Abandoned Hospital – Mariendorfer Weg

Hospital room with a view

Hospital room with a view

It is Sunday as this is being typed out, it has been a long weekend of hitting a certain well known club, too many drinks and forms of entertainment, a large amount of Vietnamese food and a fair bit of walking. For this set of fair reasons we keep it like Willow, short and sweet.

A very easy to access and perfect for ticking the ‘let’s go to something abandoned’ box when you have visitors kind of option is the Krankenhaus in Neukölln. There is a caravan at the front which houses someone, who I am not sure who they actually are, if they are security then they are a smidgen on the lackadaisical side of security, like the opposite of the guys at Berghain. So in terms of difficulty rating for getting in or being kicked out, it is an F, and that is only because there are some low fences.

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Some info… in short hand of course…..

– Old hospital created by Kaiser Wilhelm II of Prussia, who was incidentally the last German monarch

– Opened during WWI by a Jewish Doc who was chased out of town by those rather odorous gits the Nazis, Hitler put one of his cronies in charge, the ever so creepy Benno Ottow, a man who also sported the menacing Charlie Chaplin tache.

– The hospital was severely damaged during the wars that followed but was mended and built upon again in ’69 and ’78. For a long while it was the biggest baby factory in the country

– Now it is waiting to be demolished and turned into apartments, this area of Berlin is not going to stay relatively unbuilt upon as it is right on the doorstep of Templehofer Feld. At the moment vagabonds and graf artists hang there, you can even find rooms of men smoking shisha from time to time.

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Now what does it look like in there? Well…. usual standard fair, lots of smashed glass and as always the feeling a mass rave should take place here, or a big gay orgy, think big leather bound men, something in the vein of Bruce LaBruce I should coco. Apparently porn has been shot here, we do not know the name of it tho…

The graf is ok in parts, this is mostly outside and around the back where there is some good and colourful stuff, once you get inside it looks like local kids who never had the benefit of seeing Hartbeat with Tony Hart as children and therefore go with a scribble they claim to be a tag.

Bierpinsel – Speechless

Colour be glad

Colour be glad

Berlin has some pretty amazing buildings, some pretty out there ideas have come to life, some I would bet my eye teeth on not being created anywhere else in Germany, let alone the world. Once again Berlin wins for otherworldly weirdness.

The Bierpinsel (or Beer Brush, go figure) was made in 1972 and originally was meant to look like a tree, it contained bars, restaurants and a night club but sadly it is no longer accessible. Well it is but you have to be a bit hardcore on the breaking and entering front.
The Bierpinsel stands at 46ft and is located above Schloßstraße in an area called Steglitz, full of nondescript high street shops – think of Elephant & Castle circa 2001 but with Currywurst stores or Bracknell now without the faint stench of piss and paupers, actually the piss is well and truly there.
The Bierpinsel rises above all the other buildings like a giraffe drawn by someone who has been at the schrooms for a week before putting felt tip to paper. It looks about as at home here as Keith Flint on acid in a flower arranging class, that is something of it’s romantic brilliance.
Despite it’s obvious appeal and general cool, this building seems destined to fail, countless owners have failed to bring it back to life and ended bankrupt. A bunch of graf artists gave it a lick of paint back in 2010 but we have no idea who, it looks a little bit like Malarky but it ain’t.
SF have made claims for places to be good for a little knees up, but surely this is the Daddy of the Macdaddy . We are starting a whip round to buy it… send your cheques, piggy banks, bonds, Woolworths vouchers et al

I Spy with my little eye…. Teufelsberg – Abandoned Berlin

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There are a million and one photos on Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, various blogs and websites, so many that it is not an exaggeration to say this is Berlin’s very worst kept secret in the abandoned bracket. It is no secret. It is more of a secret that Kanye West has something on his mind than it is that this massively beautiful eyesore exists.

Since going to abandoned places in Berlin is pretty much in every guide and actually has become monetised fairly quickly, you can visit this one with zero issue. Basically send an email to these guys, then turn up and pay your Euros and then head in.

Teufelsberg Spy towers

Teufelsberg Spy towers

Little potted history, the website does it best so I’ll suggest you hit this jump to find out more…

In the beginning….

– 1915 – Bloody great big green space called Grunweld Forrest, lovely and calm, animals, walking, pretty etc.

– 1937 – That bloke Hitler, the one who was a total git, well he ignored the forrest contract from Prussian times and decided this would be a part of his master plan, he wanted this to be the gateway to his ‘New World Capital’. Basically a huge military technical facility, you can only imagine what the tiny tached one had planned.

