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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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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, which was built in […]

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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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Kongresszentrum des Sportforums Berlin – Abandoned Conference Centre

It’s been a while since any important meetings were held at the abandoned Kongresszentrum des Sportforums Berlin (the Conference Centre of the Berlin Sport Forum) in Hohenschönhausen and they’re no longer taking bookings at the attached Sporthotel.  Mind you, no one in their right mind would want to stay there – between the smashed windows, […]

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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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Berlin Hippo Habitat Under Threat – The Abandoned Wernerbad

My search for forgotten and overlooked places in Berlin led me this week to Kaulsdorf and the Wernerbad (an abbreviated name for the Freibad Wernersee) where I found Knautschke, a concrete hippo, patrolling the long grass at the edge of the abandoned swimming pool. Since 2002, when the Wernerbad closed, Knautschke has had the waters […]

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Rewatex – Abandoned Laundry and Dyeing Factory – Berlin

In autumn sunlight the abandoned industrial laundry and dyeing factory on the Spree, previously home to  VEB Rewatex, looks almost inviting as an urbex destination but in the snow and cold of a Berlin winter it’s a different story. When Digital Cosmonaut suggested a trip out to Spindlersfeld last October to explore an abandoned factory […]

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