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  1. Town Mansion History The Town Mansion was originally built in 1912 by a wealthy petroleum importer. During the early 20th century, the area in which the mansion was built, had become a hub for many rich German families in the early 1900's. By 1918, once the First World War had come to an end and the town was heavily damaged by the intense bombing raids at the start of the war and then German occupation of Belgium in 1914. Only two houses in that street survived, the Town Mansion being one of those. It was then later occupied by a Belgium shipbuilder until the late 1960's, when it was used as an office space. The mansion was abandoned in 1991 and hasn't been formally resided in since. Visit Visited with @PROJ3CTM4YH3M and a non forum member. As I recall it was a particularly hot spring day and we all excited to see this location, partly to escape from the intense heat. Once we got inside we spent a short amount of time wandering around before we eagerly started taking our pictures. I can confidentially say that this is one of the grandest mansions in Belgium I have visited. I did wonder what the lives of the families that once inhabited it were like and the memories they must have had. It was a very enjoyable explore for me and as always, I hope you enjoy my photos! If you got this far, thanks for reading
  2. First report here, the well-known Chateau wolfenstein. Lost somewhere in the Belgian Ardennes, the castle was built 1931 by a rich Baron. It has many use throught the years, hospital, command centre during the war, care home for soldiers and, apparently some kind of jail for war and politic prisonners. Now, it 's still a part a the hospital complex but it is unused, except for a room where the hospital stocks some servers.
  3. This was pretty much the last explore from day 1 of our trip,yes its very done to death but i havnt seen it so it was new to me and something i wanted to do..Think the cemetery is closed now as there is signs pof work being carried out with portacabins and security etc Explored with crazy fool,SpaceInvader and Sx-riffraff Not a huge amount of pics as they all get a bit samey tbh..Loads i could have done with the 50mm but im not a fan of too many close ups of peoples names on the stones,so here's a mixed batch ! Now theres a few shots i have with this guy,He's called eric which is the name sx-riffraff gave him..thing is my wife does a lot of crochet and wanted me to take something she had made and photograph it in various locations so she can post the pics on the sites/pages the crochet gang use..so if its not "proper exploring"Tough one last one of eric..
  4. The old primary school has apparently been abandoned for quite some time. Crumbling plaster is leading the way. Decay as far as the eye can see. Now and then friendly yet strong reminders written somewhere: "Instortingsgevaar" (danger of collapse). Certain areas of the school building are definitely in a pretty bad condition which is obvious even without knowledge in statics. Remnants of the former school life are scattered throughout the whole building. Toys, photos of former students as well as old books. All these things just intensify the frozen in time atmosphere. A beautiful little place left to rot right in the middle of active school grounds. That´s the reason we chose the summer holidays for our visit. Despite of that the grounds were really busy that day. Apparently, preparations for the upcoming school year took place. Sneaking into the building was quite easy, whereas sneaking outside unseen became an almost undoable task. While taking photos inside the grounds had become more and more busy. The only chance was trying to head towards the exit as fast as possible. And so the inevitable happened. Only few steps after leaving our building we heard a loud "Hey" behind us. Two workers appeared but couldn´t hide their smiles. Still feeling relief a woman, probably the headmaster, came out of the active school building opposite of ours and shouted angrily at us threatening us to call the police. Disappearing as fast as possible was the only option now. Barbed wire or not. After a detour to our car and an adrenaline level slowly going back to normal we finally escaped safely. A brief look back to our arrival: while searching for a parking space we were watched by an elderly man standing behind his window with his curtains in his hand. He observed us so obviously so that we decided to look for another place to park our car. Yet not before waving at the conspiciously behaving man who responded by waving back at us right away. So better never tend to underestimate the local "security". 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
  5. Bowling World – Belgium Closed in late 2015. It closed due to a decline in custom and proposed development on the site of this bowling alley and dance hall next door.
