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Abandoned Chemical Factory in Germany

Viktoriia Makeenko
Massive abandoned factory
Massive abandoned factory

The most famous abandoned factory in Germany is located in the Berlin suburb of Radersdorf. The place is so attractive that it’s been used for filming popular movies and music videos.

It appeared in films such as Treasure Hunters (2014), Enemy at the Gates (2001), and The Monuments Men with George Clooney (2013). Rammstein has shot two music videos for their songs Amerika and Deutschland here.

The factory was built in 1899 and was initially a cement plant under the control of C.O.Wegener. After the war, the plant was dismantled, but in 1950, VEB Glühphosphatwerk Rüdersdorf was formed, and it began to produce phosphates used for agriculture.

In 1972, a decision was made to add two more furnaces to increase productivity. In the late 1970s, the plant came under the control of VEB Kombinat Agrochemie, which was located in Pesteritza.

In 1999, the factory was closed because of the reunification of Germany when there was a reduction in sales and investor transactions for many East German enterprises.

Constructions at the abandoned factory. Author: Technolirik | technolirik.livejournal.com

Constructions at the abandoned factory. Author: Technolirik | technolirik.livejournal.com

After closing, the plant was surrounded by barbed wire, which remains there to this day. Nearby, there is a working factory, and the buzzing noise of its production processes only adds to the spooky atmosphere of the abandoned area.

The buildings on the site are huge. There are large, round concrete cans with many holes inside, so visitors are advised to be careful.

A laboratory was previously located in one of the buildings which has now been destroyed along with stacks of old papers, letters, and so on. However, you can still see containers and broken furniture in there.

Due to the proximity of the capital, a spell of good weather will find people gathering at the factory, but there are so many buildings that you can easily get lost if you’re not careful.

This huge plant is one of the favorite places for street artists. Parts of the factory are decorated with works by the famous street artist PlotBot.

Railway track and a walkway. Author: Technolirik | technolirik.livejournal.com

Railway track and a walkway. Author: Technolirik | technolirik.livejournal.com

Main gate leading to the site of the former factory. Author: Technolirik | technolirik.livejournal.com

Main gate leading to the site of the former factory. Author: Technolirik | technolirik.livejournal.com

In the background rises the battery of shaft furnaces, built in 1877. Author: Technolirik | technolirik.livejournal.com

In the background rises the battery of shaft furnaces, built in 1877. Author: Technolirik | technolirik.livejournal.com

The entrance to the bridge, behind which there is an operating enterprise, from where one can freely enter the abandoned factory. Author: Technolirik | technolirik.livejournal.com

The entrance to the bridge, behind which there is an operating enterprise, from where one can freely enter the abandoned factory. Author: Technolirik | technolirik.livejournal.com

Near the plant are freight cars (left) and cars for the transport of bulk rocks and materials (right). Author: Technolirik | technolirik.livejournal.com

Near the plant are freight cars (left) and cars for the transport of bulk rocks and materials (right). Author: Technolirik | technolirik.livejournal.com

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The railway line ends in a dead end. Author: Technolirik | technolirik.livejournal.com

The railway line ends in a dead end. Author: Technolirik | technolirik.livejournal.com

The abandoned factory in Rüdersdorf is separated on one side by the railway and on the other by the river flowing here. Author: Technolirik | technolirik.livejournal.com

The abandoned factory in Rüdersdorf is separated on one side by the railway and on the other by the river flowing here. Author: Technolirik | technolirik.livejournal.com

The view here is from the bridge to the factory buildings and pipes of the concrete giant. Author: Technolirik | technolirik.livejournal.com

The view here is from the bridge to the factory buildings and pipes of the concrete giant. Author: Technolirik | technolirik.livejournal.com

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The art is created by Ken Plotbot. Author: Technolirik | technolirik.livejournal.com

The art is created by Ken Plotbot. Author: Technolirik | technolirik.livejournal.com

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Plant territory. Author: Technolirik | technolirik.livejournal.com

Plant territory. Author: Technolirik | technolirik.livejournal.com

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Staircase in an office building with a laboratory. Author: Technolirik | technolirik.livejournal.com

Staircase in an office building with a laboratory. Author: Technolirik | technolirik.livejournal.com

Chemical Laboratory. Author: Technolirik | technolirik.livejournal.com

Chemical Laboratory. Author: Technolirik | technolirik.livejournal.com

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Many notebooks and other documentation. Author: Technolirik | technolirik.livejournal.com

Many notebooks and other documentation. Author: Technolirik | technolirik.livejournal.com

Among the factory buildings there are many cylindrical concrete structures, seven floors high. Author: Technolirik | technolirik.livejournal.com

Among the factory buildings there are many cylindrical concrete structures, seven floors high. Author: Technolirik | technolirik.livejournal.com

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The tallest and most picturesque workshop of the plant, built in 1941 and located between two huge pipes. Author: Technolirik | technolirik.livejournal.com

The tallest and most picturesque workshop of the plant, built in 1941 and located between two huge pipes. Author: Technolirik | technolirik.livejournal.com

Inside the workshop is a void filled with only four cisterns decorated with artwork by the Berlin artist Ken Plotbot, one of the rare representatives of the street painting genre, whose works always adorns the place and enhances its atmosphere. Author: Technolirik | technolirik.livejournal.com

Inside the workshop is a void filled with only four cisterns decorated with artwork by the Berlin artist Ken Plotbot, one of the rare representatives of the street painting genre, whose works always adorns the place and enhances its atmosphere. Author: Technolirik | technolirik.livejournal.com

Extension with dining area and kitchen. Author: Technolirik | technolirik.livejournal.com

Extension with dining area and kitchen. Author: Technolirik | technolirik.livejournal.com

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Main entrance. Author: Technolirik | technolirik.livejournal.com

Main entrance. Author: Technolirik | technolirik.livejournal.com

Stairway to the bridge crossing the railway line separating the abandoned chemical plant from the museum park. Author: Technolirik | technolirik.livejournal.com

Stairway to the bridge crossing the railway line separating the abandoned chemical plant from the museum park. Author: Technolirik | technolirik.livejournal.com

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Next to the railway is another impressive building with six concrete cylinders and an extension on top. Author: Technolirik | technolirik.livejournal.com

Next to the railway is another impressive building with six concrete cylinders and an extension on top. Author: Technolirik | technolirik.livejournal.com

View from the stairs to the surrounding area and the battery of shaft furnaces. Author: Technolirik | technolirik.livejournal.com

View from the stairs to the surrounding area and the battery of shaft furnaces. Author: Technolirik | technolirik.livejournal.com

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This battery of shaft kilns for burning limestone has worked from 1877 to 1967 for exactly 90 years. Author: Technolirik | technolirik.livejournal.com

This battery of shaft kilns for burning limestone has worked from 1877 to 1967 for exactly 90 years. Author: Technolirik | technolirik.livejournal.com

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Central part of the abandoned site. Author: Technolirik | technolirik.livejournal.com

Central part of the abandoned site. Author: Technolirik | technolirik.livejournal.com

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