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The Watchtower Where The Watchers Were Watched

It’s not every day you get to climb an abandoned DDR-era watchtower in Berlin and unlike the tower on Erna-Berger-Strasse that it resembles, the one I climbed in Weißensee recently has not been restored. When I first stumbled across the watchtower last year I was a bit confused because I was several kilometres away from […]

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Blub: Urban Sound Exploration

With a soundtrack created from samples of the sounds made as its creators explored an abandoned swimming pool and leisure complex in Berlin, Blub: Urban Sound Exploration, is a clever alternative to the usual shaky camerawork and whispered narratives of the majority of urban exploration videos. Blub, or Berliner Luft- und Badeparadies (Berlin Air and […]

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Franzosenbad – A swimming pool in a bad way

The water was drained from the pool at the Franzosenbad years ago and now it’s littered with parts of the ceiling, lockers and some of the discarded wooden panels that at one point kept the abandoned swimming pool in the north of Berlin secure. The pool is in the former Cité Foch, built in the French […]

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BVG Freibad – an abandoned open-air pool in Berlin

The water at the BVG Freibad, an abandoned open-air swimming pool on Siegfriedstrasse in the Berlin district of Lichtenberg, doesn’t look too inviting, even on a hot day. The pool was built in 1928, the same year the neighbouring stadium was acquired by the newly formed BVG (Berliner Verkehrs Aktiengesellschaft, now the Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe), the […]

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Lost Dreams – Spreepark Berlin

Berlin’s abandoned theme park, Spreepark Plänterwald, must be one of the most well-known urbex destinations in the world. The neglected amusement park has been in my thoughts often since it was bought back by the city of Berlin in March 2014. Spreepark hasn’t been open as an amusement park since 2002, when the owners ran […]

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Bahnbetriebswerk Pankow-Heinersdorf – An Abandoned Train Yard

Urban exploring doesn’t get much easier than a visit to the Bahnbetriebswerk Pankow-Heinersdorf (far easier to visit than say) an abandoned train yard in Berlin.  The train sheds, administrative buildings and turntable are conveniently (for exploring and formerly for repairing and servicing trains) right next to the S-Bahnhof. Crossing the open land between the road […]

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