  6. The well known Lycée V. has been a grammar school for girls only. It#s been closed in the 1990's and abandoned since. #1 DSC01600-Bearbeitet-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #2 DSC01601-Bearbeitet-Bearbeitet-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #3 DSC01605-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #4 DSC01639-Bearbeitet-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #5 DSC01607-Bearbeitet-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #6 DSC01647-Bearbeitet-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #7 DSC01632-Bearbeitet-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #8 DSC01623-Bearbeitet-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #9 DSC01621-Bearbeitet-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #10 DSC01615-Bearbeitet-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #11 DSC01612-Bearbeitet-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr
  7. Some well known steel industry stuff. I found no one to go with me last sunday but i was very eager to check this place, so I went alone for a bit of scouting. My carefully crafted path on google maps turned out as usual a bit shitty (dang they removed that bridge...) but i found an easy entrance and walked in quite a few big empty buildings i assumed were full >< Going out i saw a guy with a fluo yellow jacket smoking near his car... Waited a bit and tried to go 30m in front of him as i had to go back... No reaction, i didnt look, oh well... Let's go to the coke plant... A car with an open door as i'm approaching, dogs start barking :s Big detour. The coke plant is double fenced and theres barb wire grr. I started with the old part but being a bit (very) tired and out of water now i decided to call it a day and crawl back 300km to my car... Not a very good idea to go alone the first time in those kind of places i guess... p.s.: I just saw the head of the guy with the dogs, no idea if it was security, the car was something like a dark grey/black maybe citroen c5, not quite "security" looking...
  8. A large hospital,build in the 60's and will be demolished soon. It was one of the hospitals where they also removed the lamps and tables in the OK room. But still a nice location for a Saturday with a nice staircase. More can be found on my flickr page. http:// https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/albums
  9. An old train repair facility. Linked with one of the big steel works in Belgium. Now all closed. Things date back to around 2012. I think it closed around this time. the place isn't a bad mooch. a few people living inside taking copper.
  10. For those who is planning to go to Antwerp metro! Beware that it's Belgium, and the actual presence of trams in the tunnels might not be consistent with their schedule! Being already inside one of the tunnels of the active line, we suddenly heard noise behind. I checked the schedule in advance, the next tram was supposed to be only in 8 min, but it was behind us now! There is nothing in the tunnel where one could hide in, so we had to run to the next station. We managed to hide there right before the tram arrived (thanks to the guy I was with, because he found a good place while I didn't know what to do ). I don't know if the driver saw us or not, but no one came to search for us.
  11. A repair facility of a big steel factory here in Belgium. Abandoned for many years but still surrounded by razor wire . Here they repaired the trains and also other equipment used in in steel factory (radio's, chargers,....). It' took some walking to see all of the building (and still missed some parts.It was a solo explore so I was cautious about every sound I heard. Found a former living quarter of some copper thieves with sleeping corner and a crude home-made heater/stove. This was my kind of Sunday morning activity. Tnx for watching. Hopefully not to many pictures.
  12. Red Morgue Hospital History I couldn't find huge amount history on this location but from what I've gathered the hospital was built at some point in the early 20th century. It was funded by investors and at a time when nursing care was predominately carried out by the clergy. They wanted the hospital to become more secular in order to distance themselves from the church. The hospital was mainly used for surgery and featured several operating theatres but later on a maternity ward and outpatient clinic was introduced. About 90 years later the orginal hospital building was combined with a larger nearby hospital. The Red Morgue hospital was eventually closed around 2013. By this time it was only used to see outpatients, as most of it's services were provided by the new hospital which was more modern and sophisticated. Visit Visited with @darbians on a weekend trip to Belgium. I was really keen to see this one after finding out about it and seeing a few photographs. It was great to see an old hospital in fairly good condition with some items still left, combined with a nice bit of decay. As always, hope you enjoy my photos ? (Spot the rookie error ?) If you've got this far, thanks for reading!
  13. 2nd to last explore this one,happened to be along our route back toward ferry port so as Urban Junky had mentioned he popped in here when we met up at the hotel it seemed rude not to go have a look.. Seems it was some form of coal washing site from what ive been told.. There is a inscription in the wall outside and it reads.. This sorting laundry was built with the help of Credit marshall testimony of the generosity of the united states of America.. Well thats how google translates it.The site is massive big holes everywhere and brutal concrete design we spent hours wandering about shooting this place. explored with Sx-riffraff SpaceInvader Big ugly and full of angles to shoot ,so in all i loved it
  14. This was day one of our tour de la derp.. Fascinating place and many rooms full of allsorts including the basement level with the bits everyone wants to see.. Visited with sx-riffraff ,Crazy fool and spaceinvader who was having 40 winks back atthe car The horror labs is situated in a now mainly converted area so making access not as straightforward as youd like ,but access was gained none the less The light in here as many of you know or have gathered isnt great due to the small window at end of the room so its a bitch to get right Thanks for looking and no doubt i'll have a few more up during the day
  15. These are the shots that even i cant stretch to a report on each of them.. So i thought id lump them into a combined report. Uni l L'ecole Labryinth IM cooling tower One more report at some point then im done..thanks for putting up with the huge amount of reportage!
