While on a short vacation in the Eifel area in Germany I found this place on the map and it seemed interesting enough to go for an explore. After I parked the car I walked down the forest path and after about ten minutes I saw the abandoned buildings looming in the forest.
I visited this place in spring, when nature, surrounding this forest swimming pool, was awakening. It must have been a wonderful place to swim, soak up the sun on the sunbathing area next to the pools and have a beer at the bar.
The Ruhla children’s sanatorium, for children in the age of 4-12 years old, was a modern, very well equipped sanatorium in the 70’s and 80’s. A sauna, solarium, in-house playground and a pool are just some of the features the property had to offer.
This old abandoned cemetery is 0.75 hectares in size and is located on the Schlossberg, near the path to the Wartburg. It was laid out in 1599 by Duke Johann Ernst as a graveyard outside the city wall of Eisenach to the west of the preacher’s gate.
To get in, fellow explorer Twan and I had to quickly climb in through a window at the back, because the hotel next door was being renovated. So construction workers were busy a few meters away, but because of our experience they obviously did not see us.
During the return trip from a short holiday in the Harz Mountains last summer, we took a short break for this beautiful location. We were dropped by our fellow explorer Lia, who then looked for a strategic place to keep an eye on things. Twan and I were able to stretch our legs for a while in this large building, where the great decline started a long time ago. With some crumbled ceilings and stairs that are not completely reliable, a great challenge!