February 18, 2018

Tour Report: The Gravel Pit

The second day of our tour together with Freddy from Nordgriller Urbex back in November of 2016 took us to a region of Germany where we hadn't really explored before, so we were excited to see what our search for abandoned places would bring.
My mother-in-law was with us; she has been joining us for some tours over the past couple of years now and she's gotten more and more curious with every explore she was on.
And we got lucky - the first spot that we had decided on was an open air location, and the weather was really nice. There were some clouds at first, but the sun started showing as soon as we pulled up towards the old gravel pit early in the morning.

We gathered our gear and just walked right on to the premises. It seemed like it was sort of public, because every fifteen minutes or so, some car would drive through there or cyclists would ride around on the sand roads...even some joggers used the place as a training course...
But that didn't bother us. The place is pretty big, so we were on our own all the time and could climb around on the rusty old processing plants and conveyor belts.
Some parts of the floorboards were really rusty, especially towards the tops of the machines, so it got a bit dangerous to climb up there, but the view was really nice and was at least to some extent worth the risk.

We spent a total of about three hours or more exploring the place, and I'm sure we haven't discovered everything, but there were still some spots that we had planned, so we had to get back to the car and leave. But I'm sure that we'll have a revisit at some point in the future!

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February 13, 2018

Tour Report: Castle Hedera [Revisit]

In June of 2014, my wife and I had first tried to pay a visit to this abandoned castle. And we did, but we were too chicken to really enter once we got there because the ceilings and floors just looked too dangerous at the time.
More than two years and a lot of experience later, we tried once again, this time in the company of our good friend and tour mate Freddy from Nordgriller Urbex.
It turned out that the reconnaisance we had from the first visit was still accurate. Parking, access - it was still the same, only there was far more people around and lots of cars passing by, so we had some trouble finding the opportune moment to jump the fence, so to speak.
Once we were out of sight, we had to walk through thick green patches of plants to get to the access point of the castle.
We entered, and we were somewhat disappointed - not regarding the state of decay, which was pretty nice, but in terms of how many adjustments had been made to the original style of the castle. only a few of the original structures were left, and of course, much of it has been vadalized in the 30+ years of the castle's abandonment.
Still - it was a great experience to finally be able to look behind the walls of this castle. There was a lot of natural decay, and it was a nice second spot for our tour.

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February 8, 2018

Tour Report: Iron Ore Loading Silo

In late November of 2016, my wife and I decided to go for a couple of days of touring and visit her mother as well. Since it had been a couple of years since our last tour of that area of Germany, we had a few spots that we had on our list that we definitely wanted to check out.
We asked our friend Freddy from Nordgriller Urbex if he wanted to join us, so it was the three of us that drove South on a dark and windy Tuesday morning.
As our first spot, we had decided on an abandoned loading silo of an iron ore mine. My wife and I had already explored this spot back in 2014, but since Freddy hadn't seen it and it was conveniently on the way, we were eager for a revisit.
Just like the first time, we parked on the parking lot of the nearby (active) industrial company, put on our work boots and went for a little walk.
As we were walking towards the location, it started to rain a little, but that didn't stop us. For about an hour, we explored the entire area, before we walked back to the car and drove off to the next spot - which was only about two kilometers away...

To find out more about the history of this creepy place and to check out all the photos, click the button below.

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