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CdK's Blast Furnace

CdK's Blast Furnace : brainstormed, calculated, dreamed of, and then... accomplished! A short story of a long ascent which took us to the 7th industrial heaven!

Factory
Factory

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ActiveGermany
Germany2009-08-082010-09-30Hospital X

Hospital X : one of the biggest State Hospital of the american East Coast, slowly abandoned due to the deinstitutionalization.

Hospital
Hospital

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AbandonedUSA
USA2007-03-252007-05-21Hudson River State Hospital

Hudson River State Hospital : a beautiful Kirkbride burnt down in June 2007.

Hospital
Hospital

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EndangeredUSA
USA2006-04-092007-06-17Le palais de Chaillot

Le palais de Chaillot : impressive location. the museum was being renovated during our infiltration. Unbeatable view on the eiffel Tower...

Rooftops
Rooftops

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ActiveFrance
France2006-05-132006-08-04New Jersey State Hospital for the Insane

New Jersey State Hospital for the Insane : exploration of the violent ward of the beautiful abandoned Greystone asylum...

Hospital
Hospital

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ActiveUSA
USA2007-03-232007-08-12Norwich Insane Asylum

Norwich Insane Asylum : exploration of this giant abandoned asylum. Atmospheric exploration...

Hospital
Hospital

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EndangeredUSA
USA2007-03-282008-01-08Saint sulpice secrets

Saint sulpice secrets : spiral staircase, towers, furtive passages... Come to explore the most secret parts of St Sulpice Church

Rooftops
Rooftops

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ActiveFrance
France2006-05-192006-05-19The Castle of Ilbarritz

The Castle of Ilbarritz : Forbidden Places opens the doors of the mysterious organ's castle.

Private building
Private building

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ReconvertedFrance
France2006-08-192008-02-24The Cinema Theater Varia

The Cinema Theater Varia : an art nouveau theater from 1910, abandoned since 1986... A piece of art from the architect Emile Claes. Historical urban exploration!

Public building
Public building

*****

ReconvertedBelgium
Belgium2005-08-012005-08-01The Clabecq Steelworks

The Clabecq Steelworks : our largest industrial site ever explored. Beautiful furnaces, pipes, rust and dust...

Factory
Factory

*****

DemolishedBelgium
Belgium2005-09-012009-04-27The Horror Labs or The Veterinary School of Anderlecht

The Horror Labs or The Veterinary School of Anderlecht : built in 1903, these listed buildings definitely deserved an exploration. Before the reconversion into lofts, we had the chance to infiltrate the place...

Public building
Public building

*****

ReconvertedBelgium
Belgium2005-11-112008-03-21The Palais Garnier

The Palais Garnier : V.I.P.trip into the heart of the Opéra de Paris.

Public building
Public building

*****

ActiveFrance
France2010-02-232013-12-09Westport power plant

Westport power plant : this industrial cathedral keeps its secrets behind sealed windows and high walls... Filming location of the movie 12 Monkeys.

Factory
Factory

*****

DemolishedUSA
USA2006-04-022006-04-021936 Berlin's Olympic Village

1936 Berlin's Olympic Village : like the 29 other Olympic villages, the 1936 edition has only had a short moment of glory. But unlike the others, the 1936 Olympics is possible the most significant games in our history

Public building
Public building

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AbandonedGermany
Germany2008-08-172012-08-03Abandoned Castles from South West of France

Abandoned Castles from South West of France : random discoveries during wanderings in my home country.

Public building
Public building

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EndangeredFrance
France2015-01-012015-01-05Antwerp's Forensic Institute

Antwerp's Forensic Institute : between death and oblivion the body must undergo -tests-. Before being laid to rest. In the tranquility of legality. Thanatos comes to the aid of logic.

Hospital
Hospital

****

DemolishedBelgium
Belgium2006-07-232012-03-28Australian underground drains

Australian underground drains : the famous Cave Clan's underground networks!

Underground
Underground

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ActiveAustralia
Australia2005-10-012005-10-01Beelitz-Heilstätten Sanatorium

Beelitz-Heilstätten Sanatorium : this grand building has stood the test of time in history. It cured Adolph Hitler, treated thousands of tuberculosis patients, and was a Soviet military hospital. Join me as we explore the mighty Beelitz Sanatorium that is now lost and forgotten in the surrounding environment of Berlin...

