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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
*****
Active Germany
Germany
2009-08-08
Hospital X

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

Hospital
Hospital
*****
Abandoned USA
USA
2007-03-25
Hudson River State Hospital

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

Hospital
Hospital
*****
Endangered USA
USA
2006-04-09
Le 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
*****
Active France
France
2006-05-13
New 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
*****
Active USA
USA
2007-03-23
Norwich Insane Asylum

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

Hospital
Hospital
*****
Endangered USA
USA
2007-03-28
Saint sulpice secrets

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

Rooftops
Rooftops
*****
Active France
France
2006-05-19
The Castle of Ilbarritz

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

Private building
Private building
*****
Reconverted France
France
2006-08-19
The 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
*****
Reconverted Belgium
Belgium
2005-08-01
The Clabecq Steelworks

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

Factory
Factory
*****
Demolished Belgium
Belgium
2005-09-01
The 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
*****
Reconverted Belgium
Belgium
2005-11-11
The Palais Garnier

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

Public building
Public building
*****
Active France
France
2010-02-23
Westport 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
*****
Demolished USA
USA
2006-04-02
1936 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
****
Abandoned Germany
Germany
2008-08-17
Antwerp'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
****
Demolished Belgium
Belgium
2006-07-23
Australian underground drains

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

Underground
Underground
****
Active Australia
Australia
2005-10-01
Beelitz-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
****
Endangered Germany
Germany
2008-08-15
Brussels underground sewers and drains system

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

Underground
Underground
****
Active Belgium
Belgium
2006-06-24
Cane Hill Asylum

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

Hospital
Hospital
****
Demolished United Kingdom
United Kingdom
2008-09-28
Canfranc 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
****
Reconverted Spain
Spain
2005-07-01
Castle of Mesen, Lede

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

Private building
Private building
****
Demolished Belgium
Belgium
2005-03-01
Château 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
****
Endangered France
France
2006-12-27
Eight 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
****
Active Belgium
Belgium
2004-03-02
Fort 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
****
Reconverted France
France
2005-12-30
Gary, 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
****
Endangered USA
USA
2006-08-12
Hasard collieries, Cheratte

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

Factory
Factory
****
Abandoned Belgium
Belgium
2005-02-02
Hellingly 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
****
Abandoned United Kingdom
United Kingdom
2006-06-04
Internationale 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
****
Demolished Germany
Germany
2009-05-17
Joseph Lemaire's Sanatorium

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

Hospital
Hospital
****
Reconverted Belgium
Belgium
2005-09-06
Locomotive's graveyard

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

Train
Train
****
Reconverted Belgium
Belgium
2007-02-10
Maastricht casemates

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

Underground
Underground
****
Abandoned Netherlands
Netherlands
2006-03-25
Old Newark county Jail

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

Public building
Public building
****
Abandoned USA
USA
2006-04-08
Portopalo's castle

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

Private building
Private building
****
Endangered Italy
Italy
2006-10-09
Sabinosa'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
****
Endangered Spain
Spain
2009-08-30
Sea 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
****
Abandoned USA
USA
2006-04-08
Spreepark - 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
****
Endangered Germany
Germany
1998-10-01
Stella-Artois abandoned brewery

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

Factory
Factory
****
Endangered Belgium
Belgium
2005-08-08
The abandoned crypt

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

Underground
Underground
****
Abandoned Belgium
Belgium
2006-08-05
The 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
****
Endangered Belgium
Belgium
2004-11-05
The Hôpital de la Marine

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

Hospital
Hospital
****
Endangered France
France
2008-05-08
The 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
****
Reconverted Belgium
Belgium
2006-08-04
The 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
****
Reconverted Belgium
Belgium
2006-03-01
Uckange 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
****
Reconverted France
France
2006-03-12
Untighten bolt factory

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

Factory
Factory
****
Demolished Belgium
Belgium
2005-11-01
Val 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
****
Endangered Belgium
Belgium
2006-11-06
Vilvoorde 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
****
Reconverted Belgium
Belgium
2009-05-15
Abandoned 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
***
Abandoned France
France
2005-05-01
Anderlues 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
***
Demolished Belgium
Belgium
2005-04-01
Australian rooftops

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

Rooftops
Rooftops
***
Active Australia
Australia
2005-10-01
Brussels Metro

Brussels Metro : dive into the Brussels metro...

