Abandoned Cold War Germany
Chernobyl Exclusion Zone
The Chernobyl Exclusion zone was a 30 kilometer zone around reactor number 4 of the Chernobyl nuclear plant, introduced by the Soviet authorities following the nuclear disaster of 1986.
Cold War West Germany
Abandoned Cold War locations in the former West Germany, explored and photographed over the course of 2016. From Belgian military barracks in the Ardennes to a Canadian barracks in the Sauerland, the of the later half of the 20th century.
The Iron Curtain
Checkpoint Alfa, the Iron Curtain. The border between the former states of East and West Germany, the border between the Eastern and Western blocs themselves. To the East, the Soviet Union and her satellite countries: to the West, the capitalist countries of NATO.
Cold War East Germany
Abandoned Cold War locations in the former East Germany, explored and photographed over the course of 2016. Explore further to discover the old Soviet military barracks, that remain scattered around the territory of the former German Democratic Republic.
Stories and articles about Russian and her Soviet history. What remnants of the Soviet and pre-Soviet period are visible in today's Russia, and how does the past sit alongside the present?
General Urbex Sites
General and miscellaneous urban exploration sites and locations, non-related to the Cold War. The sites visited and displayed are located across Europe, and are as various as castles, theme-parks, factories and ghost towns.
Communism has shaped Europe and left its mark. Form its beginnings as a theory, through to its implementation by the Soviet Union and the other socialist countries within the Eastern Bloc: there are historical remnants of communism all across the European continent. Click to explore further.
World War Two Remnants
The rise of fascism in Europe in the 1930’s led to the Second World War, a war that lasted six years and one day, and brought utter destruction to vast swathes of the European continent. This page explores the important and historical European sites of that war. Click to explore further.
Miscellaneous ramblings and obscure trains of thought, mostly relating to urbanity, history or politics. Take a look at European history and current affairs through the urbanks lens.
urbanks on your coffee table. The new book, containing over 20,000 words and 350 pictures, documenting and exploring the abandoned Cold War sites of Germany, East and West.
Britain is obsessed with the Second World War. 'For a thousand years, men will still say, this was their finest hour,' so wrote Churchill. . .
Germany's WWII Obsession
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urbanks on your wall. For high quality posters of Cold War sites please visit our store.