Hospital
Hospital

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EndangeredGermany
Germany2008-08-152008-08-23Brussels underground sewers and drains system

Brussels underground sewers and drains system : a nauseating descent in the belgian capital's bowels!

Underground
Underground

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ActiveBelgium
Belgium2006-06-242006-12-07Cane Hill Asylum

Cane Hill Asylum : formerly an urbex trophy in the early 2000's, this asylum is... no more.

Hospital
Hospital

****

DemolishedUnited Kingdom
United Kingdom2008-09-282011-10-21Canfranc railway station

Canfranc railway station : located in the Pyrenees, between France and Spain, this abandoned railway station was the largest station in Europe. If you like king size derelict buildings, this is the place to explore!

Train
Train

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ReconvertedSpain
Spain2005-07-012005-07-01Castle of Mesen, Lede

Castle of Mesen, Lede : a superb and futureless castle. Abandoned for years, it will be demolished soon.

Private building
Private building

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DemolishedBelgium
Belgium2005-03-012005-03-01Château Bijou

Château Bijou : exploration of a real little operetta castle, with its stucco bas-reliefs and cornices and its Italian coloured frescoes...

Private building
Private building

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EndangeredFrance
France2006-12-272007-04-03Eight Of Brussels’ Churches

Eight Of Brussels’ Churches : climb to cloud nine with us... A promenade on the sacred rooftops of Brussel - a short summary of 6 years of night explorations!

Rooftops
Rooftops

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ActiveBelgium
Belgium2004-03-022010-02-20Fort Portalet

Fort Portalet : lost in the middle of the Pyrénées mountains, this abandoned fort dug into the steep cliff protected the border between France and Spain.

Military domain
Military domain

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ReconvertedFrance
France2005-12-302005-12-30Gary, Indiana, ghost town

Gary, Indiana, ghost town : yet another victim from the steel industry recession. 6 photos galleries for this city that readhed up to 200,000 inhabitants!

Public building
Public building

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EndangeredUSA
USA2006-08-122006-09-19Hasard collieries, Cheratte

Hasard collieries, Cheratte : Coal mine of Cheratte: explore an old abandoned yet very rich and well-preserved coal mine.

Factory
Factory

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AbandonedBelgium
Belgium2005-02-022009-05-07Hellingly hospital (East sussex mental asylum)

Hellingly hospital (East sussex mental asylum) : explore this asylum closed down in 1994. Built in extreme isolation to allow relaxation and eventually mental recovery to the disturbed patients...

Hospital
Hospital

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ReconvertedUnited Kingdom
United Kingdom2006-06-042006-10-30Internationale Film-Union GmbH

Internationale Film-Union GmbH : Little copy and synchronization studio lost in the woods. Don Camillo, Laurel & Hardy among many others have been germanized here...

Private building
Private building

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DemolishedGermany
Germany2009-05-172012-10-17Joseph Lemaire's Sanatorium

Joseph Lemaire's Sanatorium : a scary art déco hospital lost in the middle of a forest.

Hospital
Hospital

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ReconvertedBelgium
Belgium2005-09-062009-01-14Locomotive's graveyard

Locomotive's graveyard : a walk in an abandoned locomotive graveyard.

Train
Train

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ReconvertedBelgium
Belgium2007-02-102007-02-11Maastricht casemates

Maastricht casemates : come down and explore the 10km of military underground galleries, left intact and abandoned since 1868...

Underground
Underground

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AbandonedNetherlands
Netherlands2006-03-252006-07-18Old Newark county Jail

Old Newark county Jail : and old creepy prison abandoned since 1970...

Public building
Public building

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AbandonedUSA
USA2006-04-082006-06-28Portopalo's castle

Portopalo's castle : unbeatable sight, swimming-pool, sumptuous garden... The residence of your dreams... in the 80's!

Private building
Private building

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EndangeredItaly
Italy2006-10-092006-11-25Rooftops Around The World

Rooftops Around The World : at night, the city sleeps. Forbidden Places climbs.

