The region of Brandenburg in Germany has a rich and diverse cultural history dating back to the 9th century. The region saw its largest expansion from the 18th century onwards thanks the Kingdom of Prussia, with a large part of its territory being located in what is now Poland. The region is dotted with thousands of small castles and once luxurious manors belonging to the various local nobility - of which many have since fallen into disrepair and obscurity. 

The end of the Second World War saw a large territorial loss on the German side, with the majority of the land being ceded to Poland (and the region of Königsberg to the Soviet Union, now Russia), often splitting cities in half. The Soviet occupation and the establishment of the German Democratic Republic saw a large scale dispossession of wealthy land owners and the destruction of their property as well as the establishment of the largest Soviet Military Installations outside of the Soviet Union - often by simply repurposing former Nazi Military Barracks and Bunkers - like the former U-Boot Command Center Lager Koralle or the Adolf Hitler Lager in Forst Zinna

After German Reunification in 1991 and the Soviet Withdrawal in 1994, the vast majority of Soviet Military Bases in Brandenburg have been left abandoned and have become so called lost places. They are joined by thousands of factories, hotels and infrastructure given up or sold out after the demise of the East German Industry - giving urbexers a wealth of tragic motives. 

Below are some of the abandoned and lost places that we've explored and documented in Brandenburg 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 Places in Brandenburg. 

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The East German NVA Hospital Bunker

6 months ago

Hidden in a forest between a somewhat busy road and a little housing estate, you can find an East German NVA bunker doing what a bunker does best – staying […]

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Flugplatz Alt Daber (Wittstock/Dosse)

7 months ago

This article is also available in: Deutsch While we are avid rail travel enthusiast and avoid flying whenever possible – we have an almost unhealthy attraction to abandoned airports. East Germanys […]

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The Twin Villas of Fürstenwalde

8 months ago

This article is also available in: Deutsch One of the many allures of visiting and exploring the cities and towns in Brandenburg is the chance to basque in the architectural […]

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Brandenburgische Motorenwerke (Bramo Werk)

8 months ago

The forests of Brandenburg harbour many secrets – though more often than not, it’s almost impossible to fully decipher them. One of these secrets is what’s left of the so […]

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Mars La Tour Kaserne Fürstenwalde

9 months ago

This article is also available in: Deutsch Seemingly every larger village in Brandenburg has some connection to Germany’s military past – but few places can boast 360 years of continuous […]

Flugplatz Werneuchen

11 months ago

While the German Air Force was demobilized after the end of the first world war, and eventually dissolved as a condition under the treaty of versailles in 1920 – the […]

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NVA Flugplatz Löpten

Nov 17, 2022

While the German Luftwaffe had 70 military air bases and airfields spread around Berlin and Brandenburg alone at the end of World War II, the newly created Air Force of […]

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The Avro Lancaster Crash Site

Nov 3, 2022

The year 1944 was the single most destructive year for both the RAF and USAAF during the strategic bombing of Germany. Combined, over 900 thousand tons of bombs were dropped […]

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NVA Flugabwehr-Raketenabteilung 4123 Klosterfelde

Sep 22, 2022

The forests around Berlin harbour a great many secrets. The Prussian, Nazis, East Germans and the Soviets – all of them have lurked around Brandenburgs expansive Oak and Birch forests, […]

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The MFS Buchheide – The Stasi Hotel

Jul 15, 2022

On the south eastern edge of the picturesque city of Templin, nestled in a small forest next to the Lübbesee lies the MFS Buchheide – also known as the Stasi […]

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9 Legal Lost Places to visit in and around Berlin (and 10 that you can’t)

Jul 8, 2022

Urban Exploring has become quite a mainstream activity over the years, thanks to its ever growing presence and popularity on sites like youtube, reddit and even tiktok. Even this website […]

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Kraftwerk Vogelsang

Jun 16, 2022

Directly along the scenic Oder-Neiße border between Germany and Poland lies the concrete remnants of the Kraftwerk Vogelsang, a crumbling symbol of the destructive madness of the Third Reich. While […]

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Flugplatz Rangsdorf

May 13, 2022

Berlin and its immediate surroundings have always been at the forefront of german aeronautical innovation and are steeped in history. Germany’s first Airport opened in (the now Berlin district of) […]

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The Abandoned Soviet Training Tank

Feb 4, 2022

Wünsdorf and its surroundings have a magical hold over us. Its long military history and abundance of Soviet Military “leftovers” keep pulling us back into its orbit. While Zossen and […]

