Bernau Panzer Kaserne

Oct 28, 201476 comments

Tanks for the memories

Not much can be learned from the old abandoned Panzer Kaserne in Bernau but for the fact that Russians love covering their walls in newspaper and playing basketball in attics. It’s true.

At one time the Red Army’s 90th Guards Tank Division was headquartered here, according to what I’ve gleaned from conducting my fill of painstaking and contradictory research. It’s all very confusing so you’ll have to Bär with me…

Before the Soviets and long after the last bears were roaming Brandenburg, the Nazis were in charge.

These were the main offices and administration buildings for Bernau’s Heeresbekleidungsamt (Army Clothing Agency), which I detailed in another post concerning another complex nearby.

I didn’t encounter any Nazis on my first visit, and so presumed I’d stumbled upon the wrong site. I didn’t realize the Heeresbekleidungsamt was spread over two.

This was where some 1,300 workers made, repaired and cleaned uniforms for the Wehrmacht during World War II, lovingly cleaning them, pressing them and ironing them so German soldiers could keep up appearances when off invading foreign parts.

They were a bedraggled-looking lot by the time the Russians took over and promptly made themselves at home in April 1945.

The 90th Guards Tank Division consisted of various tank regiments, motor rifle regiments, an artillery regiment and air defense missile regiment, as well as other supporting units.

It only came into being in 1982, when it came under the jurisdiction of the 20th Guards Army, which was headquartered in Eberswalde and had taken part in the Soviets’ 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia.




















There were other divisions in Bernau before 1982, but effectively it’s all the same. There were Soviet tanks, missiles, weapons and soldiers with arms and legs a-plenty, ready to be put into action quicker than you could say Sputnik.

Thankfully they were gone by the time I hopped over the wall and in. The deserted barracks is spread out stoically, with its imposing buildings, huge and overbearing, all ringed off by a high wall which sealed the camp from the outside world. Not that it cares as it sits out its solitude in the forest.

The Soviet star still shines above the front door, but inside there wasn’t much to learn about our departed friends. More than 20 years have passed since they left, and each winter has done its worst, wiping walls clean without emotion, smashing windows, dragging down roofs, stripping the ubiquitous newspaper off the walls.

Worse, they’ve flaked away the previously inspirational murals to leave patches of paint in their wake, old makeup worn away like the Soviet Union itself.

Decay and rot are doing their best to erase her memory, though most of the buildings are sound. They’re certainly still good enough to play basketball in their attics, as the Russians must have done with their aforementioned arms and legs to alleviate the boredom of waiting for a war that never came.

Now the attics are occupied by pigeons – I guess they like basketball too – cooing and whooshing at visitors to shoo them away. They’ve waited long enough for peace and quiet – they don’t want to give it up now. Maybe they just love scaring the shit out of intrepid explorers…

The only other heart-in-mouth moment came as I walked by yet another doorway to spot the legs of a man inside. A dead soldier, forgotten perhaps. I’d already walked past the doorway before I realized what I’d seen. Shit, a fucking corpse! Maybe he’s still alive, maybe he’s only sleeping. Dead or alive, I don’t know which was worse. I inched back, stretched my neck around the corner. A tarp and a pair of shoes. Thank Christ, there was no body, ‘twas only a trick of the eyes.

They love playing tricks in places like these, when nerves are jangling and every sound is a ghost. The spirits of the past just wait for the right time to say hello. Don’t be shy.





