Rooftops
Rooftops

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ActiveFrance
France2004-03-202014-05-26Sabinosa's Sanatorium

Sabinosa's Sanatorium : Visit a 1920s sanatorium in an idyllic location between the sea and the cliffs. The TB patients were removed, replaced by orphaned victims of the Francoist regime.

Hospital
Hospital

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EndangeredSpain
Spain2009-08-302010-05-05Sea View Children Hospital

Sea View Children Hospital : explore and -taste the dreams of mad children- with us in this abandoned hospital in New-York...

Hospital
Hospital

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AbandonedUSA
USA2006-04-082006-06-21Spreepark - The Abandoned Amusement Park

Spreepark - The Abandoned Amusement Park : located downtown East-Berlin, this theme park is now lost forever, and fights with the ghosts of its past...

Public building
Public building

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EndangeredGermany
Germany2008-08-162011-12-31Stella-Artois abandoned brewery

Stella-Artois abandoned brewery : located in Leuven, this brewery is extremely well-preserved. A paradise of copper!

Factory
Factory

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ReconvertedBelgium
Belgium2005-08-082005-08-08The abandoned crypt

The abandoned crypt : explore the inside of this small cemetery to discover the forgotten underground galleries and the abandoned graves.

Underground
Underground

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AbandonedBelgium
Belgium2006-08-052006-08-29The Castle of Noisy - Miranda

The Castle of Noisy - Miranda : creepy, sneaky and filthy castle, come and have a walk into Sleeping Beauty's castle...

Private building
Private building

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EndangeredBelgium
Belgium2004-11-052014-02-20The Hôpital de la Marine

The Hôpital de la Marine : since 1788, this stone giant challenges the centuries but still remains.

Hospital
Hospital

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EndangeredFrance
France2008-05-082011-07-11The mysterious steelworks

The mysterious steelworks : Night time. A huge blast furnace. Skip-cars. Cowpers. Rusted giants made of steel! More than 100m high. Shall we include this exploration in rooftops section?

Factory
Factory

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ReconvertedBelgium
Belgium2006-08-042006-08-05The Sauvenière's swimming-pool

The Sauvenière's swimming-pool : huge sports complex from the 1930's, partially abandoned, the Sauvenière's baths await a new life.

Public building
Public building

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ReconvertedBelgium
Belgium2006-03-012006-03-01Uckange Blast Furnace

Uckange Blast Furnace : photographed between 2004 and 2009 during the conversion from abandonment to museum. This site will likely provide the only preserved insight into the steel industry of France.

Factory
Factory

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ReconvertedFrance
France2006-03-122009-08-21Val Benoît's University

Val Benoît's University : the engineers have left the former university campus of Val Benoît! Explore these huge modernist buildings from the 30s.

Public building
Public building

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ReconvertedBelgium
Belgium2006-11-062010-12-25Vilvoorde Prison

Vilvoorde Prison : as many as 12,000 tramps, drunks, and prostitutes, all those that the society of the time considered a nuisance, were crammed in on four floors. The vaulted cells had narrow slits as the only source of light. A perpetual gloom reigned along the corridors that led to the many workshops...

Military domain
Military domain

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ReconvertedBelgium
Belgium2009-05-152013-02-02Abandoned holiday camp

Abandoned holiday camp : located in the Landes (Southern West France), this abandoned camp is built in the forest, around an old pretty villa.

Public building
Public building

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DemolishedFrance
France2005-05-012005-05-01Anderlues coking plant

Anderlues coking plant : exploration of a tiny coking plant. One of the last hardly standing in Belgium, most of them have been already destroyed.

Factory
Factory

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DemolishedBelgium
Belgium2005-04-012005-04-01Australian rooftops

Australian rooftops : another way of urban exploration. During the night, everything can be opened, climbed and explored...

Rooftops
Rooftops

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ActiveAustralia
Australia2005-10-012005-10-01Brussels Metro

Brussels Metro : dive into the Brussels metro...

Underground
Underground

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ActiveBelgium
Belgium2013-01-012013-08-07Cranes climbing

Cranes climbing : unusual night sights of the city

Rooftops
Rooftops

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ActiveBelgium
Belgium2005-09-012005-09-01Diamond's opera

Diamond's opera : this page was just made to explain what infiltration means: -going into places you are not supposed to- :-)

Public building
Public building

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ActiveBelgium
Belgium2006-07-232007-01-15Fort de la Chartreuse, Liège

Fort de la Chartreuse, Liège : explore this huge forgotten military complex, lot of military drawings.

