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 cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.” (Joseph Campbell) - Photo by Jan Bommes

Exploring "Heaven's Cave", cave that was discovered in the 1860s during the construction of a railway tunnel.
Exploring "Heaven's Cave", cave that was discovered in the 1860s during the construction of a railway tunnel.

"It was my birthday tour this year. My wife and I went for a two-day tour of the Harz mountains together with two friends - North Urbex and Lichtbeschatter. Two months earlier, my wife and I had explored the cave on our own and since it had been such a unique experience, we decided to take the others there as well. It was a warm spring day, and we had to wait for the train to pass the tunnel, before we had the chance to enter. Inside it was cold, wich was a nice change from the hot weather outside, and it was dark. Very dark, which gave us a nice opportunity to play a bit with our lights and get a nice selfie in the drainage tunnels ."


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Hotel "Snowy Mountain Station"

Abandoned hotel in the Erzgebirge region in Germany

The last trains stopped at this station back in the early 1950s.

In the late 1850s, a feeder track of about five kilomter was built in the Erzgebirge mountains  of Germany, connecting the region with a larger track going through the state. In the early 1920s, health spa business was on the rise and resulted in a rise of passenger numbers.

When in 1946 unranium mining was taken up in the mountains, the track became even more vital for the region.

The unrestrained mining however led to several sinkings in the ground, so that in April of 1952, passenger traffic seized and in June of the same year, freight traffic was stopped as well....(more)

Ironworks II

350 year-old ironworks in the Harz mountains of Germany

 After in the 1630s a principality had arisen in the Harz region of Germany, the local prince aimed to establish a mercantilist economy in his lands to overcome the ramifications of the 30-Year-War.
The conditions seemed ideal for founding the ironworks - ore deposits in the surrounding mountains, wood in the forests, the water of the nearby river and the mercantile knowledge and financial strength of a merchant from the nearby city. In the 1640s, the first ironworks were founded and sold just as quickly less than ten years later. Various changes of ownership followed over the centuries, and various princes had the facilities either used for production of iron or the production of silver.....(more)




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Tour Report: The District Court

Published 2018-07-22

Abandoned former Jail in Eastern Germany

After finishing up our exploration of the abandoned district hospital, my wife and I went to check out the second location on our list for the day.

The abandoned building that used to be the local jail before its use as a courthouse sits right next to the hospital buildings - its access point is even the same as the one for the hospital.

We left the hospital through the hole in the fence and went along the back wall of the courthouse until we found the open window that we had spotted on the way in. It was a small window, so we struggled a bit to get in, but we made it.....(more)


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