Author: Off the Beaten Track

The Unknown Side of Prague. Part 2: A Few Sights from Vysočany [Czech Republic]

DISCLAIMER. Prague is a beautiful city with lots of impressive sites to see, which make it worth coming here even from the other side of the world. The idea to show this part of the town was based on the belief that the most interesting places are the undiscovered ones and their obscureness is their beauty. This article cannot be treated as a travel guide while planning a trip Prague.

It was just an aimless walk following the random streets of Prague. Completely randomly one of them brought me to Vysočany. Definitely not that part of Prague where you can find most of historical monuments or other ‘must see’ places. On the other hand, isn’t such unknown area the best when you don’t care about the destination at all?

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The Magic of Sunrise in the Decaying Temple. An Abandoned Protestant Church [Poland]

The whole night spent in the train making a few hundred kilometres long trip through Poland. Then a change to the bus when the darkness was still covering the town and only those who are really forced to go somewhere can be met on the train station. The thing forcing me that time to go for such enormously long journey leaving home in even more time of the day (or rather night) was an abandoned Protestant church.

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The Unknown Side of Prague. Part 1: A Wasteland near the Libeň Train Station [Czech Republic]

DISCLAIMER. Prague is a beautiful city with lots of impressive sites to see, which make it worth coming here even from the other side of the world. The idea to show this part of the town was based on the belief that the most interesting places are the undiscovered ones and their obscureness is their beauty. This article cannot be treated as a travel guide while planning a trip Prague.

Grumpy industrial buildings, graffiti, and an area covered with the shade of gloominess. The described wasteland is hiding near the Libeň Train Station, just a few steps rom the railway.

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On the Other Side of the Gate. A Symbolic Ruin on the Meadow [Czech Republic]

Not the greatest one, but definitely one of the most symbolic places seen last year on an early April trip. A massive gate without the wall lost on the meadow is something that will sure make you think about its purpose. What’s on the other side? Is it really so easy to enter it as it seems? How often does it happen to face one in everyday life? The allegories that the lonely gate creates can make you write a philosophical book heavier than the old ruin by itself, so let’s leave words and let the pictures talk.

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Deep into the Mist. The Magic of Gloomy Landscapes [Prague, Czech Republic]

Just another area which is more about its atmosphere caused by a particular time of the year and weather than the physical location. Following the road through the misty landscape in the outskirts of Prague (Czech Republic) it was simply impossible not to stop and immortalize the views on the pictures. Here’s the result—gloomy, even a bit frightening sceneries that are definitely not that often to see.

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Under the Ceiling of the Sky. The Last Breath of a Decaying Villa [Italy]

Just another abandoned villa in Italy still hiding a beauty that slowly fades away. Not that much has left inside, only a living room with impressive furniture. At first sight it would seem that there are sure some abandoned places that deserve more atention and that would be true. However, the incredible composition of luxury and decay that time made inside this villa is definitely worth stopping by for a while.

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Inside the Industrial Giant. A Stunning Abandoned Foundry [Czech Republic]

A huge space full of massive constructions covered with dust and filled with a specific smell of metal. Even if you’re not a big fan of decaying industrial sites, this abandoned foundry in the Czech Republic can easily steal a few hours of your life. No long descriptions this time—a plenty of metal constructions inside speaks louder than words.

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A Nostalgic Corner. The Last Slivers of Elegance in the Decaying Villa [Italy]

It was a sunny September day in Italy and one more abandoned villa planned to visit. Having so many places in my plan I didn’t remember at all what made this one worth adding to the itineary. Crossing its dark and gloomy rooms, until the very last moment before reaching the last one on the floor, I didn’t expect to find anything more than just another decaying space. However, what I saw there was higher than any of my expectations. That’s why now, already some time after being back from the trip, I’m still happy to go there again—no matter that only virtually, watching the photos taken there. Reading further you can go for a quick walk through the abandoned villa and see one of the most beautiful things that can be found in such place.

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Deep into the Mist. Early Morning on the Way to Geamăna [Romania]

One more trip which was about another dimension of travel than a physical location of the site. Time rather than place, weather and light rather than anything material that could be found there. It’s both easy and difficult to go on such trip. Since it’s mainly about the effects of the time of the day and weather, each direction is good. However, considering it lasts for a very short period of time you can’t take all directions and see the magic of early morning everywhere around. The thing that helped me to choose the way that time was my main destination—Geamăna, an abandoned village in Romania. In order to reach it I had to cross a misty forest hiding some old wooden buildings—the only sign that the area is not completely forgotten.

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In the Kingdom of the God of the Sea. Breathtaking Decaying Baths [Romania]

One of the most famous and beautiful abandoned places in Romania. Proudly holding the name of the Roman god of the sea, these baths attract attention even of those who come to the resort town where the great building is situated because of the primary purpose of the area rather than to explore forgotten places. I didn’t spend too much time there, however, this one hour or so was enough to see passersby stopping by the magnificent walls and trying to see what is hidden inside.

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