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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“Some beautiful paths can't be discovered without getting lost.” (Erol Ozan)


Abandoned Bunker form the Cold War | Bunker Fliegerhorst Eggebek | Hyundai Kona
Bunker on an abandoned airfield from the Cold War

"I'd never seen a bunker that you could drive into with a car.  This Cold War bunker is one of those. Well, you can't drive all the way in anymore, but when it was in operation, it was built so that cars or trucks could drive into a sort of garage which then could be sealed with huge concrete gates.

The abandoned airfield that this bunker was built on was the final location we wanted to explore on a short tour in November 2019. The sun was beginning to set, so the sky was painted in beautiful colors, which emphasized the impressive size and shape of the monolithic concrete bunker.

And I really like our new (six months old) little "urbex mobile", so I wanted to show off a little and took this photo ☺️"




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Sanatorium B.

Abandoned Sanatorium in the Harz Mountains of Germany | Verlassenes Sanatorium im Harz

In terms of historical information, nothing can be found about this sanatorium somewhere in the mountains of Germany. Judging by the architecture, it was built - or at least renovated at some boint in the late 1960s or early 1970s. The interior design points at a refurbishment in the early 1990s.

 

This was not a sanatorium in a classical sense as there were no tuberculosis patients treated here. It was more like a spa or health clinic with 54 patient rooms, a pool area, a sauna and a solarium.....(more)

Hotel "Prophyrite"

Abandoned Hotel in the Harz Mountains of Germany | Verlassenes Hotel im Harz

There is not much historical information to be found about this former inn situated in a valley in the Harz Mountains of Germany.

It is a half-timbered construction on a massive stone foundation, so it was probably built sometime in the 19th century when tourism in the region was on the incline. In the time of the German sepratation, the inn was used as a recreation home. Apparently, the place was continued as an inn after the reunification and was extensively renovated in the 1990s, although not in a luxurious manner. The inn was closed around 2008......(more)



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Lost Places | Goin' Bunkers - "The Defensive Command"


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Tour Report: Command Post W43 [Revisit]

Published 2019-12-7

Command Post of the East German Army | NVA-Gefechtsstand

A little more than two months after my wife and I had discovered the abandoned command bunker in the woods, we returned to this place.

We were a crew of four explorers, and only my wife and I had visited this bunker - on a dark and rainy day and with no tripod for the camera, so it was only logical to return and check this place out one more time.

The good thing was that we didn't have to look for the bunker anymore, because we'd already found it and marked the coordinates on my GPS.

As I've said, there were four of us. Our friends Norgriller Urbex and North Urbex ....(more)


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Hand of Druon Antigoon in Antwerp, Belgium (Fri, 13 Dec 2019)
In 1986, the French artist Henri de Miller created a sculpture titled “L'Ecoute” ("Listen"). It was a massive human head lying on the ground with a cupped hand beside it, seemingly listening to the sounds of the metro. It was originally placed it in front of the Saint-Eustache Church in Paris, but today, part of it lives in Belgium. The city of Antwerp bought de Miller's work in 1991, but they didn't want the whole thing, just the hand—and they had a reason for it. A local legend in Antwerp holds that there was once a villainous giant named Druon Antigoon who demanded a toll from those crossing the Scheldt River. If they could not pay, he would cut off one of their hands. According to the story Druon Antigoon carried on this way until a young Roman soldier defeated him, severing the giant’s own hand and throwing it into the river. This episode is said to be the origin of the city's name, which comes from hand werpen, Dutch for "hand-throwing." The sculpture was introduced to the central shopping street of Meir in 1992, with no base whatsoever, in spite of the sculptor's wishes. Over the years it has become a sort of icon in the area—though not as popular or famous as the Brabo Fountain, which is based on the same legend.
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