Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Devil's Spy Post

Berlin has a new tourist attraction: The former Cold War spy post at Teufelsberg (Devil's Mountain) in the Grunewald district. The facility looks like moon station from a Sci-Fi-set from the 1950s, a futuristic ensemble of white domes and towers. It has been used by the U.S. Army to listen to Soviet radio traffic until the Wall came down. But since the Americans left, it became pretty decrepit. Now a historian, Andreas Jüttemann, gives guided tours on the weekends (call 01149-30-804 033 90).

According to Berlin newspapers, the area has been sold to developers quite some time ago; to an architect from Cologne. The architect is squabbling with city authorities about what should be happening there for years. The city wants the area to be declared as a forest, the architect, however, is filing for landmark protection for the buildings. He is planning apartments, a café, and a spy museum within the towers.

The last few weeks, Teufelsberg has been run over by curious people, so they have added new tours. Obviously, Berliners have sneaked into the area previously even without those tours, judging from the graffiti. The last time Teufelsberg was used, by the way, they did a vampire movie there.

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