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
Official Website: TeufelsbergFee: Yes, there is a fee to enter and explore the remains of the 'Cold War era' US listening field station.
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- Wednesday: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
- Thursday: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
- Friday: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
- Saturday: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
- Sunday: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Category: Landmarks & Historical Buildings
Phone: +49 176 60818636
Nikki R. Mar-31-2016
A must see when visiting Germany!! You can take a tour for 7 euros or explore by yourself for 5 euros. The history here is very interesting, underneath... Read More
Paul B. Oct-27-2019
TL;DR - A unique place, but somewhat overrated. Friends have been telling me for years that I need to come and visit Teufelsberg, so I was pleased to... Read More
Wyatt G. Aug-18-2018
In July 1961, Mobile Allied listening units began operations on Teufelsberg, having surveyed various other locales throughout West Berlin in search of the... Read More
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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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