November 27, 2016

Operation "Easter Basket" - Prison 93

Due to traffic jams all over the Ruhr area, we arrived at our hotel rather late - but at least the tour had started with the exploration of an abandoned psychiatric hospital.
We went out for dinner and planned our tour for the next day, and we finished the first day of Operation "Easter Basket" with a couple of beers and shots in our hotel room.
The next morning, we got up relatively early and drove for about 70 kilometers to our first spot. We had decided for a more than a hundred-year-old prison that has been left unused for about 5 years now.
Freddy and I had only been to one other prison before, and I had found that experience pretty cool, and this particular prison is huge compared to the one I'd visited in Denmark, so it seemed like a good idea to check this one out.
When we got to the location, we first drove around the block to check for a good place to park and maybe spot a way in. All you could see from the streets were high walls and the central building of the prison.
So we consulted the map one more time and decided to park in the residential area richt next to the prison. We found a parking place near a little path that looked like it led in the direction of the prison, and I hoped that this was the case.
It had started to rain, so there were no people outside that could keep us from exploring, but I could feel the neighbor's eyes on us through their windows...
Anyway, we walked along the path and it deed in fact lead us right to the prison wall. It was like a deja vu - just like in the Danish prison, someone had broken a hole in the wall, and we could climb through easily. Once we were inside the walls, we started looking for the way into the buildings. It took us some time to find an open door that led us into the newer building and through the basement, we were able to get into the large older part.
In spite of all the graffiti that have been sprayed on the walls over the years, exploring this prison was a unique experience. Seeing the facility from the inside and imagining how the inmates must have lived there set a really strange mood. In a way, the prison was still active, because there was still electricity, and the neon lights were humming their typical 50 Hertz song...

After about three hours, more people came for a photo shoot, and they started being loud and making noises, which kind of ruined the mood, so we finished up our exploration and left the same way we came.

There have been recent developments regarding this prison. About one month after our visit, a fire broke out in the prison chapel, and after that, a security service was tasked with protection of the place 24/7.
Preparations for the demolition of the prison have begun over this month, and the demolition is scheduled to take place from February until November of next year.

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November 20, 2016

Operation "Easter Basket" - Psychiatric Hospital E.

About one month after our tour of the Harz region together with Freddy from Nordgriller Urbex, our classic tour lineup reunited once again for a tour of epic proportions.
We had planned four days of urbex frivolity in Germany's Ruhr area  - a region with undreds of diverse spots to discover.
As always, we met at our place, loaded the car and left a little later than we had originally planned.
No worries though, the traffic down there is always a much so that we got stuck in one traffic jam after another and only had time for one location on the way.

It was already getting dark when we arrived at the old psychiatric hospital.
The building was standing pretty much in the middle of the forest, but there were the neighbor's houses in sight, so we hesitated, because we knew this place to be overrun by teens and there had been some fires in the past, so there was the possibility that the neighbors call the police anytime they see someone on the premises.
After all, we did follow our credo "Impudence wins", and we just walked past the nightbor's houses and right onto the hospital grounds.
As expected, the access was easy to fnd. We could see that any effort to protect this building from vandals entering was futile. It seems like every new fence is demolished within days.
If you ask me, it's only a question of time when the whole place burns down to the ground.
The inside looked much like the outside. Hardly one stome has been left unturned by the vandals.

But - it was a nice place to warm up for the next days of touring, there were so many places waiting for us........

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November 15, 2016

Pharmaceutical Company B. [Revisit]

Almost two and a half years after our first visit to this really cool location, my wife and I got the chance for a revisit at the end of February of this year.
My brother had gotten married and the celebration was scheduled for the afternoon of a cold but sunny day about a week after our last tour. I had arrived the night before by train, coming straight from a three-day business trip, and my wife had hitched a ride in the car with my parents, so I had asked her to bring all my tour equipment with her so we'd have at least the chance to go for a tour.
On Friday evening, we sat together with my parents and we decided to get up early and try for a revisit of the pharmaceutical factory.
The location wasn't too far, so we were able to squeeze the visit in our time table.
We got up really early, took the subway and walked the rest of the way. The access we had taken two years before wasn't there anymore, so we had to look for another way in. I always prefer the direct route, so we just walked along the fence until we got to a pile of stuff that gave us the opportunity to just climb over the gate. Easy. Or so we thought.
We tried to find the buildings that we hadn't checked out the last time we were there, but since a lot of the older buildings have been demolished since, we were having trouble to find our way. The first building we found was new to us, so we took our time there. The secon building we already knew, but it was nice noetheless, because the first time, it had been raining, and this time, it was a nice sunny morning, and it was interesting to see what how different - or not - everything looked.

As we entered the third building, we saw a white car pulling up.
Someone got out, but we couldn't see were he was going. We kept really still and waitet for him to leave, but he wouldn't. And we didn't see or hear him either.
After about thirty minutes, we decided to just keep going. We finished up the third building and went out to see where to go next.
As we looked out of the door, we saw workers on the premises. They were standing by the huilding right next to the one we just left.
We waited for them to look the other way and then ran around the corner to safety. As we caught our breath, a car came along the road past us, so we jumped right into a small transformer house to hide. It worked, we got out again and quietly went back the way we came. When my wife noticed more workers that possibly saw us, I just said, I don't care, and we more or less openly ran towards the fence and climbed out the way we came.
Except for the unexpected exercise, this tour was everything we had hoped for. I'm glad that we had the chance to see this place once again before it is completely gone.

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