Party at Saddam’s house
Papers are strewn everywhere, files, important documents, files, letters, photos, names, addresses; mountains of them ripped from folders and filing cabinets and just scattered around. Chairs are overturned, sofas gutted, desks ravaged, walls blackened, shards of glass lie on the floor. Dirty curtains billow in the nonchalant breeze through broken windows.
You’d think a bomb hit the place even before you realize where you are. But this is one Iraqi site which was never bombed – it was simply abandoned.
They must have just left the Iraqi Embassy to East Germany (German Democratic Republic or DDR) with no notice at all. “We’re leaving. Pack your bags and get out!”
They didn’t even bother to clear their desks. More than 20 years later the telephones, rusty typewriters and telex machines were still sitting on desks, along with manuals and lists of phone numbers. (In June, 2010, there was still even toilet paper on a roll beside the smashed up cistern!)
Most of what they left behind in January 1991 was still there. All the good stuff was gone of course; I was looking for a picture of Saddam Hussein. Any medals, busts or trinkets were long pilfered but there was still more than enough to hold the attention.
A receipt from April 28th, 1970 for 1.070,66 East German Mark made out to Herr Dr. Hl Hussani, whoever the hell he was, and letters addressed to Mr. Issam Salman Al Rawi from the Iraqi embassy in London. There were also manuscripts on the Iran-Iraq war, and plenty of pictures of missile launchers in action, smiling Iraqi soldiers and wartime propaganda.
Saddam himself was there too! Smiling beautifully and radiating with glory on the cover of a brochure soiled by decades of Berlin winters and the passing of time. Time hasn’t been kind to him either, I’m afraid.
I’d hopped over the half-hearted barbed-wire effort on the front gate and made my way in through the cellar. As is becoming customary, I’d no torch with me (I finally bought batteries the Sunday before at Mauerpark) so I was relying on my camera infrared to light the dark rooms. It didn’t light much. I stumbled over debris, banged into overturned furniture and crunched on broken glass as I groped my way around in the darkness. I pushed open doors, peered around corners in the dark, half expecting a decayed corpse to suddenly roll out in front of me.
My heart was in my mouth. It nearly shot out of my mouth when I heard voices upstairs as I was rooting through some files. Who the hell was that?! I waited and listened. They spoke again. A laugh. Then I knew it wasn’t the Polizei. Or Saddam’s henchmen protecting deep dark secrets. I continued rooting.
Most of the letters were in Arabic, so I’d no idea what plots they were divulging, what secrets they were sharing, whose ideas they were betraying. I should have paid more attention during Arabic classes. I continued searching.
The 5,000 square meter site belongs to Germany but the Republic of Iraq has ‘perpetual and exclusive rights’ (per embassy etiquette) after being granted same by the now defunct DDR government.
The Iraqis have apparently bigger fish to fry and look set to keep ignoring it from their plush all-Germany embassy in Zehlendorf.
“No comment,” from an Iraqi spokesman.
Meanwhile, someone in the Berlin city planning authority: “It’s a matter for Iraq; there’s nothing we can do about it.”
The abandoned Iraqi embassy has deteriorated drastically over the years as the parties, vandals and trophy hunters have taken their toll. The pictures you see here are from that first visit in 2010, but check the photos in the galleries below to see how it looks now. At least it still enjoys diplomatic immunity, according to the sign outside.
The building was built in 1974 when Iraq enjoyed good relations with the DDR. It had been the first non-socialist state to recognize East Germany as a country in 1969. Saddam Hussein even invited top dog Erich Honecker to Baghdad in 1980, probably to discuss arms deals.
The East German National People’s Army helped Iraqi preparations for chemical warfare, with Der Spiegel reporting in 1990 that four officers from the ‘Chemical Services’ of the NVA led a project until the early 1980s to develop chemical, atomic and biological weapons at a facility near Baghdad. George W. Buch must have read that particular article, or at least had it read to him.
Saddam Hussein’s policy included hits on political opponents abroad. Apparently the East Germans were happy for Iraqis to use East Berlin as a base for operations in West Berlin, and embassy staff could pass through Checkpoint Charlie as and when they pleased. Two were arrested in West Berlin following a tip-off on August 1st, 1980 as they were receiving a suitcase full of explosives.
They turned out to be the embassy secretary Khalid Jaber and the head of Iraqi intelligence in East Berlin, Hay Ali Mahmood. They were accused of a plot to bomb a congress of Kurdish students in West Berlin, in Wedding, just up the road from me. The tip-off apparently came from the Syrian Intelligence Service to the West German Bundesnachrichtendienst intelligence service (BND). .
Reports of large amounts of weapons and explosives at the Iraqi embassy in Berlin were confirmed by the DDR Interior Ministry in September 1990 when it was placed under watch. Iraq was already a month into the first Gulf War after invading Kuwait, and then German reunification took place in October. (Unconnected events.)
The new all-German government, no doubt on its best behavior and keen to curry favor across the Atlantic, ordered staff out of the embassy in January 1991 while the first Gulf War was coming to an end. It’s been abandoned ever since, stuck in a bureaucratic quagmire of its own making.
Live by bureaucracy, die by bureaucracy.
LOCATION AND ACCESS (HOW TO FIND GUIDE)
- What: Former Iraqi Embassy to East Germany, abandoned in 1991 and still enjoying diplomatic immunity at its best after all these years.
