Overseas

I know this page is about abandoned locations and urban exploration in Australia, but on a recent trip overseas, I was lucky enough to venture to some pretty extraordinary places. I went to Chernobyl, the site of one of the worlds worst nuclear disasters. A town that just picked up and left, leaving behind a town that looks like its a time capsule from 1986.
I also visited Berlin, the wonderland of urban exploration! I wasn't there long enough to see all the goodies that it had to offer (you'd need to live there to see them all!) but I did manage to see a few. Spreepark, an abandoned amusement park that poses some serious security challenges, and Beelitz Heilst├Ątten, an old military medical hospital that once housed patients such as Hitler and Honecker. I also visited a few other ones around Berlin but nothing compared to these two.
So take a look and see some other locations the rest of the world has to offer.


Spreepark, Berlin
Spreepark was an amusement park in Berlin that closed in 2002 due to a €11million debt, and a drug scandal involving the owner Norbert Witte and his son Marcel, who both ended up in a Peruvian jail. The pair attempted to smuggle 180kg of cocaine from Peru to Germany in the masts of a Magic Carpet ride. They were unsuccessful and Norbert got seven years in jail, and Marcel is still in jail today after receiving a 20-year sentence.

So Spreepark never opened its festive gates again, and all the rides were left to sit unused and unloved, and has now become a haven for urban explorers and photographers. Over the years much of the park has been ruined by vandals, with graffiti defacing a lot of the rides but the park still has a lot of charm. People had been sneaking into the park for years but now the park is patrolled by guards on bikes and dogs, so it’s hard to get a decent amount of time in the park. If you are caught, you have to battle with security to keep your photos as they make you delete them, so we hoped by getting there early the guards and their dogs would be sleeping.


I arrived at the station near Spreepark as the sun was rising in the distance, and it was an absolutely stunning sunrise, rich red and pink colours covered the sky, and I decided to take this was a good sign. And me and my Berlin local mate Matti had a successful couple of hours exploring the park, without any run ins with the security.

Sunrise enroute to the Spreepark adventure

One of the roller coasters at Spreepark

Spreepark and Matti snapping away

The kitty coaster

Cruising round in the moustache mobile 

Dead dinosaur and sad swan at Spreepark

The moustache cars

The swan boats

The old ferris wheel

Abandoned amusement park Spreepark

The old ferris wheel

The overgrown tracks of Spreepark

Abandoned amusement park in Berlin

Frosty morning in Spreepark

Old splash mountain style ride

A very fun morning out

Old ride tracks



Chernobyl, Ukraine
Chernobyl, one of the world’s worst nuclear disasters. It is one of only two nuclear disasters that have been graded with the highest (level 7) International Nuclear Event Scale. An explosion and fire that released large quantities of radioactive particles into the atmosphere that spread over much of the western USSR and Europe. 200,000 people were evacuated from Pripyat and Chernobyl within 36 hours of the accident and have never returned.

I could go on and on about the disaster as it truly is such an interesting, but horribly sad story, and after watching a few documentaries on the Chernobyl disaster and seeing countless photos, I wasn’t sure how it would feel to go there and see it first hand. The only word that comes close is - surreal. 

Chernobyl is the ultimate place for seeing abandoned buildings and feeling like you have taken a ride in a time machine. It is amazing, and I am glad we got there when we did, now with all the unrest over there, it may be hard to get back there and ever see it again

If you want to read more about our visit to Chernobyl visit http://thehoneymoonproject.blogspot.com.au/2013/11/nuclear-disasters-underground-drains.html

Monument to all those that lost their lives and one of the robots used to clear rubble

Some of the reactors

Near where is all happened, just a few hundred meters from reactor 4

The old sarcophagus doesn't have many years left in it

The new sarcophagus in the making

Shipwrecks on the lake

Our first taste of Chernobyl

Inside a kindergarten

Inside a kindergarten

Outside the kindergarten

On our way to Lenin Sqaure, Pripyat

Pripyat, Chernobyl

Eating apples at the sign of a nuclear disaster

The dodgem cars that never got used

That reading on the left is four times higher then the reading 300m from the reactor

The amusement ground that never got used

The famous Chernobyl Ferris Wheel


The gang at the fairground




Inside one of the sporting gyms

Unused theatre

One of the many pools that never got used

Random rolls of film next to the pool

The boxing gym that never saw a fight

Inside the gym, another part of Pripyat that never got used

It really is a very pretty place

Old poster boxes


One of the many run down buildings

Around Lenin Square



Swimming pool

Swimming pool

Basketball court

Another basketball court, even with deflated basketballs laying around

Windows and door frames

Gas masks


Hundreds of children's gas masks



Abandoned class room

The skyline from 16 floor up


The old apartment block we scaled to get the view


Old books in one of the schools libraries

Abandoned classroom

An old paper from October 1984


They had some interesting choices for school sport

A high school class room, complete with old dynamite stick

Targets and teaching sheets, yep they taught kids how to shoot

How to get through barb wire and use rocket launchers, normal school subjects

Now kids this is how to put on a gas mask, poster inside school






The shipyard where lots of ships sit there to rust away

Rusty ships

Onboard one of the shipwrecks

Ben taking a picture of me taking a picture


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