Jump to content
Curious George

Belgium 72 hours in Belgium - July 2015 - Part 2

Recommended Posts

After a bunch of sweaty sausages in a hot car, we drove to Château Rochendaal.

It was built in 1881 and during WWII it was occupied by German forces and became part of an airfield complete with three runways.  After the war, it was used by the Belgian Air Force, which you could still see by the stickers in some of the barracks. It was abandoned in 1996.

 

 

24454483425_34a5ee45ec_b.jpg
1.


24454523755_a27f769647_b.jpg
2.


23826301644_243d980b02_b.jpg
3.


24086700189_2c5eaf08cd_b.jpg
4.


24086684739_84f83426b9_b.jpg
5.


24158893500_ccc8f94775_b.jpg
6.


24346199352_2f0542d1b4_b.jpg

7.

 

Strewn around the property were a few barracks and houses, which seemed to a be part of the Air Force Base. They were all in varying states of decay, but all of them had hundreds of flies buzzing. I later learned the police still use this place to train their dogs - glad we didn’t run into them.


24428254746_6351862855_b.jpg
8.


24158875210_065cf52ef9_b.jpg
9.


24372001961_3fed0bfba5_b.jpg
10.


24454455585_1d7d5af6be_b.jpg
11.


23827640583_dd2beb7de5_b.jpg
12.

 

After a long drive down the Belgian version of “Red Light District”, our next stop was HFB. Which was a giant metal production plant. Built around 1917 but finally shut down in 2011 when it was cheaper to import it. We ran into quite a few metal thieves, but it seemed like they didn’t even bother with us. Sadly I wasn’t able to make it into the control rooms, my boots were too slippery for the wet metal. So I decided to start walking towards our car, on my way out I noticed 5 silhouettes who were loading metal in a car, they all stopped working and started at me. Luckily nothing came of it.

 

23827633683_e68f388f0e_b.jpg
13.


23827617333_de7c093443_b.jpg
14.


24158815530_97ee252816_b.jpg
15.


23826194304_3abb966a25_b.jpg
16.


24158800130_f5db444663_b.jpg
17.


24454395405_37e940d92a_b.jpg
18.


24158785280_52de028c36_b.jpg
19.


I asked a shady looking couple for directions to the nearest shop and apparently I must have walked the wrong way, because the next thing I see is the shady looking couple in their car asking me to get in. It didn’t sound like the brightest idea, but I find myself in the backseat of the car speeding down the roads of Liege. We find an open shop and I grab refreshments for everybody for our trip to Alla Italia.

 

Alla Italia is an old health resort, which opened in 1868 and has been abandoned for over 15 years by now. Judging by the looks, it was quite a luxurious place and must have attracted quite a few wealthy people. However, I learned that the nice “paintings” in the roof, is actually just some wallpaper. But it didn’t take away from the experience, since the whole place is gorgeous.

 

24158742350_72647a9d2d_b.jpg
20.


23827552813_2f17cfed7d_b.jpg
21.


24086566039_26d0bcc096_b.jpg
22.


23826160764_4c2c0a0ed9_b.jpg
23.


24371897541_fda9c9df52_b.jpg
24.


23826168554_83be62da59_b.jpg
25.


24371892371_b5d50d958f_b.jpg
26.

 

After a speedy exit, because a passerby saw one of us in a bathtub we opted for some nice steaks right across the road.

 

After a nights sleep, we made a quick stop at the cooling tower. Which is pretty cool to photograph with a fisheye lens. I have already mentioned it in my previous post, so not gonna go into its history.

 

23826117064_f77c0e7394_b.jpg
27.


24086537309_f5a8c4d243_b.jpg
28.

 

Our last stop on the tour, was at Crypte L.

Which I sadly haven’t been able to dig up some history on. But it was well worth a visit.

 

24454320745_f840bf4bdb_b.jpg
29.


24158704740_6e68389c8f_b.jpg
30.


24158711190_9cd5d5fb7d_b.jpg
31.


24371842011_cf13e57c06_b.jpg

32.

 

Curious George over and out!

 

24346015862_43efe9d3e7_b.jpg

33.