- Where: Tschaikowskistraße 51, Berlin 13156, Germany.
- How to get there: The M1 tram goes to Tschaikowskistraße, or the 155 bus to Homeyerstraße. Better yet, your bicycle will get you anywhere. Here’s a map so you can figure out where to go. It ain’t far!
- Getting in: You need to be flexible, the situation changes all the time. Last week it was possible to enter from the back by hopping over the gate to the neighboring patch of land beside the Panke and then walking along the stream (be careful you don’t fall into it!) to the part where the fence was trampled down. Then the very next day the fence was repaired and it took a bit more climbing. Yesterday the front door to the embassy had a hole in it inviting people in. There’s also a window open to the side. It’s easy enough to hop over the front gate.
- When to go: Daytime is best so you can see what the hell you’re looking at.
- Difficulty rating: 4/10 This has been downgraded from 7/10. You need to be on the lookout for police and nosy neighbors. Germans have an uncontrollable urge to ring people in authority when they suspect someone might be breaking the law, even if it has absolutely nothing to do with them. “Das ist verboten, verdammte Scheiße. Ich muß dringend die Polizei anrufen!”
- Who to bring: Like-minded explorers, fugitives from the law.
- What to bring: Camera. Tripod if you want to be fancy about it. A few beers to sip on the roof. And a torch. Bring a torch for Jaysus’ sake!
- Dangers: There’s a homeless man living at the embassy and he’s not dangerous at all, but you should leave him alone and not disturb him because, well, it’s his home now and you wouldn’t like strangers coming in and rooting around YOUR home. He said he sleeps very well there despite the intruders, and that people keep stealing his alarm clocks, the only thing he has to steal, evidently because they think they’re leftover Iraqi alarm clocks. Folks, they’re not leftover Iraqi alarm clocks. There is literally nothing related to Iraq left in the building, nothing – everything has been pilfered and taken home by trophy hunters or burned by people who like to burn things.
The Polizei do respond to nosy neighbors’ calls, though evidently they’re powerless to stop the burning. My first attempt to gain entrance was aborted when a Polizei Wagon parked outside the place actually reversed to see what was going on. They were there again last week. There’s evidently no crime in Berlin – the Polizei are always itching for something to do. Use your discretion or they’ll be down on you like a scud missile.
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.
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.
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.
hahahahaha… good one… on a hot day you can relax, after exploring, at Weissensee… assuming we’ll have another hot day this year… very nice photos… and yet more shenanigans committed with state property…
I was just there yesterday, about sundown. I would’ve stayed longer, but my phone malfunctioned and refused to turn on so I was pretty much left without a light source as the day got darker. It was a pity I had to leave since it was a really great abandoned building, but it’s a good thing I did. As I was at the tram station, looking back at the buildings, I saw black smoke rising from that direction. Pretty soon, 3 firetrucks were down by the place.
It really bugs me how people get a kick out of destroying these beautiful old buildings. I don’t mind graffiti and street artists, but arsonists just sadden me.
Me too. There are other things you can do for kicks besides burning places down, but these people are too stupid to realize it. Such a shame.
Dear Irish Photographer,
Many thanks for all your advice and motivation. After reading about it in your blog, I was this morning on the abandoned hospital. I enjoyed it so much that I finished a 36-pictures film it quite a short time. Next time I will go again loaded with more film!
It’s a very peaceful place, very quiet, but there was a “Sportanlage” on the other side, so you could hear children’s voices. Thanks for such a enjoyable opportunity.
Thank you very much for your kind comment! Glad you enjoyed your visit! 🙂
That place is great, especially if it’s sunny outside. It almost feels like being on vacation while wandering around inside. You will have to spend hours there in order to glimpse into every room. However, don’t expect to be the only one to be there. Since the buildings are right next to the tram stop and all 3 (?) gates are wide open, it’s very tempting for pass-byers to go inside as well.
After visiting Ballhaus Grünau, together with all this people on their Sunday trip, I was hoping the Kinderkrankenhaus would be more quiet. Of course not, located just next to the tram stop, all gates and doors open, saying: welcome;) Silly me! Again, it’s hard to get the real kick when every time you turn a corner, you find some guy with a huge tripod and ditto camera…. Oh, well! The place was still really interesting, though so close to being a ruin it was hard to read the buildings. I was trying to imagine the children in their hospital beds, but sadly there’s (naturally) few signs of hospital left, except for some sinks, shelfs, white tiles and doors. When I found the sign with “Oberschwester”, I almost cried with joy. The newest part was really fascinating, with a balcony for each room, and the lift stuck with a gap in the door. I wish I knew more about the different functions in the different buildings. What’s the large, almost farm -like building facing the main gate? Where was the surgery rooms? Where was the recovery? Isolate? The garden must have been magnificent, the trees were so beautiful, a perfect place to recover. I really recommend a visit, go before it’s too late, I truly hope the buildings can be preserved, nothing is impossible (speaking from experience, I’m working at the cultural heritage office of Oslo), but something must be done ASAP!
Thanks for a wonderfully presented and interesting blog. I visited this site just the other day, and have made a nice little video from my time there. I forgot to take some beers, but was lucky enough to run into a couple of goths who were busy doing some paperwork!
