A very popular and certainly one of the most mysterious sights in the city is the Teufelsberg with the US listening station in Berlin’s Grunewald. The sight, which you will not find in every tourist guide, is one of the insider tips. The best way to discover this lost place is on an exciting guided tour.
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Teufelsberg with the US listening station
One of the city’s most mysterious sights is in Berlin’s Grunewald. There is a former US listening station on the Teufelsberg, which was used by the Allies during the Cold War to monitor the Eastern Bloc and its communications.
Teufelsberg – formation of the rubble mountain
In the 1940s, the shell of the Faculty of Military Engineering was located on the present site of the Teufelsberg. This was started as part of the National Socialist project “World Capital Germania”, but was not completed. After the Second World War, the facility was blown up and the remaining remains of the building filled up with rubble. 26 million cubic meters of debris from all over the city are said to have ended up there. The result was the Teufelsberg, which today at 120 meters is the highest elevation in the west of the city.
Teufelsberg with the US listening station – today Lost Place and unique street art gallery
Due to the height of the mountain and its location, the Western Allies used it as a spy center for almost 30 years. It was controlled by the largest US foreign intelligence agency, the National Security Agency (NSA). The listening station was supposed to eavesdrop on the radio traffic of the Warsaw Pact, the GDR authorities and the Red Army. Up to 1,500 employees worked here every day on the listening devices. With the end of the Cold War and the fall of the Berlin Wall, the position was eventually abandoned. Until 1999, the site was still used for civil air traffic surveillance, until it was completely abandoned. Today, in addition to the remains of the listening stations and buildings, you will find a unique street art gallery with works by artists from all over the world. You also have a great panoramic view of the city from the tower
The rest of the Teufelsberg is now also a recreation area and invites you to take a walk.
Teufelsseechaussee 10, 14193 Berlin
Guided tour to Teufelsberg
Access is only possible with a guided tour. Therefore, use the following offer from our partner GetYourGuide, for example.
Immerse yourself in the history of Berlin and visit the 120 meter high Teufelsberg. Learn more about the former listening post and stroll through the largest street art gallery in Europe. During the tour of the site you will learn more about the beginnings in 1937 and the development of the former listening station after the Second World War. Today the field station on the Teufelsberg with its US listening station is one of the so-called “Lost Places” in Berlin.