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Haus der Offiziere, Wünsdorf – For Sale

In the DDR-era, the military complex in Wünsdorf was the Soviet army’s German headquarters and the Haus der Offiziere (The Officers’ House) and a large part of the huge garrison town, known then as Klein-Moskau (Little Moscow) has been empty since the last Soviet troops withdrew from Germany in 1994. Some of the buildings have […]

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Sunday Documentary: Abandoned Berlin

With Ciarán Fahey, author of the hugely popular Abandoned Berlin, as his guide, Jordi Busquets explores some of Berlin’s most popular urbex location for his documentary, also entitled, Abandoned Berlin. Urbex (an abbreviation of urban exploration) is an increasingly popular hobby or pastime, as more and more people appreciate the beauty in decay and the […]

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Bierpinsel – Berlin’s Beer Brush

The Bierpinsel, a 47-metre tall brutalist tower, dominates the skyline on the Schloßstraße in Berlin Steglitz, the city’s second busiest shopping street. The Bierpinsel was built between 1972 and 1976 to plans by the architects Ralf Schüler and Ursulina Schüler-Witte, who also designed the ICC Berlin.  The building, whose distinctive form was inspired by the […]

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Abandoned Motorway Extension – the end of the Berlin Westtangente

It should have been a fast route to the centre of Berlin but on an abandoned motorway extension under Sachsendamm in Schöneberg trees and grass are thriving. In the 1965 Flächennutzungsplan (Land-use plan) (FNP65), echoing Albert Speer’s vision for Welthauptstadt Germania, planners in West Berlin included proposals to build North, South, East and West tangents […]

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Making of Baumkronenpfad Beelitz-Heilstätten

The Making of Baumkronenpfad Beelitz-Heilstätten video from Thomas Kaser provides impressions from the construction process of the new treetop walkway at the abandoned sanatorium just outside Berlin. The video contains lots of drone footage giving a good overview of the sheer scale of the buildings and vastness of the woodland covered by the old Beelitz-Heilstätten. […]

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Baumkronenpfad Beelitz-Heilstätten – Treetop Walkway and Abandoned Sanatorium

The Baumkronenpfad Beelitz-Heilstätten is a treetop walkway that winds its way for 320m over, between and around the buildings at the abandoned sanatorium just outside Berlin. The history of the Beelitz-Heilstätten began in 1898 when the Landesversicherungsanstalt Berlin (the state insurance institute for Berlin) bought an approximately 140-hectare parcel of woodland from the town of […]

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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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