  16. Think ive got the name right,well the name people give it over there! Visited with SpaceInvader and Sx-riffraff.... Not my usual haunt but had some nice odds and sods left behind if a little hard to photograph what with the lack of room so heres a small selection of the pics i took! thanks for looking
  17. And old 18 century house with had a bank function.The building is stripped of all furniture an will probably be renovated in some future. Needed to be a little bit inventive to gain access to this one. But later I was all alone, with the only sound coming from the people in front of the building. 1 IMG_1541 by Bart Hamradio, on Flickr 2 IMG_1534-bewerkt by Bart Hamradio, on Flickr 3 IMG_1519-bewerkt by Bart Hamradio, on Flickr 4 IMG_1488 by Bart Hamradio, on Flickr 5 IMG_1453 by Bart Hamradio, on Flickr 6 IMG_1441-bewerkt by Bart Hamradio, on Flickr 7 IMG_1450-bewerkt by Bart Hamradio, on Flickr
  18. One of the more fun powerplant explores i ever did. This location was pretty active and there was still a lot of electronics and lights turned on. I've been here twice, and still didn't have the chance to see the whole location. The highlights of these place (for me) are the modern controlroom with all the screens, photographing the lights outside on the roof, climbing the 143m/469feet chimneys (twice) and watching the security car doing its rounds on the terrain from the chimney. Combine this with great weather and great friends, and this makes it one of my favorite locations. Oh, and i also shot some photos: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
  19. Hi everyone! I'm looking for people to visit locations together, somewhere in Belgium, NL, Luxembourg, France, or nearby) I'm rather experienced with urbex, but I don't really like doing it alone and it's hard to find people who also understand what they're doing at locations. I'm mostly interested in metro/underground stuff and roofs. Soon I'm planning to search for some roofs in Brussels and Amsterdam, and check out local metro. If you'd like to join me - let me know!
  20. Hey everyone! It's been a while since our small Belgium/Luxembuorg/France-Roadtrip in September, but now I finally had the time to recall this one and edit some of the images. As I'm totally new to photography, I would be very delighted to hear your opinion on the photos and processing! (: 1st day:Usine Barbele The entrance was quite easy. The place where the hole in the fence should be seemed to have been closed a few times already; but everytime a new hole was opened just a few steps further. Arriving at the heart of the plant, we quickly made our way up to the rows of coking furnaces. It was a rather dark day, clouds hanging heavily in the sky, and we stopped many times when some loose parts made loud crashing noises, moved by the wind. We did not feel comfortable here, it seemed like we were not welcome. After taking some portraits at the big fans, my girlfriend told me she was hearing engine sounds, and we decided to rush into a small cabin at the side of the road and hide. And really, she was right: A black Dacia made its way slowly around the plant, passing the shed where we were hiding. We heard it stopping somewhere, opening and closing it's doors again, and we were in complete agreement we should leave this place as fast as posible. Hiding behind everything we found, we fled along the side of the way, stopping and quietly peeking back every now and then. 2nd day: HFB We decided to be quick with this one when thinking back to the day before. We made our way to the blast furnace, took some photos and left again. We'll have a look at the rest of the site on our tour in march. ET Phone Home I found this one online just the day before, and after a short research, I had the coordinates. After having a stop at a small park to have a look at a sculpture we wanted to see, we quickly headed over the fields toward this one. We arrived at sunset, and after strolling through high grass and climbing the small fence, we stood in the middle of those antennas. I really liked the view, but I'm not at all pleased with the pictures I made. Maybe we'll repeat that one someday. 3rd day: Diesel Power Plant Not much to say. The door that was said to be open was closed again, so we moved on to the sea and did not any exploration that day. 4th day: Salle des Compresseurs We made our way in from the west. According to the parts we found in this wasteland, it used to be some kind of power station. There are also some basement structures where you can still find some electrical gear. The compressor house was a nice little place - nice machines looking like ducks, rust, peeling paint, plants. Beautiful. 