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Teufelsberg, one of the most unusual places to visit in Berlin

You can either love or hate Teufelsberg! So, if you have a love for the abandoned areas and the Cold War, this is definitely a place to visit. At the top of the hill Teufelsberg, there is a former listening station. It was built by the US National Security Agency (NSA) in the 1960s. The station looks like a set of giant golf balls. Although still destroyed, a few years ago the station was transformed into a museum of street art that is constantly changing.

Field Station Berlin Teufelsberg: NSA spy station on buried Nazi college
Sofa covered with graffiti with street art background

On top of the hill made from the rubble

Teufelsberg is actually a man-made hill built after the Second World War in the Grunewald Forest. The hill was built from ruins during the reconstruction of Berlin. Also, Teufelsberg is unique because the Nazi military-technical college (Wehrtechnische Fakultät) was buried beneath, designed by Albert Speer. The hill is about 120 meters high and it was created by moving approximately 75,000,000 m3 of debris from Berlin.

Field Station Berlin Teufelsberg: NSA spy station on buried Nazi college
Radar dome at abandoned Teufelsberg Listening Station, Berlin, Germany

What is the easiest way to get to the top of Teufelsberg?

The access area is relatively easy if you like walking. Of course, the fastest way to approach it by car or taxi. However, if you choose public transport, you will come to the Heerstaße station and walk through the Grunewald forest. Walking takes almost an hour to get up because this place is about 80 meters above the city.

Former US-American radar buildings on the Teufelsberg, Berlin, Germany
A dome on the roof and the view from the former NSA Listening Station at Teufelsberg
Field Station Berlin Teufelsberg: NSA spy station on buried Nazi college
Former US-American radar buildings on the Teufelsberg, Berlin, Germany

Teufelsberg – the atmosphere between street art and abandoned buildings

In the building under the tower, the walls are filled with incredible art, great for wandering and photography. A mix of old technology, equipment for the gym, cars and a huge range of unique items from the past years. Be sure to go to the top through the dark staircases. There is a remarkable place that offers a fantastic view of Berlin. Also, you will also have an interesting sound experience because the shape of the dome makes some interesting echos if you sit in the middle of the room. This is definitely a place of creativity and beautiful views surrounded by nature!

Abandoned places Lobby in Berlin, Germany
Former US-American radar buildings on the Teufelsberg, Berlin, Germany

Entrance fee and opening hours

Since 2017 this place has been open to visitors. You will pay 5 euros to enter the site and you will have to cancel your life (so you can’t file a claim against the people in case of an accident). Once you enter the first place where you come, there is a bar serving beer and chips while in the background playing relaxing music. If you are a fan of graffiti, I would recommend a visit. In general, this place is one of the most unusual places I’ve visited in Berlin. It is open from 10:00 am to “one hour before sunset”.

A broken red sofa with yellow chair
Turm der ehemaligen Abhörstation auf dem Teufelsberg in Berlin
Street Art by Unknown Artist at the former NSA Listening Station in Berlin
The Artist Room Studio
The Captivating Street Art Murals, Berlin, Germany
Street Art by Unknown Artist at the former NSA Listening Station in Berlin
Street Art in Berlin, Germany at the former NSA
A dome on the roof and the view from the former NSA Listening Station at Teufelsberg
Graffiti on Radar dome at abandoned Teufelsberg Listening Station, Berlin, Germany
An empty building and geodesic dome at the listening station are covered with various murals
Sofa covered with graffiti with street art background
Field Station Berlin Teufelsberg: NSA spy station on buried Nazi college
A dome on the roof and the view from the former NSA Listening Station at Teufelsberg
Field Station Berlin Teufelsberg: NSA spy station on buried Nazi college
The Captivating Street Art Murals, Berlin, Germany
USA spy station covered in graffiti - Coolest place to go in Berlin
The Captivating Street Art Murals, Berlin, Germany
Seeing the Graffiti at Teufelsberg in Berlin, Germany
Field Station Berlin Teufelsberg: NSA spy station on buried Nazi college
Amazing Silhouette Art Made Out of Trash
Mural and abandoned machinery in Berlin, Germany
An empty building and geodesic dome at the listening station are covered with various murals

The Cold War Sites in Berlin

Berlin’s most famous Cold War location is probably Checkpoint Charlie. Also, don’t miss a visit Karl-Marx-Allee, one of the most famous Berlin boulevards built after World War II as part of the reconstruction of East Berlin. Berlin is full of interesting locations from this period, so this is just a small part of everything you can visit. In the list below of Berlin Travel Guide, find the most popular Cold war attractions.

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