Delphi silent film theater
The 1920s Delphi silent film theater was reborn as the Moka Efti club in the Babylon Berlin television series, then it was silent once more.
Perhaps the weirdest of Berlin’s buildings, abandoned or not, is the hideously attractive Bierpinsel in Steglitz. It sticks out like a walrus in a tutu.
The abandoned NSA Field Station from the frontline of the Cold War, used to spy on Soviet-controlled East Germany on the other side of the Berlin Wall.
The rollercoaster story of East Germany’s only full-time fun park, later called Spreepark, abandoned and left to rot with its dinosaurs in 2001.
Flugplatz Brand was strategically important for the Soviet Air Force. Thankfully its battalions of flying fighters remained on ice for the duration of the Cold War.
The Kladow casino enjoyed its heyday in the 1950s. Now it’s just a shell languishing near the shore of the Havel. But some people are gambling on it opening again one day.
The Sporthotel und Kongresszentrum des Sportforums Hohenschönhausen is in a sorry state, beyond salvation, thrashed and abused. Not even drugs can help.
Hohenschönhausen refugee homes
Hohenschönhausen’s refugee homes, formerly living quarters for “guest workers” who helped build the DDR, don’t welcome anyone anymore.
Haus der Statistik
Haus der Statistik looms over Berlin’s Alexanderplatz with STOP WARS across its bow in big red letters. The DDR’s former statistics HQ is right to be angry.
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!