Abandoned: 2000

Demolished: 2007

Visited: 2007

Holz, Germany

This is one of the ghosttowns around the ‘Garzweiler am Rein’ open cast browncoal mine. Already in 1950 they started to excavate the ground here for browncoal. In 2000 they started ‘Garzweiler II’. Until the year 2045 the mine will expand demolishing everything in its way. The towns of Garzweiler, Priesterath, Elfgen in Grevenbroich, Belmen and Königshoven are already gone.


On our exploration we visited Otzenrath, Holtz and Spenrath. Otzenrath was already gone. Just one building, the old school was left, half demolished. The other towns were all abandoned. Doors and windows were shut with wooden boards. Signs warm looters for security and police. In total 12 villages will be demolished, almost 10.000 people have to move for a pit of 48 square kilometers. In the gallery you can find the last days of ghosttown Holz in 2007, documented just before the monstrous machine excavated the ground of this village.

Photos of ghosttown Holz

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