Lost Place: An anglicism primarily used in German (example: Lost Places Berlin) to describe modern ruins, abandoned places, and generally urban exploring locations. 

Berlin has always been a city with a diverse, moving and polarising history. 30 years after German reunification – and the unification of Berlin, the traces of a forgotten and neglected history are slowly vanishing. But these Lost Places in Berlin were (and still are) silent witnesses to an ever-changing city - and can still be found. If you know where to look.

Berlin went through a very popular Urban Exploring Phase in the early 2010s, with abandoned places like the Spreepark with its abandoned Ferris Wheel, the Teufelsberg “Spy Station” and even the abandoned Iraqi Embassy becoming tourist hotspots, and seemingly every travel outlet covering them.  While the most "obvious" abandoned places in Berlin have either been renovated, demolished or become a legitimate tourist attractions that now charge an entrance fee – there is still a trove of hidden urbex locations in Berlin (and Brandenburg)to be found and documented.

Abandoned East German factories, forgotten Ball Rooms, abandoned Swimming Pools, Cinemas and even the odd chemical factory dot the city – waiting to be rediscovered and explored.

Below are some of the abandoned and lost places that we've explored and documented in Berlin during our urbex trips - but our list is by far not complete. Be sure to check back on a regular basis - or sign up to our Newsletter and stay up to date whenever we explore a new Lost Place in Berlin. And don’t forget to check out our Abandoned and Lost Places Berlin Map if you feel like going out and exploring.

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The AVUS

4 weeks ago

There are few places in Berlin that I both equally hate and love driving along – one of them being the route of the legendary AVUS in West Berlin. The Autobahn along this section is always plagued with […] Read More

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The abandoned Stadtbad Lichtenberg

01/04/2020

Berlin hasn’t always been a very “hygienic city”. Some say it still isn’t, but considering it boasts over 67 public baths today (83 if you count the members only / non-communal ones) then I’d think you’d be safe […] Read More

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The Winter Home of the State Circus of the German Democratic Republic

14/02/2019

I’ve never really been a fan of Circuses. I’ve been to a fair share, including some in Russia, and I’ve always felt slightly uncomfortable with the often-dubious animal shows. Historically, Berlin had always been known to be a […] Read More

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The Switch House

19/10/2018

Nothing could be dug up about this little abandoned railroad switch house. We stumbled across this lost place by chance looking for another abandoned structure a while back. While there might not be any information online, we can […] Read More

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The Heating Plant

27/07/2018

Theres not much information to be found about the Heating Plant, but theres enough information about the surrounding area that one can speculate about its history. Judging from its architecture, the building was most likely constructed sometime after […] Read More

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Villa Heike

02/03/2018

Hohenschönhausen is one of those areas in Berlin that one rarely traverses these days. Wedged above Lichtenberg and Marzahn, one struggles to come up with a reason to visit this district – aside from the Berlin-Hohenschönhausen Memorial, a former […] Read More

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Schloss Dammsmühle

21/11/2017

Schloss Dammsmühle – an 18th century fairy tale castle to the north of Berlin slowly bidding its time. Once an illustrious home to a wealthy merchant, the abandoned castle has gone through all the un-pleasantries modern German history […] Read More

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The VEB Milchhof

09/05/2017

The history of the VEB Milchhof (Dairy Farm) begins with the construction and opening of another famous (and now abandoned) Berlin location – the Säuglings und Kinderkrankenhaus in Weißensee in 1911. The Berlin Milk War Before we get into […] Read More

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The Wernerbad

11/01/2017

The Wernerbad was Berlins oldest (abandoned) open air swimming pool. The term Swimmingpool might be a bit of a glorification as the origins of the Wernerbad are a kettle pond – a pond that’s formed by the water […] Read More

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The Abandoned Children’s Home

18/11/2016

Hidden in a small overgrowth in a luxurious suburb of Berlin lie the ruins of an abandoned villa. Built at the turn of the of the 19th Century, the luxurious villa was just one of many in this […] Read More

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Berlins Abandoned Boeing 707

25/10/2016

Berlin and its Airports – a never-ending saga. First they killed off Berlins most central Airport, Tempelhof in 2008, then they wanted to expand Schönefeld and close down Tegel in 2011. While closing down Tempelhof gave Berlin its […] Read More

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The Jungle Hospital

15/09/2016

When it comes to abandoned structures, it always struck me as odd why cities let Hospitals go to waste. Industries come and go (especially in East Germany), but everybody needs a Hospital right? Berlin has its fair share of […] Read More

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Schwimmhalle Pankow

31/08/2016

It seems like nobody likes to go swimming anymore these days. Or at least one gets that impression when looking at the amount of abandoned swimming pools Berlin has. The city has no money to repair them (or […] Read More

