Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin


Image by Karl-Heinz Hochhaus

Image by Karl-Heinz Hochhaus

Sledging crowds on the sides of the Teufelsberg in the Grunewald Forest in Berlin in 1978.

Next to Müggelberge in Berlin-Köpenick it is the highest elevation in Berlin (both are 115 m).

Unlike the Müggelberge the Teufelsberg is not a natural hill – it is a rubble mound built between 1950 and 1972 out of 26,000,000 m³ rubble from over 15,000 buildings destroyed in Berlin during WW2.

It also hides inside it part of the never fulfilled dream of Hitler´s World Capital Germania: at mound was built over the filled up shell construction of the military engineering college, designed by Albert Speer as part of the gigantic (what else?) Nazi university campus.

Later on, among the one million trees planted over the remains of the old city, the US military used the hill to erect their famous listening station to spy on their enemies from behind the Iron Curtain. Its ruins crown the Teufelsberg until today.

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