You’re welcome Uncle Evey. Don’t forget to come back and share your video with us all!
Hi Irish Berliner, after my experience at the Zombie Hospital, I’m hoping to discover more of Berlins abandoned buildings.
My video from the Kinderkrankenhaus somehow turned into a little Horror movie!
here’s the link, if you fancy a little look 🙂
Visited here at the end of October (Halloween was the only day I had free in Berlin so I was pretty scared!) and it didn’t disappoint. Looking at urbex with my university project and we managed to get in everywhere as easy as you said! Thankfully as we went early we were the only people on site so managed to get loads of great photographs (310 to be precise!). Just wanted to thank you for your great website as I wouldn’t have known about this otherwise.
Can anyone tell me if the building is still there? Just saw the fire comment, not sure if the building was destroyed ?
The building is still there! And you can’t miss it! Today I was there..really amazing! I am going to send you some photos! Thanks!
The place was averaging more than a fire a month when I wrote about it. The buildings are still there.
Glad you enjoyed it!
You’re welcome Alix! Thanks for your comment.
Went their yesterday great place apart for the Vandalism. Bumped into two other groups on the explore. Thanks for the info, great site.
Yeah, the place is pretty fucked unfortunately. The idiots who keep setting fire to it are the worst.
Went there yesterday with a friend.
the place is nice. was more than inviting, everything was open. you won’t even ask yourself if you’re allowed, it is like a public square almost.
were many people: a young couple making out, high school kids, some explorers, and a film crew also.
a lot of nice art and some stupid graffitis also. using stairs seems quite secure.
In the building in the back there was a lonely zombie attached to some heavy chains. he looked more like a adult than a kid, probably someone in his 20s. he managed to break his chains but we had a stick and a m16 with silencer, so we putted him down rapidly. haven’t seen any other zombies there.
nice place, thanks so much for this website. this is our guide for our week here..
Thanks for your comments Franswa! Happy to hear you managed to beat off the zombie! I wonder how many other people who would have left comments weren’t so lucky… Good thing you had the stick and M16 handy. 😉
We went there a couple of days ago in the morning. The gates were all locked up with chains, but we just went around the corner away from the street and were able to hop over the green fence on the side, where someone build a little ladder out of a europallet.
We saw no one else there except when we where sitting at the bus stop after we left, we saw two people running around inside. And when we went upstairs one of the burned out buildings, there was a little fox roaming around.
It’s a really cool place and there is so much to explore, so thanks alot for the tip!
Cool! Always nice to see some (non-human) wildlife!
Me and my girl went here today. This place is a total mess. Litter and debris everywhere, everything smashed and generally looking like a dump. It’s hard to find anything here untouched by graffiti artists (though some pieces are very good looking) and/or vandals, but even in this terrible shape the 4/5 buildings on this terrain are quite worthwile exploring. Easy to spend around an hour here, just wandering around the early 1900s hospital buildings. Would love to have seen this in better days.
Getting on the terrain was easy (part of the wire mesh on the street side was cut open, easy to climb over) and the tram stops directly in front of it. One of these days half of it will probably collapse or burn down… so if you’re interested in exploring, better make it quick. Be careful though, this building is beat up and certain ceilings look ready to come down on you.
We walked into a few other people making photos this afternoon, no homeless or junkies to be seen, no rooms seemed like they had been inhabited recently.
My friend and I went last week, the fences are new and the locks as well, but it’s still easy enough to climb. We used the fence of the neighbouring rugby-club, though, since the main entrance is just next to a busy street
I just went today and the place is completely fenced but it is easy to climb. It was really interesting but the place is in ruins, don’t know for how much longer can it hold. Thanks for the info Spudnik
Some of my photos from yesterday’s visit.
Visiting from Toronto Canada Sept. 24 – Oct. 2. 2014 and looking at a few urbex options in / around Berlin to shoot video / timelapse. Anyone interested to join and explore with me at this and other locations ? Please email me @r_hoff2002[at]hotmail.com. Cheers ! Randy. Btw i speak fluent German as well.
Hey Randy, will you stop posting the same comment over and over? Once is enough. People will see it in the comments page and I’m sure you’ll get plenty of people responding to you from there. Best, Spudnik
Hey! Went there today. Wonderful place… as it’s very well described in the article, the place is inviting you in. The door was even opened when we got there. It still is kind of an adventure cause the place is literally falling into pieces.
Some pics from today: flickr.com/photos/nicocaramella/sets/72157646822536555/
Went there today, was a grey and rainy day. Not worth it. The place in completely fenced up, we tried to enter from the south side, nasty neighborhood, and finally we jumped the fence from the north side. People seem just having fun trying to see you and shout out loud at you that it’s forbidden… The place is really in a bad condition! watch you heads!
In my opinion the are way better places to visit that this one.
I was there yesterday at 21.45 with two friends, and we saw two bald guys in black clothing standing across the street. We watched them for quite a while to see what they were up to, and we were pretty sure they weren’t zombies, but guards.
So going in from the front was not an option anymore. It took us quite a while to find another spot to climb the fence, because we took great precaution not to be seen. After about an hour we managed to find a good spot.
The guys across the street were still keeping an eye on the house so we couldn’t use our camera or flashlights. We figured that the light from my old nokia phone wouldn’t be noticed from that distance, so we used that to see where it was safe to walk.
