Ballsaal Sandkorn - An Abandoned Ballroom in Germany

People don't dance anymore in this abandoned Ballsaal Sandkorn. I couldn't find much information about this ballroom, which has a beautiful ceiling in renaissance style. I think that this room dates back from before the 1900s. At that time it went well with the economy and people used to go to parties a lot. Everywhere these kind of ballrooms could be found. Every village had a ballroom of size.

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Nowadays, these kind of ballrooms are abandoned. Nobody cares about them. During our visit, local residents saw us go inside, it did not interest them. After half an hour we were done making photographs. Nevertheless, these types of locations provide beautiful images.

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Visiting these types of rooms is not without risk. The rooms are usually located on the first floor. Because these ballrooms have not been used for decades, the decay has done its job.

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You can find holes in the floor everywhere in this ballroom. The ceiling has come down on several places so I will not be surprised if that part collapses soon.

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Ballsaal Lego - An Abandoned Ballroom in Germany

People don't dance anymore in this abandoned Ballsaal Lego. I couldn't find much information about this ballroom, which has a ceiling that is like the well known lego stones. I think that this room dates back to around 1900. At that time it went well with the economy and people used to go to parties a lot. Everywhere these kind of halls could be found. Every village had a ballroom of size.

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Nowadays, these kind of ballrooms are abandoned. Nobody cares about them. During our visit, local residents saw us go inside, it did not interest them. After half an hour we were done making photographs. Nevertheless, these types of locations provide beautiful images.

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Visiting these types of rooms is not without risk. The rooms are usually located on the first floor. Because these ballrooms have not been used for decades, the decay has done its job.

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You can find holes in the floor everywhere in this ballroom. The ceiling has come down on the right side so I will not be surprised if that part collapses soon.


Les Thermes Bleus

This is one of the most beautiful locations that I was allowed to visit this year. Les Thermes Bleus or the Blue Baths.

Since a few weeks I saw the first photos of this beautiful bathhouse appear on the internet. I fell in love immediately. This is a really special location!

Beautiful and colorfull old tiles everywhere, old faucets and beautiful colors were used to make visitors of this bath house to their liking.

It is a fairly new location that is not yet known to the general public. Usually this means that the location is still in its original state and little has been destroyed.

After a long search, I found the coordinates. The bathhouse is somewhere in France. On the first occasion we drove south with a couple of friends.

Arriving in the small village we parked our car in an inconspicuous place, far enough not to be noticed.

I had already heard stories about observant local residents. So we did not try to get to their attention.

After a while we came close to our destination. Unfortunately, a number of people were working on the land in front of the bath buildings.

We could not pass by unseen here. We had to find the bathhouse through another road.

An hour later, after a beautiful walk in the woods, we saw the roofs of what was once a busy bathhouse. Once closer we saw that there were still a few inhabited houses next to this location. Carefully we approached the buildings. After a while we found an open door and walked inside.

We were immediately impressed and grabbed our cameras. A few friends went upstairs, looking for the perfect picture. I stayed downstairs where I found this beautiful bathroom.

The bathhouse dates back to the middle of the 19th century and has not been used since the 80s of the last century. Since then, nothing has changed in the building.

Everything is still as if it has not been entered for 35 years. These kinds of locations are special and hopefully this gem will remain secret and intact for a long time!

After a few minutes, some friends came down the stairs. When they looked through a window they saw some elderly residents walking towards the bathhouse.

So we had to hide somewhere in order not to get caught. That would be a shame because we had just started our adventure.

When everyone in the bathroom was downstairs, we decided to hide for a while. We closed the door and waited anxiously.

Suddenly we heard a door. The local residents were in the building. We heard their voices whisper and their footsteps sounded louder.

We heard that the local residents opened all doors of all bathrooms one by one. Apparently they were looking for unwanted visitors. They were probably tipped by villagers who had seen a car with a yellow license plate.

The footsteps became louder and we heard that they stopped in front of our door. We were silent! Would our door be opened and would we be caught?

After a short but exciting moment they walked on. They probably thought the door was already closed and continued their search. Another half hour later we heard the front door close again. Fortunately we were not discovered.

Carefully we picked up our stuff again and continued with what we were doing, exploring this beautifully intact spa. After an hour we had seen everything and walked back to our car, as if nothing had happened.

 


Ready for Dinner

Ready for Dinner is a dining room in an abandoned budget hotel. The hotel is known for its moss that can be seen everywhere. We happened to pass this hotel when we visited a number of other urban locations that day. We knew there was not much else to see at this place but fortunately we stopped to make a short visit. Luckily there was a small window open that allowed us to enter. Once inside we were in the room which we were looking for. It looked exactly like I had seen on other sites before.