Underground
Underground
***
Active Belgium
Belgium
2013-01-01
Cranes climbing

Cranes climbing : unusual night sights of the city

Rooftops
Rooftops
***
Active Belgium
Belgium
2005-09-01
Diamond'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
***
Active Belgium
Belgium
2006-07-23
Fort de la Chartreuse, Liège

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

Military domain
Military domain
***
Endangered Belgium
Belgium
2005-03-20
H.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
***
Reconverted Australia
Australia
2005-10-01
Highway bridges

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

Underground
Underground
***
Active Belgium
Belgium
2007-02-10
Inside 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
***
Active Belgium
Belgium
2005-12-11
La 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
***
Abandoned France
France
2005-12-27
La Providence's forges

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

Factory
Factory
***
Reconverted Belgium
Belgium
2006-12-17
Oostende military hospital

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

Hospital
Hospital
***
Reconverted Belgium
Belgium
2005-06-01
Park 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
***
Demolished United Kingdom
United Kingdom
2006-02-18
Péronnes coal washing plant

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

Factory
Factory
***
Reconverted Belgium
Belgium
2005-06-01
RTT home

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

Public building
Public building
***
Endangered Belgium
Belgium
2005-05-01
SAFEA La Louvière

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

Factory
Factory
***
Demolished Belgium
Belgium
2005-03-01
SNCB abandoned building

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

Train
Train
***
Abandoned Belgium
Belgium
2005-08-01
The Basque berets factory Pierre Laulhère

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

Factory
Factory
***
Abandoned France
France
2005-12-25
The unknown shipyard

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

Factory
Factory
***
Active Belgium
Belgium
2007-02-11
Underground 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
***
Active Australia
Australia
2005-10-01
Verlipack Jumet

Verlipack Jumet : exploration of an abandoned glass bottles factory

Factory
Factory
***
Demolished Belgium
Belgium
2005-11-11
West 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
***
Reconverted United Kingdom
United Kingdom
2006-02-19
Charleroi 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
**
Demolished Belgium
Belgium
2005-07-01
Collignon's brewery, Lécluse

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

Factory
Factory
**
Abandoned France
France
2007-01-27
Erpent manor house

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

Private building
Private building
**
Demolished Belgium
Belgium
2005-08-01
Interprochim S.A.

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

Factory
Factory
**
Demolished Belgium
Belgium
2005-04-01
Le Valdor hospital

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

Hospital
Hospital
**
Reconverted Belgium
Belgium
2005-05-01
Otzenrath 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
**
Demolished Germany
Germany
2005-07-01
Paris catacombs

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

Underground
Underground
**
Abandoned France
France
1999-01-01
St Elizabeth's clinic

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

Hospital
Hospital
**
Demolished Belgium
Belgium
2007-01-28
Stella-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
**
Demolished Belgium
Belgium
2005-12-18
Caestert underground quarries

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

Underground
Underground
*
Abandoned Netherlands
Netherlands
2005-01-02
Charbrit 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
*
Demolished Belgium
Belgium
2005-09-03
Du Gouffre collieries

Du Gouffre collieries : yet another abandoned Belgian coal mine.

Factory
Factory
*
Abandoned Belgium
Belgium
2005-02-01
Intervapeur Verviers

Intervapeur Verviers : an abandoned steam producing plant.

Factory
Factory
*
Demolished Belgium
Belgium
2005-04-01
Pont-à-Celles Arsenal

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

Train
Train
*
Reconverted Belgium
Belgium
2005-06-01
Verviers barracks

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

Military domain
Military domain
*
Reconverted Belgium
Belgium
2005-04-01