Banksy type street art at Teufelsberg Field Station
During my recent trip to Berlin, Tumblr invited me to join their field trip to Tuefelsberg Field Station, an abandoned Cold War spy station along with fellow travel bloggers Kirsten Alana and Gary Arndt of Everything Everywhere.
Located on Tuesfelsberg Hill (translation: “Devil’s Hill”), which is essentially a mountain of World War II rubble that was carted away from Berlin. You get to the station by taking a train to the Grunewald Station and meeting a dubious tour guide who marches you through the nearby Grunewald Forest. Our guide, Nicholas, was gruff and filled with Cold War Charm that set the tone for the rest of the “tour” of the Field Station.
Signing waivers at the entrance gate which would later be locked behind us
In theory, you are allowed to visit the abandoned graffitti-filled buildings by yourself, but the area seems under the control of some sort dubious organization that offers “tours” for €15. Jeremy Kressmann from Tumblr offered to sponsor this visit, so we went ahead and paid the entrance fee and signed a waiver before being allowed to explore the area.
The centerpiece of Teufelsberg station is a radio tower that once housed a US military listening station that operated until East Germany fell in 1990 and it was closed…continue reading on my blog!