A strange UFO perches on a mountaintop in deepest darkest Bulgaria. Buzludzha, the country’s former communist party HQ, has to be seen to be believed.
Lew McDaniel of West Virginia worked as a linguist at Teufelsberg, Field Station Berlin, from 1968-71. He tells Abandoned Berlin of life at the spy station.
Niederlehme TSL 44
Niederlehme’s Treib- und Schmierstofflager 44, aka TSL 44, was a former oil and fuel storage facility used by Nazi Germany, then East Germany’s armed forces.
Vogelsang still clings to its nuclear secrets. One sneaky deployment of bad weapons was so damned secret it was even kept from the Soviet soldiers involved.
Kino Hubertus’ ruined villas in Waidmannslust
Two houses and a cinema clung to life in Waidmanslust, fighting loneliness with earthly possessions before they too went their inevitable way.
Rheinsberg nuclear plant
Inside the belly of the beast. Refuse from East Germany’s first nuclear plant will continue to cast a threat long after the DDR itself was shut down.
They must have just left the Iraqi Embassy to the DDR with no notice. “We’re leaving. Pack your bags and get out!” The party at Saddam’s house was over.
West Berlin’s lifeline during the Soviet Blockade, Tempelhof Airport has since become the city’s biggest park. Berliners will fight to keep it that way.
Germany’s Luftwaffe used Flugplatz Schönwalde for the war. The Soviets took over afterward and left their traces after abandoning the airfield in 1992.
About Abandoned Berlin
Tall tales of trespass and anecdotes of fear – this is Abandoned Berlin.
An attempt to remember the past through the present, to capture memories in the air, to uncover the stories trapped under broken bricks and flaking paint.
Abandoned Berlin started in 2009 when the lure of untold wonders was calling from the other side of a threatening fence. It was such a magical experience the author was compelled to share it with instructions for others to enjoy, too. More incredible stories followed.
Abandoned Berlin thus became a documentation project to record the city’s ruins and derelict places before they’re gone.
It has since spawned two books, documentaries, a growing number of short films, t-shirts, and many imposters.
If it’s verboten it’s got to be fun. For more information on the project, including why the author gives out addresses, check out the “about” page.
Otherwise, viel Spaß!