The globetrotter who explores abandoned buildings

Christian Richter travels to find incredible derelict structures to photograph. Here is his work.
A piano in an abandoned house – Christian Richter takes photos of old buildings all around Europe but keeps the location secret
Piano room © Christian Richter
By Alison Mann

Abandoned buildings have an alluring air, urging you to explore, but many people just walk on by. 

Photographer Christian Richter chooses to explore these wonders, however, and has produced an incredible selection of photos of derelict places all over Europe.

More: This dog is an adventure superstar on Instagram

Christian particularly likes staircases

An old staircase by Christian Richter, who takes photos of old buildings all around Europe but keeps the location secret
Christian has a fascination with staircases © Christian Richter

He grew up in the former German Democratic Republic, which after reunification provided old, empty buildings ripe for exploring.

He travels all over Europe photographing buildings

An old music hall by Christian Richter, who takes photos of old buildings all around Europe but keeps the location secret
You can almost hear the old band playing © Christian Richter

When he was gifted a camera from a friend, that was the start of his passion for photographing these places.

He has a network of contacts giving him pointers

An old deserted threatre by Christian Richter, who takes photos of old buildings all around Europe but keeps the location secret
This theatre could once have been grand © Christian Richter

It takes time to find places to photograph, he says: “It is a puzzle to find some places, I visited a lot, and I mean a lot, of buildings to find a great place to take a photo. Over the years I have developed networks of friends who help me sometimes.”

“It is a puzzle to find some places”

An abondoned theatre by Christian Richter, who takes photos of old buildings all around Europe but keeps the location secret
Rustic charm © Christian Richter

He has a deep respect for these locations, and particularly enjoys capturing staircases.

He keeps locations secret to avoid vandalism

A derelict old church from Christian Richter who takes photos of old buildings all around Europe but keeps the location secret
An atmospheric old church © Christian Richter

The German photographer also keeps the locations secret, to avoid them being vandalised in future.

“I simply adore old, decaying architecture”

An old staircase by Christian Richter, who takes photos of old buildings all around Europe but keeps the location secret
Where does it lead? © Christian Richter

He explains: “I simply adore old decaying architecture, their patterns and textures – they remind me that everything is impermanent.

“I don't share the places in public to protect them. Many of these places are destroyed by vandals or sprayers after they become famous on the web.”

“These buildings remind me that nothing is permanent”

An old theatre by Christian Richter who takes photos of old buildings all around Europe but keeps the location secret
A memory-filled theatre © Christian Richter

The locations are mainly in Europe, which Christian enjoys because of its old architecture.

Christian enjoys the old architecture of Europe

An old dentist surgery by Christian Richter takes photos of old buildings all around Europe but keeps the location secret
The dentist will see you now © Christian Richter

But if he could travel anywhere to take photographs, he’d travel to America where there are great abandoned sports venues.

He will continue to look for more wonderful places

An old, derelict theatre by Christian Richter who takes photos of old buildings all around Europe but keeps the location secret
A once-opulent dance hall © Christian Richter

As well as derelict buildings, Christian enjoys landscape photography which he posts on his Instagram alongside his images of old structures.

read more about
Next Story