  • What: Abandoned Soviet military camp, home at one time to tanks and, of course, Russians. Formerly served as the main administration buildings for the Nazis’ Heeresbekleidungsamt, or uniform making/repairing/cleaning facility. None of them are there anymore. Well, just a couple of their ghosts…
  • Where: Schwanebecker Chaussee, 16321 Bernau, Germany.
  • How to get there: Get the S2 S-Bahn in the direction of Bernau, get off at Bernau-Friedenstal‎, walk in the direction the train was going, under the underpass, follow the path around to the right until you come to another underpass, this time under the motorway, keep going, take the path up to the right, past a small lake with a private fishing club hut. This is where you cut into the forest. Either follow what you can of the path in a westerly direction and then cut in to the left, or walk to the back of the fishing club and strike a right there. Either way, once you’ve made your choice, stick to it and keep walking until you reach the high wall. Follow it until you find a spot where it’s easier to climb in. Here’s a map in a well-meant but ultimately futile attempt to make it easier to find. There’s also an simpler but less exciting way from Bernau S-Bahnhof. Turn left when you come out of the station, go down Breitscheidstraße till you hit Weißenseer Straße. This becomes Schwanebecker Chaussee. There’s a Lidl on the corner on your right. You can easily hop the fence from the carpark, or – if you’re worried about nosy parkers (ha!) – you can continue along Schwanebecker Chaussee and get in on the right further on.
  • Getting in: Not too hard. There are parts where the wall has collapsed or where a convenient mound of muck has gathered to give you an easy jumping off point.
  • When to go: Daylight. You really don’t want to get lost in the woods when it’s dark. For all I know the place is crawling with boars and wolves.
  • Difficulty rating: 4/10. I’ve downgraded the difficulty considering the easier access from Schwanebecker Chaussee. Still, it’s not as exciting as hacking your way through the woods.
  • Who to bring: Probably a good idea to bring someone, in case one of you breaks a leg, gets eaten by a wolf etc.
  • What to bring: Camera, beers, a sandwich or a bag of crisps to keep you sustained. Waterproof boots are a must if you’re going to go traipsing through the forest.
  • Dangers: Don’t go into the old theater because it really does look like it will collapse if someone even sneezes. The roof’s gone already. It’s just a matter of time before the rest goes. As usual, watch out for the Polizei, especially if any of you are brazen enough to approach from the road. You also need to look out for security. Somebody is keeping a loose eye on the place. On the latest visit there was a jeep parked in the main gateway. He was facing out and the gate was still open so it didn’t look like he was staying long. I gave him a wide berth and got in further up the road. By the time I’d worked my way through the buildings to where he’d been parked he was gone. Just like the Russians.

Dedicated to Old Fool. I used to enjoy your brilliant blog posts but your blog is gone and there ain’t no trace of you no more. “Great fun!” you wrote here in April 2012, wishing you’d been be here. I wish it too. You said you were a time traveler, traveling at 1 second per second (sps). We’re all time travelers now. Hope you’re doing well, where/whenever it is you’re traveling.

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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.


  1. Oldfool

    What great fun! Wish I had been there.

  2. Spudnik

    It IS great fun! Thanks. Or I should really say tanks.

  3. Anonymous

    I went today, nice and pretty good condition. Aproaching from the parking lot in Lidl was not a problem. Thank you!

  4. Anonymous

    Nice! But as somebody who grew up in the neighborhood, I can assure you that there are no wolfs and probably haven’t been since the 18th century.

  5. Maquinas y Escombros Urbex

    Ich liebe den Gegenstand Ihres Blogs, muss man neue Anhänger.

  6. RR-Urbex

    Nice! Thanks for sharing this place, and all the others on here. Your site has provided much of the planning behind my Berlin exploring trip I’m aiming to do in August

  7. Anonymous

    I love your blog! I’m flying to Berlin next month with my friend so maybe we’ll check one of these abandoned places 😉
    I’m pretty curious if a police officer has ever caught you while visiting some abandoned place? And what kinds of consequences would being caught cause?

  8. Philipp

    A really , really great place! You could spend there the whole day, exploring the area. If you bring big gumboots you would be able to explore the big basement vault.

    here some impressions: =)

  9. Jules

    Awesome blog!

  10. Spudnik

    Thanks Jules! I’ll try an update with new material in the coming days. Otherwise it’ll be another couple of months…

    Anonymous – apologies for the late response. No, I’ve been lucky/careful enough not to be caught by Polizei. So the consequences are a little unclear. As far as I know, once you don’t actually break into a place – i.e. smash a window or break down a door – you can only be done for trespassing rather than the much more serious charge of breaking an entering (which I’ve been told is a criminal offence). Of course, the best idea is simply not to get caught.

  11. Anonymous

    First of all, thank you for sharing these great places. Yesterday, we did visit the site and I did not expect it to be this large.

    I was extremely fascinated about all the newspapers that are used as a foundation for wallpaper. Some of my Russian friends translated some of my photos and it is all propaganda. You can find newspapers titled “The Truth”, which to me is something very special 🙂

    There are some original Soviet murals scattered around the site and I have to say that the one of a soldiers head is remarkable.

    The Soviet gym was the highlight of the day, especially because there are still some items there (e.g. a ball).

    All in all a great day and I ticked yet another one of your list!

    Thanks again.

