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  1. During a conversation with a fellow explorer we came to the conclusion that I have been able to visit some beautiful steelworks ... In the neighboring countries! Having this playground of rust and steel in my backyard and even went there, was quite embarrassing... . A bit later a date was set and another week later I stood on the blast furnace, enjoying the sun and the view. Wow! I immediately understand why the great love for industry begins here for so many explorers. And admit, there are worse places and views to eat your sandwiches. After our picnic and the conclusion that my fellow explorers was severely sunburned, we went back and went to discover the beautiful places that this place has to offer , bumping into the resident copper-thieves here and there, but they didn't seem to feel bothered by our presence. 1. the road up to the blast furnace. I love it that you can spot 'her'while you're gradually approaching. Also, active trains running by from the right hand side make it a surreal experience 2. view from above 3 +4 the mandatory selfies on the BF 4. 'the fish' 5 +6 : the giant squid 7. 8. 9. 10 11 12 the spider 13
  2. Recently, I´ve visited "Mold House". Of course, more than well-known. When I first set my eyes on pictures of that house with its amazing colours and its state of decay, I instantly fell in love. I´m glad I could fulfill my dream of visiting that place. I especially loved the pink colour of the armchairs being sokaed into the carpet.
  3. History Castle Wolvenhof, also known by many as Château Du Loup, was designed by J. Vercoutere and constructed between 1912 and 1914 for the industrialist, Gaspard Vanden Bogaerde. It was one of two castles built in the area. With the outbreak of World War One, Bogaerde and his brother Émile, the owner of the second castle, volunteered to enlist in the Belgian army and they were subsequently sent away to fight. While they were away, German forces commandeered the buildings and the site was converted into a prison camp and a small airfield named Flugplatz Abeele. Towards the end of the war, Castle Wolvenhof sustained a significant amount of damage as much of the wood, including the very expensive floorboards, was torn out and used as firewood. Following the German defeat, the two brothers returned to their properties and spent the next few years renovating them. The Bogaerde families continued to live in the castles long after the Second World War. However, in 1999, both buildings were sold to the city and the grounds were opened as a public park. Today, although it is a heritage building, Castle Wolvenhof is abandoned. Yet, after someone, presumably the city, invested 322,500 euros in the property in 2016, restoration work has begun. The aim of the project is to bring back the building and return it to its former glory. It is unknown what purpose the building will serve once the restoration work is complete; one source suggests it will remain a central part of the park in which it is situated. Our Version of Events Although we’d just returned from New Zealand and had barely set foot on English soil, we decided that a new trip was in order, to make the most of the good summer weather Europe has been experiencing. So, with an epic explore in mind, somewhere along the Maginot Line, we decided to travel through Belgium to reach it. Our decision to visit Belgium was twofold: we could see a few abandoned sites along the way, and drink lots of Belgian beer. The first stop on our travels, mainly for a quick break after driving from the north east, was the legendary Château Du Loup. Surprisingly, finding it was easier than we’d imagined, and gaining access wasn’t as hard as we’d anticipated. However, no sooner had we stepped inside the building did we set off an alarm. From the inside, though, it didn’t seem to sound too loud, so we decided to crack on and take some snaps anyway. For the next half an hour, then, we raced around the building trying to take a photo of each room. The entire time it felt as though a farmer might turn up, or some kind of Belgian security guard, but, fortunately, neither did. In the end, we were able to leave without further incident. It was only when we were making our way back outside that we realised how loud the alarm really was. It was clearly attracting quite a bit of attention from the people who were making good use of the surrounding parkland too. At this point, then, we decided to casually join the general public and take a wander around the park. Our blending in seemed to work rather well, other than the fact our French and Flemish skills don’t go much further than ‘Hallo’, ‘Ik ben op zoek naar, John’ and ‘Bonjour’. Still, it was enough to get us back to the cars. After that, our next destination was Bruges, with plenty of time left in the day to drink lots of beer! Explored with Ford Mayhem, MKD, Rizla Rider, The Hurricane and Husky. 1: 2: 3: 4: 5: 6: 7: 8: 9: 10: 11: 12: 13: 14: 15: 16: 17: 18: 19: 20: 21: 22: 23: 24:
  4. A modern diesel power plant! Great place to explore. No masks needed for entry Thanks!
  5. The castle, built in 1913, became known under the pseudonym "du loup". After several years of vacancy, from 2010 it was inhabited for a short term. Now it's uninhabited again. Due to many requests, the city of Izegem decided to open it for photographers for one day, on 09. September 2017 (that's the reason for my post in the forum now, maybe someone is interested in it. For this, a written application must be submitted in advance: https://www.west-vlaanderen.be/genieten/domeinen/WallemoteWolvenhof/Paginas/default.aspx ). --- My visit was in May 2010. I thought the building was still abandoned, but a new resident recently had moved in. So I rang the bell, and after a short conversation he gave me permission to take some pictures. But he had little time and I got only about 15 minutes for this. So I really had to hurry, to photograph the rooms I was allowed to enter... 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
  6. Former water tower. Don't know much about this place, but it was cool to visit something different. Didn't made it to the top, too lazy . When we just finished this place, security came along, luckily they didn't caught us. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
  7. Visited with Bigjobs and AndyJ I'd never heard of this place but on a recent trip to Belgium for non-explory stuff, AndyJUK happened to mention a coal factory just near to where we were going and showed me some pics, ohhhh it was so pretty and yes, of course, I wanted to go and play out there! We got the satnav details up and off we went, only to be ambushed by a diversion that didn't make sense and so with a road block in front of us we pulled up looking for somewhere to park. Spotting a Belgian about to leave we turned round ready to poach the space, laughing the Belgian approached the limo and shook his head as if to say no way would be fit in there, anyway opening the door to talk to the man he asked us where we were going, Jobs, getting out his best french, explained where we were going and the man pointed to a road across some rail lines and explained we needed to go that way. Thanking him but still thinking we were having that spot we watched him get in his car only for us to be thwarted (or so we thought) by the Belgian waiting whilst a dinky red car parked there! Yes, we cursed, until we realised that rather than allowing his "mate" to park he was actually waiting for us to follow him, so we did! Whizzing across the rail tracks and driving the wrong way down one-way streets off we went, following the little old Belgian man. Just a few turns later he pulled over, came over and pointed at what we wanted to see and after many Merci Buckets he went on his way and we dumped the limo and set off to explore. Unfortunately, demolition has already started on this and the workers were in full flow with the diggers, so going in the front was definite a no go. Nipping round the back of some houses we found our way to the side of the building and decided to have a mooch over the fence and up the back, but not before the boys got distracted by a random pair of handcuffs fastened to the fence! (Yep ten minutes later they were off the fence and a souvenir gifted to AndyJUK!). After a quick climb up we were in! We spent a good while mooching about and although a lot of the stuff that can be seen in other reports has gone it was still pretty cool to look around. So a couple of hours and a lot of photos later we headed out with the hope of a photo of the front of the site entrance......yeah, maybe not! Heading towards the entrance we spotted an angry looking dude in high vis watching us like a hawk so made a quick U-turn and headed back to the limo. Ten seconds later an executive decision was made to drive past the dude and grab a shot anyway! Jobs drove up and I legged it out the car and into the entrance of the site and took probably the crappest shot ever but it was worth it just to spite the Hi Vis dude. Here's a bit of history from substreet.org Near Visé, Belgium lies the mining village of Cheratte, where coal was unearthed between 1847 and 1977. After finding a generous seam of coal in 1851, the company began serious development of the site. They sank new shafts, developed the aboveground structures, and hired hundreds of miners. As workers chased the seam underground, they passed the water table of the nearby river, dooming the mineshaft, which flooded persistently thereafter. Pumps attached to steam engines were installed to keep the lower sections productive, but less than a year later, in 1877, the flooding caused a major tunnel collapse, trapping and drowning the workers in that section. The mine closed for the first time. In 1907, investors who wanted to again tap the coal under Cheratte paid for the construction of the first mine headframe in Belgium. A headframe is the part of a mine where the shaft meets the surface, and it is typically a simple tower with a hoist in the centre. Cheratte is different, though. For reasons I cannot explain, but choose simply to appreciate, they built the tower and support structures in a medieval influenced neo-gothic style. At its peak, 1,500 men worked here, and about half that number still took the ride underground when the operation closed in 1977. (subtreet.org) And of course, some pics of varying quality Hope you enjoy!
  8. Hello, not sure on the full history of the place. I have found a little bit of information from Google. Great little house with a shop at the front. Loads of things left inside. The Butcher’s Home – Belgium An abandoned butchers house in Belgium. There lived a family of 10 people! a father and a mother and 4 boys and 4 girls. The home was abandoned in 1994 and left ever since! Thanks for looking!
  9. A really cosy house with a butcher's shop in the front, someone in the house was a real collector as you can see from the cases full of miniature bottles, jars and the tiny bottles on the table. If you do like my pictures, please check out my fb page: Ianthé Baeyens Photography 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13.