We stayed inside for about an hour and the guards didn’t come into the building. It was a shame that we could hardly see anything of the building (let alone any zombies), but the complete darkness and danger of being caught did add quite some excitement to the already eerily dark building.
Behind the building in the pale moonlight I could see some kind of fox walking around, which would probably be the reason why we thought we heard someone walking around the house. Gave us quite a scare though 🙂
When we got out of the building at 00.30 we couldn’t see any of the guards anymore. I hope the zombies caught them. Stan
Went there today. My favorite part was the Banana Room. You’ll know what I mean once you see it. ♡
I’ve shot the first episode of my video-series “LOST WORLD” in this amazing location! 🙂
Sorry if I sound pretty prejudicial, but am the only semi-amateur photographer (yes, that’s the right term for me :D) stumbling upon the remark about the 36-picture film in the above post? 😉
Again, sorry… :*
Cool video!! I’d share it to my post about this place, if you don’t mind! 🙂
We have been there for quite some hours April 17th, 2015. The only entrance now is from the street side.
Fence on the side of the property is new high and not easy to climb. In my view there is no guarding at all.
A number of people even kids where on the compound. In my believe there is no guard at all.
It makes no sense for a poor city like Berlin to guard this place.
The place is in its final stage. Absolutely damaged and down. If your are a Graffiti shooter, this is the place to be.
Hey! I was there yesterday (05/30/15). I went with 2 friends. The fence was locked and all the holes closed. So we climbed up the fence just in front of the tram station. Cars, bikes and trams saw us but we did not see guards. It was at sunset time. We didn’t stay for a long time because night was coming and we were afraid.. 3 girls alone in a zombie hospital. We saw no one. We didn’t have time to enter in the abandonned houses but we could see them from outside and feel the horror-frightening atmosphere. But the excitement and stress you feel makes things even intense.
I decided to come back there as soon as I can. With more people and at daytime so we can explore every inch of this place and discover all the secrets.
I’ve always been fascinated by those sorts of creepy things.
Thanks for your blog, you made me discover a new berlin. I’ve planed to come to the other places you’ve written about.
I’ve been there June 26th and also climbed over the fence opposite the tram station. Once the traffic is going, no one cares. The first building you enter (when you come that way) seems to be pretty dangerous now. The ground floor is ok, the second floor too, but if you look up to the ceiling, you might notice that you don’t wanna walk around the third floor – you can hardly call this a ‘floor’ anymore. So just watch out and you should be safe.
Other than that I met 2 or 3 other groups wandering around. And I heard people destroying stuff or throwing things – but I didn’t see who these idiots were.
Thanks for this place, I could take some awesome pics 🙂
Last Thursday we went to see the zombie hospital. The fence at the front, street side, is not too high. Nevertheless we decided to climb the higher fence on the left side of the compound. This is the same kind of green fence you can find at spreepark. We didnt have any trouble climbing it.
There were a lot of people in the buildings. It’s a nice destination to start with. Be careful though since there are many places where you could either fall through the flooring, or the ceiling might fall on you.
Thanks for all your informative comments Henk!
(And everyone else for leaving informative comments. They’re a great help for like-minded intrepid explorers.)
Best place we visited on our two-day trip in berlin. It was our first abandoned building and it was definitely not the last! We climbed the front fence when no one was looking and it was pretty easy. I was surprised that we were totally alone there. No other explores. Thank you for an amazing ADVENTURE! 🙂
Does anyone know who owns this building?
Yes. If you read the post (it’s not even a long one!) you’ll find out.
We went yesterday. Easy as pie. Main gate was locked.. We sneaked through the gap between front and side fence in the left front corner. The complex was pretty much empty. We met a couple of other friendly explorers.
Me and my husband went in today. All gates seemed locked and/ or fixed. But we read the comment above, which is from just a few days earlier, and found the gap between the front fence and side fence in the left front corner. It is on the right side of a big commercial sign, with the sporting centre left around the corner. We were not really the only ones. Many other explorers and school kids. In the first building we entered someone had painted a map which indicated which building had the rooms with the hearts, banana’s, carrots etc Very handy! In that first building there was also a homeless guy wandering. He just said hello when we passed, but it creeped me out. When I was posing for shots, my hubby insisted on it, in a stairwell, I saw him approaching out of the corner of my eye. I was scared as shit, but my husband stayed calm. The homeless guy asked for some small change. So my husband gave him 1 euro and then he left. Although we did run into him again in another building, I guess he was going about all the visitors for begging for change. So bring some small cash and he’ll leave.
The buildings were in very bad condition. Bring a torch, because even with daylight some rooms and hallways are very dark. Lots of holes in the ground. And I would avoid the floors that were burned in the many fires. Glass everywhere. Do NOT check out the toilets, they all have shit in it…
We took some nice shots of the graffiti art though. Also ran into an English couple spraypainting some new art. Great exploration for our ‘first time’.
Thanks for all the advices! We went today, was not difficult to get in (even in front from drivers). We also met a homeless guy who asked us money. We didn’t have it but he didnt bother us. We met nice visitors, this place get more and more famous.
Like previous post: “great exploration for our “first time””
instagram.com/p/-PxQAJlYPu/ Managed to get some rather sinister looking analogue photos! Easy to get in and would heartily recommend!