  12. Anonymous

    Went there yesterday. Everything was pretty awesome except when me and my friend reached the third floor of the main building we heard voices. We looked outside and it happened to be 4 people in military dress. Not sure if they were there looking for people or if they were explorers like us. We didn’t stick around to find out though. We narrowly escaped the building unseen as they had entered the same building we were in. saw two more groups of teenagers entering the compound as we left but we figured we would play it safe. Awesome location though just wear proper shoes haha.

  13. Paul

    After an adventurous journey through mosquito and horsefly infested woods, and over mountains of asbestos, we finaly arrived at this nice location ravaged, only to find elementary school kids playin there and the fact that a Lidl parking lot was virtually built on the premise. It’s a cool place, but there’s a much simpler route there; go to the Lidl and climb the fence.

  14. Spudnik

    Cheers Paul. Yes, it’s probably easier to get in by Lidl on Schwanebecker Chaussee (as I wrote) if you want to be less adventurous. Glad you enjoyed the journey. Isn’t it fun?! 😉

  15. Per Eriksson

    This place was on the schedule after visiting both Krampnitz and Vogelsang. It really added some flavour to the whole old military buildings experience. The place itself isnt as gigantic as Krampnitz but still amazing. Building upon building, one bigger then the other.

    The main building (with the Soviet star) was in the process of beeing boarded up, the building itself is in poor condition and i guess they dont want people hurting themselves. The gym (with the basketball) had collapsed due to a fire and there was signs of fires in other buildings.

    All in all a very interesting trip but beware where you walk, someone has removed all the manhole covers!

  16. Omniradius

    Went there today, in the blazing heat! (34 degrees celsius) Awesome place, indeed very easy to get in through the LIDL parking lot… in fact, there was already a hole in the fence so we didn’t even have to climb or anything.
    We did have one scary moment when all of a sudden a car passed by on the dirt road next to the main building (we were already inside the building at that time). We don’t know if it was security or something like that since we just kept really quiet for a few minutes, hoping nobody would come in…. and luckily, nothing happened. So I guess they didn’t see us. Or, they did… but they just decided it was too bloody hot to care 😉
    Anyway, highly recommended place!

  17. Spudnik

    Thanks for the comment! Glad you survived the heat.

  18. Anonymous

    Went there recently. Would not recommend entering lidl because its right next to many apartments so many people can see with balconies looking over to the building. The main street also has a large wall with “Achtung” signs saying that its being watched.

    We got in easily by going down the main road a little and there is a dirt path and u can park there and there were already holes in the fence to get in. Can’t say how to get there by train as we had a car.

    Really impressive place and highly recommended!

  19. tassa

    We’ve been there in late summer 2013. Quite easy to access. Lots of holes in fences. No security present. However, from what i heard there is occasionaly a Sec-Car to be found on the premises, which basically makes his drive-by-alibi-sweep before leaving again. In any case totally worth it.

    I was wondering: has anyone been to the second compound, which lies east of the Bernau-station? As far as i know it also belonged to the buildings depicted here (i.e. former Heeresbekleidungsamt turned Sovjet instalation). We were too tired to go there on that day. Just heard that its soil is supposedly heavily contaminated with some chemicals and that it is more officially designated as “Sperrgebiet”. I dont expect any security there, though. Just dont know whether its worth the trip to Bernau again.

  20. Spudnik

    That’s actually what I was looking for initially when I found this place! I need to make another trip to Bernau to check out the Heeresbekleidungsamt. I’m not sure what kind of condition it’s in now though…

  21. tassa

    Well, in Google Earth you can get at least an impression of how the buildings look from the outside – through photo links. However, i did not find any pics of the inside. So it might be trashed or just empty. I wouldnt expect too much there – but you can never know.
    If i have some time and find someone who wants to tag along, i’ll take the annoyingly long trip from southern berlin to Bernau and check it out.

  22. Spudnik

    It’s pretty empty as I wrote in the post (you can also see photos of the inside in the post!) but it’s definitely worth the trip. Unless you really are particularly lazy.

  23. Per Eriksson

    It seems like the second compound is very closed off. From the pictures i could find on Google Maps doors and windows seems to be very well shut, lots of unbroken windows too so it seems like it hasnt been too trashed.

  24. Marcel

    Visited last weekend, but everything is closed down with metal plates. Large site. Please be careful and inspect your body after your visit for ticks!

