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 explorer is the person who is lost.” - Photo by Jan Bommes

Rusty barge near a demolished brick factory in Northern Germany
Rusty barge near a demolished brick factory in Northern Germany

"It had been more than six months since our last tour together with our friend Freddy, and we really had fun again driving around in the Northeast of Germany looking for abandoned spots. The highlight for this tour was an abandoned old barge that had been used to transport bricks from a brick factory through various channels to the river for further transport. In fact, this rusty old ship - next to some remains of the loading terminal - is the only thing that is left of the brick factory. We had to walk a while through the forest before we had finally found it, but when we did, we foud out that it was totally worth the hike!"


The House of Chairs [DK]

Abandoned house in the South of Denmark

There is no information about the history of this small abandoned house in the southern region of Denmark.

There is still electricity, but no one has been there for some time...(more)

Military Airfield P.

Abandoned Soviet Airfield from the Cold War

Southwest of a small East German town, a military airfield was built in the 1930s as part of the rearmamament of the German Reich. 

Since 1945, the airfield was used by the Soviets as a garrison. The 21st Mobile Artillery Division was stationed here, and the area was continually used as an auxiliary airfield.

A disitncitve feature of the Soviet era in this place was the use as a site for SA-6 and SA-2/4/11 anti-aircraft batteries.

In later years, an earth-covered storage for SS-21 nuclear missiles.

In the early 1990s, the Soviet troops left Germany, and most of the buildings are left...(more)


Command Bunker from the Cold War


Tour Report: A Place of Execution

Published 2017-12-16

Exploring an abandoned military shooting range in Northern Germany

This abandoned military shooting range was the second spot that I visited together with my friend North Urbex on a tour back in November of last year.

It is really close to my home, so it was about time that I pay a visit.

Next to the short way, the place also has played a significant part in the dark history of the Third Reich, which makes it even more interesting to explore. During the summer, the local farmers' cows are grazing here, but in the winter, an eerie silence lies over the entire area.

The weather was grey and cold when North Urbex and I arrived at the location and found a place to park in a nearby industrial area. We walked along the fence until we found a hole which was big enough to enter....(more)

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