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    • By Zen1991
      History- The building is from the 'railway era'. The hotel was a hub of the community, it had a fantastic ballroom and restaurant. Many people came by rail to stay at Sutton Bridge. 
      The hotel from around 2000 was used by an employment agency called StaffSmart to house workers they had lured over to the UK from South Africa to work in the local canning factory. People came from SA on the promise of hotel accommodation and didn't know until they got here that it meant inside the shell of the Bridge Hotel on damp mattresses lined up in each room, including the Ballroom. After StaffSmart vacated the hotel, it stood empty with broken windows until it was bought and restored to a high standard with plush furnishings and chandeliers. However, the hotel rooms were pricey and without the rail trade of people heading to the village, people would be passing through and tended to stay in cheaper accommodation in the area. The hotel wasn't open for long before closing down and ownership passed through several hands whilst falling further into disrepair. 
      In 2015, workmen were spotted on the site removing roof tiles and floorboards to salvage as many building materials before it was demolished but its still standing now, so I don't know what stopped the demolition. Since then the building has unfortunately been vandalised and several fires have been set destroying about 70% of it. 
       

      The Bridge Hotel in the 50's
       
      Explore- The hotel is close to me, so even though I knew the damage of the place it was still worth checking out. Access to the building was easy, a window round back was broken and a board to climb up to it was balanced kind of safely. The cellar floor, ground floor and a few rooms on the first floor were safe enough to walk around but past that there is a lot of fire damage. 
       
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    • By Andy
      The sanatorium Ernst T. was built in 1915. Later it was in use as a military hospital and FDGB holiday home. In 1995 it was abandoned.   1.   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12   13   14   15   16   17  
    • By SpiderMonkey
      Peppermint Powerplant - 

      The plant was purpose built to aid a neighboring paper mill, which closed at the same time as the power plant.
      It contains a single Siemens set, which looks great in peppermint green. This was a fairly quick walk around because the place is so small, I didn't even take many photos, although it's a really nice little power station. 

      Visited with @AndyK! and @Kriegaffe9


       

       

       

       

       

       
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    • By The_Raw
      In 1910 a garrison of the Imperial German Army was established at the Waldstadt section of the Wünsdorf community. By the First World War in 1914 it had become Europe’s largest military base. During World War I it was the site of several prisoner-of-war camps, including the "crescent camp" (Halbmondlager) for Muslim fighters of the Triple Entente, where the first wooden mosque in Germany was erected. From 1939 to 1945, Wünsdorf hosted the underground headquarters of the German Wehrmacht (OKW) and Army's High Command (OKH). After World War II the area became a Soviet military camp, the largest outside Russia, until 1990. Since then it has been returned to civilian use. 
       
      You can actually pay the security guards 15 Euros to take a wander around here but we chose to sneak in instead and try our luck. It just so happened it was our lucky day as there was a nude photo shoot taking place, so all the doors were wide open! Result! Anyway, on with the photos. 
       
      Wünsdorf HQ
       
      1. Haus der Offiziere (Officers’ House). Unfortunately we didn't see inside here as security was onto us before we had a chance (cue much hiding....)

       
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      10. This is where the naked girl appeared from randomly! 

       
      11. Plant room valves labelled in Russian 

       
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      15. Still kept in stunning condition

       
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      Hospital
       
      17. Some nice natural decay inside here

       
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      20. Russian newspapers were pasted onto the walls underneath the paintwork throughout 

       
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      23. The doors were padded both inside and out along this corridor. Perhaps a secure ward. 

       
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      Maybach & Zeppelin Bunkers
       
      25. Maybach I was built in 1937 and became operational in 1939 as the threat of war loomed.  The complex consisted of twelve three-storey buildings above ground designed to look from the air like local housing, and two floors of interlinked bunkers with two-foot thick walls below. Deeper in the subterranean levels of Maybach I, there were wells for drinking water and plumbing, air-filter systems for protection against gas attacks, and diesel engines to keep the system operational. Later in the Second World War, the site was further camouflaged by the use of netting. During 1945 the site was heavily bombed by both the British and Americans.

       
      26. The entrances were all partially destroyed by the Russians in 1946 to make the bunkers ineffective for military use so we had to scramble underneath this mess of twisted steel and collapsed rocks to gain access.

       
      27. Inside the walls were filthy from fire and smoke damage.

       
      28. The ring tunnel connecting all the Maybach bunkers was backfilled so we were only able to walk a few hundred metres in any direction before we reached a dead end.

       
      29. Russian scribbles cover the walls and ceiling throughout 

       
      30. Handy that someone has placed these beer crates as stepping stones over an oil spillage

       
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      32. Another small bunker a couple of hundred metres away.

       
      33. This small entrance leads to a much larger interior 

       
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      35. One of the entrances to the Zeppelin bunker, a highly modern underground communications centre which had walls up to 3.2 meters thick and a 1 metre shell around it. The Nazis’ entire second world war campaign was guided from the Zeppelin bunker, providing direct contact through telex to the fronts at Stalingrad, France, Holland and even Africa. Constructed in 1937 it was one of the largest newsgathering hubs in operation during the Second World War.  The Zeppelin bunker later formed part of the Soviet Cold war era installations in Wünsdorf under the name Ranet. Further bunker installations were subsequently added to house the central command and communications functions of the Soviet army in the GDR. The bunker grounds were demilitarised following the closing of the army base in 1994, when the last Russian troops left Germany

       
      36. Unfortunately the bunker was sealed beyond this blast door and we ran out of time. We will be back!   

       
      Thanks for looking 
       
       
    • By Andy
      The history of the building already begun in the 1850s. Originally, a wood factory was built on the property, which was destroyed by a fire in the second half of the 19th century. Then there was a brewery with a restaurant, later a holiday home / recreation home of the “Trade Union Confederation”.
       
      The hotel, located near to a swimming pool in the forest, opened in the mid-1990s.
      Last guest reviews on the Internet report about unfriendly staff, bad food and unhygienic conditions. That might have been one of the reasons why the hotel was finally closed about 10 years ago.
       
       
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