Teufelsberg

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

Reviews

Rated 4.2 out of 5 Star Rating

4 Star Rating An interesting place to visit, lots of graffiti, some are artwork pieces indeed. The view from up there is captivating. Do not expect to spend much time there, the place is not so big, only 2 installments that you go inside. You can enjoy the roof and the view from there but there are no seats. The only way up is by stairs as far as I know, 3 storey flights. The seats are beside the information kiosk but it was closed when I visited along with a cafe that was also closed. You have to pay a 10 euro ticket for entry or 20 euro for a guided walk.
Merham Keleg - 2 months ago

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5 Star Rating Was entertaining experience with great view on the west part of Berlin and endless Grunewald forest. The architecture of the place are intriguing and brings a lot of people to visit for sunsets. You dan get a bus shuttle from S Heerstraße.
Alek Korneev - 4 months ago

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5 Star Rating What a great location. History, art and a great view. We spent several hours here and therefor the entry fee of 8€ (when you book online) is absolutely fine. The walk to the „summit“ is a calm path in the green. When you are in Berlin and interested in lost places and urban art - go there.
Uli - 8 months ago

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5 Star Rating Incredible place for mural lovers. The Teufelsberg has an atmosphere that you can fall in love with in zero seconds. The artists of Teufelsberg offer many different types of graffiti. When you go there, take your time and prepare to immerse yourself in the world of street art. The ticket is 6 euros for students if you buy it online, it can be more expensive if you buy it at the gate.
Gergely Németh - 5 months ago

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5 Star Rating Really cool spot. If you like street art and beautiful views this is a good spot! Bought tickets online, which was cheaper than at gate.
Queen B Jules - 4 months ago

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Directions

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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