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The Lenin of Fürstenbergs School Nr 27

Dec 23, 2021

Even 97 years after his death, Lenin still makes an appearance in the most unusual places. But considering that at one point, 1.5 million Soviets were stationed in Germany – […]

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Fürstenbergs Soviet Murals

Jun 3, 2021

Fürstenberg – or to use its full name Wasserstadt Fürstenberg/Havel – has a long and difficult history. Its founding dates back to at least the middle of the 13th Century, […]

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Bunker Wünsdorf Zeppelin | Bunkeranlage Maybach

Mar 18, 2021

Wünsdorf could have been just like any other city in Brandenburg – but if it was we probably wouldn’t be writing about. Its location, close enough to Berlin – but […]

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Gut Gentzrode

Dec 3, 2020

There are few places that have left us with a deep sorrow after we’ve visited them – but the Gut Gentzrode (also known as Herrenhaus Gentzrode) possibly tops our list. […]

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Lager Koralle

Nov 1, 2020

In June 1939, a group of Kriegsmarine technicians set out into countryside outside of Bernau – a good 20 kilometers north of Berlin – armed with a mobile radio truck. […]

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Chemiewerk Rüdersdorf

Jun 19, 2020

Just a few kilometers outside of the city limits of Berlin, in the city of Rüdersdorf lie the ruins of the Chemiewerk Rüdersdorf – a former cement turned phosphate chemical […]

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Heilstätte Grabowsee

May 29, 2020

Just a few kilometers outside of Oranienburg – in the middle of the forest lie the ruins of what used to be one of Germanys most modern Lung clinics, the […]

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Panzerkaserne Bernau

May 22, 2020

Bernau, just a few kilometers outside of Berlin was a city once known for its extensive Beer and Cloth Production skills. Today its known for being conveniently located on the […]

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Adolf Hitler Lager – Forst Zinna

Feb 19, 2020

An hour south of Berlin lay the ruins of the Adolf Hitler Lager – a sprawling military complex known more commonly as Forst Zinna. Between the 1930s and the early […]

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SS Schießstand Sachsenhausen

Dec 12, 2019

The quaint Oranienburg, just an hours drive north of Berlin has a long history dating back to the 13th century when it was still known as Bötzow. Sadly the period […]

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Rangierbahnhof Wustermark

Sep 20, 2019

Just a few kilometers outside of Berlin stands what’s left of the Rangierbahnhof Wustermark – once one of Germanys largest and most modern train shunting yards. Allied bombing in World […]

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Löwen Adler Kaserne

Sep 12, 2019

The name Elstal might ring a bell for some – mainly due to it being the home of the (not so) abandoned 1936 Olympic Village. But the small village actually […]

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The White Maria

Aug 22, 2019

The vast forest and fields around Berlin have had a long military history. The Döberitzer Heide (also known as Dallgow Döberitz), just on the border to the West of Berlin […]

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The Abandoned Forest Tram

Jun 6, 2019

When venturing out into the forest surrounding Berlin you can never be quite sure what lost and abandoned places you’ll stumble upon, especially when you head just a few kilometers […]

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The Artillerie Kaserne

Nov 23, 2018

The seemingly sleepy town of Eberswalde, and hour north of Berlin has a lot more history than one could expect. Eberswalde saw a rapid industrialization in the middle of the […]

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The Versuchsstelle für Höhenflüge

Nov 8, 2018

Oranienburg, 35 kilometers to the north of Berlin is a city with a heavy heritage. Not only was it home to two concentration camps – the KZ Oranienburg (one of […]

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The SS Hundertschaftsgebäude

Sep 28, 2018

When the KZ Sachsenhausen was constructed in 1936, it was intended to be used as a blueprint for other concentration camps, both in its design and management. Just outside of […]

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The SS Bath and Boiler House

May 24, 2018

When the KZ Sachsenhausen was constructed in 1936, it was intended to be used as a blueprint for other concentration camps, both in its design and management. Just outside of […]

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Gasthof zum Schwarzen Adler

Feb 9, 2018

Not much can be dug up about the abandoned Gasthof zum Schwarzen Adler (Black Eagle Inn). The abandoned hotel and restaurant must have been quite the popular hangout seeing as […]

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Carinhall – The ruins of Herrmann Görings Villa

Jan 26, 2018

In the heart of (one of) central Europe’s largest nature reserves – the Schorfheide –  lie the ruins of Carinhall – Herrmann Göring’s luxurious villa, attracting treasure hunters, Neo-Nazis and […]

