sun will pass through the two round windows and illuminate a place where the knights hid a treasure. The church walls were built with bricks from Germisara, an old Roman fort near Geoagiu. Some stones from the river were also used as building materials.
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