Military domain
Military domain

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EndangeredBelgium
Belgium2005-03-202007-10-04H.M. Melbourne's Pentridge prison

H.M. Melbourne's Pentridge prison : infiltration of an old (1851) Prison in Melbourne. Exploration of the cells from the high security wing...

Military domain
Military domain

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ReconvertedAustralia
Australia2005-10-012005-10-01Highway bridges

Highway bridges : underground and aerial promenades at the same time. Very atmospheric

Underground
Underground

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ActiveBelgium
Belgium2007-02-102007-02-13Inside a roadbridge

Inside a roadbridge : instead of filling them up with concrete, most of the bridges have large artificial cavities. Often aesthetical, they are so many places to explore...

Underground
Underground

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ActiveBelgium
Belgium2005-12-112005-12-11La Goutte d'eau (the 'Water Drop')

La Goutte d'eau (the 'Water Drop') : the Lescun and Cette-Eygun train station is not used since the closure of the line Oloron-Canfranc. But it was still used by an anarchist-environmentalist movement until October 2005. It is abandoned since this date.

Train
Train

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AbandonedFrance
France2005-12-272005-12-27La Providence's forges

La Providence's forges : photos tour of a location being cleverly reconverted.

Factory
Factory

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ReconvertedBelgium
Belgium2006-12-172007-02-08Oostende military hospital

Oostende military hospital : a huge complex of buildings including a nice chapel in the middle of sand dunes.

Hospital
Hospital

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ReconvertedBelgium
Belgium2005-06-012005-06-01Park Royal Guinness Brewery

Park Royal Guinness Brewery : hmmm large sites... This factory, being demolished at the time of our exploration, was extremely rich and well-preserved...

Factory
Factory

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DemolishedUnited Kingdom
United Kingdom2006-02-182006-02-18Péronnes coal washing plant

Péronnes coal washing plant : a concrete giant building with aesthetic architecture.

Factory
Factory

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ReconvertedBelgium
Belgium2005-06-012005-06-01RTT home

RTT home : a nice and colorful vacation residence built in 1950 by an Art-Deco Belgian architect.

Public building
Public building

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DemolishedBelgium
Belgium2005-05-012005-05-01SAFEA La Louvière

SAFEA La Louvière : probabaly the largest abandoned factory in Belgium. A beautiful colored chemical plant abandoned for years.

Factory
Factory

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DemolishedBelgium
Belgium2005-03-012005-03-01SNCB abandoned building

SNCB abandoned building : a large forgotten building, isolated from everything, lost in nature...

Train
Train

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AbandonedBelgium
Belgium2005-08-012005-08-01The Basque berets factory Pierre Laulhère

The Basque berets factory Pierre Laulhère : exploration of an old factory of a small Pyrenean village.

Factory
Factory

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AbandonedFrance
France2005-12-252005-12-25The unknown shipyard

The unknown shipyard : construction sites are boring to explore. But ship construction sites are, well... more interesting...

Factory
Factory

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ActiveBelgium
Belgium2007-02-112007-02-12Underground walk in a railway network

Underground walk in a railway network : come down with us, explore this underground active rail network and do some trainspotting... (video is password protected, ask us for authorization)

Underground
Underground

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ActiveAustralia
Australia2005-10-012005-10-01Untighten bolt factory

Untighten bolt factory : this jungle of sexy micro-machines used to produce fully customized bolts.

Factory
Factory

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DemolishedBelgium
Belgium2005-11-012005-11-01Verlipack Jumet

Verlipack Jumet : exploration of an abandoned glass bottles factory

Factory
Factory

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DemolishedBelgium
Belgium2005-11-112005-11-11West Park mental hospital

West Park mental hospital : the last of the eleven great asylums built around London, a true self-sufficient city, full of underground tunnels... Atmospheric exploration!

