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Lost Places in Berlin: Abandoned Places in Berlin and Brandenburg

In this article we will show you abandoned places in and around Berlin and tell you how you can photograph them. Let's start with the most beautiful lost places in Berlin for your next photo excursion.

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Abandoned places often have a very special fascination for photographers.

We also love Lost Places and in this post we show you our favorite abandoned places in Berlin and the surrounding area.

We explain how to get to the Lost Places and what to look out for when photographing abandoned places.

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What are lost places anyway?

Lost Places are, as the name suggests, abandoned places. These include B. vacant buildings or areas reclaimed by nature, such as old railway and industrial facilities, amusement parks, sports facilities, etc.

Under the term “Urban Exploration” or “Urbex”, a real culture has developed around the exploration of lost places. The main aim is to discover abandoned places and to document the aesthetics of decay with photographs.

Can I legally enter Lost Places?

Most of the abandoned places are privately owned. Even if this is not explicitly indicated by a sign, entry is generally forbidden. Many ignore it, but legally speaking one still commits trespassing.

Some lost places can be visited as part of guided tours. The abandoned places in Berlin that we present on this page are usually accessible as part of guided tours.

Lost Places in Berlin

Even if the abandoned places are increasingly disappearing in Berlin, there are still a lot of them. We'll show you the most beautiful lost places in Berlin for your next photo excursion.


The former listening station on the Teufelsberg is one of the most famous lost places in the city. During the Cold War, the Americans bugged the east from here. The site has been deserted since the 1990s and has been falling into disrepair ever since.

The large radar towers are still great photo opportunities. Even if a lot is broken in the meantime and graffiti cover the once gray walls, a trip to the Teufelsberg is still worthwhile.

Can I legally enter the site?

Unfortunately, official regulations currently make it impossible to step onto the viewing platform of the Radom Unit with the distinctive radomes and the dome. But the entire 48,000 square meter area can still be walked on and explored.

Guided tours are also offered for the Teufelsberg. You can book these online.

Book a tour of the Teufelsberg

How do i get there?
The Teufelsberg is located in the west of Berlin near the Grunewald. Take the S5 to Heerstraße and then walk along Teufelsstraße and then up the mountain.


The Spreepark was once a large amusement park in the east of Berlin. Opened in 1969 under the name Kulturpark Plänterwald, the park offered numerous rides in green surroundings. The Ferris wheel in particular can be seen from afar and is a reminder of the great past of the Spreepark.

After the fall of the Wall, there were repeated attempts to bring the Spreepark back to life. Bankruptcies, scandals and unclear ownership structures have ensured that the site has been deserted for many years and is slowly being reclaimed by nature.

This is of course an excellent backdrop for photographers. How the park will continue is still unclear. The city has now bought the site, but they still don't seem to have a real plan.

Can I legally enter the site?
Just in time for the Easter weekend, Grün Berlin GmbH will start again with exciting tours of the Berlin Spreepark.

From March 30, 2018, those interested can explore parts of the area on weekends and public holidays and learn more about the eventful history of the former amusement park and the current status of planning.

Information on guided tours in the Spreepark

How do i get there?
The Plänterwald S-Bahn station is very close by, and you can take the S8 and S9 to get there.

Many thanks to André Görner for the location tip and the photos.

Schöneberg southern area

The Schöneberger Südgelände is an old railway system that was shut down in the 1950s. Since then, nature has been regaining its space and has come quite a long way.

Some of the railway systems are already so overgrown that you can hardly tell what was there before. But there are also parts that are even better preserved, e.g. B. an old signal box or an old steam locomotive.

Meanwhile, the southern area has become an urban park and is ideal for a photo excursion into the countryside with a bit of lost places charm.

Can I legally enter the site?
Yes. The park is freely accessible and photography is allowed. Approval is only required for commercial recordings. There is a ticket machine at the entrance where you can buy a ticket for 1 €. However, they are rarely checked.

How do i get there?
The southern area of ​​Schöneberg extends south of the southern cross. One of the two entrances is located directly at the Priesterweg S-Bahn station, where you can take the S2 and S25.

Old ice cream factory

The old ice cream factory is one of the oldest preserved ice cream factories and today it is a lost place.

Artificial ice has been produced here since 1896, and the ice cream factory at Köpenicker Strasse 40/41 has been empty since operations were closed in 1995. In 2013, homeless Bulgarians and Romanians moved into the ruins, but the building has now been cleared and secured. The use of the building has been discussed for years, and even demolition is under discussion despite a listed building.

Can I legally enter the site?

The building itself can no longer be entered, the lower floors were walled up and the building was secured with a fence. For photos from outside, however, the site can be entered from the Bona-Peiser-Weg.

How do i get there?

The bus stop Köpenicker Straße / Adalbertstraße of bus line 265 is right in front of the ice cream factory. The underground stations Heinrich-Heine-Straße (U8), Schlesisches Tor (U1) and the Ostbahnhof are also within walking distance.

Many thanks to Bagojowitsch for the location tip and the photos.

Former swimming pool in Berlin-Lichtenberg

In 1928 an outdoor swimming pool was built in Berlin-Lichtenberg on an area of ​​approx. 20,000 m². It was used by foreign swimming competitors as a training facility for the Summer Olympics in 1932 and 1936.

