Urbex and Climbing in Berlin

Berlin is a city steeped in history and culture, with a rich and complex past that has left its mark on the urban landscape. For those interested in exploring the city's hidden corners and forgotten spaces, urbex and climbing offer a unique and exciting way to experience Berlin's history and architecture.


Urbex, short for urban exploration, is the practice of exploring abandoned or off-limits spaces in urban areas. In Berlin, there are many opportunities for urbex enthusiasts, from abandoned factories and train stations to Cold War-era bunkers and military installations.

One of the most famous urbex locations in Berlin is the Spreepark, an abandoned amusement park that has been closed since 2002. The park features eerie, decaying rides and attractions, and has become a popular destination for urbex photographers and explorers.

Spreepark, ph. by Vitor Fontes

Climbing is also a popular activity for those looking to explore the city's unique architecture and landscapes. In particular, climbing on Berlin's concrete walls has become a popular pastime for urban climbers.

Climber at Humboldthain Flank Tower by Fabian Fischer (@moments_in_movement)

One of the most notable locations for urban climbing in Berlin is the Teufelsberg, a Cold War-era listening station located on a hill in the western part of the city. The station was used by the US and British intelligence agencies to monitor radio signals during the Cold War, and its towering concrete structures now offer a challenging and exciting climbing experience.

Teufelsberg by Gero Camp

Another popular location for urban climbing in Berlin is the Flak Tower in Humboldthain Park. The tower was built by the Nazis during World War II as an anti-aircraft gun platform, and its massive concrete walls and stairwells provide a unique and challenging climbing experience.

Humboldthain by Fabian Fischer (@moments_in_movement)

Of course, it's important to remember the history and significance of these locations when exploring them through urbex or climbing. The Teufelsberg and Flak Tower are both reminders of the city's tumultuous past, and their use as recreational spaces can be seen as controversial by some.

However, when approached with respect and awareness of their historical significance, urbex and climbing can offer a unique and rewarding way to experience Berlin's rich history and culture. By exploring these hidden corners of the city, we can gain a deeper understanding of the forces that have shaped Berlin and its people, and appreciate the beauty and complexity of its urban landscape.

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Climber by Fabian Fischer (@moments_in_movement)