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The Stasi Tower

01/04/2016

When the DDR erected the „Antifaschistischer Schutzwall“ – aka the Berlin Wall in 1961, the 160 Kilometer long fortification was overlooked by 302 Watchtowers. The East German Watchtowers weren’t only used for guarding the Berlin Wall, but served as Guard-posts […] Read More

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Flugzeughallen Karlshorst

24/01/2014

Berlin-Karlshorst has always had a long history in aviation. Between 1907 and 1911, Georg Wilhelm von Siemens ordered the construction of the first rotating Airship Hangar on a plot of land in Biesdorf. Around the same time, a small airport […] Read More

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The School of Anatomy

08/01/2014

Despite having only closed its doors a few years ago – vandals have found their way into this abandoned anatomy school.  All that remains are the shards of glass and medical tissue papers strew across the floor.  And […] Read More

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VEB Kühlautomat

06/12/2013

Back in the day, Berlin had 6 Airports – Schönefeld, Tegel, Tempelhof, Gatow, Staaken, and Johannisthal. 4 of those have since been closed, some converted into parks and nature reserves, others into museums – and some, such as […] Read More

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Ausländerlager Schönholz

29/11/2013

Berlin is made of Bunkers. Where ever you go, chances are pretty high that you’ll stumble across some signs or remnants of a Bunker. Be it the Volkspark Friedrichshain, underneath the Alexanderplatz, the Boros Bunker or the remnants […] Read More

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VEB Bärensiegel

15/11/2013

Everybody loves a drink or two – and Berlin was (and still is) a city for drinkers. 150 years ago, the city had over 200 breweries and distilleries – today only a fraction of them remain. While many […] Read More

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The Cinema Directors House

29/10/2013

From the outside it looks like any other closed down villa – but this 2 story house is more than that. Upon closer inspection this run down Villa turns out to be an Abandoned Cinema. The villa was […] Read More

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Checkpoint Bravo

11/10/2013

The Berlin Wall didn’t go up on the 13th of August 1961. What actually happened was that East Berlin Closed all its borders with West Berlin that day. Roads were torn up, barbed wire barriers were erected and […] Read More

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The Abandoned Friedhofsbahn

27/09/2013

Berlins rail based public transport network is huge. Combined, the S-Bahn and U-Bahn have over 477 Km worth of tracks, 25 lines and 339 stations – something very few cities can match. Dating back to 1838 – the […] Read More

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111 Places in Berlin – Nr 68: The Müggelturm

06/09/2013

Berlin is best enjoyed from the top. Not that there are that many opportunities within the city aside from the Fernsehturm and the Weltballon. But if you venture out to the fringes of Berlin and stumble down hidden […] Read More

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The BVB Freibad Lichtenberg

23/08/2013

Schools out for Summer and everyone’s heading to the pool. But not this one. The Freibad Lichtenberg has been closed for a good 20 years, the ground is still rumored to be littered with bombs from the second […] Read More

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VEB Kabelwerk Köpenick

19/07/2013

*Update 19.7.2013* Just as I was about to post this I stumbled across some bad news. Some asshole set the VEB Kabelwerk Köpenick on fire on the 7th of June 2013. 200 sq m of the Roof went […] Read More

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VEB Fotochemische Werke Berlin

05/07/2013

The steady decline of film photography and production has become a mere side note in today’s digital world. Every so often you’ll see a small news article pop up stating that Kodak has sold off some patents here […] Read More

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The Abandoned 1950s Gas Station

21/06/2013

Virtually untouched – hidden in a courtyard lies an old abandoned Gas Station, an 80-year-old Berlin time capsule. A trio of old Arab men guard the courtyard entrance, suspiciously eying up every passerby while casually circulating a joint.  […] Read More

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The Abandoned Iraqi Embassy in Berlin

31/05/2013

It’s a scene akin to the ransacking of Iraq. Broken glass, smashed doors, charred ceilings, and paper. Lots of mouldy paper strewn across every room on every floor. Everybody knows about the abandoned Iraqi embassy in Berlin, its […] Read More

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111 Places in Berlin – Nr 86: The S-Bahnhof Siemensstadt

17/05/2013

Berlin has its fair share of Geisterbahnhöfe – Ghost Stations. Some are hidden underground, behind brick walls, or in overgrown forests  while others are hiding in plain sight. The Second World War scuttled many U and S-Bahn projects, […] Read More

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The Abandoned Childrens Hospital in Weißensee

02/05/2013

The Abandoned Childrens Hospital in Weißensee Berlin or as its was officially known as: The Säuglings- und Kinderkrankenhaus Preußens (Childrens Hospital Prussia) was the first communal run childrens hospital in Prussia. The Childrens Hospital was designed by Carl James […] Read More

