Diplomat Hotel- Philippines

Diplomat Hotel- Philippines

08.06.11
Dixie Brewary

Dixie Brewary

10.06.11
Dixie Brewary

Dixie Brewary

10.06.11
Dixie Brewary (3/3)

Dixie Brewary (3/3)

10.06.11
Barenquell-Brauerei – Berlin, Germany
Like many things post Wall, the Bärenquell Brauerei never quite made it out of East Germany. The brewery was built in 1888, made some pretty popular beer and did well for years – that is, until it was reclaimed by communist Germany as property of the state and renamed VEB Bärenquell with ‘VEB’ standing for Volkseigener Betrieb, or ‘owned by the people’ . Although it kept up production until after the wall fell, the brewery was finally shut down in 1994.
Since Barenquell is still a well-selling beer all over the world, it’s not totally clear why this production site was shut down. Some urban explorers have hypothesized that since the brewery was under Communist ownership for so many years, it was so out of date by the time Berlin reunited, and wasn’t worth fixing up.
Unlike many breweries on this list, Barenquell-Brauerei isn’t under lock and key, lacking (reportedly) any “No Tresspassing” signs. Although this may be a good thing for risk-adverse explorers, this also means the area is a safe-haven for drug-users and vagrants, so be careful at night

Barenquell-Brauerei – Berlin, Germany

Like many things post Wall, the Bärenquell Brauerei never quite made it out of East Germany. The brewery was built in 1888, made some pretty popular beer and did well for years – that is, until it was reclaimed by communist Germany as property of the state and renamed VEB Bärenquell with ‘VEB’ standing for Volkseigener Betrieb, or ‘owned by the people’ . Although it kept up production until after the wall fell, the brewery was finally shut down in 1994.

Since Barenquell is still a well-selling beer all over the world, it’s not totally clear why this production site was shut down. Some urban explorers have hypothesized that since the brewery was under Communist ownership for so many years, it was so out of date by the time Berlin reunited, and wasn’t worth fixing up.


Unlike many breweries on this list, Barenquell-Brauerei isn’t under lock and key, lacking (reportedly) any “No Tresspassing” signs. Although this may be a good thing for risk-adverse explorers, this also means the area is a safe-haven for drug-users and vagrants, so be careful at night

12.06.11
Barenquell-Brauerei – Berlin, Germany

Barenquell-Brauerei – Berlin, Germany

12.06.11
Barenquell-Brauerei – Berlin, Germany

Barenquell-Brauerei – Berlin, Germany

12.06.11
Russian Village-JapanSee previous post for story behind RV.

Russian Village-Japan


See previous post for story behind RV.

13.06.11
Abandoned Bath House- Beelitz, Germany
This abandoned bath house can be found in Beelitz, a town in the Potsdam-Mittelmark district of Brandenburg, Germany.  The main room is somewhat disconcerting, looking rather like a temple with a single small bath in its centreBath houses were popular until around the first half of the twentieth century when bath tubs became standard fixtures in most houses.  As a result public bathing declined, continuing in its recreational form – swimming.  The bath house is part of Beelitz Sanatorium, used extensively by the German military throughout the twentieth century until its abandonment.  A young soldier named Adolf Hitler convalesced here after being wounded during the Battle of the Somme

Abandoned Bath House- Beelitz, Germany

This abandoned bath house can be found in Beelitz, a town in the Potsdam-Mittelmark district of Brandenburg, Germany.  The main room is somewhat disconcerting, looking rather like a temple with a single small bath in its centre

Bath houses were popular until around the first half of the twentieth century when bath tubs became standard fixtures in most houses.  As a result public bathing declined, continuing in its recreational form – swimming.  The bath house is part of Beelitz Sanatorium, used extensively by the German military throughout the twentieth century until its abandonment.  A young soldier named Adolf Hitler convalesced here after being wounded during the Battle of the Somme

14.06.11
Hellingly Asylum- East Sussex, EnglandThe Hellingly Asylum in East Sussex wasn’t just a home for mentally ill, it was like a little city. Located deep in the country, the asylum was designed by famed asylum architect George Thomas Hine to be so remote that the stresses of the outside world couldn’t harm the hospital’s delicate patients. Hellingly had its own railway station and tracks that brought coal – and later people – into the compound. It also had its own farmland, water tower, morgue, dentist office, hair salon, and clothing store to supply both the patients and staff with basic necessities. It also had a special wing for “mentally defective” children as well as “advanced treatment” wings where electroshock therapy was practiced.
Given its massive size and primitive treatment methods, Hellingly was shut down in 1994. Having stood abandoned for so long, the damage to Hellingly is incredibly severe. The victim of countless arson attacks, much of the hospital was torched and charred by the time it was set for demolition in 2010. Reportedly, there isn’t much left to Hemminly as of February 2011

Hellingly Asylum- East Sussex, England

The Hellingly Asylum in East Sussex wasn’t just a home for mentally ill, it was like a little city. Located deep in the country, the asylum was designed by famed asylum architect George Thomas Hine to be so remote that the stresses of the outside world couldn’t harm the hospital’s delicate patients. Hellingly had its own railway station and tracks that brought coal – and later people – into the compound. It also had its own farmland, water tower, morgue, dentist office, hair salon, and clothing store to supply both the patients and staff with basic necessities. It also had a special wing for “mentally defective” children as well as “advanced treatment” wings where electroshock therapy was practiced.

Given its massive size and primitive treatment methods, Hellingly was shut down in 1994. Having stood abandoned for so long, the damage to Hellingly is incredibly severe. The victim of countless arson attacks, much of the hospital was torched and charred by the time it was set for demolition in 2010. Reportedly, there isn’t much left to Hemminly as of February 2011

16.06.11