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Some of Berlin’s creepy places

Posted February 13th, 2012 at 02:30 PM by Stephy
Updated February 13th, 2012 at 03:14 PM by Stephy

The haunted amusement park



(You may know this one from the movie “Hanna”, this is were the showdown took place.)

Concealed within the lush greenery of the Treptow Park and barred by a rusty iron fence is the abandoned Spreepark. This former GDR amusement center, which opened in 1969 and was best known as ‘Kulturpark Planterwald,’ carries with it ghostly images of a bygone era.
The eerie site is located in the middle of Treptow Park in the suburban district of Treptow-Köpenick. Once you’ve hopped over the worn ‘iron curtain’ or slid through an opening, you’ll find yourself amidst a marsh of thorny plants.
Making your way past the maze of trees, fallen branches and leafy overgrowth you’ll be confronted with the remnants of this faded fairground. It’s not only the obsolete roller coaster tracks, forsaken teacup rides or the broken pieces of dinosaur statues that will give you goosebumps–it’s the silence. The echo of children’s laughter from the world beyond the fence fades away and is replaced by your heartbeat that begins to thump louder as the seconds seem to slow down. Not even the birds are chirping.
If you want to check it out I advice you not to do so after twilight! I mean it. If you must at least don’t go alone.
Since 1989, the former amusement park has been under the ownership of the SpreeparkBerlin GmbH Company, headed by Norbert Witte. Shortly after he went bankrupt in 2001, Witte, who was more than $14mn in debt, escaped to Lima, Peru. But in 2004, he was charged with smuggling cocaine from Peru to Germany in the park’s flying carpet ride.



Operationsbunker Teichstraße


During WW2 lots of underground operation facilities were built in Berlin to be able to treat patients even during a bomb alert.
Most of these places have been rebuilt or demolished by now but not this one.
In the 60s and 70s mattresses, bed frames and other things were stockpiled in this bunker in case of an “emergency” (cold war nuclear cluster****).
After extensive restoration work the OP-bunker was declared a historic monument in 2010.



Pfauen Insel


A park that is in the area of the Havel in Berlin, part of the UNESCO World Heritage it is a quiet and beautiful habitat within the city. Legend says the Alchemist Johannes Kunckel‘s restless soul haunts this park as black ghost with red glowing eyes.
It is said Kunckel practiced black magic in his laboratory on the island there, 1689 his buildings burned down and he left to Sweden, where he ultimately died. His soul supposedly returned to the island and wanders there lost ever since.


Zitadelle Spandau


Built in 1557-60 as a palace/ keep, ended up being used as prison in the 15th century. It was home to one Lady back then and she was the ex-lover of the Ruler Joachim II. Her name was Anna Sydow and Joachim’s son was asked by his father to take care of her after he passes away. He took that a bit to literate and imprisoned her in Zitadelle. She is said to haunt the place as white Lady.



Südwestkirchhof Stahnsdorf,



one of Europe’s largest graveyards and home to many late Berliners.
Considering its history, this burial ground’s doomy significance is hardly surprising. Built on the edge of the city to absorb the needs of a rising population, the site opened in 1909, and from 1913 to 1961 a train exclusively populated by Berlin’s deceased ran to the cemetery’s very own station.
In the 1930s, during a chapter of typical Nazi distastefulness, 30,000 dead were dug up from the city’s more central graveyards to make way for Albert Speer’s grand ‘North-South axis’, part of the plan to transform Berlin into a new capital, Germania. Their bodies were brought to Stahnsdorf and reburied in their respective coffins.
Notably, Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau, director of the original Nosferatu, is also entombed here; he apparently exuded such magnetism from beyond the grave that Marlene Dietrich felt compelled to keep his death mask on her desk.
Stahnsdorf cemetery undeniably possesses a touch of otherworldly beauty, with its lavish tombstones, maudlin sculptures and works by some of Berlin’s once-leading architects.



Beelitz Sanatorium


It takes just under an hour on the regional train from Alexanderplatz to reach the sprawling 60-building complex of Beelitz Heilstätten. Once one of Germany’s largest sanatoriums for consumptives, it is now a ghost town, overwhelming in both scale and disrepair. Felled trees block the roads leading onto the site, where crumbling balconies and overgrown tunnel shafts seem haunted by its past as a convalescent home for such patients as Adolf Hitler and Erich Honecker.
By day, all is eerily quiet, but empty bottles, rubbish and the stubs of burnt-down tea candles are reminders that the greying hospital has not been entirely abandoned. The site has become an unlikely mecca for everyone from lovers on romantic weekend getaways to urban explorers and architecture buffs to esoterists and all-night ravers.