After the Second World War, the swimming pool was initially not used for sport until the GDR had the facilities revised in the 1970s and the outdoor pool reopened. It was used as a summer public pool until the late 1980s and was called the “BVB outdoor pool”. The young participants in the tent camps on the former site of the Lichtenberger Stadium were often guests in the swimming pool.

The outdoor pool was closed in the late 1980s, since then it has been falling into disrepair and can no longer be used without a complete renovation.

Can I legally enter the site?

The swimming pool, including diving tower and paddling pool, is fenced and may not be entered without a permit. But you can also take one or the other photo from the outside.

How do i get there?

Siegfriedstraße 71, bus lines 256 and N56, get off at Reinhardsbrunner Straße. Sports fields are located directly on Siegfriedstrasse, there are 2 entrances. Follow the path to behind the large club building, then turn north, the diving platform of the outdoor pool can then be seen.

Many thanks to Bagojowitsch for the location tip and the photos.

Lost places around Berlin

There are some interesting lost places not only in the city, but also in the vicinity of Berlin. We would like to introduce two of them to you.


The former pulmonary sanatorium Beelitz-Heilstätten is now one of the most famous lost places in the region. The pictures of the dilapidated sanatorium buildings often seem a bit creepy and unreal.

Allegedly, the site is to be redeveloped shortly. So if you want to take another photo there, you should hurry up.

Can I legally enter the site?
Tours are offered by the tour operator Go2Know.

How do i get there?
Take the regional express RE 7 (Airport Express Schönefeld) from Berlin to the Beelitz-Heilstätten stop. By car, take the A9 to the Beelitz-Heilstätten / Fichtenwalde exit.

Olympic Village from 1936

The Olympic Village was home to more than 4,000 athletes from the Berlin Olympic Games in 1936. It is located about 20 kilometers west of the Berlin Olympic Stadium in the Elstal in Brandenburg.

After the war, the Olympic Village was used by the Soviet Army, which is still reminiscent of a large statue of Lenin in one of the sports halls. In the meantime, the DKB Foundation has bought the site.

Can I legally enter the site?
Unfortunately no longer. Extensive construction work has been taking place on the site since mid-2019.

How do i get there?
Take the RE4 regional express in the direction of Rathenow and get off in Elstal. From there it is about 2 kilometers on foot. By car, take the B5, the Olympic Village is signposted.

Many thanks to Oliver Groß for the location tip and the photos.

Formerly abandoned places in Berlin

At some point it hits every lost place: A buyer for the site is found and the building is renovated or demolished. Even if no one can stop the passage of time, the photos of the previous lost places are still preserved.

For this reason, in this section we will show you some abandoned places in Berlin that unfortunately no longer exist.

Old gas station, Berlin-Kreuzberg

For a long time there were 5 old gas pumps in a backyard in Kreuzberg on Muskauer Strasse. The petrol station opened in 1927 and was in operation until 1972.

Even decades later the pumps were standing there and nobody really knew why. Now they have disappeared and can only be seen in old photos.

Many thanks to Bagojowitsch for the location tip and the photos.

BVG stadium in Berlin-Lichtenberg

Danger: The location has meanwhile been torn down.

The BVG stadium in Berlin-Lichtenberg had not been used for many years and was slowly falling into disrepair.

The BVG stadium was built between 1920 and 1922. Access was via a six-meter-wide promenade on Herzbergstrasse.

Next to the entrance were three tennis courts and a gymnasium, then the stadium with a 400-meter cinder track for five runners in an oval. In 1973 the area was converted into a campground, after which the facility fell into disrepair.

Many thanks to Bagojowitsch for the location tip and the photos.

Blub bathing paradise

The Berliner Luft und Badeparadies, or Blub for short, was a popular water park in Berlin from 1986. The Blub was closed at the end of the 1990s and has since fallen into disrepair.

For a long time the Blub was one of the most popular lost places in Berlin. On July 21, 2016, the bathing paradise was completely destroyed by a large fire and has not been accessible since then.

Many thanks to Vitorgraphy for the location tip and the photos.

Our recommendations for photographers in Berlin

You can find even more exciting places to take photos in Berlin in our collection of the most beautiful photo spots in Berlin.

Photo tours in Berlin

Many alternative city tours are offered in Berlin, which are also very exciting for photographers. We show you our 9 favorites in this article: Special tours in Berlin.

Books about Lost Places in Berlin

In the meantime there are also some books that deal with abandoned places in Berlin and throughout Germany. We have selected the best books for you here.

Books about Lost Places in Berlin

Abandoned Berlin. 192 pages for 22.00 euros.
Abandoned places in Berlin. 168 pages for 29.99 euros.
Forgotten places: Berlin Brandenburg travel guide. 192 pages for 16.90 euros.

Books about Lost Places in Germany

A strange picture book of long forgotten places. 256 pages for 14.99 euros.
Lost Places: Germany's forgotten places. 176 pages for 24.99 euros.
Closed: 100 abandoned places. 224 pages for 29.99 euros.
Shooting Lost Places: Photography in abandoned places. 256 pages for 29.95 euros.

Books for photography in Berlin

Photographing Berlin: architecture and secret places. 280 pages for 22.90 euros.
Photographing Berlin: trendy districts and Berlin life. 292 pages for 22.90 euros.
Photography in Berlin and Potsdam. 363 pages, 29.90 euros.

These were our tips for the most beautiful abandoned places in Berlin and the surrounding area. Which lost places in Berlin do you know and can recommend? We look forward to your comment.

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