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  1. A year ago I was in Alps, and we found a pretty place lost in the mountains. It was near Innsbruck in a tiny town, I even don't remember it's name. This town consists of hotels of any kind, no homes but only hotels because it's the area for skiing and climbing. And the last hotel in the town is abandoned. It stays on a bank of very noisy and icy mountain brook in full silence and darkness. This beautiful hotel was abandoned in 1994, the reason is unknown. The building itself is quite strong, not very modern but still. In 1,5 km from here is a skiing base. It's an ideal place for a hotel, but Schneeweiss stays abandoned. There's something mistical in these photos because some people on them are probably dead now... A gloomy lonely place lost in beautiful mountains.
  2. Here are some shots from my Luxenburg trip in oct. 2014 its a verry tiny house with some nice details 1. The livingroom 2.just a calm place 3. Dining corner 4. livingroom 2
  3. Hi guys... Here is something absolutly disgusting... but it's a must see ! Some dead babies kept in formalin since more than hundred years ! One of the craziest places I've ever visited ! - 1 - - 2 - - 3 - - 4 - - 5 -
  4. Hi explorers, One of the most surprising locations I have been was Maison Kirsch in Luxembourg... It is already a quite old urbex location, but we gave it a try begin 2015 ... And it was actually a very nice fun location! Still a lot of details and not very much was trashed.... Hope you liked my little tour in Maison Kirsch and please leave some comments if you liked it.. also check my flickr if you like ... https://flickr.com/marco18678 Happy exploring and talk to you guys / girls later!! Marco
  5. I done my first before and after shot this weekend, only because I saw an old pic after I visited the angle is miles off but I know some people love this type of stuff.............................. so lets have em !!!! Really looking forward to a thread full of awesome stuff The Baron
  6. Triumph Mayflower from 1953. Built with love, used as taxi. 01 02 03
  7. Lost in nature; a fishing ship. 01 02 03
  8. Havent posted for what seems an eternity ! So this was a trip to Bulgaria that 7 of us went on in March. Wont go into the history as its out there Small copy and paste from wiki Buzludzha is a historical peak in the Central Balkan Mountains, Bulgaria and is 1441 metres high (4728 ft). In 1868 it was the place of the final battle between Bulgarian rebels led by Hadji Dimitar and Stefan Karadzha and the Ottoman Empire. The Buzludzha Monument on the peak was built by the Bulgarian communist regime to commemorate the events in 1891 when the socialists led by Dimitar Blagoev assembled secretly in the area to form an organised socialist movement with the founding of the Bulgarian Social Democratic Party, a fore-runner of the Bulgarian Communist Party. The Monument was opened in 1981.No longer maintained by the Bulgarian government, it has fallen into disuse. The monument was built at a cost of 14 186 000 leva. Buzludzha can be reached by two side roads from the Shipka Pass either a 16 km (10 mi) road from Kazanlak or a 12 km (7 mi) road coming north from Gabrovo. Now the monument is abandoned and vandalised. As the roof of the building is heavily damaged, the main entrance of the building has been closed for the public. (cough cough) So as said 7 of us went, 2 traveled from Glasgow (got knows why Nikon came up here to fly down to Stansted lol) met another 4 in Stansted then our final party member met us in Plovdiv after travelling from Belgium. So many laughs had on this trip, ranging from 1 party member going missing at night, after getting bladdered and trying 4x4`s in the pitch black, to absolute nonsense conversations after too much cheap booze. For me it was what a trip is all about, fun fun fun and seeing and shooting a pretty cool place. We spent 3 days/2 nights at the base of the monument, personally only went up twice, but I know others done it many times at all times of the day and night. Anyways, mixed bag, in the order they were shot Not happy up here !!! 200ft pitch black climb then 100ft on see-thru ladders, anyone who knows me knows I dont do heights !! Pretty chuffed I got to the top tbh, but bob hope I was going out on the ledge !! cheers The Baron
  9. An abandoned hotel in an abandoned Tunisian island. Sweet dreams are made of these Place has been lost few years ago because of the Dictator's Ben Ali's family gigantic parties that have been ruined the place, as they never paid for them ...