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After taking a few photos, we quickly walked through the building to check if we could find any other interesting rooms. Unfortunately, we had already seen the best.

The hotel was a very humid place. Water droplets felt down in different places because the roof is leaking everywhere. The carpet had rotten away and moss was everywhere.

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Is Ready for Dinner easy accessible?
Ready for Dinner is situated in a small village. The many neighbours are watching the place so you have to take care not being seen by them.

Is Ready for Dinner worth the visit?
Ready for Dinner is a nice place to visit. It's small and there is only one room worth to take pictures.

What is the location of Ready for Dinner?
As always I am not giving the exact address, coordinates or gps location due to vandalism terrorizing these places lately.

Is Ready for Dinner good secured?
Ready for Dinner is not being secured by guards or an alarm. The neighbors are watching the place and don't hasitate to call the police.


Alla Italia

Alla Italia is an old welness resort somewhere in the Belgian region of the Ardennes. The building dates from the second half of the 19th century and was designed by the architect L.Suys. The place where this bathhouse is located has a long history. The first sources date back to 1300. In this period the sources were mainly visited by newlyweds because the Remaclus source would positively influence fertility.

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This impressive two-storey building was built in French Neo-Renaissance style according to the plans of architect Léon Suys.

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The building itself consists of four wings around a courtyard. The sitting, pouring and mud baths are located on the ground floor. The bathhouse is best known for its imposing hall with a neo-baroque ceiling.

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Originally the hotel had 52 bath cabins with 54 baths, 2 large rooms with high pressure showers, 2 large rooms and hydrotherapy showers with regular immersion pool, 2 hydrotherapy rooms, 2 rooms with showers in a circle and for foot baths with running water and 2 dives. Subsequently, many changes were made to modernize the establishment.

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The bathhouse was inaugurated on 15 August 1868 under the direction of Bourgmestre Servais. The cost of the bathhouse amounted to 1 500 000 Belgian francs, a huge amount for that time. The baths were suitable for a maximum of 167,182 thermal treatments per year (in 1967).

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After 135 years of operation, these baths were closed in 2003. They have been replaced by a more modern bathhouse a bit further on a hill.

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The bathhouse has been on the provisional list of UNESCO World Heritage since 2014 among the major European water cities.

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The interior facades (courtyard) and both outside and the footrests and the lobby are listed on the list of immovable assets classified spa and are among the properties included in the list of exceptional heritage of Wallonia. The thermal baths can not be visited anymore.

 


Mission to Mars

Mission to Mars is an urbex location where you can find old greenhouses. These structures have a special spherical formfactor that I have not seen before. Due to it's distinctive appearance, the site is called Mission to Mars. Some urbexers also name this site as Ground Control or Mission Control. On my photos I have tried to get into the atmosphere of real space travelers. I took a long time editing these pictures to get the look of real space travellers and I am satisfied with the final result. The distinctive appearance of these greenhouses makes this a very cool urbex location.

Most spherical glass boxes are made in pairs of 2 or 3. You can go from one greenhouse to another without going outside. On the site there are about 3 to 4 of these contiguous buildings.

The gardeners' cottages are located behind an old monastery, which now serves as home for the elderly. These greenhouses were probably used by residents to grow vegetables and fruit. When I was there the boxes looked nice and tidy. No trace of destruction. The grass on the field in between was neatly mowed. In fact, it's a shame that these nice houses are no longer used and left abandoned.

What is the location of Mission to Mars?
Mission to Mars is somewhere in Germany, not far from the Belgian border. The location is on the edge of a big city. You can find these boxes somewhere in the backyard of an old monastery. The monastery now serves as a home for the elderly. Since this is a well preserved urban location I won't give any address, gps-coordinates or location details of this place.

Is Mission to Mars easily accessible?
For me, it was not very difficult to find this location. A bit of investigation on google gave me the right address. On arrival, I parked my car at an adjacent nursing home. Once I left, I walked through a small path behind the retirement home and saw the greenhouses appearing behind a wall. Some of the glass structures have a side-paneled hatch. Fortunately, a hatch was open. I climbed through the hatch once in one of the boxes. When I was taking photos, I saw that there was also a gate with a fence next to it. There was a big hole in the fence, which I could easily pass through afterwards. By the fence, I also saw people walking often, the feeling of being caught did not really have me. Beside the garden shelves there are also some waste containers, and occasionally I saw someone disposing garbage in a container. Fortunately nobody saw me.

 


Oriënt Express

The Orient Express is an abandoned train somewhere in Belgium. The train is of type 620 that was once the pride of the Belgian Railways.

