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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The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.” (Joseph Campbell) - Photo by Jan Bommes

Exploring "Heaven's Cave", cave that was discovered in the 1860s during the construction of a railway tunnel.
Exploring "Heaven's Cave", a cave that was discovered in the 1860s during the construction of a railway tunnel.

"It was my birthday tour this year. My wife and I went for a two-day tour of the Harz mountains together with two friends - North Urbex and Lichtbeschatter. Two months earlier, my wife and I had explored the cave on our own and since it had been such a unique experience, we decided to take the others there as well. It was a warm spring day, and we had to wait for the train to pass the tunnel, before we had the chance to enter. Inside it was cold, wich was a nice change from the hot weather outside, and it was dark. Very dark, which gave us a nice opportunity to play a bit with our lights and get a nice selfie in the drainage tunnels ."


Meat Factory D.

Abandoned Meat Factory in Dresden

This former meat factory belonged to  a huge food production facility operated by a large cooperative. The cooperative was founded in 1888 and in 1903, started planning the construction of various production facilities. The meat factgory was built from 1927 until 1931 as part of such a facility which also included a bakery, a brewery and a distillery. After susustaining severe damages during World War II, it was reconstructed and renovated and then gutted in 1995.

The building has been placed under monument protection. 

It was cunstructed under the principle of the "Neue Sachlichkeit" ("New Objectivity"). It is a steel skeleton with a red brick facade consisting of.....(more)

The Devil's Bridge

Rakotzbrücke a.k.a. The Devil's Bridge

The original name of this bridge is "Rakotzbrücke", but it has become popularly known as the "Devil's Bridge" - how else than with the help of the devil himself could a bridge builder construct such a perfect circle?

The bridge was built over the course of 19 years from 1863 until 1882 from basalt stones along with various other basalt constructions in a 200-hectare landscape park that the local land baron began laying out in 1844.

The bridge spans the Rakotz Lake.

Access to the bridge has been prohibited as the basalt stones are starting to crumble and the city has secured the area and started renovation of the bridge..(more)


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Tour Report: The Inn by the Cemetery [DK]

Published 2018-09-16

Abandoned inn next to a cemetery in Denmark

I had gotten a tip regarding this abandoned inn somewhere in Denmark and I had seen some promising photos of it before, so it was only logical to put it on the schedule for our trip back in April of last year together with Pixelcracker and Lost Places in Schleswig-Holstein und Umland.

It was about a half-hour drive from the first location, and by the time we arrived, the sky had cleared up and had made way for the sun which had been hiding behind clouds the whole time since we left home that morning.

The abandoned old inn is located right next to a cemetery and a church. There was a large public parking lot right next to it, which was used by churchgoers as well as people visiting the cemetery. It also seemed to be a......(more)

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