Teufelsberg is probably one of the most interesting places I’ve had the chance to visit. German for the Devil’s Mountain, it is the site of an abandon NSA Spy Station. During the Cold War, the U.S. & British intelligence used the station to spy on the Soviets. But when the Berlin Wall came down, the Americans and Brits packed their bags and ditched the joint. Anything worth anything was stripped and taken along time ago. Currently the site is a great detour from the city.
Getting there was pretty easily, (Thank you Google Maps) but me and my boyfriend took a bit of a longer route. We took the train to the Heerstrasse train station. The station was only about 30 minutes from the city and we decided to hike the rest of the way. Google estimates the walk to the base and up the mountain to be about another 30 minute. I can’t tell you if it really took that long, because it was so beautiful we didn’t really care. The road along the base was so tranquil and green! It was a gorgeous site.
While we were waking the base we decided to venture off Google’s suggested route. I know this sounds like a bad idea, but Google did reroute itself and the detour did have a path that was clearly made. But do not do it if you are not comfortable with the idea of being alone in the woods while going up a steep hill. The normal route was vastly more populated.
Once we got to the entrance we were greeted by a man selling entrance fees. Now I’ll be honest, I don’t think this man and his friends have any real authority to sell entrance fees, but they have clearly been doing this for a while. And personally I didn’t think it was worth it to get into an argument over it. The fee was 7 euros, with a discount for students at 5 euros.
The site was amazing. The art, the domes. All worth the hike up. It was everything I expected and more!
More pictures to come!