Abandoned places in Berlin

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They used to be teeming with life and sounds. Fates and lives were formed here, history written. When humans leave these places, nature takes over, and gives them a completely new feel: nothing will ever stay as it is, and our clean and ordered cities are alive for just a moment in time. In and around Berlin, you'll find countless such places to discover and imagine what it must be like once the Apocalypse has struck. Please don't do anything we wouldn't do either, and book a Tour if you're unsure.

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    Schloss Dammsmühle

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    In its long history since 1650, Schloss Dammühle has seen a lot, from the original use as a mill, the conversion to the mansion (in which Napoleon was also visiting), sometimes as an entertainment venue and during the Nazi regime as a satellite camp Sachsenhausen. After the war, the Red Army occupied the dam mill, then the Stasi.

    From the plans to make the baroque mansion after the turn again for the public, became nothing. Nevertheless, or perhaps because of it, the decaying Dammsmühle Castle, with its surroundings of enchanted forest and marshland, is a fascinating destination for excursions that can be wonderfully explored from the outside.

    getting there
    on foot or by bike 2,7km from Schönwalde station

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    The Silent Tour does not give you much information about the history of the place, but it's still great to see the works of countless sprayers. In addition, from the top you have a magnificent view over the Grunewald!

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    Spreepark

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    As the "Plänterwald Cultural Park", the Spreepark was the only leisure park in the GDR with around 1.7 million visitors a year. After the reunification, he was rebuilt by a private entrepreneur after Western model, this went bankrupt and from then on the stories of a wild rollercoaster ride, including the shipment of some attractions to Peru and 167kg cocaine in the mast of the rug "Flying carpet" when returning to Germany , The insolvent park was left to itself from 2001 to 2014 and feral in the best manner. In 2016 it should be reopened at least partially, the renovation work is already underway.

    A guided tour IM Park is no longer available since the sale of the 2014 grounds, but a tour around the park, where you can learn all sorts of historical details. Information at berliner-spreepark.de.

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    Tempelhofer Feld

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    An incredible feeling of space and freedom in the middle of the city. Here you can do wonderful things, barbecues, sports, walk through the communal gardens, observe people at curious activities, make pawnbrokers happy. And as so often in Berlin, there is also a historical veil over this place and schwupdiwups one is in limo drinking in the middle of a political discussion. What will become of the Tempelhof field? Who should have something like this? The time will tell. Until then, enjoy, design and watch the sun go down.

    opening hours
    Change monthly, roughly from sunrise to sunset

    guides
    thf-berlin.de

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    Militärruine Vogelsang

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    North of the village Vogelsang lies an abandoned city in the middle of the forest. Tens of thousands of soldiers lived here in one of the largest Soviet garrisons outside the Soviet Union after World War II until 1994. Of the old buildings are still many, including barracks, bars, a theater and a sports hall, but many are in danger of collapse, even from the outside you can see how nature recovers the city. Entering the former military site is forbidden and dangerous.getting there
    10km by bike from Zehdenick station

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    Olympisches Dorf

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    During the 1936 Olympic Games, the 3600 male athletes with attendants and staff lived 18 km from the Olympic Stadium, including the American Jesse Owens. With four gold medals he was the most successful Olympian of the XI. Summer Olympics. The village was intended as a retreat and training ground, it was also offered an entertainment program. People were separated according to nations, women were forbidden to enter. From the Nazi side was planned from the beginning to use the village later as a barracks, in this aspect, his name "village of peace" almost cynical.

    Over the years, the village has been used for a variety of purposes, since 1992 it is empty.

    getting there
    Eg 2km from Elstal station or from U2 Olympiastation just under 20km by bike

    opening hours
    April 1st to October 31st
    Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm
    Saturday, Sunday & public holidays 10am to 6pm

    guides
    Monday to Friday 11.00
    Saturday, Sunday & public holidays 12.00 and 15.00
    The tours take about two hours, meeting point and booking at the box office.

    entry
    without guide Adults € 4, children under 12 free
    with guide 10 € per person, families 15 € (with children up to 16 years)

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    Haus der Offiziere in Wünsdorf

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    The House of Officers is part of the "Forbidden City," a military site that served as the location for government troops from 1910 to 1994, expanding steadily and gradually evolving into a complete city. However, legal access and sightseeing are only available to the officers' house, which on its own is already worth seeing.

    Guided tours are available for 15 € by appointment from Mr. Naumann on 0178 5806 569

    The Fotobase Wünsdorf organizes not quite cheap photo tours over the whole area.

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    Anyone who has ever set foot on the enchanted terrain of the Beelitz Heilstätten knows about the magic of this plant. Ancient castles, buildings that radiate incomparable charm, a vast old park with an undreamt of biodiversity, and a history that goes back more than 100 years. Nature, history and architecture seem to merge into a total work of art in this magical place.

    As the first treetop path he not only opens up the world above the treetops, but also spans a huge ruin on which an original forest has been developing for over 60 years.

    At a height of up to 23 meters on the path and 36 meters on the tower, the treetop path opens up an unprecedented perspective on a magical place.

    opening hours
    May to September: 9am to 7pm
    April & October: 9am to 5:30 pm
    November to March: 10am to 4pm
    Open all year except 24/25/12 and 01/01.

    entry
    Adults 9.50 €, children (7 -17 years) 7.50 €

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    Waldhaus Buch

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    The Waldhaus book has already gone through several chapters of history, many of them very dark. Originally built as a tuberculosis sanatorium, it was a stopover for "patients" on the way to the euthanasia centers of Bernburg and Brandenburg during the Nazi era. It was used as a military hospital. It became a clinic for orthopedics after the war and has been vacant since 1992.

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    If you want to swim here, you must bring your own water. Since the former BVB swimming pool last served as a public swimming pool in the 1980s, it has been left to itself. At its opening in 1928 it was with the BVG Stadium a place for the athletic training of street workers. In 1932 and 1936 it served as a training ground for the Summer Olympics.

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    Zombie Hospital

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    There is a zombie hospital in Weissensee. Originally it was a children's hospital, then the zombies took over the grounds, took the doctors around the corner and ate the brains of the kids :)
    Okay, not really.

    The place is still exciting. However, it is also dangerous (and illegal) to go inside, all buildings are very old and decay gradually

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