Immerath is a small village in the German municipality of Erkelenz, half an hour drive from the Dutch border. Sice the start of the lignite mine "Garzweiler", on the westside, the village is bein evacuated and relocalised. Currently Immerath has almost no people left and is slowly changing in a ghost town. In 2017 the complete village must be broken down, to make place for Garzweiler.
Right now, the village is still in a good shape. The nearby village of Pesch is already completely broken down and the mine is getting closer to Immerath. The village is at this moment still open and it is a special place to take a look and make some pictures.
Street name sign of Immerather Markt, the main road of the village
The church of Immerath, which has been abandoned for years now
Dead end. At the end are barriers, that block the road out of the village
Kleiderfabrik (clothing factory) of Immerath
Bus stop where still one bus a day stops
The first location marker of the road that leaves the village
Plants are growing out the buildings
This is the mine, that is destroying the village
Between the mine and the villages are beautiful flower field. But not for long...