We went today (me and my boyfriend) around 9:30-10:00. Easy to enter. The first hour we were alone and then another couple arrived (they were also doing photography) and then 2 women’s (doing photography). So the atmosphere was not scary at all, we talked a bit with the people, laughing because we were all making the same pics or because we were impressed by the pink heart room 🙂
It’s a bit strange because it’s REALLY close to the tram station, the road, other buildings… and seems like nobody cares that you’re exploring the hospital.
We didn’t go in some of the rooms because the roof is falling down and THIS is actually scary.
Thanks for all the details. We spent a great time there.
We went 2 days ago to the hospital. It was very easy to get in. At the front there is a gap between the fence and an electricity box. You can easily get in but many cars are passing by. There is also a big hole in the fence at the other side of the hospital. You need to walk around the fence/buildings untill you can go to the left between some flats. We only saw 2 other guys exploring the place, it was very quit. There was snow so it looked so nice! There are many holes in the ground so watch your step 🙂
We visited the hospital yesterday. As everyone describes, it’s even too easy to get in this place.we were stunned by its core inside and some really amazing graffiti art. Unfortunately along with us were a group of four 12-14 year old kids, running around, screaming and even braking down windows. after a while at least 5 more persons arrived to discover the place, so we left after 1,5hours of exploration. I can confirm that a lot of people explore this place but it is definitely worth a visit for spooky adventurous people.
I was there last Monday. The place is very easy accessible and other people were exploring the place while I was there. Apart from some nice graffiti there is not much to see. It is not a must see I would say. There are much more interesting places mentioned in this blog.
Be careful, today an explorer had an accident at this area, apparently the ceiling collapsed and he fell down:
Someone was here lately? the full colour graffiti rooms are still there?
I was there two days ago and it was perfect! Í absolutely love it to bits and will definetly go again. Only met two groups of nice travelers. I did not find a hole in the fence so we had to climb over but its not tricky at all. Thank you for the infromation about this place it was the best part of my trip.
I was there about a week ago an it had been set on fire again. An one of the the roof had collapsed because of this. there was water dripping from all the ceilings. An there was wa terrible very deep on the floor
Went 3 days ago, thanks to Abandoned Berlin for the article. I came from Italy and spent 1 day of 4 in Berlin for Urbex. Great place, the firs buildings were so creapy, with colours very violent, the last buildings I Saw were the happy ones, with easy colours and positive design. A very interesting Place.
I visited the location on 20.07.2016. Some tourists, a couple of professional photographer… Amazing place. More than other words my pictures:
I visited yesterday morning….gates were locked but along the street there is a hole in the fence… I spent a couple of hours exploring the place and taking many photos…
Great place to explore all alone…in fact the modern extension is more creepy than the older building….although the basement of the original building is quite intense…all alone in the dark….Im glad no one else was down there….
Apart from a couple of people living in one of the outer buildings , I encountered no-one
Only real danger could be colapsing floors or roofs…..and a few spirits…..,,,
Today we went to the Zombie hospital. It´s a pitty that it is so damaged. Coming in is as simple as known. We met nobody but there were some strange noices and we were afraid. You will see there a big area but every room looks like the other ones. In our opinion the house will break down soon. And the nice colored rooms are sprayed off. Take a lot of time maybe you will found new impressive things. But have a look at the old roofs, floors and stairs.
I went there today with three friends to scout a location for our next shortfilm. It was very quiet there, no security, no police. The cealing in the third floor of the main building collapsed and is burned as hell. Be careful! Half a year ago someone fell trough the cealing and was badly injured.
An amazing place. One could really spend a day here, however expect to feel quite disturbed at the end of the day. Its quite easy to breach the fence. One only must walk along the length of the accompanying street till he/she/they finds a hole in the fence. We spent many great hours photographing the location. Specifically, in the newer building nearby the most easy and main entrance, there are a long series of broken red framed windows that extend the length of the rooms in the building. Beautiful. Also, the way nature has begun to overtake the collapsed and burned roof is quite beautiful. Sad, that someone was shameful enough to set this place alight, however beautiful.
The problem, however, is in the end room of one of the buildings. I began feeling quite sick in this room. I felt like the air was heavier and thicker than usual. I thought maybe I was breathing in too much crap from the decay, but a few minutes later I noticed a massive blood stain on the floor. Like a body had been dragged. Maybe its paint from the graffiti, but it corroborated with my nausea and strange feelings. I definitely needed to leave the building after that.
The rest of the experience, however, was incredible. Such beautiful architecture in the Prussian era buildings, and all the railings have been removed from the almost random staircases. So wonderful. Very easy to get into. Its the perfect visit.
I was there today (Jan 2017) and there were other visitors as well. I saw a rap band recording a clip inside on of the rooms. The police arrived there meanwhile I was waiting for the tram
We were today its really nice.. there were a lot of visitors and the place is really run down. The police and firemen arrived while we were there because they heard of a fire, because of that then send everybody away…
Place is really torn inside out. Go before there is nothing left to see ! Watch your step, and avoid groups of teenagers that yells all over the place, as they constantly attract attention and polizei. They must live in the neighborhood and go there to hang out.
