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Abandoned places in Berlin

Juska Wendland

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

    Bike Touring Highlight

    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 former radar station from the Cold War era towers high above the city. If you don't want to see it from the outside, you can get legal access to the historical buildings by purchasing a ticket at teufelsberg-berlin.de. There are different price categories available, depending on whether you want to explore the site on your own or get more background information through a guided tour.

    Opening times: Wednesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Last entry at 7pm.

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    Spreepark

    Bike Touring Highlight

    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 fall of the Wall, it was converted by a private entrepreneur based on the western model, who went bankrupt and from then on the stories of a wild rollercoaster ride resemble, including the shipping of some attractions to Peru and 167 kilograms of cocaine in the mast of the "flying carpet" ride on the return journey Germany. The insolvent park was left to its own devices from 2001 to 2014 and ran wild in the best possible way.

    There are even guided tours in the park: spreepark.berlin/angebote-vor-ort/oeffigte-fuehrungen.

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    Tempelhofer Feld

    Bike Touring Highlight

    An unbelievable feeling of space and freedom in the middle of the city. Here you can do everything wonderfully, barbecue, play sports, stroll through the community gardens, watch people doing strange activities, make pawn collectors happy. And as is so often the case in Berlin, there is also a historical veil over this place and, whoosh, you're in the middle of a political discussion while drinking soda. What will happen to the Tempelhofer Feld? Who should benefit from it? 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

    Bike Touring Highlight

    To the north of the village of Vogelsang lies an abandoned town in the middle of the forest. After the Second World War until 1994, tens of thousands of soldiers lived here in one of the largest Soviet garrisons outside the Soviet Union. Many of the old buildings are still standing, including barracks, bars, a theater and a sports hall, but many are in danger of collapsing, and you can already see from the outside how nature is taking back the city. Entering the former military area is prohibited and dangerous.

    getting there
    10km by bike from Zehdenick train station

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    Olympisches Dorf

    Bike Touring Highlight

    During the 1936 Olympic Games, the 3,600 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. Feeding was divided into nations, women were forbidden to enter. From the Nazi side was planned from the beginning to use the village later as 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
    dkb-stiftung.de/event/fuehrungen-durch-das-olympische-dorf-2

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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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    Zombie Hospital

    Hiking Highlight

    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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    Dmytro

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Abandoned places in Berlin