Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Teufelsberg - Listening station turned echo chamber

You are facing another massive photo-overdose. If you thought the ruins of Spreepark* were creepy, weird, derelicte, fascinating, fairy-tale like or out of this world, it gets better. Brace yourselves for a montain built of ruins of - according to an estimate in Wikipedia: - 400 000 buildings destroyed in the World War II, and an old falling-apart US listening station. Welcome to Teufelsberg.

*) For Spreepark scroll down below to the previous 2 posts.

This is the hill built of war waste from up above.
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And this is where I took the picture from: The US listening station from post-war times aswell.
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The walk was long, and in the end we found out no-one's allowed in. "Allowed". There were people inside the fences, and helpful Berliners showed us the best hole in the fence.
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Then we climbed into the buildings and towers. You go girl.
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The staircase wasn't that well lit.
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But it still beat taking the lift.
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See - it wasn't really "closed down" at all. They'd even built new walls for painters. But I guess they need to lock it down, cos the floors are full of holes, there are practically no proper walls, and otherwise someone'd have to take responsibility for all the junkies that trip and fall. Literally.
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On the edge.
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First landscapes.
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Then up even higher, darker, and louder. The wind was pretty intense up there. And the acoustics in the giant golf ball, man, you could hear your breath up there like it was Darth Vader!
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And from this clip you can hear what it sounds like in a giant golf ball. And what it looks like when you could just walk out of the door to a free fall of over 100 meters.
Turn up your speakers, guys.

Here's a Wikipedia fun-fact (especially 'fun' now that I read it afterwards)! "Wild Boar, which American soldiers nicknamed "grunie pigs," roam free on the hill. Visitors are advised to stay on the paths at all times." LOL. happy we didn't run into those.

Another fun-fact:

These two pictures made my day:
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All sources and picture of Scooter from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teufelsberg
Other pictures by me.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

The perfect place for horror stories, Part 2

In my previous post I told you about the spooky carnival we only got to see from the outside. We thought we'd seen pretty much at the first 2 times, but we were quite wrong, fellas... Here's what happened when we got in.

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Seems like the park really did close quite suddenly at its time, since someone even left their tea cup and a piece of cheese lying around.

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Dinos chilling by the water.

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Candy shop.

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It was a bit windy and rainy.

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There was a cute little island just outside the park too:

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Yellow raincloak - Spreepark
beanie - H&M men's

scarf - vintage (from Colours in Kreuzberg)

jeans - H&M

boots - Motivi

In the end we were lucky enough to get a ride on the loudly rattling rusty rail! No seatbelts or sfety measures of any kind! Awesome!!! The clip is over 3 minutes long, but hang in there, if you wanna get the tour from the spooky water slide through the dinosaur land and even further. In the first car is the old fella that we wanna think is the owner, who maybe even still runs his shady businesses in the old buildings of the park... we like to think the worst of everyone. Enjoy!