The Devil’s Mountain (Teufelsberg): an espionage tower during the GDR, Berlin

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Teufelsberg la montaña del diablo, Berlín

Teufelsberg (Devil’s Mountain)is a hill built with rubble from Berlin during the 20 years of reconstruction of the city after the Second World War. Under this mountain, a military and technical university of the nazism is buried. It was not possible to destroy it with explosives because the building was so well built that the easiest solution was to cover it.

The US National Security Agency built one of the largest spy stations on the top of this hill in order to listen to the signals coming from the eastern bloc, in particular the GDR and the USSR.

Graffiti enla montaña del diablo (teufelsberg), Berlín

Teufelsberg is currently open to the public daily starting at 10 a.m. and the last admission is at 8 p.m.. There are different types of tickets (annual, for students, historical visit), but the general costs 8€; there are also guided tours. In the inside, there is an exhibition of graffiti on all walls and it is allowed to paint new by arranging an appointment in advance.

Tejado con cupulas en la montaña del diablo (Teufelsbeg), Berlín

Through the roof you can access the domes, the fabric that covers them is half destroyed but it is still a spectacular sight. There are different bars set up throughout the areas and it is not uncommon to find empty bottles along the way.

In the previous photo you can see the inside of one of the domes with the perfectly preserved metal structure. Given that it is an authorized place for visits, the infrastructure is not dangerous. In some floors there are holes in the ground but they are covered with woods or, basically, the first thing they have found there. In the a forest surrounding the tower there are caravans and small precarious constructions of the people who spend the night in the enclosure, and inside the building you can also find a “tree hut” built using the beams and supports as if they were branches (currently in use).

It is an essential visit for lovers of history and/or street art.