This is pretty much my first Urbex with a camera. I've always been in old buildings with a friend when I was a kid of like 10 or 12 but that was more for the thrill of meeting a hobo or falling into a hole.
Only when I grew older and viewing theads here t Facepunch I developed a sense for the ....morbid beauty of old places.
As my hometown Halle, was a big centre of the Soviet chemical industry in the GDR, naturally it is predestined to be full of old industry-ruins. So if you want to know why I did my first Urbex here is a little
Unspectacular Introductional Story:
I met a dude at an open air party(called Fete de la musique) that was happening directly opposite of the building you are seeing in the first picture. We were wondering what it was as we've always been seeing it sitting there in the middle of my hometown, idling and getting more wet, rotten and vandalized.
He mentioned that he and 2 other dudes would explore it 2 days from then and I was quick to join them.
We met them at a bridge close to our goal and 2 of my friends joined too.
But since city folks are a spoiled bunch, the 3 of them went grabbing some food and drinks for later in a closeby grocery store while I was left with two guys I didn't even know the damn name of.
Eager to get into the building, we asked some young skaters who were living around there of how to get in there the best, naturally, it would be locked, right? RIGHT? They told us about a wall that was climbable to the north of it.
However, getting there involved ludicrous amounts of trash being thrown to the outside wall of the complex and bushes, dogshit and old diapers to be waitning for our feet.
Long story short: I climbed it and they would follow, those bastards.
"I have an appointment in an hour, sorry I never thought it would be this complicated..."
Go fuck yourself. They studied medicine by the way.
Anyway I was in and here is the complex in all of its bird-perspecive beauty:
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You might want to see the location on GOOGLE
*BrrrBrrr* - Mobile:
-Where are you?
-I'm inside, looking at a building from the middle of the yard, looking at a building
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-Ok wait for us we'll be there in seconds
-Will you make the wall?
-What wall, the front door is only secured by a long chain, a motorcycle could fit through the gap
All right so what you guys are seeing is One of the main buildings, on the map it is the most southern-eastern one. You can easily spot that awesome tower of it.
That fucker was built in 1934, easily confirmable:
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Yes. It's a Nazi-Building.
So we got in there and what we found is this:
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The tops of these seem to be welded off by metal-thieves or by the people who closed it down in 87, who knows? I don't.
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Apparently this is an old machine that used to lift or pump something, I can't really make it out anymore.
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I particulary like the sparying to the right in this one.
The first room we entered was already fucking awesome so we made our way to the west through the buildings and came into a huge hall that looked like it used to be an old cleaning room or something, it was covered in tiling
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You can see Christoph, they guy we met here.
Anyway, further through the building the circumstances got worse. A big fire destroyed a lot of the southern part. From what I could gather from the internet it used to be the building were they made ice.
Anyway, further through the southern part:
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This is the point were the STALKER feeling hit me. I wonder why.
Something cool: we found an old cap of one of the barrels:
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At some point the route ended and we stood next to the pretty much only staircase in the whole complexe not obstructed by piles of junk.
Being the idiots we are we brought no flashlights and got into the cellar using the preflashlights of our cameras to navigate. The results are here:
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This was the point where we couldn't get any further since the river (called Saale) that was flowing next to the complex got into the rooms and flooded the lowest ones, being at around 10 cm in the ones we could access:
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The red stuff you see is probably rust and algae, the water itself was pretty clear.
Next goal: That tower.
On our way back found this littele thing we didn't notice when we first passed:
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I don't know what it was for but it looks old and somehow pretty.
On our way up we noticed something not so pretty:
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Up to the tower:
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Hey, what is that?
Oh you rascalls, an old(but not SO old) GDR flag:
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Let's take a look around:
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They used to build pretty things back then:
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It was more stormy than it looks:
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And yes, that's a VW sign in the background, a car dealer restaurated an old factory and used the chimney wisely.
You are looking to the east here.
Our next goal was the opposite building located in the middle of the northern part:
From the outside:
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From the inside:
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Gotta love the artists:
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Going further we discovered this:
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The catch: I showed this pic to the friend of my mother and he told me that he used to work there when he was 9. That is 35 years ago.
And they used those to brew the beer. Like this.
No cover. No lid. No cap. Just brewing and boiling.
He told me that at one point he stopped counting the rats that fell into the beer.
Quality soviet workmanship for you here.
Anyway, off to the most eastern part, the building next to the river you are seeing in the very first picture:
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Time to eat:
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And enjoy the music:
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Wait, what is that:
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A goddamn barrel elevator:
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The last goddamn barrel in the whole brewery. Not destroyed because it is locked inbetween the floors for as long as the building stands.
There was some nice sprayings too:
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Artistic greetings location:
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Stomachs filled, further up the
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Above the barrel-elevator:
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6 and 10 Amps. That's deadly.
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I guess the looters didn't get THIS one.
Le roof is documented:
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And the stairs were decorated for us too:
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Guess why we didn't want to climb that roof AT ALL.
Last building is the one in the northwest street-side corner. We quickly went up there through some stairs and voila:
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The internet told me that this used to be the recreational area for the workers.
We felt recreated.
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But not as recreated as this tree. he grew THROUGH the plates and I was just astonished by the power of that little guy, growing on a roof of a building probably full of asbestos.
Below that, we found an empty, dark "ballroom" like room:
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This flyer and the copious amounts of wine bottles showed us that this used to be some kind of youth-underground club in 1995. They had a kitchen,
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toilets, a stage and nice paintings.
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And that concludes our little tour.
Did I forget something?
OH YEA! THE DOCUMENTS!
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An old newspaper.
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An old old newspaper too.
ANd now it gets interesting, Protocols:
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Apparently this used to be an old protocol of a voting session they had.
It cointains names and copies of everything everyone said during that sitting as well as comments on if the "Commrades spirit fits the thoughts, goals and ,ethods of the socialistic working-apperatus".
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Apparently this was an appeal from a restaurant that complains about a barrel not cleaned propperly.
Soviet worksmanship for you here.
All right that's it. Uppon reviewing the pics, I forgot two things:
A ceiling above us:
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And old safe.
Yea. Closed, unopened and well... safe.
We found 3 different ones in 3 different floors and they were all closed and locked. We will never know what used to be inside. Sadly.
Well it was quite fun and an awesome experience. We are already planing the next trips and the options are:
-An old steel plant on the outer rims of our town.
-An old Sauna in the middle of our town
-An old butcher shop just ouside the town, completely with hooks and everything.
Depending on your guys interest in this I'll make a thread again, it's quite a bit of work as you can imagine. I hope Facepunch is worth it.
Next time we'll have a tripod, flashlights and breathing masks. I'm sure I swallowed my fair share of dust, dried up shit-dust and asbestos in there but it payed off. I think.
Also I am sorry for the horrible quality of some of the pictures, they were all shot in RAW but with VERY high ISO since all of this was happening from 18.00 to 21.00. Lightroom did its best but I don't know what flickr does to the pics once you've uploaded them. Highres (12 MPix) versions of any pic is also available, just shoot a quick PM.
Comments are VERY appreciated and please find the typos and tell me.