September 28, 2014

Neo-Gothic Castle L. (Part 2)

Here's the second load of pictures I took in the abandoned mansion somewhere in eastern Germany.
I didn't take too many photos as the overall condition of the building was ramshackle at best and it was a bit dangerous to be walking around in there...

You can check out the full gallery here.

Part 1 | Part 2

September 25, 2014

Neo-Gothic Castle L.

This was the first object on a tour last sunday that I had the pleasure to be on with 4 guys that are active in the same urban exploration board I am in.
It was a very spontaneous tour, and I am really glad that it all worked out on short notice.

The history of the estate this mansion is built on dates back as far as the middle of the 13th century when the area belonged to one of the oldest and most well-known German aristrocratic families.
The mansion itself was built in the middle of the 19th century.
The owners were expropriated in 1945, and the mansion was used as a kindergarten until 1969. After that it was used as a dormatory for apprentices,  and from the early 1970s the canteen kitchen of the local agricultural cooperative as well as a cultural center, an assembly room and a homework room for students.
After the German reunification, the building fell to the "Treuhand" (state escrow). When the building was abandoned it took merely three months until the vandals had wreaked total havoc in the once beautiful aristocratic halls.
The escrow looked for potential investors for almost a decade, but when none could be found, the mansion was auctioned off.
Buth the plans of the new owner from Berlin never panned out, so the building is left to decay.

Here are the first few impressions.

Part 1 | Part 2

September 22, 2014

Abandoned Hospital - One Year Later (Part 4)

This is the last post from what will probably be my last visit of the old hospital.
I never had planned to go back there after last year's "public" find of the tissue samples that had been forgotten in the basement more than 20 years ago.
Some amateurs had discovered those and taken some with them, somebody saw the samples and notified the authorities, suddenly there was a security service and patrols by the police...
Anyway, since I had photographed everything there, I had decided to leave the hospital alone.
...But when I got the keys, the idea arose in me to go there during night in total darkness and try something I hadn't done before.
I think these are the best pictures from this tour, because they're something I really wanted to do.
And of course, I had the chance to play doctor...

September 19, 2014

Abandoned Hospital - One Year Later (Part 3)

Alright, I'm back from my short business trip, so I can go on with the photos from my revisit in the abandoned hospital. The mortuary I mentioned in the last post really is next door, but it is of no photographic value whatsoever, so I didn't take any pictures there.
Here ist the third part of the photos I took.
You can check out the gallery with photos from all buildings of the hospital complex on my website.

September 14, 2014

Abandoned Hospital - One Year Later (Part 2)

Here are the next couple of pictures from my "Return Exploration" in the abandoned former university clinic.
During the times when it was used as the Navy's military hospital, the building I was in was actually the house for the terminal patients. The mortuary is right next door. Check out the entire gallery on my website!

September 11, 2014

Abandoned Hospital - One Year Later

I haven't been on a tour for pretty long because there's been little time and lots of other stuff kept coming up (mostly work-related).
But I had really long wanted to get into a certain building in my hometown and then I saw that there was going to be an exhibition and the association holding the exhibition was looking for photographers to shoot the photos - and one of the locations was to be that exact location.
The application period was long over, so I just wrote an email telling about what I wanted and, as an answer, I was asked if I wanted to be a part of the exhibition. A little reluctantly, I said yes. I didn't really want to be in an exhibition and have all the stuff that goes with it, including having to pay to have the prints made.
But the association is working to make people more aware of a historically relevant part of their city and make a beautiful maritime quarter more attractive again (Link here!), so of course I was in.
I didn't get the building I had originally inquired about - it was a building of the old abandoned university clinic.
I had been there 20 times until almost exactly a year ago.
If it hadn't been for the exhibition, I probably wouldn't have set foot in it again, but in this case...I made an exeption.
In fact, I was in there three days in a row, twice in the afternoon and once during the night.
Here are the first pictures.

September 9, 2014

Abandoned Amusement Park (Part 4)

Alright, here are the last couple of photos from our visit in a once very popular amusement park.
Who knows, maybe we'll be back in a year or two to check on nature's progress...

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4
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