This was my son who was urban exploring with his friend. He was knocked unconscious from the fall and consequently suffered a brain injury, compound fractures of his left arm and collar bone, 8 broken ribs, punctured lung, pneumothorax, 2 broken vertebrae, lacerated kidney and other injuries. He was in the ICU for 3 weeks and hospitalized for 4. Today, 1 year almost to the day, he has mostly recovered, although you never fully recover from the above types of injuries. He is living and working in Berlin again. This place is no joke – PLEASE USE EXTREME CAUTION, as this place has had many fires and is very unstable.
My son who was urban exploring with his friend. He went out a window and on to a portion of the roof so he could get a photograph. He fell through two floors, breaking through one floor with his body. He was knocked unconscious from the fall and consequently suffered a brain injury, compound fractures of his left arm and collar bone, 8 broken ribs, punctured lung, pneumothorax, 2 broken vertebrae, lacerated kidney and other injuries. He was absolutely crazy for the first three weeks and was almost institutionalized because the Doctors couldn’t get him to cooperate. He was out of his mind. He was in the ICU for 3 weeks and hospitalized for 4, then had to return to America for 2 months for rehab. Today, 1 year almost to the day, he has “mostly” recovered, although you never fully recover from the above types of injuries. He is living and working in Berlin again and we are thankful for the blessing of his healing. This place is no joke – PLEASE USE EXTREME CAUTION, as this place has had many fires and is very unstable. Consider our son’s story if you venture out…some adventures are NOT WORTH THE MOMENTARY THRILL!!
Thanks a million for your comment. I hope your son makes a full and total recovery. Glad he survived after such a terrible fall.
*I have been recently, crazy easy to access, met others exploring there, a little creepy and crazy chill
This is the second location I have explored in Berlin after being initially put off by people’s comments about the naked man at Queen Elisabeth’s hospital (being a newly lone explorer I though it wise not to go there). Being involved in circus along with the added curiosity of these crazy places I like to combine the two. Here is what I did at Kinderkrakenhaus, cheers again to your research and all the helpful comments by everyone else!
There where alot of people there making a lot of noise and then some guys wearing radios showed up and said that this was a private location and asked us to leave. They were not wearing any uniforms or such but still went through the whole place and made sure everyone was gone. Still easy to get inside and lots of fun
was there last month, very easy to access. just jump overe the fence, or look for the little gap at the mainstreat. very much people walking in the lostplace and some sprayers, but everyone friendly. just threat them with respect.
here is a little video i made there (my second video ever, so sorry for the quality)
It looks even worse, than when I visited the place in 2012… flickr.com/photos/lsvanholm/albums/72157629230413061
I went there some days ago, it was a sunny day so I jumped a lowered fence to get in, quite easy.
It’s a cool place but there’s not much to see. Burned walls and roofs here and there, lots of sh*t around, not so scary or whatever. Btw a good place to spend your boring afternoon.
Watch out for the holes on the ground near the entrance.
I’ll share some pics on my Flickr account in the next days or when I have some free time.
Went today. It was ridiculously easy to get in, the fence at the back was partially knocked down. Didn’t see anyone until i was about to leave, i then saw a woman opening the main gate with a key?? Soon after that i run into at least 5 other explorers. Was that a coincidence or some kind of a tour group?
I went there yesterday, was my first solo urban exploration trip, saw a few others, mostly kids though. Lots of manholes to watch out for!
Got some great pictures:
I went today and found the outer windows/doors were in the process of being boarded up on one of the buildings. Not sure what the future holds for this place, but I’d go see it soon just in case it gains a stricter verboten status!
As the user above me already told: Be careful guys, I went there yesterday with two friends and suddenly we saw three police officers passing by the basement window in front of us. The came inside with flashlights and guns and checked our IDs. It felt a bit like in an action movie when they shouted “Hands on your heads!” We didn´t get any fine, but it was still not cool. I was there twice last year and there wasn’t any problem. If you’re inside and see the police, be very calm and try to hide in one of the basements. It seemed like these guys were a bit scared to go down there 🙂
I was there today (Monday, early afternoon). Super easy to get in through a hole in the fence. No guards, no police, no people. Everything awesome 🙂
We visited today. Last time was May 2017. They put wooden wall around the places but it was almost shameful how easy we got in. If you walk left along the wall and eventually take a right around the property you immediately see the fence wrecked open. You hop through it and tada you’re in. We weren’t the only explorers there. But everyone just went their own way without bothering anyone else.
The place is even in more ruins than last years and there are a lot of roofs and floors that have caved in. So really watch your step and i’d advise that if you go to a first or second floor you do it with caution. Unless you want to fall a few meters down and break a leg.
In one of the bigger main buildings we wanted to check out the basement. When we entered the basement and walked around, we found a shrine in a room for a girl who died There were a lot of burned out candle lights on the floor and pictures. First we just thought it was a joke, but we looked it up and found out that this girl was really killed and her friends made that shrine for her. So if you happen to walk into that room please be respectful.
In one of the other buildings in one of the back rooms we found sleeping bags, piles of clothes and needles do i think that there might be squatters somewhere so keep your eyes and ears open and don’t bother them.
I’m going to Berlin for a few days and i just discovered the number of abandoned places in Berlin… CRAZY !
I’d like to go to the children’s hospital but I was wondering if you can still access it easily and if there’s guards/police around ? 😮
No guards or police, easy to get in just pull yourself through the fence, the place is quite popular still I met 6 other people when I went yesterday
Interesting site, went there today. Easy to access, walk across the wooden fence and then turn right, the gate has an opening right across the corner.
