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  1. 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:
  2. A modern diesel power plant! Great place to explore. No masks needed for entry Thanks!
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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!
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. Hey guys and girls, We got ourselfs a drone and this is the first footage we shot. Doel is a small village in north-east Belgium, next to Antwerp. Since the anouncement of expanding the port of Antwerp, wich eventually would make the village disapear, many of the inhabitants left the village. On December 31, 2007 there were still 359 people in Doel, on December 31, 2010 only 188 and in 2013 barely 28, and by now it is completly abandoned. hope you guys like it, and thanks for watching!
  18. This was another stop on one a 3 day euro trip with a couple of good friends, and i'd been wanting to see this one for a while. I think we missed the boat on this one, as there was a sign up outside with plans for redevelopment, and not much to see inside - although a couple of shots still to be had. I'd heard tales of an angry neighbour here, and with one of party deciding to stay in the car we went off to shoot. Luckily I was almost finished and we heard 2 beeps on the horn.. we looked at eachother and both acknowledging what they meant we packed out gear up and made a rather quick exit, just as a rather large 4x4 was coming down the road behind us - nice escape Kept this one short and sweet, but as always - thanks for looking!
  19. The first location on day 2, the beautiful and forgotten university of Pritzer Fac. Unfortunately the stunning admin block was sealed no matter how hard we looked. I would come back here in a heart beat, but a little later in the day for the light.
  20. Today I'll show you a nice industrial explore. We found this place by accident when actually looking for something else, we arrived at the gate didn't see movement or people, so enough reason to explore it :) We quickly parked and went in , only to discover security was parked on the terrain about 10 meters from us, so back off the terrain :) The journey continued to find another entrance, lucky for us we found it rather fast and we explored it all afternoon. Abandoned factory GL by Vancolen Kevin, on Flickr Abandoned factory GL by Vancolen Kevin, on Flickr Abandoned factory GL by Vancolen Kevin, on Flickr Abandoned factory GL by Vancolen Kevin, on Flickr Abandoned factory GL by Vancolen Kevin, on Flickr Abandoned factory GL by Vancolen Kevin, on Flickr Abandoned factory GL by Vancolen Kevin, on Flickr Abandoned factory GL by Vancolen Kevin, on Flickr Abandoned factory GL by Vancolen Kevin, on Flickr Abandoned factory GL by Vancolen Kevin, on Flickr Abandoned factory GL by Vancolen Kevin, on Flickr Abandoned factory GL by Vancolen Kevin, on Flickr Abandoned factory GL by Vancolen Kevin, on Flickr Abandoned factory GL by Vancolen Kevin, on Flickr Abandoned factory GL by Vancolen Kevin, on Flickr Abandoned factory GL by Vancolen Kevin, on Flickr Abandoned factory GL by Vancolen Kevin, on Flickr Abandoned factory GL by Vancolen Kevin, on Flickr
  21. a beautiful location, the architecture is really amazing
  22. Again an accidental find, we were on our way to another location and spotted this. I first visited the location I came for , then on the way home stopped to see if that place was actually a derp ANd it was , it was rather empty but you know, i found myself , i had to make some shots ... Once upstairs i found my self in decayed bathroom with some nice green in it ... Unfortunately , my pics from the bathroom aren't so good, but still i hope you enjoy this little location Farm 1873 by Vancolen Kevin, on Flickr Farm 1873 by Vancolen Kevin, on Flickr Farm 1873 by Vancolen Kevin, on Flickr Farm 1873 by Vancolen Kevin, on Flickr Farm 1873 by Vancolen Kevin, on Flickr Farm 1873 by Vancolen Kevin, on Flickr Farm 1873 by Vancolen Kevin, on Flickr
  23. Found this place also by accident, I was cruising home and spotted this, entrance was easy . But inside was less fun, the place was filled with cobwebs my head my clothing everything had cobwebs on it :( So I used my tripod as a clearance stick :) I call it Spider Cottage ... :p Spider Cottage by Vancolen Kevin, on Flickr Spider Cottage by Vancolen Kevin, on Flickr Spider Cottage by Vancolen Kevin, on Flickr Spider Cottage by Vancolen Kevin, on Flickr Spider Cottage by Vancolen Kevin, on Flickr Spider Cottage by Vancolen Kevin, on Flickr Spider Cottage by Vancolen Kevin, on Flickr Spider Cottage by Vancolen Kevin, on Flickr Spider Cottage by Vancolen Kevin, on Flickr Spider Cottage by Vancolen Kevin, on Flickr
  24. The old factory building (built 1906 – 1908) has a rich history. The original chocolate factory functioned as a temporary base for the American, German and Belgian army during the two World Wars. After World War II the factory was assigned a new goal, from then on it was used for the production of tin. Nowadays it's being restored in appartments. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8
  25. Usually i'm not a "little-cute-house-kind-of-girl" but for some reason I keep visiting them! hahah! ;-) This one is a really small farmhouse. Hope you will like it! 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
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