Berlin and its surroundings play host to a mind-boggling number of abandoned buildings – old military camps, former factories and enterprises, hospitals, swimming pools, colleges, sanatoriums, airfields and more. The city’s turbulent past has taken its toll through various waves of upheaval, with the Third Reich, the Cold War, the fall of the Berlin Wall and German reunification all leaving their mark.
Every crumbling building, creaking floorboard, fluttering curtain and flaking piece of paint in abandoned buildings across Berlin – and some outside the city too – has a tale begging to be told.
Journalist and photographer Ciarán Fahey runs the Abandoned Berlin website, documenting the city’s ruins before they disappear forever, and is the author of the book ‘Abandoned Berlin’. All photos © Ciarán Fahey/Abandoned Berlin.