The place is pretty far gone, not much of it resembles a hospitable because any loose parts are gone — it’s just brick and mortar, and lots of graffiti.
I recommend the basements: they are less demolished and pretty spooky. The basement of the garage building goes very deep, over 30-40 meters and absolutely no daylight is visible when you go far enough.
Worth visiting, not earth shattering.
Update today: If you walk all the way down to the park and take a right, there is a hole in the fence so you could walk right in. You don’t even need to climb over anything.
Saw no security or police but did see a couple other explorers.
The buildings are in ROUGH shape so I didn’t go inside them much, but even then there is still a LOT to see.
Very VERY easy to get in. Don’t bother climbing a fence on the Hansastrasse. Just walk to the entrance to the sportpark. Directly right there is a big opening in the fence. Place is realy trashed and some buildings are in a bad shape. Don’t think you’re alone there. It’s in the middle of a neigborhood. There were a lot of people. Some walking around, some having a party. But still a nice site.
went there last week, and yup. it’s very easy to get in. there’s a big hole in a fence, no need to jump over anything. right after when I walked in to the hospital, more people followed me. just guys, when u get there watch your steps not to break your legs or fall down the elevator shaft. GET A TORCH. and protect your head just in case, because ceiling are completely destroyed. also I recommend you not to walk on wooden floors. only stone. especially on 2nd or 3rd floor.
I went there few days ago with my friends.
If you are women, watch out for a pervert! There was a guy who thought I was alone there, and secretly followed me to jerk off behind me. As others mentioned, if you climb up to upper stairs there is no way to escape. He blocked me out a way and tried to grab me. But luckily I screamed and he run away. Still, this could be worse. Always stay with your buddy and be aware of some perv!!
As per the comment above – beware if your a female. There was a skinny guy lurking around in a green jacket that tried to attack a young female who’d gotten split up with her friends.
Go in a group and if your a female, stay with your group.
Im assuming there are some people squatting in one of the buildings as well because all the windows are blocked and theres a tarp over the roof.
Even though the place has been pretty badly burnt in some areas there is still some pretty decent graffiti and its a good spot to spend a few hours exploring.
We had a nice night-time explore this evening. Fairly easy access, although they have put up new wooden panels. It was larger than expected, and sadly rotting away, but still a great explore. No sign of anyone living there now: maybe it’s too cold in the winter?
We went there yesterday about 13h in the afternoon, the main entrance was big open and 2 trucks were parked inside… there were 5 workers with bright yellow coats putting brand new fences (concrete feet and metal amovible fence) all around EACH of the buildings. We managed to jump the exterior fence in the corner next to the Stadion Buschallee and get to one of the buildings without being seen, but couldn’t stay long since the men were starting to fence that very building from the other side and would end up seeing us through the “windows”.
I guess better to go during the night now, but then be very very careful because it’s all falling apart!
We went yesterday and I think it will now be impossible to enter. The first fence has been filled everywhere with panels and we saw the same truck on the inside placing a second fence around everything.
Easy access on 27-02-2019 in the dark. Only bad thing is that we found the remains of a recent satanic ritual or something, including a beheaded pigeon. If that’s your thing, make it soon, because they will start tearing down the place soon.
Just hop the outer fence, inside all fences are open at some point. There might be workers during the day.
Omg I’m so jealous of everyone who has been able to have the chance to explore the buildings. I live out in Vancouver, B.C Canada and there’s nothing out here that s even close to comparison to the types of buildings that are abandoned. I got to travel lots all over Europe when I was like really really young and I was with family but damn if I ever do get the chance to go do some traveling ever again plus now that I’m older I’d so want to do go to many of the places that have abandoned buildings and areas to check them out with a few of my likle-minded best buddies.
*RANDOM THING FOR ANYONE*
Also I would love it if by any chance anyone who would happen to have a record of abandoned places that that have been too marked on Google maps just to check out whatever info and see your experiences.
Visited yesterday. Still doable to get in, we had to climb a fence and then climb over another two fences when your actually on the grounds. The place is trashed but still great for an urban explore. We met three dodgy characters inside but they left us alone and then a lovely couple that scared the bejaysis out of us. Bring a torch, water, camera and a thick pair of shoes as there is a lot of broken glass. Caution for broken staircases!!
Hello guys, I’m planning to go there, but I’m female and I’m going to be there alone, according to some comments it can be dangerous and to some it is kind of popular for tourists place. Give me an advise please how much populated or dangerous it can be on Weekends
Visited today, still super easy to get in. If you don’t want to be seen on the main Street just walk down the alleyway across from the football/soccer field, jump the green fence and you’re in. Some of the buildings have temporary fences around them but most are split open at a point or have holes cut through them… Just look as you should not need to climb any of them.
I am travelling alone so it made this place especially creepy! Once you’ve been through the first building it is fine, just watch your step for holes on the floor as some are DEEP. Seemed like I was alone at first but after exploring the first couple buildings I heard some talking and eventually seen two others, just taking photos and exploring as I was. Did not seem to be anyone living there although I did not explore every room… No Polizei or rowdy folk but it was a Wednesday afternoon.
One building at the end which is fenced has been boarded off from the all bottom entry points, I think this is because it is burnt and has partially collapsed so probably for safety. Probably a good idea to avoid this one, plenty to see in all the others!