  25. Spudnik

    Thanks for the comments Marcel! Hope they didn’t tick you off too much 😉

  26. Pascal

    Hi! In a lot of articles i read: ‘watch out for the police’. Obviously, that’s because you don’t want to be taken outside which would end the exploration. But (i’m Dutch so don’t know your laws): what could happen? Will they take you to their office, fine you, or just let you go outside? Assuming you only take pictures and don’t molest anything…
    Thanks for your answer!

  27. Anonymous

    Hey guys, is there a way to still get in or is everything sealed?

  28. Anonymous

    Why do you call this “Panzer Kaserne Bernau”? This site at Schwanebecker Chaussee has been from start to end of war Heeresbekleidungsamt Bernau (Hauptamt) with admnistration and the other site at Schönfelder Weg 17, where you’ve been recently, has been a depot of the same institution. Due to war this Nebenlager never has been completed. There has been a private mental home nearby at S-Bahn station Friedenstal, also used by soviet army after war. Thats really totally collapsed now.

  29. Spudnik

    Hey, thanks for the info! I remember at the time (April 2012) I found it hard to nail down exactly what it was. But what you say about Heeresbekleidungsamt over two sites makes sense, especially after the research I did recently on the other site. Still, that was only during the war, meaning it’s still possible the Soviets had a Panzer Kaserne here. I’ll need to check into it again – unfortunately I didn’t link to what I had found before. Do you know where the Red Army’s 90th Guards Tank Division was based if it wasn’t here?
    Either way, thanks for your contribution. I’m always grateful to be corrected if I’ve gotten something wrong.


    20th Guards Army at Eberswalde -> 90th Guards Tank Division “Red Banner” at Bernau -> with 68th and 215th Guards Tank Regiment and 400th Tank Artillery Regiment. Also deployed at Bernau 58th Tank Regiment until 1990. You can use the Website of Militärgeschichtliches Forschungsamt Potsdam where you’ll find a location database for Nationale Volksarmee (NVA) and Gruppe der Sowjetischen Streitkräfte in Deutschland (GSSD/WGT) in section Service -> Standortdatenbank NVA und GSSD.

  31. Spudnik

    Thanks a million! I’ll check it out and will be updating this post accordingly.

  32. Spudnik

    Thanks to you both! I went back and updated.

  33. UncleEvey

    I was happy to visit this place today, and had no problems at all, which was quite amazing as I’d chosen to enter/exit from the Lidl car-park, as this seemed like a convenient place to lock my bicycle. I also sounded like an Elephant, as I clomped and crunched my way around the buildings.
    The art-work is truly amazing, although I couldn’t find the piece which was signed ‘Sonia’ in your photo… maybe you can recall roughly where it was located? ….ha ha, i’d be amazed if you could, as this place is F-ing massive.
    Thank-you for your blog, it really gives me something different to do when ever I visit Berlin.

  34. Karl G.

    I was there today. The access from Schwanebecker Chaussee is really easy. The place is quite big and has got a lot of things to explore… First we didn’t find an entrance to the main building, so we sneaked in and out through a window. Later we saw that one of the main doors in the front is actually opened!

    There were a few other groups of explorers/photographers and also a group of children (!) making some kind of initiation day in a spuky (?) place. No security, Polizei, Nazis or russian soldiers disturbing people.

  35. Spudnik

    I do remember where it was. It was in the building directly behind the main one (to the northeast of it) and in the right-hand wing. Not sure if it was first or second floor though. Good luck!

  36. UncleEvey

    thanks for that. Don’t think i’ll get time to go back, as I’m on the way to Oslo soon.
    You don’t know of any abandoned buildings in Oslo do you? lol
    Keep up the good work!

  37. Spudnik

    I don’t, but Tove does. I’m sure she’d be happy to point you in the right direction.

  38. HoaGie

    I was there this morning, and I have to say that the place is freakin’ awesome. Thanks for sharing!

    Regarding the access, I directly “hacked my way through the woods”, and could not find it easier. After taking the dirt path to the right in the fishing club hut, keep walking and pretty soon you will see a yellow pole on your right. Continue straight ahead and after one hundred meters (maybe less), you will see another one on your left. Right after passing that point, you should see a small trail that goes into the woods and directly towards the wall, which has a huge hole (if you can even call it a hole) that was once covered by a now smashed metal fence. Jump over it and you are in, with the old garages on your right.