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111 Places in Berlin – Nr 5: The Ballhaus in Grünau

15/02/2013

1920s Berlin was the place to be – it was the epicenter of culture and vice. The Weimar era brought out some of the best in German Culture, from Bauhaus Design, to Films such as Metropolis and The […] Read More

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Bahnbetriebswerk Pankow Heinersdorf

14/12/2012

It seems like i’m slowly turning into a train spotter – or something akin to that. Though i’m not that interested in the trains themselves, i’m interested in the structures that used to house them. While browsing through some Forums, I […] Read More

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VEB REWATEX

12/11/2012

By now everyone should have realized that Berlin is a large urban wasteland dotted with specs of “civilization”. With a little research and some light reading you will easily stumble across an Abandoned Industrial Ruin or a deserted […] Read More

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Kino Sojus

19/10/2012

Marzahn. The last Bastion of old Berlin. Cold, Ugly, and Unwelcoming. Plattenbauten as far as the eye can see. You’re not going to see any hipsters flocking over here in droves (even though the rents are still legendary […] Read More

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The Lost Cabaret

01/10/2012

Berlin is a truly wonderful place. No matter where you go there, there’s always a secret bit of history to be discovered. Not too long ago a curious property investor stumbled upon a bricked up building in the […] Read More

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Stadtbad Oderberger Straße

14/09/2012

On every second sunday in September, Germany (and several other european countries) celebrates the “Tag des offenen Denkmals”(Day of the open Monuments) as part of the European Heritage Days. Monuments, buildings, and Institutions which are generally closed off […] Read More

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The Eisfabrik

30/08/2012

Walking along the Spree you’ll find an ever decreasing amount of crumbling factories and halls. All are destined to make way for the MediaSpree Project, for luxury Hotels and Offices in the name of Urban Renewal. Yet one […] Read More

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U6 Tunneltag

12/07/2012

Germans Love Tunnels. They simply go apeshit for them. Theres simply no other explanation as to why over 7000 people queued up on a Sunday Morning after the BVG invited 5000 enthusiasts to take part in a  “Tunneltag” […] Read More

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Lost Places Berlin: Ausländerlager Schönholz - AVUS Tribüne (+AVUS Südkurve) - Bahnbetriebswerk Pankow Heinersdorf - The Ballhaus in Grünau - VEB Bärensiegel - Checkpoint Bravo - The Abandoned Children's Home - The Cinema Directors House - The Lost Cabaret - The Classical Villa - The Eisfabrik - Flugzeughallen Karlshorst - VEB Fotochemische Werke Berlin - Freibad Lichtenberg - The Friedhofsbahn - 1950s Gas Station - The Heating Plant - Villa Heike - Iraqi Embassy - The Jungle Hospital - VEB Kabelwerk Köpenick - Kinderkrankenhaus Weißensee - Kino Sojus - VEB Kühlautomat - VEB Milchhof - The Müggelturm - VEB Rewatex - The S-Bahnhof Siemensstadt - Schloss Dammsmühle - Schwimmhalle Pankow - The School of Anatomy - Stadtbad Lichtenberg - Stadtbad Oderberger Straße - The Stasi Tower - The Switch House - U6 U-Bahn Tunnel - The Wernerbad - The Staatszirkus der DDR

Lost Places Brandenburg: Adolf Hitler Lager / Forst Zinna - Bunker Wünsdorf Zeppelin | Maybach I - Chemiewerk Rüdersdorf - The Artillerie Kaserne - Carinhall - Fürstenbergs Soviet Murals - Gasthof zum Schwarzen Adler - Gut Gentzrode - Heeresbekleidungsamt Bernau - Kaserne Krampnitz - Lager Koralle - Panzerkaserne Bernau - Papiermühle Wolfswinkel - Sanatorium E - Truppenübungsplatz Döberitz

Lost Places Oranienburg: The SS Bath and Boiler House - Flugplatz Oranienburg - Funkbunker Karo Ass - Heilstätte Grabowsee - Munitionsdepot Oranienburg - SS-Hundeschule Sachsenhausen - The SS Hundertschaftsgebäude - Veruschsstelle für Höhenflüge

Lost Places Germany: Kernkraftwerk Greifswald - The Machine Factory - The Nail Factory - The Textile Factory - Rapunzel’s Tower - The Soviet Helicopter - The White Castle - Weißen Häuser Rechlin

Lost Places France: L’église du Bon-Pasteur
Lost Places Hungary: Párizsi Udvar
Lost Places Italy: Il Grande Cretto di Gibellina - Tonnara del Secco