Hospital
Hospital

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ReconvertedUnited Kingdom
United Kingdom2006-02-192006-02-19Charleroi civilean hospital

Charleroi civilean hospital : a huge and modern hospital, that is, in the seventies. Demolition is in progress, but exploring the morgue is still worth a visit...

Hospital
Hospital

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DemolishedBelgium
Belgium2005-07-012005-07-01Collignon's brewery, Lécluse

Collignon's brewery, Lécluse : yet another brewery from early XXth century. Limited interest except for beer labels collectors.

Factory
Factory

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AbandonedFrance
France2007-01-272007-01-31Erpent manor house

Erpent manor house : just a beautiful 19th Century house being demolished, with a wonderful abandoned greenhouse

Private building
Private building

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DemolishedBelgium
Belgium2005-08-012005-08-01Interprochim S.A.

Interprochim S.A. : a strange exploration of a plaster sculptures factory.

Factory
Factory

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DemolishedBelgium
Belgium2005-04-012005-04-01Le Valdor hospital

Le Valdor hospital : an XIXth century abandoned hospital located in Liège, Belgium. A local classic urban exploration place. Oppressive atmosphere...

Hospital
Hospital

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ReconvertedBelgium
Belgium2005-05-012005-05-01Otzenrath ghost town

Otzenrath ghost town : the Garzweiler min won. Its continuous growth lead to the expropriation of this small German village.

Private building
Private building

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DemolishedGermany
Germany2005-07-012005-07-01Paris catacombs

Paris catacombs : visit the famous underground quarries and catacombs below Paris, with the ossuaries, ancient rooms and caves, blockhaus...

Underground
Underground

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AbandonedFrance
France1999-01-011999-01-01St Elizabeth's clinic

St Elizabeth's clinic : short exploration of an abandoned clinic.

Hospital
Hospital

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DemolishedBelgium
Belgium2007-01-282007-01-31Stella-Artois malthouse

Stella-Artois malthouse : exploration of an empty and not well-known factory. The ancient Stella malthouse is indeed worth a visit.

Factory
Factory

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DemolishedBelgium
Belgium2005-12-182005-12-18Caestert underground quarries

Caestert underground quarries : explore these huge limestone quarries below the Belgian and Netherlands borders.

Underground
Underground

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AbandonedNetherlands
Netherlands2005-01-022005-01-02Charbrit Establishments

Charbrit Establishments : in a small village of the walloon region, one can discover the silos of the Charbrit factory. A tiny aesthetical exploration...

Factory
Factory

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DemolishedBelgium
Belgium2005-09-032005-09-03Du Gouffre collieries

Du Gouffre collieries : yet another abandoned Belgian coal mine.

Factory
Factory

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AbandonedBelgium
Belgium2005-02-012005-02-01Intervapeur Verviers

Intervapeur Verviers : an abandoned steam producing plant.

Factory
Factory

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DemolishedBelgium
Belgium2005-04-012005-04-01Pont-à-Celles Arsenal

Pont-à-Celles Arsenal : an abandoned train repairing site from the SNCB (Belgian National Railway company).

Train
Train

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ReconvertedBelgium
Belgium2005-06-012005-06-01Verviers barracks

Verviers barracks : huge abandoned colorful barracks in a very good condition. Unique.

Military domain
Military domain

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ReconvertedBelgium
Belgium2005-04-012005-04-01
Sours: http://www.forbidden-places.net/explo1.php

Our search engine has helped millions of people scout out thousands of locations across the world, from derelict buildings to abandoned theme parks.

If you're urban exploring or just looking for a place for a photo shoot, I'm sure we'll having something for you to discover.

And remember, we don't know if you're allowed to visit any of these places so you'll need to get the appropriate permission, and take safety precautions when visiting.

Oh and here's some urbex locations to get you started..

 

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Schools

Schools

Since 2005, Detroit has closed more than 100 of its schools. Many former school buildings were poorly secured - and are now open to the elements.

Churches

Churches

Detroit's abandoned churches range from single-room chapels to Gothic cathedrals.

Downtown

Downtown

Downtown Detroit's architecture is a curious mix between the very new and the very old, with many unique buildings.

Neighborhoods

Neighborhoods

With nearly one third of all houses in Detroit being vacant, neighborhoods are constantly evolving and changing.

