The Abandoned Cold War Listening Station Built on the Ruins of Nazi Berlin



Image: nate bolt

Like massive golf balls, the tattered shells of radomes long since left to the ravages of nature litter the landscape. Once, men were stationed here whose duty it was to listen in on the conversations of those on the other side of the Iron Curtain, thereby gathering valuable military intelligence. Now, graffiti besmirches the crumbling structures, but the views from this vantage point are nonetheless spectacular…


Image: Reginald Van de Velde

Teufelsberg means ‘Devil’s Mountain’ in English, and an apt name it is for this abandoned Cold War listening station which overlooks Berlin. It is a favorite – if slightly precarious – destination for urban explorers, but not the easiest place to access. Those visiting must trudge up old crumbly steps covered with undergrowth to make it to the top of the 80 meter-high hill (which has quite a story itself) and arrive at the now dilapidated station.

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