Lost places: 11 exciting abandoned places in and around berlin, with fun in berlin

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Although Berlin is constantly changing, newly built and freshly painted, there are a few places no one has cared about for years. On his blog Abandoned Berlin Ciarán just writes about it. For us, he has compiled the 11 most exciting places and their stories.

© Abandoned Berlin Cité Foch

If you want to see what the death of communism looks like, you have come to the right place at the Cité Foch Shopping Center. It has been abandoned since 2006 because investors went bankrupt. The building including cinema and leisure center was built in 1975 for French military forces and their families. France was then responsible for this part of West Berlin. The residential area was originally called Cité Toucoulou, but was renamed Cité Foch, in honor of the soldier Ferdinand Foch (not to be confused with Ferdinand Fuchs, a real fox). The Cité Foch shopping center is to be demolished and apartments will be built in its place. If you want to see the death of communism before it has completely disappeared, you should stop by soon.

  • Cité Foch
  • Avenue Charles de Gaulle 7-14, 13469 Berlin

© Abandoned Berlin Teufelsberg

Everyone knows the Teufelsberg, but a list of abandoned places in Berlin is not complete without it. The old western listening system stands on a mountain of rubble that the Nazis piled up after the Second World War. The facility has been deteriorating since the Cold War. Your future depends on how you look the town and the owners agree. There is no cold war between the two parties, but the negotiations are rather frosty and no one knows how they will end. First of all, the owner’s son took the helm and let interested people stroll through the buildings for 15 euros. Once the facility was really deserted and you could just walk around.

  • Teufelsberg
  • Teufelsseechaussee 10, 14193 Berlin

© Abandoned Berlin Walk on the old airfield Rangsdorf

The Rangsdorf airfield, from which Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg once flew a bomb to kill Hitler, has been abandoned, forgotten, repressed and ignored. Of course, it would look very different if Von Stauffenberg had been successful! Perhaps Rangsdorf would then have been famous and recognized, like Tempelhof – also abandoned, but never decayed. The Russians took over Rangsdorf after its heyday – stars like Elli Beinhorn, Bernd Rosemeyer, Beate Uhse flew from here – but they could not live up to the good times. They left a lot of garbage behind when they returned to Moscow. Rubbish that has disappeared, but it does his Has left its mark.

  • Rangsdorf airfield
  • Walther-Rathenau-Strasse, 15834 Rangsdorf

© Abandoned Berlin SS Bakery

There is a bakery near the Sachsenhausen concentration camp where the workers toiled to bake bread for their fellow prisoners. Even if nobody really cared whether they lived or died, the prisoners should be kept alive. So they baked up to 40,000 loaves a day for their brothers and the concentration camps in Mittelbau-Dore, Groß Rosen and Ravensbrück. After the war the Russians took over and continued production freed Prisoners and to take care of themselves until the Wall came down. After that, a lot changed and a lot fell silent. The SS bakery is now also quiet. Maybe it’s better that way.

  • SS Bakery
  • Lehnitzschleuse, 16515 Oranienburg

© Abandoned Berlin VEB Berlin metal smelters and semi-finished products

At the BMHW, as the huge metal production on the Spree was called by people who appreciate letters more than words, around 2,300 people worked until reunification. Perhaps it was the right moment to come to an end, because the BMHW are on a property that was once stolen by a Jewish family – even if that was not, of course, the fault of the workers. In the 1990s, the BMHW was disbanded and transformed into the Cisch Club, a place for legendary Depeche Mode parties. Today the music is off, but you can still enjoy a beer on the roof.

  • VEB Berliner Metallhütten und Halbzeugwerke
  • Fließstrasse, 12439 Berlin-Schoeneweide

© Abandoned Berlin On the trail of military history in Wünsdorf

The military past is not necessarily something that Wünsdorf is proud of. The city now prefers to present itself as a “book city”. Here you love to read. But once it was very different. The first military buildings were erected here in 1910, including the so-called “crescent camp”, which served as a camp for prisoners of war, Muslim Arabs, Indians and Africans from the British and French armies at the beginning of the First World War. The Nazis built underground bunker facilities here, including the ultra-modern “Zeppelin” news center and around 20 air-raid shelters. Then the Russians took over and made Wünsdorf the headquarters of the Soviet military in Germany, which is why the city was also called "Little Moscow" or "Forbidden City". Fortunately, it is no longer forbidden to stop by there. So you can visit the numerous museums, bunkers and even the officers’ house with the impressive statue of Lenin.

