Soviet HQ, Berlin, Germany - April 2008 - Part1

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Last week Dojann and I went to Berlin. We visited many sites around the city and spent too much money. Going to Berlin was a much needed break and I had a fantastic time.

We left the hotel and got on the ubahn heading for our destination. Once we arrived at our stop and exited the station we looked around the area. As we were strolling we noticed animals along, what we thought was, the site perimeter. After a closer look and thinking that maybe they belonged to a security company we realised they were bears behind glass as thick as Clingfilm....I crapped myself and we walked on.

We finally arrived at the site, after walking 20 minutes in the wrong direction, and looked for access. After further walking we found our entry point and processed to enter. Once inside the outside wall we realised how large the site was. We looked around and entered a few buildings.

The building which is in this report is the second 'main' building.

1. We started at from the roof and worked our way down. (sorry about the HDR)
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2. Door up to the roof area
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3. 'No more than 200kg/m2'
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4. An ammo storage room
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5. Twin rooms
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6. Stairs leading to the second floor
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7. A corridor shot (again, sorry about the HDR)
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8. Looking outside at the front of the main building
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9. Storage (possibly food) room
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10. Original net curtains
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11. From the looks of this room I think it was an office
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12. No idea why this room, and it was the only one, had a door like this
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13. Stair doors (note massive fixtures and fittings)
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14. Bathroom wall detail
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15. Possibly another office
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16. Washroom sinks
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17. Another office?
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18. Padded door with foul wallpaper
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After exploring the 3 'above ground' floors we moved down to the basement

19. Lighting
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Soviet HQ, Berlin, Germany - April 2008 - PART2

20. Window with metal shutter
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21. Electrical fittings. This room was full of voltage meters and had a horrible smell
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22. Behind the wallpaper
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23. Very .....odd...very....Russian urinals
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24. Work room
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25. Machinery
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26. Cables
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27. Pipework with German and Russian writing behind the pipes
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28. Tiny sink in the corner of a room
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29. Basement doors
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30. Graffiti
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31. This was behind a chest of 'dust' in the corner of a dark basement room
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32. Looking through an approx. 2m long pipe going outside
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33. A boiler
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We then headed outside and took a few shots of the buildings around

34. The clock tower part of the main building (rear)
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35. Graffiti
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36. Very art-deco styled building
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37. Same as above but from a different angle
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38. The clock
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This is great, I love old soviet buildings (and decor lol). Love that corridor shot in pic 7, and love the office with the brown wooden cupboards and the pics each side and above of the cupboards.

That clock is great.

Cheers Federal,

:) Sal

ps, what were the bears doing there behind thin glass? :confused:
 

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What a fantastic explore! Excellent pics, fed.
Was this taken over when the city was carved up between the allies after WW2? I could almost imagine the sound of Russian jackboots in those corridors! Very atmospheric.
 

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As some signs are in German was some if the base shared with East German forces?

On the exterior shots it looks like some of the windows were filled in & the rooms fitted with air conditioning units.
 

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Top report, a lot of the photos give a real feel for the place and era. It's very well captured.
 

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An amazing building! I wish there were more sites that large in the UK. Due to our building laws stuff like that get demolished quick to build council flats :(
 

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nice explore! kudo's for going into bear infested east berlin too :)


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this is a very russian scene, seen quite a few places painted like this in russian federation/ex soviet places. Remarkably it looks exactly something I saw in estonia on a cafe wall!! maybe its a copy of a 'famous' painting or something, just painted a bit more simplified?
 
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