5th day: Power Plant X The access to this one was said to be "a bit dirty", but i really enjoyed it. We took some shots in the boiler room and moved on to the pumping room in the next building. Sadly we didn't get to see the big hall with the gas motors as renovation work was going on - the space was lit up like a soccer field and plastic sheets were covering windows and machines. Let's hope it gets well preserved for the posterity so they can enjoy that view too! Terres Rouges This one was easy. We heard stories of police driving around and were careful, but luckily nothing happened. The place isn't as impressive as HFB or Usine Barbele and in a quite bad shape, but there were some nice perspectives. It was raining cats and dogs, so we didn't have much time to shoot the nice reflections. That's it for now. There aren't so much images as we also did a bit of sightseeing and I sorted out a bunch that I didn't like or weren't able to process to the point where I could post them with a good feeling Hope you still like them! If you like to see some (but that's not THAT much) more images, you can hit up my flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/albums We'll do another tour in March (Be, Lux, Fr, Es, It, Ch) and hopefully we'll come back with more pictures. Maybe I'll also add some of my older images. And of course, thanks a lot to the people that helped me with the locations and confirmed my researched coordinates - it's really nice to know how to get in and somebody has been there recently. I won't publish the names here so that you don't get flooded with requests, I hope that's ok. You rock! best wishes from Germany, Nico
  21. Hi! Thank you for acceptation and your message on my Facebook Page! I've some times so i'll post some pictures of my exploration of "Slides of the Past" aka "Maison Alexa", located in Belgium. I don't post every pictures because i've done 51 photos... If you want to see the others, you can go on FB / Flickr and search "PixRoads"! Thanks! ^^ Let's go, have a nice visit and day #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 #12 #13 #14 #15 #16 #17
  22. I must be really unlucky or just draw attention from the law , we got well rinsed coming out of here two cars 4 coppers the owner gggrrrhhhhhh stripped the car searched us searched the grounds of the location even took the engine and chassis number of the car .....aahhh well all add to the experience, just another day of a euro urbexer.... any how enuf bollox on with the pics.... 1. say aaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh self dentistry is the future 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. ECVB revisit 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. Tanx for looking Oldskool...........
  23. Ok lets GO back a month, myself and Fishbrain wonder to ourselves if theres a cooling tower whats it cooling ?? Not knowing of the plant only the tower we start to look around the area of the tower eemmmm whats that over the river ?....YUP THAT WILL BE A POWER STATION ......so we try a night time recce .....now lets say the access was not the one i ended up using for this report ...the access we used was fucking outrageous to say the least but we were in . After looking around in total darkness we made our way back to the van were Tweek and llogical were trying to sleep ....wake up boys we found a power station !!!(so we thought) .We made plans to come back and shoot it in the morning so our next stop was noisy for a night shoot ... Ok stars .........anyway two hours sleep freezing our nutz of in the van ....time to back to I.M. DOWNER POWERPLANT FAIL OF ALL FAILS......... On arrival at I.M. & to our disappointment we saw a large barge in the river being filled by a jcb right in front of out entry point ....FUCK !! ALRIGHTY THEN .........back to last week a revisit with Illogical,Critical Mess & Host and with a different access still at night and still and serious head [email protected]@k but hey beats the last access . After tumbling around for what seemed an hour we found the control room Host and Critical Mess hit the sleeping bags for some sleep whilst myself and illogical cracked open some beers and had a urbex catch up (TAILS OF FAILS AND EXPLORES)....Now not having any light we didn't know what we were sleeping on or in really just a room i woke up in the morning with 10mm of dust over my face in my ears and in my mouth ....great, any way nuff bitchin bitches on with the photos ...;-) 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. Big THANKS to Illogical,Critical Mass & Host..........
  24. Hello, This was my 16th visit to Belgium for Exploring! Was a great little explore, only history I could find is below. It is a mix between DLSR and phone photos. This power plant was built in 1960 and operated on gas . In 2014, the plant was closed. 40 jobs were lost. It turns out that the electricity in the whole place is still working and the computers are still running!
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