  10. Our first visit was late in the afternoon. We were keen to find out if it was worth going there early the next day. After we had booked our flights and car hire, we heard rumours that the weekend of our trip was also the weekend of a large Socialist gathering. If there were loads of Socialists, although the "documentary" style photography would be good, in reality it would be a total let down. We all put a brave face on it, but in reality it would be a waste of time going there and not being able to even attempt to get in - maybe not even get near. As we approach the access road, we noticed a lot - A LOT of coaches coming down the hill. Great. Eventually we found the other route, this time, no coaches, in fact no one at all. When we got to the top, it was bloody windy. Very cold too. After walking around the monument we spotted what looked like the way in, and decided to make the most of being there with some exterior shots. Around this time a lad arrived and asked if we were going in - errr... no, of course not... He then asked if we knew how to get in, we said we had a good idea and just carried on doing our own thing. "Well I am going in, [email protected]#k the police" he said and sprinted up the stairs. We all looked at one another and decided to follow. So, even though the light was fading fast, we were in. I won't lie, it was great being in the monument, although it was howling a gale, pretty cold and the light was rubbish, it was still awesome. No sign of any Socialist gathering, no security lurking about, just us - oh and the local youf. We decided to make tracks and return for sunrise. Although we waited around in the main area for the sun's rays to create shaft of light - there wasn't enough in the atmosphere to give that effect, so off we went to document this quite amazing place The main area is surrounded by mosaics and above the centre is a large Hammer and Sickle The detail in the craftsmanship is amazing There were all sort of rumours some French explorers falling to their death on the rickety ladder leading up the tower which is to the side of the "dome" Looked around for the supposed memorial, and found nothing. As it happens, the ladder up is a series of flights of stairs, totally sound. The stars in the side of the tower are, 12m high, I think. The wind through here was fierce, and I wasn't too keen on the idea of stepping out at the top. I figured that if it was as windy there as it was walking by the stars and the broken windows, I wouldn't bother going out. As it happened, it was totally calm. Just as well, as the shot I really wanted was this one Of course I could tell you that I got my tripod out, lined it up, double checked alignment, took a couple of shots and moved forward a little until I had the perfect shot... Errr.... OK, it wasn't quite like that. I did climb over the low railing on to the platform, lie down flat and edge forward so that my arm was able to dangle the camera (strap still around my neck) over the edge. Fired the shutter and checked the image. It wasn't quite right so out went the arm again and fired off another shot. Nailed it. Good. Edged back and having lost some weight (heights not so great without a harness), over the railing and double checked the image again. It would do. After 4 hours inside, it was time we headed off and on to other adventures, but we are all glad with the explore. It was a glorious day and, I for one, didn't really mind where else we went, Buzludzha had been epic Thank you for viewing - yep, more images over on Flickr
  11. Long, Long, Time ago. i meet her 01 02 03 04
  12. A strange place in Musafah where broken cars are rested. Some of them are not damaged, they are with numbers. Those without any numbers were delievered here after accidents. There's a rule in UAE that if a car has a 40-percent (or more) damage, they strike it off the register. Of cause you can buy it and renew but you can't drive on it. That's why there's a huge amount of cars here, they look really ready to drive, but they'll never do, they've found an endles rest here. It looks like Stephen King's Christine. That's the whole city. Not a city but a graveyard. Some of the cars are really preciuos. So that's all about the Emirates, thanks for looking!
  13. Research whilst still at home had confirmed the location of the MiG in the school playground. Personally I had searched via Google Maps the entire town. No sign of the MiG at all. One of the guys I was going with, whose skills in location detection are phenomenal had spotted the location. To be fair, even when I had the location, it was only obvious from StreetView, from the air, I still didn't spot the plane. The MiG was in the playground of a school. It took a while to find an entry point, but the interior of the school was really desolate. In one room, the ceiling had all but fallen down. As I made my way carefully around the ceiling which hung down and more or less formed a wall as well, I was wary of the floor. I was very careful not to touch the "ceiling" in case that caused the whole thing to fall down. I will be honest, the main reason for this was self preservation. I didn't fancy being trapped under the weight of the ceiling plaster. It was a glorious day and we went outside to have a look at the MiG. It does make me chuckle that the plane is in a school playground. It was, naturally enough, the shell of a plane, albeit in a field, shared with a horse. We relaxed for a while and decided on our plan of action. We decided that exploring was done now and we should head back towards the town near the airport and have some beers. Thanks for viewing
  14. A few older photos (summer 2010) of an abandoned hotel from the 20s in Sweden. Although the quality of the images is not the best, but I think the place is worth to be shown. part one 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