  10. This former slate factory started in 1897. In 1995 the factory was closed and it's still abandoned. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.
  11. A garage full of cars. Very easy to get in and it was a fun little explore. Thanks for watching! -Rody 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
  12. Very short explore, as the building was almost completely empty. I ended up with just a few close-ups/details... Used to be a building from the local Antwerp newspaper. It looked like they actually used to press/print the papers there as well, long time ago. Now all remained was a large, very empty machine hall and some offices and remains of the archive. I think the building has shortly been occupied by a local Bank, after the newspaper left. (Based on the 'Bank Antwerp' stickers, all over the place..) Not much more to tell, so on with the picas... 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
  13. Quick report as I don't have any historical info. Fun explore, although got cut a bit short, after being caught, so I need to go back one day to finish it... Secca was really nice. He offered me some coffee and cola, while waiting for the police. Police was less amused and they didn't wanna believe I was there, on my own, just taking pics. Ended up being searched, then my bag + car and finally by the policeman destroying my memory card with his pocket knife, handing the remains to the security guard. Luckily I was shooting on 2 cards simultaneously and I managed to hide 1 of the cards while waiting for police... Having a backup sometimes makes sense. Now, on with the shots; 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Cheers for looking!
  14. Early in the morning, start the day in Belgium... One of my favorit on my list, not my Places list but Favorit Car's I <3 C Coupe!!! 1. Viva Kadett 01 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 2. Viva Kadett 02 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 3. Viva Kadett 03 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 4. Viva Kadett 04 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 5. Viva Kadett 05 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr
  15. Just a small little engine room. Don't know where it was used for. Didn't really feel comfortable overthere, so I missed a few little spots, but hey, there was a happy face #1 #2 #3 #4 #5
  16. Hey all, last weekend we found this beautyful litte sweet place at the way back to germany... 1. Villa Wespenstich 01 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 2. Villa Wespenstich 02 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 3. Villa Wespenstich 3 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 4. Villa Wespenstich 4 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 5. Villa Wespenstich 02 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 6. Villa Wespenstich 6 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 7. Villa Wespenstich 7 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 8. Villa Wespenstich 8 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 9. Villa Wespenstich 9 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 10. Villa Wespenstich 10 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 11. Villa Wespenstich 11 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 12. Villa Wespenstich 12 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 13. Villa Wespenstich 13 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr
  17. A house full of old radios. These kind of locations are great to explore. Lots of photobooks and other personal belonings. Every time i walk through an abandoned house i'm still wary for the residents to return. Thanks for watching! Rody 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14.
  18. Maybe you remember about this villa (2013 - 2014) in Belgium. I'm pretty sure you saw pics with the "skeleton skull". (Source : http://www.spiritofdecay.com) Ok, so the place is pretty messy When we visited it. The neightborhood was very suspicious about urbexers. I barely knew the context of this house and the stories behind. To be honest, it was the most unpleasant visit ever. The facts : - He was a priest or something like that. - There is a lot of pictures of young boys everywhere on the floor (SFW : http://eluna-side.weebly.com/uploads/1/0/5/7/10571795/8974664_orig.jpg) - There is a loooot of toys. PICTURE BY ELUNA-SIDE - The people say that the priest was friend with some "famous" pedophiles in Belgium. Testimonials : "I'm used to write a text that summarizes a bit the situation of my photos. Here for once I'll make an exception. There is a lot to say with what we saw on this place (not photographed) and to discuss, but out of respect for this occupant deceased in 2010 I can say nothing." http://eluna-side.weebly.com/haus-des-pfarrers-be.html "At the sight of the fully-fledged play areas, the many German writings, the pictures from all over the world (at the time of the visit there were about 500 ~ slides on site), the innumerable mattresses and the other, strange compositions Picture of this place. Was it a meeting place? A radically Catholic cult of sects? There is also some evidence, including the one or other slogans against Islam, or other world religions (as well as the war reserves of powdery potatoes). Just as surprising were the pictures of young men in short jeans pants, or even swimwear. Catholic priest in Belgium. Jupp. 10 Eur in the clichés... Rarely do I feel as uncomfortable as there." (Google traduction) - http://www.drull.net/?p=1618 So, someone has visited this place ? Or maybe you know the story behind that ? Maybe someone who speak german can help me with that ? Thanks for reading.
  19. Villa Spar is a modern architecture abandoned villa. Contemporary design and minimalist elements found here. Mix of wood, glass, stone and marble in a rather empty spot with an amazing swimming pool and an imposing living room ! The pictures are taken from two different visits, in the same year. One of my favorite places ever !! For now, the place is destructed.
