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© Dan Cole

Albert Speer’s influence on the city may be hard to muffle in the expanse of Tempelhof, but amidst the woods of the Grunewald forest, another Speer creation remains silenced underneath a pile of rubble. The “devil’s mountain” of Teufelsberg was created due to the resilience of Nazi architecture, with Allied forces unable to demolish Speer’s Military-Technical College. The broken bricks and mortar of 400,000 decidedly more fragile Berlin buildings was used to cover up the college, creating Berlin’s largest mountain in the process. At the very top of the 375ft of Teufelsberg, another abandoned space remains – the former NSA (National Security Agency) listening tower, built in the 1960s during one of the many paranoid peaks of the Cold War. The audible tradition of Teufelsberg has since been replaced by the visual, with visitors to the hill treated to relative silence and a spectacular panorama of Berlin. The tower has become one of the city’s most famous abandoned sites, with regular tours (including one in English) of the tattered entrails of Teufelsberg established through a privately owned company.

Venue name: Teufelsberg
Address: Teufelsseechaussee

Opening hours: Open tours vary.
Transport: S9, S75 Heerstrasse S7 Grunewald
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