Krampnitz – Military Urbex in Germany

Author sophos9 - Last updated: 01.01.2010

Written by Foantje

I’m done with working going home. I got a call of a friend who asked me if i want to go to Berlin so I decided to go, I’m quite impulsive. 821 km’s and 7h45 min driving that’s a lot, and Monday I needed to go back for working at 5 am. I rent a room there and slept only 4 hours during the 72 hours i was there but I’ve done 8 locations there so it was worth it.

The site was built as the “Heeres-, Reit- und Fahrschule”. The school, close to the military training site Dberitzer Heide was designed by architect Robert Kisch.The cavalry school (Kavallarieschule) was housed in hannover and moved to Krampnitz, a bigger site, in 1937. The school was the Army Riding and Driving school until the last months of WW II.

Exploring Krampnitz Nazi and Cold War Installation in Germany

Exploring Krampnitz Nazi and Cold War Installation in Germany

The military grounds were abandoned on April 26 1945. One day later the Russian troops took over Krampnitz.
The Russian military stayed on the ground until 1992, the camp is abandoned ever since. Every now and then the place is used for filming movies.

Exploring Krampnitz Nazi and Cold War Installation in Germany

Exploring Krampnitz Nazi and Cold War Installation in Germany

This place was used for the movie “Enemy at the gates” and Inglorious bastards from the director of Quentin Tarantino was filmed there also.

Exploring Krampnitz Nazi and Cold War Installation in Germany

Exploring Krampnitz Nazi and Cold War Installation in Germany

We were there with 4 photographers (normally i don’t go with so much people). They were all busy with picture 4 and i hate waiting so i decided to explore the building alone.It was very dark and much the same until i came across this Prison never saw something like that in a regular building.

Exploring Krampnitz Nazi and Cold War Installation in Germany

Exploring Krampnitz Nazi and Cold War Installation in Germany

In case anyone is interested, the mosaic would not have been worked in situ but would have been have been worked on a table, indirect (upside down) with temporary glue onto a paper bearing the design. It would have been worked in sections, then applied to wet mortar, matching up the pieces carefully, then tamped level. The paper would have been whetted after it was dry, and removed. It looks like it is made of glass smalti, from the reflective qualities of the tiles and the colors used.

Exploring Krampnitz Nazi and Cold War Installation in Germany

Exploring Krampnitz Nazi and Cold War Installation in Germany

We stand in front of this big villa all boarded up and sealed. the people that are with me already know that i always get in so as they wait i walk around and see a tiny basement hole where i can squeeze me in, I got in and then i came across from the one surprise into the other one. Very empty villa but those wall paintings (fresco’s?) and that chandelier made my day 🙂

Exploring Krampnitz Nazi and Cold War Installation in Germany

Exploring Krampnitz Nazi and Cold War Installation in Germany

Exploring Krampnitz Nazi and Cold War Installation in Germany

Exploring Krampnitz Nazi and Cold War Installation in Germany

Exploring Krampnitz Nazi and Cold War Installation in Germany

Exploring Krampnitz Nazi and Cold War Installation in Germany

Exploring Krampnitz Nazi and Cold War Installation in Germany

Exploring Krampnitz Nazi and Cold War Installation in Germany

I heard some people (Security???) And hided a while. We Always have a code if someone’s there so that we don’t have to make much noise or yell or something like that. It simple and it worked out great they didn’t saw us.While we were hiding i couldn’t resist to take a photo of this safe.

Exploring Krampnitz Nazi and Cold War Installation in Germany

Exploring Krampnitz Nazi and Cold War Installation in Germany

Exploring Krampnitz Nazi and Cold War Installation in Germany

Exploring Krampnitz Nazi and Cold War Installation in Germany

Exploring Krampnitz Nazi and Cold War Installation in Germany

Exploring Krampnitz Nazi and Cold War Installation in Germany

For more info please visit Foantje’s website and Flickr photos

7 comments

#1NickMay 24, 2010, 1:33 am

Wow, this is incredible. I moved here to Germany just three months ago, and I’d love to explore sites like this. Amazing photos.

#2Black SheepOctober 5, 2011, 11:00 am

Nice set!
I went there too this summer with two friends..huge place 😮
great works 😉

#3Freddy StarNovember 22, 2011, 12:36 pm

You guys are freaks, creeping around empty buildings taking pictures, get out more, get a girlfriend, get a life

    #4sophos9November 22, 2011, 1:43 pm

    haha… We do get out, we do have lives, we do have girlfriends – better to be out doing it than sat viewing a website about it right

#5ShadowAugust 21, 2012, 10:17 am

Freddy, theres more to life then girls and sex. Maybe thats all YOU care about, but some of us see value in history and knowledge. And what better way to learn then to experience and see something first hand?

#6Darmon RichterNovember 7, 2012, 12:28 am

I’ve heard about this site before, but these are the most atmospheric photos I’ve come across so far. Really breathtaking stuff – the way you combine beautiful photography with stark reminders of an unpleasant past make this a highly compelling report… thanks for sharing it.

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