View from Teufelsberg
View from Teufelsberg cc licensed photo by Victor Bergmann

Teufelsberg, or "Devils Mountain" is the ruins of a Cold War NSA spy station built upon a man made-hill from 75,000,000 cubic metres of debris from the bombing of Berlin in WWII. Teufelsberg offers visitors a great place to enjoy a hike and views of the city, but it is much more than that.

This is not your typical tourist attraction. Despite being greeted by superb views of the Berlin and beyond, you won't remember the views as much as the eerie feeling you get in this abandoned army station. The feeling is almost apocalyptic. Some of that feeling is created by the street art (much of it by top street artists from around the world) and the graffiti all over the dilapidated structures. Knowing the mountain was built from the debris of bombings from WWII also helps.

In many respects Teufelsberg has become an unofficial museum of contempory art.

It was once free to visit, but now there's now a gate and a fee to enter which includes a guided tour in English or German. This is to deter vandalism and provide revenue to preserve the property and maintain services to it. Visitors wishing to enter the property, must also sign a waiver.

The guided tours are available Spring though Fall, Wednesday to Sunday from 11am to sunset. Unfortunately, access to the viewing platform with the radio domes is no longer allowed even with a tour.

When the hill was first built, there were no plans to use it for espionage by intercepting and jamming radio signals from Eastern Europe. Trees were planted on hill to make more attractive and stable and a ski area and lift were added.

When the Americans realized the strategic value of the hill for their needs, the US listening field station was built and operated until the 1989 conclusion of the Cold War.

During good weather you can hike along a path for a slightly quicker route to the top, but during winter conditions, it's best to stick to the road. This attraction will appeal to anyone who enjoys hiking.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes, there is a fee to enter and explore the remains of the 'Cold War era' US listening field station.

Address: Teufelsberg, 14055 Berlin, Germany

Teufelsberg Reviews

Rated 4.2 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating A wonderful place you can't miss when visiting Berlin. There is a forest path about 20 minutes long. Entrance is from 11.00, tickets can be bought online and on the spot. You can move freely around the place and stay as long as you like. The view from the top of the building is amazing, as is all the street art you can see there. The cafe was not open during our visit.
N. K. - 2 weeks ago

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5 Star Rating The former listening U.S. listening station is worth a visit. The walls are now covered with graffiti which they change time to time. To arrive at the site there is a 20/30 minutes walk in the forest up to the hill.
Dario Lucarelli - 3 weeks ago

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5 Star Rating Best view in. Berlin. You will have to walk if you decide to get the S-Bahn but it is very worth it. There is a bunch of random things inside the building outside of graffiti like a ball pit and bar which wasn’t open when I was there.
Aodhán Morrison - 3 weeks ago

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4 Star Rating Loved the ambience! A lot of beautiful art with lovely messages! The only downside is that they could make it like an exhibition so people can read through and follow the history of the abandoned buildings and they could put speakers around with music to match the vibe of the art. But all in all, it is a must if you havent been here already!
Aishwarya Murali - a week ago

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5 Star Rating One of my favorite places to visit in Berlin. Its a bit of a hike to get to the top, but its worth it! A big playground with lots of streetart. Wonderful to take pictures and you even see some of the artists at work if you are lucky.
Rob Keizer - 4 months ago

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How to get to Teufelsberg by S-Bahn

Nearest S-Bahn Line(s): S3, S5, S7, S9, S75
Nearest S-Bahn Station(s): Heerstrasse

From Heerstrasse Station on the S-Bahn walk southwest on Teufelsseestraße to the first Parking Lot then follow the trail. During winter weather you may want to continue along Teufelsseestraße to the second parking lot and follow the road up. Allow 30-35 minutes for the hike up from the train station.

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