Health and safety

Health and Safety

Police & fire stations, Hospitals, and other public service buildings.

Industry

Industry

The Motor City is now home to hundreds of abandoned factories and warehouses.

Now and then

Now and Then

Pictures of buildings taken a few months or years apart, illustrating how they change over time.

Sours: http://www.detroiturbex.com/content/index.html

How To Find Abandoned Places

  • Newspapers

    Check your (local) newspaper and search for abandoned places. You be amazed about how many derelict buildings there are in your neighbourhood. Use a translator for foreign newspapers to find some spots close to your vacation spot.

  • Google Search

    Just type in “abandoned places” and search. Also try other languages or other search words like urbex, derelict, decay, etc.

  • Google Maps/Earth

    Just travel the digital world and look for old factory near train tracks or rivers. Look for holes in roofs and switch to street view if available.

  • Urbex map or database

    Some urbex websites have a map. This website for instance. Or here and here. Never buy locations from a website or app, don’t be that person. Explore!

  • Go out!

    The most important step. Explore! Most people just forget to go out and just shoot.

  • Sours: https://www.urbex.nl/how-to-find-abandoned-and-lost-places/

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    As any explorer will tell you, you’re bound to run out of places to venture to in your local area. There will come a time where you need to expand your horizons and find new abandoned places to venture to.

    I’ve put together 8 strategies that you can use on how to find abandoned places.

    *This article has been updated on 3/21 for relevance and accuracy.*

    Find Abandoned Places With Google Maps

    map of abandoned locations

    Now before you roll your eyes, hear me out.

    Google Maps is by far the most powerful tool when it comes to finding abandoned places, if you know how and where to look. Not only can you spot new locations, but you can scout out places to park and enter from which is crucial to a successful adventure.

    If you have no idea where to start on Google Maps, start with railways. Railroads are where crucial parts of business took place in the early 1900s and many of those buildings are now long forgotten. You can skim dozens of miles of railroad in just a matter of minutes.

    Repeat this process with large rivers, especially rivers that run through cities. I have lucked out and found entire power plants that were decommissioned and left rotting this way.

    Once you have some potential locations, zoom in and look for some telltale signs they are abandoned. The roof is usually the first thing I check, if there are any holes in the roof it is nearly certain that building is no longer in use.

    abandoned housing collapsed roof

    Missing shingles and mangled gutters are also an indicator, but would require a bit more research on your part.

    Luckily with Google’s street view you can usually get a better angle on the building and a lot better understanding if it is truly vacant.

    Secondly I’d look for overgrowth. This can be misleading at times so it’s important to try and judge the severity of overgrowth in multiple locations.

    A top down look at a building may seem that it is overgrown, but often times it could just be trees casting their branches and leaves over the buildings.

    Other signs include cracked parking lots, blown out windows and an overgrown lot.

    half abandoned factory

    It is worth mentioning that on the contrary of large towns, smaller communities have had some of the best locations I have ever been to. On Google Maps, check out your local rural communities.

    Often times there are dilapidated barns and old farm houses that can easily be identified from aerial view.

    Also keep your eyes out for odd shapes and anomalies in nature. For instance, perfect squares, triangles, and circles are uncommon shapes. Finding patterns or shapes could indicate there might have been human activity in that area.

    Look closely at the picture below, does anything catch your eye?

    abandoned bunker

    This is actually a flooded nuclear bunker located in a remote wooded area. Note the near perfect square shape. You can see where the cave in occurred filling the tunnel and basin with water.

    To the south it’s likely this was the staging and construction area for the bunker. Often times these projects were disguised as logging operations or other commercial activity.

    In rural areas, (at least in the United States) it is fairly common for families to keep their childhood home on their property and build a new house nearby.

    abandoned house in the woods

    I have seen newer homes share property with homes built in the early 1900s completely sealed like a time capsule. These are personally my favorite finds. 

    But do your homework!

    Never assume a building is completely abandoned until you’ve scouted it on foot.

    I have accidentally walked into hoarders homes, partially active factories, and completely occupied houses before..

    If a spot looks like abandoned, mark it on your map and scout it out first. 

    Abandoned Superfund Sites

    superfund site example

    No, not Superfun sites.

    Superfund sites.

