"Lost Place": Men explore abandoned residence in the forest - but they were not alone
Created: 09/30/2022, 04:49 am
By: Mick Oberbusch
"Lost Places" has many fans on the Internet and is often viewed by YouTubers (symbol image).
© Boris Roessler/dpa
Three men wanted to visit a "Lost Place" in North Rhine-Westphalia.
But the old retirement home was not as deserted as initially thought.
Cologne – Ever heard of the term "Lost Places"?
Behind it are old buildings or buildings that have disappeared from public memory, are shut down or have simply been forgotten.
There is a real hype about these "forgotten places" on the Internet - on the video platform YouTube, users regularly film themselves accompanying their trip to those buildings with their cameras.
But not every forgotten place is automatically a "lost place" - as three men from the Märkische district in North Rhine-Westphalia found out when they wanted to move into a former retirement home.
"Lost Places": A group of men enters an old retirement home - but there's a catch
Three "Lost Places" fans got into a former retirement home - but didn't know that it already had a new owner and was therefore no longer a "Lost Place" at all.
In the evening, other people were at the door, reporting on an alleged meeting of the "Lost Places" community there.
Forsthaus retirement home, 58791 Werdohl
Sunday 25 September 2022
"After watching a video on YouTube, three masked Hessians wanted to look inside the old Forsthaus retirement home on Sunday afternoon and looked for ways to enter," said the police.
However, there was a catch: The house has had a new owner for three weeks and is secured with cameras, reports 24RHEIN.
They reported the uninvited guests on the premises.
A police patrol discovered the men (16, 21 and 52) nearby shortly afterwards.
In the evening the next visitors were on the mat - this time from Witten.
Meeting of "Lost Places" fans planned in the retirement home - "the more dilapidated, the better"
They knew about an alleged meeting of LostPlace fans that is supposed to take place in the forest house next weekend.
"Old bunkers, abandoned hotels, train stations or company buildings such as the former VDM area at Schwarzenstein in Altena or the former Altena hospital keep calling adventurers with cameras and flashlights to the scene - the more dilapidated, the better," said the police, who, however, points out that visiting these "Lost Places" is by no means harmless.
“Lost Places” – what is behind this term?
"Lost Places" are mostly buildings from recent history that have either not yet been historically processed (or recorded) or are not of general interest due to their minor importance and are therefore not considered to be particularly worth mentioning.
While the term "lost place" is often used synonymously with industrial ruins or disused military installations (cf. military history), the actual term applies to any place that has fallen into oblivion in the context of its original use.
In particular, this includes places that are not deliberately preserved as industrial monuments for posterity and are thus made accessible to a broader public.
"Lost places" harbor high risks - rotten floors and mold that is hazardous to health
“Regardless of the risk of falling through the rotten floors of derelict buildings or inhaling harmful mold spores, visitors should be aware of the legal consequences.
The police warn: Even supposedly abandoned buildings have owners.
And they don't like it at all when uninvited guests film their rooms and put them on the Internet or settle down in their rooms to celebrate or spend the night there," the authority continued.
Because: "Anyone who breaks open doors or windows, smashes windows or picks locks is committing a burglary."
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"Lost Places": burglary in old buildings "particularly serious cases of theft"
According to criminal law, this is damage to property or “particularly serious cases of theft” – even if nothing is stolen.
Anyone who breaks into living quarters commits burglary.
Anyone who climbs over or through fences or walls can be prosecuted for trespassing.
Posting films on YouTube could be considered incitement to commit a crime.