  20. A former tunnel for small boats, situated in the woods, along a canal, abandoned for many years. I've visited this secluded place six years ago. Some time later, the entrance has been closed. Even inside of the water a grid was installed. I don't know whether the tunnel is accessible again now or the tunnel portal on the other side is still open. I was there never again. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
  21. Diving back into the backlog again I remembered this gorgeous powerstation I visited on a euro trip with @Vulex, @TheVampiricSquid and @Redhunter It was the last stop on the trip, and for me, definitely made up for an otherwise disappointing day, but unfortunately we did have to rush to get back to dover in time Central Ohm was built in the early 20th century, to power the iron works, which was one of the largest in belgium. This is now the oldest remaining building of the site, and has been restored, to be used most recently as an events hall. And some photos As always, thanks for looking
  22. Our first location of the day and our first fully furnished farm/house. What a strange feeling. You know the house is abandoned but everything is still there as if they just left one day leaving everything behind. I couldn't find a lot about the background story of this farm. All I could find is that a brother and sister supposedly lived here and they either moved into a retirement home or they passed away. Thanks for watching! - Rody 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19.
  23. Wow what a beautiful mansion with a long complicated story. Unfortunately the weddingdress is gone once again, but that doesn't make this location less amazing. Thanks for watching! -Rody 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16.
  24. Always Look Up One of the last destinations on day one of my recent trip to Belgium, thank God. "Im too old for this shit!" (at only 28 hah!) Not eating properly and lack of sleep takes its tole, but euro trips are so worth it once you get home and remind your self of where you have been through the photos. And this place was one of the highlights. Its been stripped back of contents and only a few rooms are worth looking at. But the few that are are absolutely stunning. History Competing for the erection of the assembly house La Redoute, the first modern casino on the European continent (1763), the Spa Waux hall1 opened in 1770 despite the exclusive award given to the first by the prince-bishop . This controversy gave birth to the "case of Spa games" that will be born an agreement between the first two houses of assembly. These meeting rooms Spa will participate in the consecration as Café de l'Europe in 1781. It will be built in 1785 a third competitor home, Levoz lounge. The opening of Levoz lounge is an offense under the regulation of games. This "affair Spa games" will be one of the causes of the Liège Revolution 17892. During his second stay in Spa (1787), it seems that de Genlis particularly enjoyed the new meeting house, the Waux hall, away from the center of Spa, in a pastoral setting, more than home games that preceded it, Redoubt, on the initiative of the Magistrate in the heart of the city. The Spa Waux hall is the work of architect Jacques Barthelemy Renoz, the stucco Antoine-Pierre and Franck Henri Deprez painter. It is the rare architectural witness to one of the oldest theaters of Europe games. La Redoute has suffered several fires and the current Casino Spa, rebuilt in place, unfortunately includes most original pieces of 1763. In 1999, the Waux hall is on the protection list of the Walloon Heritage Institute. An external restoration work began on 15 March 2006 for a period of one year. 1 July 2005 has established the European Business Club in the Liège region, Waux club hall, which has scheduled its implantation in the Waux renovated lobby. Shot with a Nikon D3300 and a 11-16 2.8 lens
  25. After a successful first day exploring some of the delights of eastern Belgium we eventually found the car park which was close to our hotel for the night, got our stuff and headed for the hotel only to find we’d walked the wrong way for 10 mins. I also noticed we’d walked straight past the entrance to Pritzer Fac. As we had all our stuff with us and it was a really busy street we decided to head back the way we came and actually find the place we were staying at. Having zonked out for about 6 hours we awoke to one of the group’s somewhat bizarre alarm tune of Bonnie Tyler’s I Need a Hero. Thankfully no early morning rendition by the phone’s owner. We set off and once outside we immediately saw the entry point and decided to park up the road, out of sight, just in case anyone was going to do the rounds. After a bit of shimmying here and there we got ourselves in for what ended up being about five hours of exploring visiting and re-visiting the various parts of the site. We decided to try and do as much of this place as was possible and drop some other locations we’d planned for later in the day so this is just a small selection of the shots I managed to get. We didn’t see anyone else on site for the entire time we were there but towards the end we heard a gate opening and a car engine, and given we had skipped breakfast and were flagging a bit, we decided to call it quits and head for the delicacies of the nearest Maccy D’s. As we drove past the proper entrance to the site we saw what we think was the caretaker’s car, which must have been the gate and car sounds we’d heard a little earlier. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. This had been the room I was really after having seen pictures of this place from previous reports: 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19.
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