In the depths of the Grunewald forest of West Berlin is the phenomenon of Teufelsberg. The hill is woman-made from war rubble, created to cover the remnants of a World War II Nazi training camp, so sturdy it could not be destroyed. Sitting atop the hill is what was once a US military station, built for intelligence purposes during the Cold War, but it was sealed up and left to decay. Squatters took over, covering the walls with their graffiti art. Today, you no longer need to break through the fence to gain entry but can even have a guided tour to see some of their masterpieces.

Teufelsberg offers a sense of calm and peculiarity in the midst of the bustle of a capital city. The colours of both nature and art are what make this place so special and artists from all over are still leaving their mark today.

Food and drink from the stalls, though pricey for what it is, is as good as any, and you can sit and relax at the base of the station in the mismatch of chairs. While it is thoroughly recommended to visit, scrub up on your history before going as all the information is written in German.

Tip: Make sure you take the scenic route by turning off Teufelsseestraβe onto Grunewald and follow the red arrows.


Useful Information

Address: Teufelsseechaussee 10, 14193, Berlin.

Transport: S-Bahn: Heerstraβe (S5, S7) S Grunewald (S5, S7, S75)

Opening Hours: 10am–6pm daily

Admission: €8

Beth Gray