Teufelsberg Berlin used to be used by the allies as a spy station during the cold war to listen in on the Soviet forces.
Nowadays it’s in a state of disrepair having been abandoned by the allies at the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the unification of west and east Germany.
Since then it has been in the hands of various private owners but nothing has been developed. It’s left relatively untouched, apart from the graffiti artists that is.
If you like graffiti it’s one of the best places you can go in the world.
The ex-spy station is set on a man-made hill of rubble from the Second World War, which was placed on top of a nazi college that the allies couldn’t demolish. You have to walk 30 minutes through Grunewald Forest to reach it from the nearest train station.
Berlin is well known for its street art graffiti and a visit to Teufelsberg is a highlight of any visit to the city and makes for one of the best alternative things to do in Berlin.
Graffiti artists from around the world come to do their art at Teufelsberg, often it will last for just a short while until the next artist paints over it.
Teufelsberg makes for a good day trip from Berlin if you want to take your time there and also explore the Grunewald Forest, but if you do it fast you can see it in a few hours for a half-day trip.
Teufelsberg Graffiti Berlin
The dome’s that housed some of the spy listening devices.
These figures are on the inside of the tallest dome there.
On the outside of one of the buildings at Teufelsberg.
You can scramble around the inside of the buildings where some of the best artwork is.
View across Gruneweld Forest.
The tallest dome in the background.
You can book a tour to Teufelsberg here:
More on street art in Berlin at the East Side Gallery.
If you’re interested in more cool things to see in Berlin then go check out some of the places the German series Dark was filmed around Berlin.