  39. Anonymous

    Pretty much all of the important things has been said but keep a look on the outside, we encountered an older guy with a dog and are quite sure this was some kind of security.

    Not as much history-related things as I thought, but a loooot of good streetart/graffiti.

    Also don’t underestimate the size of this area, it’s really huge and you need to plan ~6hrs if you want to see all (!!) of it.

    Also bring a flashlight.. 10% of the rooms we saw were to dark to move in without one.

  40. Anonymous

    Played basketball with a couple of people there recently. The place is amazing!
    We also entered from the parking lot at lidl.
    There was so much to see..can’t wait to go again!

  41. Anonymous

    Was there today. No need to go in from the back as we did really. The fence is open. Its big but kinda the same thing over and over again. Difficulty level 1 i would say..

  42. Unknown

    who nose the address

  43. Anonymous

    I visited this Place at the 26th August. I was there with my Girlfriend and it was very soothing. It’s a good Place to be alone with another Person. It’s so quite but very beautiful to see all those abandoned Buildings. But leave this Place before 7pm! There comes Creatures u can’t identify and you think that it’s something which want to kill you. I visited this Place once in Spring and twice in Summer. We was sitting on the stairs and talk […] I realized that it’s late and I meant to my Girlfriend that we have to go. We went. We walked by a little Forest. I’ve heard that something walked over leaves. I thought that it’s a Human. I was wrong […] I looked deeper in the forest and I found nothing. I looked again. Suddenly I saw an Animal with a black Face, but I can’t identify this thing. I snapped the Hand of my Girlfriend and we left this Place very quickly. All in All It’s a great Place for ya if you want to be with somebody alone. But I recommend you to leave this Place before 7pm!

  44. Spudnik

    Thanks for sharing your experience. Just so you know, you don’t need to capitalize nouns in English. Don’t ask me why you need to do it in German…

  45. Spudnik

    If you look above under “where” you’ll sniff it out.

  46. Unknown

    Thanks for the great website, we’ve been using it for a while ! We went to Bernau on the 17/01 and it was beautiful to wander around the several buildings in the snow. So much to see there ! We passed through the front gate with no difficulty and were alone for a long while, then followed some footsteps which led us to the forest side, from which a good few other explorers were coming in.
    Made a little video

  47. Anonymous

    had a techno rave inside a few weeks ago, was the perfect place for it. No Polizei either 😀 love, L.

  48. Anonymous

    Hi, been there this Saturday 18th of March 2017. Easy access from Lidl’s parking : Just hop past the fence, walk through the forest and you’re in. You really need at least three or four hours to have a general idea of what the place looks like. Plan to stay at least five or six hours if you want to go in each of the hundreds of rooms this whole complex is equipped with.

    Considering how easy it was for us (three) to get in and out and the absolute vastness of the whole place, this is definitely worth a look. No Polizei for us, no guards but we heard four people trying to get in one of the buildings we already were.

    Oh also, that was a very windy day, and windy days are scary in that kind of place :p

    Otherwise yea, as I said, definitely worth a look, there’s a shit ton of different things to see and even if there’s kind of a pattern, the variety of graffitis give this place a sense of art exhibition, really cool. (pics in my instagram linked on my profile)

  49. Moskito-man

    Easy entrance and no problem to enter all the buildings. You find some old russian army clothings ( look up )

    Einfaches reinkommen auf das Gelände, alle Gebäude gut begehbar. Es finden sich noch allerhand Russische Klamotten in den Räumen. Auch haben die Russen den Dachboden ausgelegt damit. (Entsorgung oder Wärmedämmung)

  50. Mary Poppins

    I went there recently, a week ago. Only a few buildings are accessible as described, since they have started stripping and rebuilding a few of the other buildings (Haus 4 and further) to apartments. Getting in was easy, and the concrete buildings are still in relatively good shape, though you need to watch out on the top floors, the roof is made of wood, leaking a lot of seems like it might come down soon.
    I’d love to go back, but given the renovation-craziness going on, I fear this might have been the last time.

  51. Anonymous

    Hi, i am going to Berlin next week. My friend who is hosting me has school so I will be mostly by myself. Isn’t it dangerous at all for a non european 30’s girl to go to this places (I’m reading all your blog) alone?