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The Nail Factory

Nov 10, 2016

Founded in 1867, the now abandoned nail factory specialised in manufacturing horse shoe nails. In 1871, the owners decided to relocate the factory to a new production site as they […]

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The Abandoned Helicopter

Oct 5, 2016

Wedged between some trees in a little forest stands a stripped Soviet helicopter. A Mil Mi-8 to be exact. As rumors have it, the Mil Mi-8 was pushed as a […]

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The Classical Villa

May 11, 2016

Once home to a wealthy industrialist or Businessman – this once stunning Villa has been left to fend on its own for several decades. Rotten to the core, its roof […]

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Heeresbekleidungsamt Bernau

Nov 1, 2013

With more and more abandoned places in Berlin being converted into apartments and offices (or just outright being torn down) – it’s becoming increasingly more uncommon to find “untouched” and […]

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Checkpoint Bravo

Oct 11, 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 […]

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The Abandoned Friedhofsbahn

Sep 27, 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 […]

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Munitionsdepot Oranienburg

Aug 30, 2013

After the Soviets liberated the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp in April 1945, they immediately occupied all buildings and structures in and around Oranienburg which they thought they could profit from such […]

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Funkbunker Karo Ass

Aug 16, 2013

When the Nazis set up the Concentration Camp Sachsenhausen in Oranieburg (35km North of Berlin), the SS swarmed out in search for suitable space to settle their units. A small […]

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SS-Hundeschule Sachsenhausen

Jul 30, 2013

While the horrors of the KZ Sachsenhausen in Oranienburg have been documented for posterity, and the KZ itself has been preserved as a memorial for future generations – many of […]

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Flugplatz Oranienburg

Jul 26, 2013

Oranienburg is one of those German Cities whose not so distant history casts a very dark shadow over it. It was home to not one, but two Concentration Camps – […]

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Truppenübungsplatz Döberitz

Jul 12, 2013

Gut Ding will Weile haben – a good thing is worth waiting for. That is until you wait too long. When I first moved to Berlin I heard about an […]

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Papiermühle Wolfswinkel

Oct 9, 2012

Most people living in Berlin will be familiar with the name Eberswalde – mainly because of the U2 U-Bahn Station Eberswalderstraße (and the fact that Konopkes Currywurst and the Mauerpark […]

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Sanatorium E

Jun 20, 2012

The “Sanatorium E” was constructed as a Lung Clinic between 1912 and 1914 by the Jewish Doctor Walter Freimuth and his wife. After the German Reich introduced the first form of public […]

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Kaserne Krampnitz

May 25, 2012

After the end of the Second World War, the Allies – and especially the Soviets started a mad scramble to repurpose former Nazi Military installations. Never letting a good Wehrmacht […]

Urbex 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

Urbex Brandenburg: Adolf Hitler Lager / Forst Zinna - Avro Lancaster Crash Site - Bramo - Zümo Werk - Bunker Wünsdorf Zeppelin | Maybach I - Chemiewerk Rüdersdorf - The Artillerie Kaserne - Flugabwehr-Raketenabteilung 4123 - Flugplatz Alt Daber - Flugplatz Löpten - Flugplatz Rangsdorf - Carinhall - Fürstenbergs Soviet Murals - Gasthof zum Schwarzen Adler - Gut Gentzrode - Heeresbekleidungsamt Bernau - Jagdschloss Schwarzhorn - Kaserne Krampnitz - Kraftwerk Vogelsang - Lager Koralle - Lenin Bust Fürstenberg - Mars La Tour Kaserne Fürstenwalde - NVA Lazarettbunker - Olympiastadion Wünsdorf - Panzerkaserne Bernau - Papiermühle Wolfswinkel - Sanatorium E - The Stasi Hotel - Truppenübungsplatz Döberitz - Twin Villas Fürstenwalde - Abandoned Soviet Training Tank - Villa Bogensee - Flugplatz Werneuchen

Urbex 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

Urbex Germany: Flugplatz Schwerin Görries - Hotel Fürstenhof - Kernkraftwerk Greifswald - Kurhotel Zippendorf - Tank Cemetery Aachen - The Machine Factory - The Nail Factory - The Textile Factory - Rapunzel’s Tower - The Soviet Helicopter - The White Castle - Weißen Häuser Rechlin

Urbex France: L’église du Bon-Pasteur
Urbex Hungary: Párizsi Udvar
Urbex Poland: Fort Zorndorf
Urbex Italy: Il Grande Cretto di Gibellina - Tonnara del Secco