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!"


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Maintenance Bunker of the Luftwaffe

Maintenance Bunker of the "Erprobungsstelle der Luftwaffe"

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)

Brass Factory E.

Abandoned brass factory in Eastern Germany

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)



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Tour Report: Hotel of Many Doors

Published 2019-03-21

Abandoned Hotel in the Erzgebirge region of Eastern Germany

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)


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Urban Ghosts Media

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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Joseph Barratt's Grave in Middletown, Connecticut (Fri, 22 Mar 2019)
The front of Barratt's grave. Dr. Joseph Barratt was an eccentric polymath who lived in Middletown, Connecticut, in the mid-1800s. Though Barratt’s main vocation was medicine, he had many, many other passions like botany, geology, natural history, paleontology, and Native American languages. The Connecticut Valley, where Barratt lived, is famous in the paleontological world for its abundance of fossilized Triassic- and Jurassic-era trackways left by dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals.  When these tracks were brought to the attention of the scientific community in the 19th century, Barratt developed a strong fascination with them that would endure for the rest of his life. He collected specimens from local sandstone quarries, sending several of them to Professor Edward Hitchcock of Amherst College, the foremost expert on Connecticut Valley fossil footprints at the time. Barratt developed some rather unusual ideas about the identity of the trackmakers, believing them to have been archaic four-toed humans. It’s worth noting that in the mid-19th century it was not known exactly what animals had created the tracks, and many scientists—including Hitchcock—speculated they may have been left by giant frogs, marsupials, crocodiles, or flightless birds. Yet even among these oddities, Barratt’s “Homo tetradactylus” theory seemed outlandish. Barratt became increasingly eccentric later in life. His apartment came to resemble what one friend described as a “wizard’s laboratory” packed with minerals, rocks, fossils, books, articulated skeletons, taxidermied birds, pressed leaves, preserved brains in jars, and other natural curiosities. Eventually, Barratt’s mental health deteriorated to the point that he was sent to an institution, where he died in 1882. To celebrate Barratt’s scientific curiosity and acknowledge his contributions to paleontology, his friends collected two slabs of sandstone from a nearby quarry to serve as his grave marker. The vertical stone, upon which Barratt’s name is chiseled, bears several dinosaur tracks on the back. The second slab, upon which the first rests, bears the fossil casts of two Jurassic-era tree stumps along with the inscription “The Testimony of the Rocks,” the title of a book by Hugh Miller, a Scottish geologist who was immensely influential at the time.  
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