“Living in a castle is objectively romantic.” (Lev Grossman) - Photo by Jan Bommes
"During our summer vacation this year, my wife and I got the oportunity for a legal visit of this truly beautiful abandoned castle. It was the "summer of the century", and on that particular day, the temperatures reached more than 40 degrees centigrade. We had hoped that once inside, it would get a little bit cooler, but it had been hot for weeks, so that even the castle's thick stone walls had heated up, and due to the heat outside, there wasn't even a small cool draft going through the old rooms.
Still, exploring this truly majestic place was a wonderful experience, and in spite of the high temperatures, we took opur time to get plenty of photos to take home."
The website of this abandoned hotel was still active in 2015, although the place had been closed for about ten years at that time. It is in some ways pretty similar to another well-known hotel in the region: a modern annex was built next to the frumpy, outdated older building - but in this case, the rooms of the annex are empty except for a solid amount of mold. This hotel, too, has been damaged by fire, but contrary to the other hotel, the fire here happend long after the hotel had closed down.
The fact that in a time when other hotels already provided an internet connection for their guests, this hotel charged 2,50€/day for satellite TV clearly shows the antiquated equipment and price policies....(more)
In May of 2017, my wife and I went for a tour of the Northeastern part of Germany. We had arranged to spend a couple of nights at a friend's house who lives pretty central in the area where we had identified some spots to explore.
The first spot was a tricky one. It actually consists of three parts. One is an old manor house. The other is a bunker that sits practically in the back yard of the manor house. And then there was the third building. We had only seen the large structure on Google Earth during the planning phase for the tour, but we had no clue what it was.
Due to the three different spots in one location, it seemed to be a promising place to start our tour, and conveniently enough, it was right on the way to.....(more)