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The train was introduced in 1939. It is one of two remaining trains that still exist. The Belgian government once had the idea to store this train in a railway museum, but these plans have never been implemented.

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The last time the train was in use was in 2009. Unfortunately, this train shows that the decay can strike very well in less than 10 years.

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Is The Oriënt Express easy accessible?
The whole area is secured by fences. Entering is quite difficult, but because the terrain is quite large, there is always a hole in the fence. The trainstation is very near so we didn't got noticed by people working at the station.

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Is The Oriënt Express worth the visit?​
It is a beautiful urbex location. Who does not dream of looking around in this train and sitting where the driver once sat.

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Is The Oriënt Express secured by alarms camera's or guards?​
At these types of locations it is always good to watch out. The site is well guarded by cameras. We were happy to train at an unguarded moment to take pictures.

 


Car Graveyard

Somewhere in the woods you will find this Car Graveyard. All cars are made in 1950 and left behind since the year 2000. They where taken from all over the world and left to nature.

There is a fire-damaged Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow. There’s a Fiat Topolino and a Fuldamobil that look like they’ve been been parked up here - doors and roof open - for almost twenty years.

You will find a Morris Minor split screen parked nose down against a big tree and a Goliath that even seems to have grown around one. Walking uphill over the drive there’s one surprise after another. There’s a rotten Porsche 356 with race numbers still on its doors and an equally sporting Jaguar XK120

The Cars on this Car Graveyard come from all over the world. There are number plates from Rio, Sweden, Austria, California, Australia…

Next to a pretty fair looking Volkswagen, complete with all its Karmann-badges, there’s a Buick Special.


Hotel du Golf

Hotel du Golf of het Golfhotel werd gebouwd bij een bekende Belgische badplaats. Het was ooit een vrij luxueus hotel maar werd in 2004 verlaten. Vandalen hebben er flink toegeslagen.

Het gewezen Golf hotel in Spa is op twee weken na mijn bezoek volledig vernield door een brand. Het gerecht vermoedt dat er kwaad opzet in het spel was en heeft daarom een branddeskundige aangesteld. Dat meldde de lokale politie. Het hotel werd aan het begin van de 20ste eeuw gebouwd, maar was de voorbije jaren in verval geraakt. Er was ook geen elektriciteit meer aanwezig en aangezien de brand in het hotel zelf ontstond, vermoedt het gerecht dat er kwaad opzet in het spel is.

“Een branddeskundige gaat ter plaatse onderzoek voeren”, zei de lokale politie. “Er rest niets meer over van het hotel, tenzij enkele muren.”

De burgemeester van de plaats bevestigt vandaag dat de eigenaar van het hotel een geschil heeft met de gemeente. “De gemeente heft een belasting op gebouwen die niet bewoond zijn. Dat is het geval met dit gewezen hotel en de eigenaar weigert te betalen”, aldus de burgemeester.

De brandweer heeft de brand gedurende de hele nacht bestreden en waren de ochtend erna nog altijd aan het nablussen.

Er is niet veel meer over van dit hotel maar gelukkig lagen er nog een aantal andere leuke locaties in de buurt.

Is Hotel du Golf gemakkelijk toegankelijk?
Hotel du Golf ligt langs een drukke weg. Er zijn veel oplettende buren dus het is goed uitkijken om niet op te vallen.

Is The Hotel du Golf de moeite waard?
Hotel du Golf is een vrij bekende urbex locatie in België. De locatie is helaas grotendeels door een brand verwoest. Er is helaas ook veel grafity aangebracht.

Wat is de locatie van Hotel du Golf?
The Hotel du Golf ligt ergens in België. Het is niet gebruikelijk om urbex locaties te delen dus in dit geval doe ik dat ook niet. Een beetje googlen is meestal al genoeg om dit mooie plekje te vinden.

Wordt Hotel du Golf goed beveiligd?
Hotel du Golf wordt niet beveiligd maar de politie houdt wel een oogje in het zeil.


Villa BMW

Villa BMW is a house on a big estate in the woods where you will find a big mansion and a smaller house with a BMW car in it. The villa seems to be left abandoned for many years because all the roofs came down. After all a beautiful place to visit.​

What's the location of Villa BMW or Villa Beemwee?
I cannot give the exact location, gps coordinates or address. The location of Villa BMW is somewhere in the the Ardennes in Belgium, not far from the dutch border. It's nearby a little city where much tourists come.

Is it easy to come in?
It's very easy, there was a hole in the gate. At first we didn't see the bigger mansion but when you look somewhat further you will see the bigger house.