If you are a ‘good’ Instagramer you have done it already for sure. The urban exploration – short ‘urbex’ – is fueled by the fascination and mystery of abandoned buildings, mostly in city surroundings.


On my last trip to the Semmering mountain area with Vangardist Magazine I also got the chance to visit castle ‘Wartholz’ and it’s adjacent premises.


While the castle is still inhabited by the family that owns the grounds, parts of the surrounding buildings aren’t used and have not been renovated – especially the ‘Gesinde Haus’ which was used for the emperor’s staff. Well, this turned out to be the perfect spot for every urbex fetishist, even though there’s no city closeby!


The love for the abandoned comes from catching the stories behind the places in a picture, to find the beauty in the deconstructed and broken.


In our (digital) world where everything is about being beautiful and polished and every girl and boy looks pretty much like the other one with their perfect hair and perfect bodies the desire of being different and finding beauty in the raw boosts not only photographers but also the fashion-forwarders.

thelionheaded.com-urbex--5Wearing my brand-new all white Diesel sneakers from the upcoming fall winter collection was maybe not the best idea, concerning the dirty surroundings – but luckily they survived the exploration pretty well.


It is also very inspiring to explore old designs and patterns you can find in every abandoned place. In this case the room with the beautiful old striped wallpaper or a room full of antique wooden chairs.

You can also spot blogger buddy Manuel from Meanwhileinawesometown in the pink room, did you see him?

My Look for Urbex:

Cap: Weekday – Customized by myself
Jacket: Weekday
Turtleneck-shirt: Weekday
Trousers: Weekday
Socks: Weekday
Sneakers: Diesel F/W 16 coming soon

Music for your exploration:

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Location: Wartholz, Austria

Photographer: Lady Venom / Marion Vicenta Payr

Thanks to Diesel for the Sneakers, Weekday for the look and Vangardist for the trip.