Sleepy and long since abandoned to nature and decay, the old, red brick factory stands in the middle of the bustling city. A tree grows out of one of the smashed windows. Inside, the paint is peeling, the plaster is flaking. Cobwebs and dust dominate the scene where once mighty machines hammered loudly to complete their work. Countless buildings in and around Leipzig and Halle share a similar history and fate. On our Tours, we take you to these mysterious lost places, on a journey back in time to the era when the now-dilapidated walls were still filled with work and life.
On one Tour, discover the bittersweet story of a former chocolate factory in Leipzig. You can also visit one of the once largest breweries in Central Germany and a former machine factory – both still exude a particular charm today. The old slaughterhouse you visit in Halle is almost 100 years old. Not far away, the abandoned flour mill sits enthroned on the Saale river. On your walks through this city, you’ll get to know its past and present.
Things get spooky around Dessau. The disused crematorium near the cemetery is sure to send a shiver or two down your spine. In contrast, you can well imagine how children and teenagers once rejoiced in the old water slide – now overgrown with green algae – at the pool near Bad Schmiedeberg. While birch trees and shrubs are visibly taking possession of the former malt factory in Köthen.
While exercising your spirit of discovery, please always be aware that old, abandoned buildings pose a certain danger. Some of the walls are in danger of collapsing, there are often shards of glass from broken windows on the ground and noxious fumes can escape from the infrastructure. Therefore, limit your explorations of these ephemeral beauties to the exterior, keeping a respectful distance.
As always, all Tours are easy to reach by public transport, and the start and end points of the hiking routes are connected to the MDV rail network. The MDV tariff has been in effect on the train routes in the far north since the end of 2019, so your ticket is also valid here.
Sweet and soapy - you have to manage this balancing act first. With this tour we will take you to where the ocean meets chocolate bars. Or better: met. But in addition to a good portion of history, nature is not neglected on your way from the Wahren district to the former post station. Look forward to old walls, flowing water and lush green.
The sugar-sweet Halloren balls are probably Halle's best-known product for every sweet tooth. But did you know that the chocolate factory, in which sweets are still lovingly produced today, is the oldest in Germany? Unfortunately, not all locations that you will visit on this tour share this happy fate. The old buildings, which have been gnawing at the ravages of time, exude a very special charm.
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Green algae cover the tunnel-like water slide, through which a lot of children cheered. Bushes and trees conquer the former sunbathing lawns and deep cracks run through the sun-drenched light dome. Before you arrive at this unique Lost Place, an absolutely natural hike from Bad Düben through the Dübener Heide lies ahead of you. There is also one or two vertical meters for free.
Flour and meat, beer and sugar - at the end of the 19th century, almost everything the city dwellers needed was being produced in Halle. And in a big way! Some of the impressive industrial buildings such as the old flour mill and the former brewery are still standing today and are waiting for your visit or a second life.