Went there today with a friend, easy to get inside, made some nice and crazy photos, it worth the visit. Here the pics instagram.com/odair_faleco/
This is still one of the best abandoned buildings to visit in Berlin. The green fence on next to the sports fields has been fixed up, but this time the front entrance had a gap which made it incredibly easy to access. Don’t go on a windy day or one of the roofs might collapse on you, but this haunting building is a must to explore!
You can see the video we took with our cinematic here.
Can You still visit here? With all the fires here recently?
Yes, the fires caused damage but not so much that you couldn’t visit. Last time I checked, the workers were the problem, but other people have been there since so I assume it’s still open for visits.
Was just there. I would recommend you go in force because of people living on site who could easily pose a risk to personal safety. Minimum four people and be aware of having a quick exit in case of a confrontation. I did not like the vibe coming off of these guys especially when they called out to the woman in our party. It would be too easy to get robbed or assaulted in that kind of surrounding. As a result of the security conditions, we made a quick exit and cut our tour short.
Visited 25th September 2020, I only managed to do half of the place before being turfed off by builders who had turned up to repair the fence that had been kicked in! Still I enjoyed a good hour on site. The road trip continues
I visited today 12 of October 2020 and it was pretty chill. We did a hour inside and then the cops came so just watch out for that but its really easy to get in and totally worth it. Around 6 buildings but make sure you have enough time because the buildings are each pretty big
Also thanks for the tip abandoned berlin
Short adventure today Dec 31st 2020. After 10 min in the place, a security guard arrived. I suspect they have video surveillance.
We could look around a bit and take a few pictures before he arrived.
He escorted us to the exit, no chance to mess around…. 🙁
I was there yesterday 23/01 for two hours! The place can be explored quietly, but in some parts it is a bit dangerous because it is very destroyed and with several landslides, it doesn’t look as nice as in the pictures posted here. It’s still worth going, especially during Lockdown time. Wear comfortable clothes, because you have to climb several fences 🙂
From which side could you get in?
I tried last year around October, and the place from outside gave us a super weird vibe. Then we read some comments that there’s a weird guy walking around and that people should watch out. Was hard to find a hole in a fence where no one can see you.
Going to the left side, where the sport place is, there’s a hole in the fence. But people / neighbours can see you and let the police know :/
Went Yesterday 01/02/21. No workers on sight, there were a lot of footprint on the snow signifying that since it snowed on friday there were visitors on saturday and sunday. So still elegible to go. Go before the workers come back (it seems they will continue the bauarbeiten). Be careful about the roofs.
Went there in December 2020.
It’s not very easy to get in and certainly seems to be a popular one.
We actually met others trying to get in and almost got caught.
Worth watching the full video to get the whole story.
Went there yesterday (02.05.2021). It looks like that it is really hard to get in now at daytime (only way to get in is perhaps climbing over the wall) so we only passed by. They now got a lot of wooden walls all around the main entrance. So if you try, please be aware that is not easy to access the area at the moment.
Went there about a week ago in May 2021. It’s actually quite easy to get in. Along the main road, there is a covered walkway with a wooden wall. If you walk in the space between the wooden wall and brick fence you’ll be hidden from everyone. From there it’s quite easy to jump the fence since there’s quite a lot of rubble to climb on. Most of the buildings are easily accessible except for one right next to the fence which is boarded up. There were quite a few people exploring when I visited including a family with a little kid.
Went there yesterday and tried again to get in (27.02.2022) – there is no way at the moment. There are some new fences at the front. Also it seems like that the buildings aren’t safe anymore.
I went there yesterday and met many people who were exploring, so it seems there were multiple ways in. We came in through a dug hole under the fence (you need to be thin-ish in order to be able to slip through though, my friends little dog was the one who found it randomly). The place is properly sealed off towards the street with the tram stop, but if you go around the corner, into the sports field area, and walk along that fence, you’ll find the hole. Since there’s like a children’s sports facility right there though, be careful so you’re not being watched.
We like to go to Zombie Hospital. But can you get in now?
I went on Sunday. There was no one else around and no sign of current building work. There was a pretty big hole in one of the wire gates on the main road – very easy to step through 🙂
I went there today, jumped over the fence next to the sports facility. Construction workers nowhere to be found. Doesn’t look like there is or will be anything under construction. The buildings are in a horrible condition as mentioned above. Still a nice little adventure. Go there before it will collapse completely.
Wheres the sports facility exactly? unless there’s easier places to jump in
There’s a wooden door with a bike lock on Hansastrasse that can just be lifted up. Super easy to get in.
Extremelly easy to get in. Inside some of the buildings are in very bad conditions, but still so cool to see. We went got in moving
the fence close to the football pitch.
We were there just today. There’s a hole in the gate you can easily go through. We met another explorer inside. The buildings are in a very bad shape so we didn’t risk going farther up than 1st floor. Take a flashlight for the basement and avoid making too much noise – there’s no foliage now so curious pedestrians and nosy neighbors can easily spot you from the outside.
We came in few days ago. The whole in the fence is fixed, but the fence is extremely easy to jump. We went on deep night, and went up to the third floor, very bad conditions and it does not look safe up there, but worth a try. Flashlights are needed since ther are holes on the floor.