Abandoned German Care Home Is The Eeriest Thing You’ll See Today

The former castle, located in Saxony Anhalt, Germany, was beautifully captured on camera by photographer Stefan Dietze.

1. The building has been abandoned since 1990.

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2. It started life as castle, before becoming a manor house, which was then converted into a retirement home after the Second World War.

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3. Photographer Stefan Dietze says: “I heard some rumours about the castle, all focusing on the fact that it was used as a retirement home before it was abandoned.”

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4. “I was especially keen on seeing the countless wheelchairs which were still standing around unused and abandoned, and all the old medical equipment was still intact and inside.”

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5. “There was a heavy mouldy scent in the moist air and I found it rather hard to breathe once inside, the atmosphere was really strange.”

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6. “I do believe that growing old in this castle must have been very nice. There are many big rooms and a large hall with very nice woodwork on the walls.”

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7. Reusing parts from an old castle, which once stood on the same spot, the manor house was built in 1801.

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8. After the Second World War the owners were ousted by the German Democratic Republic government, which decided to use the old manor house as a retirement home instead.

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9. Stefan says: “When people see my photographs they are astonished by the fact that a seemingly intact building is just left to rot.”

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10. “Usually my pictures are described to be very emotional and romantic, as they give people the notion that everything is bound to end.”

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11. “When they look at my pictures they do see the beauty that was once there and how nature it slowly reconquering.”

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12. “The most important thing for me as a photographer is to tell a story with my pictures.”

13. “I want people to look at them and to start wondering what once might have happened in the particular setting, who could have lived and died in the old castle over the centuries.”

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