  • Like 5

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Them crypts look awesome. And them paintings/wallpaper are gorgeous. Like to know what was happening in the bathtub lol. Thanks for post loved it. Belgium is a place i may be heading to after seeing some ov this cant wait.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Missed this one, some great pics. Always nice to look back at memories. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Similar Content

    • By teddybear
      A n abandoned hospital that did not meet the new norms. It took some effort to gain access to this one. I  did this one alone so my senses were working overtime. First thing I heard was the tik tak of some mechanical clocks so i named this one l'hopital tiktak. Electricity is still on, sensors of the automatic doors and lights still working. Went to a great part of this massive hospital but still not seen everything because I was expecting security tu turn op any moment so after less then 1h30 I went back home. Maybe I'll revisit this one soon for the other parts. Missed the morgue.
      Hope you enjoy this.
       
       
       
       
       
      1 going up
      IMG_3506-Edit by Bart Hamradio, on Flickr
      2 go into the light
      IMG_3503-Edit by Bart Hamradio, on Flickr
      3 where is the lab result?
      IMG_3509-Edit by Bart Hamradio, on Flickr
      4 working in the sunshine
      IMG_3510-Edit by Bart Hamradio, on Flickr
      5 lay down your head
      IMG_3500-Edit by Bart Hamradio, on Flickr
      6 at an angle
      IMG_3497-Edit by Bart Hamradio, on Flickr
      7 flashing re light
      IMG_3496-Edit by Bart Hamradio, on Flickr
      8 OK 1 start the timer
      IMG_3493-Edit by Bart Hamradio, on Flickr
      9 take a rest
      IMG_3488-Edit by Bart Hamradio, on Flickr
      10 backache
      IMG_3466-Edit by Bart Hamradio, on Flickr
      11 the underground
      IMG_3463-Edit by Bart Hamradio, on Flickr
      12 spare material room
      IMG_3461-Edit by Bart Hamradio, on Flickr
      13 ok2 also in the race
      IMG_3471-Edit by Bart Hamradio, on Flickr
       
    • By Industrieller
      A church that stands in a small village right on the main street.
      The condition of this church is still good.
       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

    • By teddybear
      One I did on my own. Was in that neighbourhood on a non urbex occasion. Was travelling light with only the camera and my tripod. Parked the car some distance away and walked over there.
      Once inside it was surprisingly quit busy there (I thing 8 persons) in a closed shop). One of the persons was carting a baby. It looked like a family day out to me. Went upstairs and waited to come down when the people were gone. Strange to see so much stuff still in the shelf's.
       
       
      1
      IMG_3003-Edit by Bart Hamradio, on Flickr
      2
      IMG_2977-Edit by Bart Hamradio, on Flickr
      3
      IMG_2958-Edit by Bart Hamradio, on Flickr
      4
      IMG_2990-HDR-Edit by Bart Hamradio, on Flickr
      4
      IMG_2998-Edit by Bart Hamradio, on Flickr
      6
      IMG_2981-Edit by Bart Hamradio, on Flickr
      7
      IMG_2961-Edit by Bart Hamradio, on Flickr
      8
      IMG_2960-Edit by Bart Hamradio, on Flickr
    • By Industrieller
      In a tram depot you find these unused and rotted trams.
      It was not possible to make more pics, because the security from the tram depot get us.


       

       

       

       

       

       

    • By seaside_rambler
      I saw a couple of pics of this epic little turbine hall online, so from google maps, previous euro visits and general research I had a good idea of where it could be, also having a bit of a thing for the Belgian industry at the moment I had to have it!
      So while over there recently we went and checked the 2 buildings I had narrowed it down to - number 2 being the jackpot Soon enough we found our way in and were greeted by an extra bit of steelworkings as well as said turboners.
      Thanks to Obs for the joint effort in tracking it down and sustaining a foot injury in the process, worth it though haha I loved this place  
       
      No major control room porn, and I do love a control room, but it had two larger panels and other smaller ones dotted about.


       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       
       

       

       
       
      And the dirty steelworks bit -
       
       

       

       
        
       

       
       

       

       
       
×