    I’ll start by saying that this can be dangerous and you should only go this route if you’re an experienced explorer who has worked in dangerous environments and has thoroughly done their research of the site. I cannot stress this enough. Not having a correct understanding of the dangers and using the correct gear could literally kill you.

    So what is a superfund site?

    A superfund site is an area of land that is contaminated in some way, and deemed an environmental hazard by the EPA. The EPA usually reports the hazards and their plans to clean it up.

    Some sites may still be active depending on their severity, and others will be permanently closed. You’ll get a list of sites ranging from plots of vacant land to factories where nuclear material was processed. The dangers range, and that is why I cannot stress enough that these places are not to be taken lightly.

    There’s an excellent tool called TOXMAP created by the National Library Of Medicine that allows you to search the entire United States for these clean up sites.

    You can sort by contaminate and/or location to get a better idea of the area. Not all places are abandoned so it requires some research. You can also get a solid understanding of what took place and what to protect yourself against while on site.

    Map of superfund sites based on levels of chemical release/contamination.

    A lot of the contamination will be heavy metal and ground water based, but bring proper equipment when entering hazardous areas.

    According to their site TOXMAP will be taken offline Fall of 2019. I am not sure what will happen to this data or if it will be available after that time.

    Additionally you can look to the NPL list which is the National Priorities List. This is a list of sites deemed to be a top clean up priority by the EPA. I personally have found abandoned chemical plants, power stations, and other miscellaneous sites this way.

    If you’re not located in the United States, chances are your government also has publicly available data about clean ups.

    finding abandoned places online TOXMAP

    Leverage Your Contacts

    It’s never been easier to make friends and reach out to other explorers in the community and learn how to find abandoned places.

    There is a right and a wrong way to do this, so I will briefly cover how to properly reach out and learn about new locations. You can find new locations to explore, as well as make a few friends.

    If you have no friends in the exploring community, or maybe you’d like to meet others with the same passion, it’s now easier than ever.

    I might be showing my age here, but when I first started exploring as a hobby, I didn’t even know it was a thing that other people were interested in.

    After a lot of stumbling I came across a site called infiltration.org, now more widely known as Urban Exploration Resource or UER.

    uer.com screen shot

    No matter what forum, Facebook group, or Instagram page you decide to follow or join, keep these few things in mind..

    Introduce yourself and add value. Share places you have been, stories, and photos with the community. People are secretive about this hobby for a few reasons, one being that the more people know of a spot, the more likely it is to be resealed, or burned down.

    Nobody wins and it’s why I choose to not disclose certain places publicly.

    Some people also want to keep places private because they want to be cool.

    With the dawn of social media more and more people want to have the best photos and not share locations with others out of pure vanity. Its sad, but a true fact of some people in the urban exploration community.

    If you lead with value and find other people like you in your area, you’re bound to exchange locations and even make a friend.

    I’m not saying run off into abandoned buildings with a stranger, I’m saying that the opportunity is there, you just have to bring something to the table first to show you’re not another mooch. 

    Abandoned Places On Wikipedia

    To some this might seem like common sense, but a lot of buildings that are abandoned have wiki pages that literally give you coordinates as well as the buildings entire history and current status.

    I have used Wikipedia countless times to confirm a site’s location, as well as check up on its current status.

    You can perform filtered searches on Wikipedia or other websites by using what are called search operators.

    For example site:wikipedia.com “abandoned” will filter your search query to only pages on wikipedia.com that mention the term ‘abandoned’.

    You can do this with any site, and any keyword. Get creative and see what you can find.

    Once you find a page check the page for an address or GPS coordinates. Usually you’ll find this in the top right hand corner. From there, click on the coordinates and it will direct you to several flavors of maps you can open the coordinates from.

    Lastly you can use Wiki to check the current state of the location. This isn’t nearly as reliable as having boots on the ground to confirm the locations status, but if it’s a great place to start. 

    How To Find Abandoned Places With Historic Lists

    abandoned nike missile site

    You’re not the only nerd who loves old things.

    Chances are, a group of equally passionate people have compiled a list or map of old buildings, trains, military bases or whatever peaks their interest. This is honestly a treasure trove of not only information, but history that is often recalled by people who used to work or live in these areas.

