The Teufelsberg is a man-made hill in the outskirts of Berlin, formed by the piling up of debris from the bombed out remains of the city left at the end of WWII, and at 120 MASL it’s one of the few elevated areas in an otherwise very flat post ice-age landscape.
Due to it’s height and secluded location it was used during the cold war by the US National Security Agency as the foundation for one of its largest listening stations.
The end of the cold war however brought an end to the staton’s usefulness and it was quickly abandoned, and although there are always rumours of redevelopment, the site has now become a center for graffiti and street artists, who use the enormous walls to create huge, visually stunning murals.
The whole complex has an eery, end of civilisation feel about it, particularly in the late evenings, as nature slowly reclaims the site, and yet it’s probably one of the most interesting places in Berlin to visit, because of it’s historical importance and the sheer scale of the urban art on offer.
1 – Abandoned cold war relic
2 – Window over Berlin
3 – The artist at work
4 – Visitors in awe
5 – The giant’s embrace
6 – The journey there and back again
7 – The evening’s shadows
© Andrew James Kirkwood – 2017