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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“Fire, water, and government know nothing of mercy.” - Photo by Jan Bommes

Abandoned Inn in Northern Germany
Abandoned Inn in Northern Germany

"There are rare moments when a location that has fallen victim to fire has actually gained in therms of 'photographic attactiveness'. Mostly due to smoke and water mixing and generating some of the most beautiful decay that you can find. Moss and mold make a nice green color and the smoke on everything kind of dampens the colors and swallows some of the light entering the rooms."


Hotel on the Island

Abandoned Hotel in Eastern Germany

There is no information regarding this abandoned hotel that is located on an East German island.

Architecture, the remaining furniture and documents suggest that it was built in the 1970s and probably used by the FDGB as a recreation home.

In the 1990s, attempts were made to continue the use as a hotel, but those apparently failed.....(more)

Recreation Home L.

Central Pionieer Camp Etkar Andre in Eastern Germany

This abandoned recreation home was a so-called "central pioneer camp". These camps were operated by the East German youth organization (FDJ).

For the young students and teens vacations here were used as an award for achievents in school or social services. Every one of these camps had a large company as provider. In this case, it was a large fishing company. The camp was named after a communist politician and had room for about 800 children.

Although from a Western perspective the political purpose or even suspected indoctrination of these camps seems strange, there are many reports in which children describe their time in this....(more)


Tour Report: Soviet Airfield S.

Published 2017-08-07

Abandoned Soviet Airfield from the Cold War in Germany

It's no secret that I am really a fan of the Soviet relics you can find in Eastern Germany, so whenever I get the chance, I have to check them out. My wife isn't too much into all the military stuff, but she is fond of a nice walk in the park, so to speak, so when the opportunity arose for a quick stop at this abandoned Soviet airfield on the way up North towards the end of last years summer vacation, of course we took it.

The weather was great, but as a lot of times in these locations, parking was a bit of a problem. There were no regular parking places, so we just parked in an industrial area near a junkyard and a dog training area. There were a bunch of obscure-looking people around, but the attraction of the airfield was bigger than our desire....(more)

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