  • Wunsdorf
  • Wünsdorf-Waldstadt, Zossen

© Abandoned Berlin Visit the lonely hippopotamus in the Wernerbad

Knautschke, the lonely hippo, has been waiting for the Wernerbad to reopen since 2002. He’ll probably be waiting longer. In the GDR, the Wernerbad was quite popular with swimmers, but when the wall fell, it was no longer good enough. Too loud! Too expensive! Not enough parking spaces! Bad connection! Bah. The Wernerbad was Berlin’s oldest outdoor pool, whose history dates back to 1901 when Wilhelm Werner did it Bath chateau, opened a bathing hut with a restaurant next to a small natural pond. Four years later, it became an official outdoor pool and a 50-meter pool, in which competitions were held from 1957 to 1959. Now it would take some money to reopen the swimming pool. Millions that will probably never be invested. The poor crush has been waiting so long that it has turned to stone.

  • Wernerbad
  • Ridbacher Strasse 44, 12621 Berlin-Marzahn

© Abandoned Berlin Take a guided tour of the Spreepark

The Spreepark is Berlin’s famous abandoned amusement park. Everybody knows him. He has been rotting between the trees in the Plänterwald since 2001. Only a few dinosaurs, a rusty roller coaster, a lonely pirate ship and a few remnants of the western town are left. The park was opened on the occasion of the 20th birthday of the GDR in 1969 as "VEB Kulturpark Plänterwald". Now the city plans to reopen it, if not in its original form. But “dit is Berlin”, where nothing goes as planned. Since the end of July, tours of the Spreepark have been possible again, more detailed information can be found here.

  • Spreepark
  • Kiehnwerderallee 1-3, 12437 Berlin-Treptow

© Abandoned Berlin Siemensbahn

There are three ghost stations on the forgotten S-Bahn line of the Siemensbahn, which are waiting for a train to come by again. The tracks have long been overgrown with weeds and leaves, covered with branches and leaves – in principle everything that has nothing to do with trains. Nothing has been going here since September 1980. A boycott of the GDR-operated S-Bahn in West Berlin and a strike by the train workers prompted the East German Reichsbahn to stop the operation. Some dream of the Siemens Railway going through Jungfernheide again, but it is pretty obvious that this company has long since reached the end station.

  • Siemens train
  • Rohrdamm 83, 13629 Berlin

© Abandoned Berlin Bärenquell brewery

After the fall of the Berlin Wall, Berliners suddenly realized that there was more to do than to drink. Unfortunately for the East German breweries, this meant the end for many and they orphaned faster than a party after the fridge was empty. The Bärenquell brewery closed its doors on April 1, 1994 after 112 years of brewing. It opened as a Borussia brewery in 1882, was later bought by Schultheiss AG and expanded in 1889. Called VEB Bärenquell in GDR times, it produced one of the most popular Berlin beers, which was widely known for its good taste. At the time of closure, it was one of the “Big Four” breweries alongside Berliner Kindl, Berliner Pilsener and Schultheiss.

  • Bärenquell brewery
  • Schnellerstrasse 137, 12439 Berlin-Treptow

© Abandoned Berlin House of Statistics

A large, misshapen ruin towers over the tourists and shoppers at Alexanderplatz and boldly looks down on them, despite their own neglected condition. During GDR times, she had already closely watched everyone, but not just the tourists – the Stasi, who was then in the building, monitored everyone. At that time the House of Statistics housed the State Central Administration for Statistics of the GDR, the entire top three floors of the 12-story building were used exclusively by the omnipresent Stasi. After reunification, the building became the Berlin branch of the Federal Statistical Office and the Berlin office of the Federal Commissioner for the Stasi documents. The Stasi files were kept there so that former supervisors could see what the Stasi had written or said about them. The plans to demolish the building and build the usual apartments and offices there have been changed in favor of refugees and artists, so that it is now being converted into a residential and work complex. Many clubs and cultural organizations have already expressed their interest in moving in and another 1,000 apartments could also be built there. In any case, further development is expected soon – the days of “abandoned statistics” are numbered.

  • House of Statistics
  • Otto-Braun-Strasse 70/72, 10178 Berlin-Mitte

Thanks to Ciarán for the summary!

Would you like even more exciting places? Have a look Abandoned Berlin over or the book of the blog. Here you will also find a nice interview & Video by Ciarán.


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