Built in 1898 and designed by architect Heino Schmieden, Beelitz was Kaiser Wilhelm II’s response to skyrocketing tuberculosis rates brought on by urbanisation. A 600-bed complex equipped with the latest technologies, it allowed patients to revel in country air and undergo the primitive surgery that was standard in the pre-antibiotic age.
The patient pavilion, which included terraced balconies used for ‘air-bath’ treatments, was divided into four quadrants: the women and men were housed on the west and east ends, respectively; while the north-south axis divided the contagious, quarantined patients from the others. In 1908, the site was expanded to accommodate 1200 beds, and the hospital became a city unto itself, with its own post office, restaurant, nursery, bakery, butcher shop and stables, as well as two kitchens and two laundry houses.
During WWI, the hospital was forced to open its doors wider to casualties flooding back from the Western Front. Around 17,500 were treated at Beelitz between 1914 and 1918, not least the future Führer, whose leg was wounded during the Battle of the Somme.
But Hitler was only the first dictator to sojourn in the Brandenburg forest. Beelitz was occupied in 1945 by the Soviet army and remained a Russian military hospital until 1995. It was thus the perfect retreat for Erich and Margot Honecker, who checked into Beelitz in December 1990, as the GDR collapsed around them. The disgraced head of state was suffering from liver cancer and received treatment here before dying three years later in Chile.
Successive attempts to privatise the sanatorium in the late 1990s ended in bankruptcy for investors, leaving only one part of the complex restored as a clinic for neurological patients. The rest has been left to rot, a process accelerated by looters and nostalgic collectors.
Yet Beelitz has been the theatre of darker deeds than mere vandalism, setting the scene for a vicious murder. In 2008, photographer and sadist Michael K. brought young model Anja P. to the site for a photo shoot in its abandoned operating theatre. He then lured her to a small apartment available on the edge of the campus (the former Pförtnerhaus – gatehouse), beat her to death with a frying pan and had intercourse with her corpse. Today, a ‘Frei’ sign informs passers-by that the gatehouse is vacant and available to rent.
In the chaotic interim between the fall of the Wall and German Reunification, a serial killer known as Die Bestie von Beelitz (The Beast of Beelitz) began to terrorise local women connected to the sanatorium, using pink lingerie to strangle or gag them and then laying the negligee across their corpses. Later identified as Wolfgang Schmidt, he was eventually apprehended and sentenced to 15 years and detention in a psychiatric ward.
While this grisly past may deter some, Michael Wetzlaugk, one of a handful of permanent residents, remains stoical. The Berlin architect bought and converted one of the sanatorium’s outbuildings to live there with his family. He points out to his reinforced, heavy-glass windows and talks of his collection of exotic, ethnic weapons, adding that he and his son are accomplished martial artists. “We could handle about eight people together and win,” he says.
Beelitz’ macabre grandeur has made it popular with the local film industry, and everything from S&M porn to expensive Babelsberg productions like Roman Polanski’s The Pianist have been shot here. But the place is most popular on the amateur end of the spectrum; Youtube is filled with drone-soundtracked videos of its abandoned sick wards and surgical rooms.
The flow of weekend trespassers seem never to dry up… More and more curious (dubbed ‘adventurers’ by the locals) are drawn to the moribund hospital, as online pictures and word of mouth spreads quickly over social networks. Just as the 200-hectare plot can not be fenced off, 70 years of turmoil can’t be confined to the rotting carcass of a deserted sanatorium.
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    Crystal Rainbow's Avatar
    Thank you for that it was very interesting, halomanuk is very interested in the paranormal I shall let him know about this blog.
    Posted February 13th, 2012 at 02:47 PM by Crystal Rainbow Crystal Rainbow is offline
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    Thank you <3 I got interested into urban exploring during my stay in Japan and since I'm moving to Berlin this months I have done some research in that area

    This is the first time I write about this topic though the rest of my blog is more.. well... like a personal blog. I'm glad you found this interesting
    Posted February 13th, 2012 at 03:12 PM by Stephy Stephy is offline
 

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