Once upon a time ...

by Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue August. 14, 2018 1792 views

When I saw Heike’s stunning pictures from Hotel Waldlust, I was (almost) jealous, because I couldn’t visit it myself. But I got lucky on the next day. I wanted to show my husband some Roman, Celtic and Neolithic find spots. On our way back I saw an old toll building. They are quite common in this region nearby the Hungarian border. Most of them were sold during the last 40 years and became private properties. Normally the structure of such buildings is very solid. But the toll building of Nikitsch has seen better days. It's a ruin, not a skeleton but a zombie house. I hit the brakes and said: “Let’s photograph it, it’s such a spooky place. Maybe it will be pulled down soon or collapse by its own!” I was astonished, that everything was open. No fence, no sign - nothing to keep people out.

Of course it’s not comparable to Hotel Waldlust, but I got some rusty decay and dusty history for free. It reminded me of some of the structures Peter photographed during his black and white challenge.

Again - caught in the act by Roland.

Again - caught in the act by Roland.

No wallpaper, but a pattern painted with a special roll.

No wallpaper, but a pattern painted with a special roll.

A light switch - ready to produce a permanent wave!

A light switch - ready to produce a permanent wave!

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David Swatton 2 years, 6 months ago

Amazing place - we just don't get that kind of thing in the UK. Anything like this would be closed off and secured to prevent people gaining entry.

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to David Swatton 2 years, 6 months ago

That it wasn't closed at least by a fence was really strange! I know, how to secure a building site, because archaeological excavations have to be secured in the same way. I talked to a group of neighbors, which were really pissed off about this ugly and dangerous situation. I was glad Roland survived the upper floor, because there were no floor at all!

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Camellia Staab 2 years, 6 months ago

Great shots! Love the toilette ;)

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Camellia Staab 2 years, 6 months ago

Thanks - I couldn't resist! Very private - at least 90 m² - loo wit a blue seat!

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Pete Fitzgetald 2 years, 6 months ago

You never disappoint in content or quality, great shots

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Pete Fitzgetald 2 years, 6 months ago

blush Thanks! blush

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Antonio Gil 2 years, 6 months ago

Love to see pictures of urban decay, like yours and the ones from Heike

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Antonio Gil 2 years, 6 months ago

Village decay ... wink
I would like to visit this Hotel Waldlust, which Heike photographed. Such a interesting place - at least there a toilets in a more "private shape". joy

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Berckmans Peter 2 years, 6 months ago

Nice find,here it is almost impossible to find one.

2 years, 6 months ago Edited
Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Berckmans Peter 2 years, 6 months ago

But you did post very interesting old structures, which were at least more secured and open for visitors.

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 2 years, 6 months ago

It is getting harder and harder to get in

2 years, 6 months ago Edited
Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Berckmans Peter 2 years, 6 months ago

I know, therefore I was so surprised!

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Heike 2 years, 6 months ago

Hey, da hast du ja eine tolle Entdeckung gemacht! Und wirklich erstaunlich, das da nichts abgespeert ist. Kann es sein, das da mal sowjetische Truppen 'gehaust' haben ? Als ich nach dem Mauerfall mal im Osten war, waren da einige, ehemals ziemlich imposante Gebäude, dermassen von den Sowjets verwohnt und so ramponiert zurückgelassen worden, das sie letztlich nur noch abgerissen werden konnten. Als die Truppen abgezogen wurden, haben die Jungs da sogar Kloschüsseln ausgebaut und mit in ihre Heimat genommen...

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Heike 2 years, 6 months ago

Das mit den Sowjets würde mich nicht wundern. Ich habe die Verwüstungen gesehen, die sie in den burgenländischen Schlössern und Burgen angerichtet haben. Nein, diese Zollhäuser sind durch die Zeit mehr und mehr unbenutzt geblieben. In den 70ern wurde meine Eltern ein etwa halb so großes für 10.000 DM angeboten. Ein Vergleichbares hier in Lutzmannsburg wurde vor etwa 10-15 Jahren in Mietwohnungen umgebaut. Die Struktur ist meist echt solide, warum das s runtergekommen ist, ist mir ein Rätsel. Kein Wunder, dass es um 1€ verkauft wurde. Was ich bedenklich finde, ist, es so ungesichert zugänglich zu belassen. Wenn da was passiert, ist der "Ruinenbesitzer" fällig.

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Andi Saw 2 years, 6 months ago
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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Andi Saw 2 years, 6 months ago

*giggle* we restored our flat before Victoria was born. The wires were pure "Art Noveau" without being art or new at all. It's a miracle Roland survived!
Thanks, I would like to call the color "architect black" - although I was in a Morticia Addams mood. joy

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Andi Saw Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 2 years, 6 months ago
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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Andi Saw 2 years, 6 months ago

Yesss - especially her way to cut off the rose blossoms and arranging the remaining stipes in a vase ... joy

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Abigail Gossage 2 years, 6 months ago

What a find!  Great set!

2 years, 6 months ago Edited
Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Abigail Gossage 2 years, 6 months ago

Thanks! blush

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Sydney Solomon 2 years, 6 months ago

Hi Sigrid, this building looks in very bad shape, I think the people who are responsible for it, should either destroy or spend the money necessary to refurbish it. What  do u think?

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Sydney Solomon 2 years, 6 months ago

I asked some neighbors and they told me it was sold for 1 € (!!!). I couldn't believe it!
I think it's dangerous to do nothing at all. The neighbors aren't happy to have such a run down building nearby. It has still some good features and very solid parts. In "our" village a similar building was restored. It is big enough for some flats. It was rented out very fast.

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Sydney Solomon Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 2 years, 6 months ago

Hi Sigrid, I assume the #1 refers to one Euro? I am just thinking, from the standpoint, that the run down building will attract, some folks, that the neighbourhood would rather not have. It is very common in North America, for vagrants, to attract to run down buildings. Don't get me wrong, I am not saying they are all bad folks, most down on their luck, but there is always a few bad ones.

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