    For instance, I remember finding an old Nike military base in the woods. I had no idea what it was until I asked a few other explorers. Upon further research I found that nearly every single Nike missile base was listed and categorized online.

    Everything was documented. When it was opened, when it was closed, what types of missiles were housed there, and sometimes who was even stationed at these bases.

    Veterans exchanged stories about working at the missile bases during the cold war, describing what is was like to be there at that time. It’s a great resource to double back on and even interview people who spent time at these places (if you’re a history geek like I am).

    It was amazing to see how close I was to other bases that were abandoned. Some sites were paved over, while others were converted into homes, or museums. I’ve done this with shipwrecks, military bases, train cars, and even old amusement parks.  

    Get Cozy With A Realtor

    Don’t really snuggle a realtor, but they do have access to information about buildings that is not publicly available. They have a database called the MLS which stands for Multiple Listing Service.

    This database requires you to hold a realtor license in order to log in. It contains both commercial and residential properties that are on and off the market.

    I can’t say I’ve used this method a lot, but if you have a friend who is a realtor they can easily pull up properties that are listed as foreclosure, have a ton of back taxes owed, or have just been sitting on the market for years.

    If you don’t have a real estate pal, you can look to sites such as Loopnet to find properties that may be foreclosed. You can sometimes find entire factories listed for millions of dollars that have just been sitting vacant.

    Make them an offer they can’t refuse.

    Set A Google Alert

    This is a new method I’ve tried recently that has helped me get into some abandoned places right before they were demolished. Set a Google Alert for a location that you think is going to get demolished or is going out of businesses.

    Google will alert you anytime a keyword phrase is mentioned online. For example, “ABC Mall demolition” or “ABC Mall foreclosed” could be used to alert you when news articles are covering specific places that have recently gone out of business, or are in decline.

    While this method isn’t the best for finding places right away, it’s a good tool to have for those places you can’t keep tabs on all the time.

    How To Find Abandoned Places (Advanced Search)

    I touched on this a bit before but I saved the best for last.

    If you’re still wondering how to find abandoned places, and you’ve tapped out your circle of friends try some armchair exploring by using those advanced search operators I talked about earlier.

    Why is this so powerful?

    I debated sharing this, but I guess it doesn’t take a brain surgeon to figure this out.

    Not everyone secures their personal Google maps, sometimes they get shared incorrectly, or a just made public by who ever made them. Once public, they get indexed by Google.

    That means we can search for them.

    By typing site:google.com/mymaps “keyword” we can search by keyword every single public Google map.

    I have found nearly a half dozen exploring maps that were public. The great thing is, you can easily download the KML file in case the owner deletes it.

    Below you can see that there are a little over 14,000 public maps. Not all of these are related to exploring, but this has definitely helped me come across some very detailed and accurate maps of drains, shipwrecks, and abandonments by other explorers.

    search operator example

    If you really want to put on your detective hat (and this might be going a bit overboard) you can find out the financial status of any property. Anywhere.

    If you cannot physically check it out in person or use any of the other methods you can check to see if the property owes a lot in backtaxes.

    For instance, if you see a place on Google Maps, and it looks like it’s overgrown but you’re not 100% sure, you can check to see if anyone is paying their taxes on that property. 9 times out of 10, people who abandoned their property don’t pay the taxes on it.

    Google “*your county GIS*.” A search example would look something like “Hamilton County GIS”.

    If you’re in the United States pretty much every county has a database of every property and it’s current tax status. This is the same strategy real estate investors use to get information on land and buildings.

    If you did it right, you should have a map and a bunch of lot numbers. Below I see a building, I’m not 100% sure if it’s in use or not.

    Lets check its tax status to find out more!

    how to find abandoned places using GIS

    This is what 20+ years of taxes looks like guys..

    There is a lot of information on this page, but the main thing we’re looking for is if it’s listed as a foreclosure, and how much it owes on taxes. With this additional information, and what we could see on Google Maps, it’s safe to assume that yes, this property is vacant.

    I hope you genuinely learned something new, there are little to no real resources for people who want to learn how to find abandoned places, and I’d like to fill that gap.

    If you’d rather get permission be sure to check out my article on the best ways to get permissions to explore abandoned buildings.

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