  52. Spudnik

    To be honest, I wouldn’t recommend going anywhere on your own if you feel unsafe or uncomfortable. I know this sounds very boring but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
    So try and find someone to accompany you, or go on a tour, or take one of the “legal” visiting options, such as Teufelsberg, Wünsdorf, Kummersdorf, Tempelhof and so on – you don’t need to take any risks you’re not comfortable with taking.
    Enjoy your time in Berlin!

  53. Anonymous

    Ich war in diesem Monat 2x dort – das erste Mal habe ich mich dort verletzt ( gestolpert, Krankenhaus, Augenoperation) und das zweite Mal habe ich dort meine Angst vor erneuter Verletzung verarbeitet….man kann noch überall rein, sollte aber auf den Wachschutz mit Hundebegleitung aufpassen.In diesem Sinne – passt auf euch auf….

  54. Unknown

    Guten Tag

    Ich wollte mal wissen was es aufsich hat mit der Gefahr von Wildschweinen und Wölfen !
    da ich und andere Planen dort hin zugehen.

  55. Anonymous

    Hi, ich habe keine Ahnung wieso ich das schreibe aber ich war dort schon oft und dieser Ort ist mir sehr ans Herz gewachsen. Ich habe dort noch nie wachschutz oder der gleichen gesehen.
    Ich habe online einen Artikel gelesen der besagt das dort Wohnungen gebaut werden, weiß jemand näheres darüber?
    Es würde mich sehr interessieren weil ich dort gerne noch weitere male hingehen würde.

  56. Anonymous

    Been there today. Hopped over the wall in Schwaneb. Chaussee as around LIDL there have been people hanging around. The place indeed is a marvellous street art scene! Plenty to explore, although the Russian traces are almost gone entirely (a few gems are still hidden 😉

    Few people have been walking their dogs, one tall as a horse and luckily was on a leash when they encountered me in a building. One random black-dressed guy sleeping in a meadow enjoying the sun, rather walked quick could have been some security.

    Besides the large big buildings there is not much more to see as they clean up like crazy in the rear part, the place is destined to become flats soon…

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  58. Martinisalive

    We explored the facility a while ago and suddenly we got company. That’s why we call the film we made: “Escape from Bernau”. We really got ourselves a thrill moment there. (It’s all in the film). Going back the day after just to record a clip just outside the gates we saw a van pulling up, open the gates, drive in, close the gates and the letting two pretty impressive guard dogs out… 😮 Anyway, we hope the movie managed to capture not only stunning images but also the atmosphere of this amazing place. But I’ll let you be the judge of that. 🙂

  59. Anonymous

    AMAZING PLACE! Spent 3h and did 80% because I had to go to work. Its REALLY ruge. The area and also the buildings. No trace of other explorers, junkies, homeless or securance. The buildings are also in very good condition. Is very easy to get inside, through Lidl parking. The place makes a lot of noise because the wallpaper and windows moving with wind. Is very easy to loose the count of the floors that you did already. Its 4 floors and, walking 1 km of constructed area BY FLOOR!!! You will walk this distance if you don’t get in any room so, its a lot more distance to walk exploring. This distanceis for “just” the 3 main buildings, that are connected. And there are some others that are smaller ( not small ). But you wont get lost inside because the buildings are not wide. You will find windows in almost anywhere so, a great reference point. The light inside is incredible! If you are a street art lover as I am, go FAST because we never know how long places will be “open for visitation” Its a PARADISE for underground street art! Never got so excited in a place! Recognized some pictures from this Instragram /lypo_lypovsky. Here’s the link to Lidl.

  60. Unknown

    Really good look around, went a little late so didn’t see it as much as wanted to.
    Be careful though people walking through the woods as we encountered 3 wild boars running through, they luckily didn’t see us though

  61. Anonymous

    If you want to see it, better do it soon. Spent about two hours there and was a bit disappointed that almost all the smaller buildings have been demolished. That – and the heavy logging that has been going on – has turned most of the site into a wasteland. However, the main buildings are still intact and absolutely worth the visit. (To be fair, even the wasteland has its charm. A big chunk of a stairway is still standing proud among the debris. Maybe the guys demolishing the site have a sense of humour.)

  62. Anonymous

    We visited the site yesterday: Still very easy access via Lidl parking. Just headed for the main building which is still worth to explore. Watch out for details/paintings left by the soviets: well-preserved murals glorifying different army divisions on cealing beams in one room (!) – obviously overlooked by most of the visitors, who´re mainly spraying graffiti and destroying the windows. Sad…
    Go, see this special place before it´s gone!

