28 Kilometers north of Berlin lies the city of Oranienburg. Connected to the Berlin S-Bahn its a popular destination for day trippers as well as commuters. The area of what is now Oranienburg has been populated since at least the 12th Century - but saw its most rapid expansion and growth to prosperity in the beginning of the 19th Century with the onset of industrialisation. While Oranienburg has a long and rich history, it is sadly overshadowed for being the location of two Nazi Concentration Camps - the KZ Oranienburg and the KZ Sachsenhausen.
With an abundance of forced labourers from the Camps, Oranienburg became a hub for Nazi military installations such as the Flugplatz Oranienburg (testing ground for the worlds first stealth aircraft), Communication and Munition Bunkers as well as a whole host of Concentration Camp infrastructure used by the Waffen SS. After the fall of the Third Reich, the Soviet Military took over most of the military infrastructure - including a former Tuberculosis Clinic - and used it up until 1994. After the reunification of Germany, the Soviet Military headed back to what was now Russia, and most of buildings have been left abandoned. While many parts of Brandenburg have an abundance of urbex locations dating as far back as the 18th century (and sometimes even earlier) - the majority (with a few exceptions) of lost places in and around Oranienburg date around the 1930s to late 1950s.
Below are some of the abandoned and lost places that we've explored and documented in Oranienburg 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 Oranienburg.
SS Schießstand Sachsenhausen
The Versuchsstelle für Höhenflüge
The SS Hundertschaftsgebäude
The SS Bath and Boiler House
Funkbunker Karo Ass
Urbex Brandenburg: Adolf Hitler Lager / Forst Zinna - Avro Lancaster Crash Site - Bunker Wünsdorf Zeppelin | Maybach I - Chemiewerk Rüdersdorf - The Artillerie Kaserne - Flugabwehr-Raketenabteilung 4123 - 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 - Olympiastadion Wünsdorf - Panzerkaserne Bernau - Papiermühle Wolfswinkel - Sanatorium E - The Stasi Hotel - Truppenübungsplatz Döberitz - 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: Kernkraftwerk Greifswald - 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 Italy: Il Grande Cretto di Gibellina - Tonnara del Secco