  15. History In 1963, a man in the Nevşehir Province of Turkey knocked down a wall of his home. Behind it, he discovered a mysterious room. The man continued digging and soon discovered an intricate tunnel system with additional cave-like rooms. What he had discovered was the ancient Derinkuyu underground city, part of the Cappadocia region in central Anatolia, Turkey. The elaborate subterranean network included discrete entrances, ventilation shafts, wells, and connecting passageways. It was one of dozens of underground cities carved from the rock in Cappadocia thousands of years ago. Hidden for centuries, Derinkuyu‘s underground city is the deepest. Archaeologists believe the underground cities of Cappadocia could number in the hundreds. To date, just six have been excavated. The underground city at Derinkuyu is neither the largest nor oldest, but it fascinates as it is the deepest of the underground cities and was only recently discovered in 1963. (The largest, Kaymakli, has been inhabited continuously since first constructed). While there is no consensus for who is responsible for building Derinkuyu, many groups have occupied the underground city over the centuries. Derinkuyu is the deepest of the discovered underground cities with eight floors – reaching depths of 280 feet (85m) – currently open to the public. Excavation is incomplete but archaeologists estimate Derinkuyu could contain up to 18 subterranean levels. Miles of tunnels are blackened from centuries of burning torches. They were strategically carved narrow to force would-be invaders to crawl single-file. Eventually the tunnels reach hundreds of caves large enough to shelter tens of thousands of people. The build-out of Derinkuyu accommodated for churches, food stores, livestock stalls, wine cellars, and schools. Temporary graveyards were constructed to hold the dead; an ironic twist, bodies were stored underground until it was safe to return them the surface. Over one hundred unique entrances to Derinkuyu are hidden behind bushes, walls, and courtyards of surface dwellings. Access points were blocked by large circular stone doors, up to 5 feet (1.5m) in diameter and weighing up to 1,100 lbs (500 kilos). The stone doors protected the underground city from surface threats, and were installed so each level could be sealed individually. The tunneling architects included thousands of ventilation shafts varying in size up to 100 feet deep (30m). An underground river filled wells while a rudimentary irrigation system transported drinking water. Pics Thanks for looking
  16. This was the second site of the day; it was a 20 min walk from the hospital with the second trusty printed out Google map in my hand. On the way over I saw a tea shop so I went in, I very quickly realised they didn’t speak any of the Queens so I pointed at a picture of what was a cold tea drink. On leaving with my tea in a bag (don’t know why it was in a bag) I realised I had come away with bloody cold milk with added bloody sugar! I didn't drink much of that, the gag reflex made sure of it! I found this site on flickr and thought it could be quite good, and I loved it. Again I don’t have any info on it but it's been mostly empty for some time, just a couple of units are still used including a food hall. In the basement it was full of old arcade machines covered in dust, and 2 units in the far corner still used. I walked past to see a guy on his own running some sort of karaoke bar, He just sat there the whole time belting out some tunes for me to explore by. It was very surreal and slightly sad. Here is the video from Instagram I made down there so you can hear the guy singing away, quality ain't great as it's off the mobile http://iconosquare.com/p/908188132137116808_1684232
  17. Not posted much this year, so thought I would make a summary of my visits. Undertook two trips to europe this year and made some great new friends in the process. Wishing you all and happy, prosperous and adventurous new year. t2020 St Francis Monastery, Portugal Spirit of the West Piscine Mai, France Maison Vanesstea, Belgium Cooling Tower IM, Belgium Petite Ouvrage Welschhof, France (Maginot Line) Piscine Solvay, Belgium Chateau Lumière, France Angus Dei, Belgium The Crypt, Belgium Maison Viron Grain Tower Battery Grain Fort POW 116 RAF Stenigot Picklemens Cottage Maison Grande George, Belgium Chateau Chapelle, Belgium Dr Pepitos, Belgium Uni Liege, Belgium Prison 15H (Womans), France Prison 15H (Mens), France Fan Bay Deep Shelter Dunblobbin (Blobby Land) Aldershot Garrison Reservoir
  18. 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 in….. We are explorers, not vandals. History No history available at this time, however, if I manage to find any I will update this report. My Visit 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 photos….. 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 idea… 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 say… 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/[email protected]/ Final Thoughts 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 here… Now there is nothing, no laughter, no noise, nothing, just items of people long gone…… 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, Dugie
  19. I have reviewed my personal Urbex-year 2014 - 87 abandoned places in eight countries. Because the number of photos would be too much for the forum, I made a compilation of the images in an external album: http://www.ruinenland.de/images/lp-2014/album/index.html
  20. I think almost everyone knows it now. The monument on the 1441 m high mountain was opened in 1981 to the 1300 anniversary of the founding of the state of Bulgaria by the Communist Party (Socialist Workers Party). It's the largest ideologically motivated building in the country. After a 2.5 hour flight to Bucharest / Romania end of December 2013, I needed for the nearly 300 km drive (partly in fog and on icy mountain roads) another six hours, until I had finally arrived ... 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
  21. Was fortunate enough to visit some VERY nice morgues this year... Rather than chuck em up separately I thought I'd bundle em up into one report... Visited W, X n Y with NK, Z was a solo job... 4 in all so theres a fair few pics!! First up... ...Morgue W... ... ...Morgue X... ... ...Morgue Y... ... ...Morgue Z... Thanks awfully for having a butchers!!
