I've visit this sort of farmhouse at the end of last year. During a little vacation in Luxembourg I had the change to take a look at this place.
I'm suprised that there is no other topic about this one on os.
On the outside it looked a bit scary, hidden by trees and bushes. On the inside there are some nice spots to see. I especially loved the bedroom upstairs.
In the barn are a few cars, but on my way out I've found another car, a classic one, hidden in a kind of cave lol.
Here's a selection of some pictures I've made, more you can find on my flickr.
Arriving in the centre of Belval in Luxembourg, one can not help but look up at the huge blast furnaces which dominate the skyline. Ultra-modern high-rises and new-builds butted up against these giants are dwarfed. Looking at the building site at the base, we glance at each other.... "We NEED to go up there!" we agree.
The Blast Furnaces - Image stolen from Google.
We park up the car, check in at the Ibis, then head to some Buffalo place for a good helping of meat and a few beers while it got dark. Following a brief squabble about the size of the tip we head back outside and behold the monstrous marvels illuminated in the night sky and head straight for them!
The steel works has long closed, but the Belval Blast Furnaces have not only been retained, but have been fully restored, coated with pretty paint and made into a visitor attraction. The new buildings at the base, presumably a visitor centre, were nearing completion and the towers will soon be open to the public.
Mid-restoration as seen on Google Streetview:
Being explorers, we weren't prepared to wait for the towers to open, or to pay for a guided tour during the day! We venture into the building site to check out the bottom of the furnace towers and discover the only way up is through the new buildings. Luckily we soon find our way to the roof where the 80 metre twisting and winding staircase begins. Being careful to stay out of the lights that illuminate the structure we make our way to the top.
This unplanned adventure with with Proj3ct M4yh3m turned out to be a highlight of the trip. I'd opted to take my 24-105mm lens, whereas Mr Mayhem went for the 16-35mm wide angle. I kind of regretted not taking my wide angle, but should make for an interesting variation in shots. The lights in the old industrial structure provided some fantastic opportunities for shots and the view over the other blast furnace was amazing.
Maison Kirsch, Luxembourg
Visited with: PG UE and Scott Chadwick.
Visit date: November 2014
Please Note: Entry is always through an open access point and not by forcing our way inÃ¢â‚¬Â¦.. We are explorers, not vandals.
No history available at this time, however, if I manage to find any I will update this report.
This is the first and only location I have been to in Luxembourg at the time of writing this report and was very excited to visit here. We arrived a little earlier than expected here due to the fact that a location we planned to visit first had been demolished.
We had been told that Kirsch is dark inside and difficult to shoot in certain areas due to the lack of light, this turned out to totally correct, however, as you do we made the best of what light we had or did not have I should say!
The Maison is not small but only around half of the site is for living in, the other half looked like it was for cattle or horses from what I could see through the windows anyway. Unfortunately though these areas were not accessible, luckily the main house was open.
After having a quick walk around we split up and started to photograph Kirsch as much as we could before we had to set off back into France for our final location before flying home later in the day.
Lets get on with the photosÃ¢â‚¬Â¦..
I started on the top floor with the bedrooms and this is where I spent most of my time. There is 3 bedrooms on this floor and as PG UE had called shotgun on the main bedroom I headed into one of the others.
Here is a shot of bedroom number 1, not much in here apart from a bed, some old weighing scales for food etc and some scales for us mere mortals.
Then I headed into bedroom number 2. This room consisted of 2 beds but one was covered in lots of junk such as old clothes and very damp magazines. I did however spot a nice little bottle of Mosquito repellent on the window sill.
A few minutes after I had finished in bedroom number 2 PG finished in the main room and I headed in to take my shots. In this room there is lots to look at such as the main bed, cupboard, side tables, dressing table and lots of little knick-knacks that had been left behind.
Anyway, I will let you see the images as they tell the story far better than I can.
So the main bedroom done I headed for the loft space that we found earlier, again this area was full of items. My favourite things from the loft though had to be the toy Aeroplane and the bike! Why on earth a bike is in the loft I have no ideaÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
So the bedrooms and loft photographed now it was time to head down to the ground floor which consisted of a dining room, kitchen, office, main hallway, stairs and storage rooms. I will not be posting images from all of the rooms of this report but over time I will add them to my flickr page, the link can be found at the end of this report.
Here is a shot of my favourite place within the maison, the main hallway. Why I hear sayÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ No idea really I just loved the dark wood panelling leading you to the door with the light streaming in above. However to get there I had to pass all of the dead mice and rat remains on the floor! You are right I am weird to say this was my favourite area but it just felt calming for some reason.
Here is a shot of the stairs leading up to the top floor.
The last area I went into was a great area as well, the store room which was full of jars with pickled food in them and other items such as wine on the opposite side of the room. When I entered this room I got a really weird feeling something just did not feel normal, this has never happened to me before on any explore. Now just let me say I am not a ghost hunter or a believer in ghosts as I have never seen, heard or witnessed anything to say that spirits exists. Anyway as I said I got a really weird feeling upon entering the room, I shouted if PG or Scott was around but no answer, I then shouted a little louder and got a reply from PG UE that he was in the next room. So, with my mind at rest I got back to taking my photos.
A few weeks later I spoke to PG about this whilst we was on a UK explore and he said I bet it was the store room and then followed on by saying that he had the same type of feeling when he was in there as well, Anyway I digress.
More images available on flickr
The images above are just a small selection of the images I have edited. I will be adding lots more photos of Maison Kirsch on my Flickr page which can be found here https://www.flickr.com/photos/119757413@N07/
For my first Luxembourg location I have to say I was very pleased with what Kirsch had to show me, Also, this was my first explore of an old house. As much as I enjoyed my time here I do have to say that it felt a little strange walking around rooms with personal items just sat slowly being covered in dust.
People were born here, people grew up here, people had laughed and cried here, good and bad times enjoyed and worked through here, people may have even died hereÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ Now there is nothing, no laughter, no noise, nothing, just items of people long goneÃ¢â‚¬Â¦Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ So sad.
To read more location reports of the places we visited on the tour please click here, http://www.alanduggan-photography.co.uk/tag/tournov2014/
Thanks for reading,
Nestled in a small town in Luxembourg sits a very strange hotel, it certainly is up there with the weirder locations I have explored.
According to the sign outside it was indeed a hotel and certainly looks that way, but the whole place has a Mary Celeste feel about it, like everyone just vanished. There is a lot of 'older people' medication in various rooms, plus clothes and loads of personal belongings, it reminded me more of the Malvernbury Care Home than a hotel. And the paperwork, oh my god I have never seen so much paperwork in one location before. Books, magazines, documents, newspapers, leaflets, scattered everywhere, way more than there is apparent room for.
More here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157646006326332/