– 1945 – Hitler gets defeated, but not before the building had started, but what to do with the partially build city….

– 1951 – Berlin had taken a bit of a flaying and there was an awful lot of rubble and debris that needed to be moved from Berlin city and burbs in order to regenerate. A solution was come up with, fill in the planned Hitler military buildings and pile the debris on top. They did so and it reached 115 metres, Basically a man made hill / mini mountain, the plan was for this to become a ski resort of sorts. That didn’t happen, as it the story of Berlin’s recent existence, things just don’t quite happen, maybe they tried to start work on a Monday.

-1963 – Instead of skiing the Americans and the Brits decided to use this as the perfect position to spy on our Ruskie brothers and sisters, to find out if they had any plans for world domination or the like brewing.

Then…. Well a company tried to turn it into a big hotel, that failed thankfully. Now it is owned privately and maintained for the general public to take their cameras to and look around.

Tour is nice, about an hour for 7 Euro with no information and 12 Euro for the more detailed version. You will get to go to the very top, where the views over the largely flat Berlin are spectacular, you can see all the way to the city and the iconic TV Tower is easily spotted on a good day. On top of this there will be a bunch of street artists adding to the array of paint you can shoot, and any budding graf artists can email to apply to paint there themselves, there is plenty of space so long as you don’t mind people shooting you doing it.

Closest station is SBahn Grunewald then you have a walk of about 25 minutes through a forrest.

Abandoned Schwimmbad in Pankow Berlin – Average

No heavy petting

No heavy petting

In true SF style, we got waylaid, we got lazy we simply forgot to write about anything that we have been to in recent weeks or indeed two months. There is no apology, simply a lil bit of abandoned Berlin pictures for you.

Recently we had visitors to Berlin, one of whom is a street artist and despite the frankly tear inducing weather it was only right and proper to show said guests one place of interest, something not on the usual travel guides.

So off to Pankow we went, Pankow is not exactly a pretty place, it is a bit barren and not the reason that thousands of people move to BLN each year to live, however there are a couple of gems there, we have covered one in the form of the Iraqi Embassy during the summer. The other is an abandoned Schwimmbad.

Complete with stained glass window effect

Complete with stained glass window effect

Now this one is neither difficult to find, nor is it difficult to get into, just a limp metal fence separates the avid explorer and this disused pool. It is probably best to mate it clear not that this is no Blub or Olympic pool, but it has a enough to warrant a visit.

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Usually we would go in to some detail about the place and attempt to wax lyrical about it’s beauty, quirky features, the amazing artwork or something of this ilk. I am afraid this time it is tricky to do any of the above so we will keep it brief and factual.

Dry

Dry

Built in 1971 complete with a long 25m swimming pool, a sit around and do not a lot pool and a sauna, German’s indeed like a sauna or two. It had floor to ceiling glass windows to let the light in but alas it seemed to not really capture the locals imagination. In 2001 it was renovated in the hope it would get a little more love from the locals. It din’t. It shut in 2002 and has remained that way since.

As always smashed windows and paint are the key features here but in all honesty the quality of the window smashing is lackadaisical at best and the graffiti looks to have been done by a lazy teen with home-made spray paint. In short a bit crap. Ordinarily I would say that these kind of places would be great for an illegal party but it is on a sleepy street and it would likely be shutdown, not by angered neighbours but by those attending as it is just too drab.

Expectations should be kept low

Expectations should be kept low

I’d suggest no bothering visiting but if you must then it is here

Abandoned Berlin – Kaserne Krampnitz – Former Nazi / Russian Military Base – PT II – Das Graffiti

Ok, SF admits that the level of updates have been have been about as regular as a constipated elephant, but much like our big eared friend, you are about to get a stinking load right now.

In PT II we will bring you the other side of Krampnitz, the one that PT I did not cover so much. And that is the paint on walls, from unfinished to full pieces, from tags to political statements on Nazis and Cold War Russia, you got the lot in this series of buildings. See below for a few we picked out.

From one of the many huge warehouses - artist unknown

From one of the many huge warehouses – artist unknown

Unknown artist

Unknown artist

Certainly no garden of Eden

Certainly no garden of Eden

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Fact

Fact

Love these wise old dudes

Love these wise old dudes

Cock sure

Cock sure

Teardrops

Teardrops

These are original Russian updates to Krampnitz, once the Nazi troops had gone they wanted to make it feel a little more at home… we guess

 

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Russian re-fit

Russian re-fit