  22. 2014 Top Fifteen Well it’s a bit overdue but here is my top fifteen of 2014. I mainly explored with Mookie aka Ben this year, but also with many other friends and fellow explorers, including my very close friend TBM. I only explored two countries this year, it seems the norm to travel worldwide these days so who knows what 2015 will bring. I did 32 explores this year which isn’t TOO bad but I will hopefully top this! #1 – CH Brickworks, London, UK- Jan 2014, visited with Mookster and PCWOX. An amazing start to the year, really nice and intact here and no chav damage. -#1A -#1B #2- Aqua Splash Swimming Pool, Hemel Hempstead, UK – Feb 2014, Visited with Mr Dan and another explorer. Wanted to get this in the bag before it had gone really and it had to be done as demo was mid way! Had a stop and search here from some very friendly police officers. -#2A -#2B #3- Elvian School, Reading, UK – March 2014, Visited with Mookster which sparked a big Western and Northern Roadtrip over a weekend. -#3A -#3B #4- Tone Mills, Somerset, UK – March 2014, Visited with Mookster during the big Roadtrip. Amazing place with so much history intact and lots to photograph. -#4A -#4B #5- Hartford Mill, Oldham, UK- March 2014, Visited with Mookster on the same trip, a nice but stripped mill in a deprived Northern area and the first 999 call I’ve ever made on an explore after some local scum set fire to part of it while we were exploring -#5A -#5B #6- Cannon Brewery, Sheffield, UK – May 2014, Visited on a second Northern Roadtrip with Mookster, A very stripped and wrecked site that had lots of photogenic stuff in situ. -#6A] -#6B #7- Chesham College Campus, Chesham, UK – May 2014. Visited alone. Very fresh and another to get in the bag because it was local, I went to university in this area and visited this campus on occasion when it was open. -#7A -#7B #8- Luton ABC , Luton, UK – May 2014. Visited with Liam_CH, very stripped and vandalised but lots of photogenic stuff. -#8A -#8B #9- Upper Heyford BX Water Tower, Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire, UK – June 2014. Wanted to get up here for years to marvel the view of Upper Heyford one last time. Visited with TBM. -#9A -#9B #10- Redstar Graveyard, Budapest, Hungary, Eastern Europe, August 2014- I love Eastern Europe and got a taste for it last year when I visited Pripyat. During a succession of fails in Hungary with TBM we got into this depot full of old trains and locos. What a sight to see! -#10A -#10B #11- Various Rooftops, London, UK, November 2014- Visited with Mr Dan and Jess Norgrove on a freezing cold rainy night. Was worth getting to bed at 6:30am for. -#11A -#11B #12- Cambridge Military Hospital, Aldershot, UK, November 2014- Visited with Mr Dan. A wonderful mix of pure decay and developing decay. A good day out. -#12A -#12B #13- Malvernbury Care Home, Malvernbury, Worcestershire, December 2014 – Visited with Mookster on a mini roadtrip of the Cotswolds. Very decayed inside but a nice Christmas Explore nonetheless. -13A -#13B 2014 was a good year! Lets hope 2015 is too.
  23. A Hotel in Luxembourg... 1. ABC Hotel 01 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 2. ABC Hotel 02 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 3. ABC Hotel 03 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 4. ABC Hotel 04 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 5. ABC Hotel 05 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr
  24. Already built in the late 19th century. Also political prisoners were incarcerated here. Mid-20th century it was closed and used as a museum. Abandoned and in decay since the Romanian Revolution of 1989. Normally the prison is guarded and not easily unseen accessible, because the guardian lives directly on the site. But fortunately the guard was not at home and a hole in the wall gave access into the building... 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 (Not a fake, the rays are real.) 16 17 18 19 20 21 22