  63. Anonymous

    Hello, any recent news ??? Is it still worth going there ?

    • Spudnik

      Last time i was here was in April, and I can confirm it was very much worth a visit then. Other people may have more up-to-date info. Either way, there’s no such thing as a wasted trip if you enjoy the journey. Check out the map and see what else is around.

  64. Anonymous

    went there today
    they started to do some works but you can still enter from the lidl parkig
    I did find only some nice graffitis and really few soviet things left
    don´t know if it is worth anymore

  65. Anonym

    Went there today!
    Getting in is really not a problem, Like people described before..
    Met 2 workers, just said hello!
    Relaxed situation!
    Area is still huge and mostly i felt safe that nobody would check the place!!
    Was there 6-7 hours!
    Went in all buildings and floors!
    Is a good daytrip and got lots of good shots and still good graffiti. found a uniform….Just saying 🙂
    So, for me its still worth a visit !

  66. Anonymous

    I went yesterday. Still easy to get in, but looks as though they are planning to demolish it. They had cut down all the trees, demolished some smaller buildings and taken out all the fittings (window frames etc). If you want to see it get in quick!

  67. Anonymous

    Went there today and it was amazing! took awesome pictures. It seems as if it is going to be demolished pretty soon because things are getting cleaned and up most of the tress are cut. Small buildings are already torn down.

  68. Anonymous

    Hi, anybody any news about this place? Is the main Building still accessible?

  69. Anonymous

    11.06.21 Report! Its open and easy to enter.
    I wanted to be cool and cut through the woods on my way from the Sbahn and it felt like the worst possible woods to cut through. Very tall plants and dry spikey things everywhere. I later saw that it is much easier to access from the northern side where the Lidl is.
    So the fencing is really weak. The doors are open. The place is clean and the art is beautiful. I spotted a blue van drive in the area but I could not tell what they did. Some heavy-duty machines are nearby but they don’t seem to be eager to tear things down.

    • JustExplore211

      I can confirm that! Some of the most beautiful graffiti I have ever seen and very easy to access.

  70. JeyDunbar

    08.08.2021 News: Open and easy to enter. Great place for very good graffiti art, new pieces since we were there in 2018. Easy to enter from the Lidl parking lot.

  71. Psyconauta

    Date of visit: 28/11/2021
    All the buildings have been cleared from any remnant objects of the past era due to the advancing construction works. It is still worth visiting thanks to the wonderful graffitis and a few remaining Soviet decorations. You should definitely go up to the very top floor of the main building and search for the basketball court to enjoy its wonderful echo effect. The rooftop is accessible from that very point through a tight tunnel with a staircase. It is a little bit dangerous, although manageable 🙂
    There is some sort of primitive alarm in one of the side buildings. Nothing to be really worried about. The construction workers are not there on the weekend.
    It is a piece of cake to get inside. Difficulty rate: 1/10, but be quick! A new shopping mall could soon arise instead of the Panzer Kaserne :/

  72. Matt

    Extremely easy to access from all possible sides (but preferably from the hiking trail, where the trees are and collapsed parts of a wall).

    Nevertheless there was a bunch (two dozens at least) of school children hiding in one of the buildings, and as i was approaching my exit site, police came to snatch them as they ran out like swarm to make their escape. I’ve managed to be off their faces, but the kids weren’t so lucky. So just be aware of the fact that there’s some patrolling going on.

    Other than that – GLORIOUS place.

  73. Luciana

    We went there on 24.07.2022 (Sunday). It was a bit hard to access through the forest (at least the part we tried). We found a open part in the wall, but the way to the place had very high grass and little visibility. So we left and tried through Village (Lidl) way. The fence is rebuild and not possible to access, as there is a construction going on. We then kept walking and the main gate was open. We enter through main gate and it was very easy to access it (although I can imagine it is quite hard if it is not Sunday, as construction people might be around). The place is super nice and there were also other people exploring it. In the end, a person with white van came to say to us this was a private place, please leave, but he was quite ok and friendly. If you want to go, try to do it on Sunday, so you might find the main way open. It is super easy then! It’s a must go

  74. Miki

    I love this place! I first bumped into it 2 years ago while looking for a place to eat around… and got impressed with its size. I went back with my band to record a music video there last summer. The last floor of the main building is something special and we got lucky to get some beautiful light coming thru.


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