Looking for an easily accessible urban exploration location? Look no further than Utrecht’s Cereol Factory.
The Cereol Factory, commonly known as the old soy factory was built in 1908 in the Utrecht neighbourhood of Oog in Al. Nearly a hundred years later, in 2002, it was shut down, because the noise, dust and odor it produced were a severe nuisance to the people living close to the factory.
Because the factory is a really pretty, monumental building, it was decided that it wouldn’t be torn down, instead, it would be renovated as an apartment building. But in 2008, tragedy struck…a massive fire broke out, nearly destroying the entire factory. Today, only the walls remain.
The old soy factory is a so-called urban exploration site that is quite easily accessed. You can just sneak through the fence, no need to climb over it.
You can go inside the factory, but be careful – the site is closed off for a reason! I did go inside for a bit, but found it very hard to photograph. I didn’t plan on going exploring that afternoon, but suddenly found myself there when cycling around the city. And while I did bring my camera, I forgot to bring my flash.
Want to check out the factory for yourself? Hop on your bike and ride to the Kanaalweg, or alternatively, take bus 5 to Oog in Al and get off at the Racinelaan, it’s a five minute walk from there. Also, don’t forget to bring a friend – it can be a bad idea to go exploring on your own. Finally, remember the most important rule of urban exploring: take only photographs, leave only footprints!