Photo locations in and around Berlin: War remains

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Anhalter Hochbunker

An example of an above ground air-raid shelter built by the Reichsbahn (German imperial railway) for the protection of up to 3000 rail workers and travellers on the grounds of the former Anhalter rail station.

It saw plenty of action during the war, particularly during the last defence of Berlin against the advancing Soviet army.

Today it is the site of the Berlin Chamber of Horrors, a café and the Story of Berlin Museum.

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Flakturm Humboldthain

At 84 m this is all that remains of a triad of flak-towers built to protect Berlin from allied bombing during the war.

Unsuccessfully demolished by French troops due to the close vicinity of the rail network, it is today still largely visible and offers a good panoramic view over Berlin.

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Führerbunker

A subterranean air-raid shelter located near the Reich Chancellery and used as the last of his headquarters by Hitler during the final phase of the war.

Unsuccessfully demolished by the Soviets, it was covered over and remains hidden from public view, an information board now marks the area in which it was situated.

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Großer Bunkerberg

At 78 m this is the highest “natural” point in the Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg district of Berlin.

Situated in the municipal park it is the covered remains of the main flak-tower that was destroyed by the Soviets at the end of the war.

Today it appears as a natural feature of the Volkspark Friedrichshain.

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Hochbunker Pallasstraße

Another example of an above ground air-raid shelter built mainly by forced labour towards the end of the war.

There were a few unsuccessful attempts to demolish it using explosives by the US army after the war, but eventually it was decided that it would be safer to just build around and over it.

Today it is a civilian protection facility and used to store emergency supplies.

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Hochbunker Wittenau Straße - 1

One of 4 surviving air-raid shelters of the type M500 built in 1941 under Albert Speer as part of the “Führersofortprogramm”.

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Hochbunker Wittenau Straße - 2

One of 4 surviving air-raid shelters of the type M500 built in 1941 under Albert Speer as part of the “Führersofortprogramm”.

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Kleiner Bunkerberg

At 48 m this is the twin of the Großer Bunkerberg.

Situated in the municipal park it is the covered remains of the smaller guide-flak-tower that was destroyed by the Soviets at the end of the war.

Today it appears as a natural feature of the Volkspark Friedrichshain.

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Reichsbahnbunker Friedrichstraße

Built in 1943 to shelter up to 3000 rail workers and passengers, this above ground air-raid shelter with its 2 meter thick walls is now not only a listed building, but also an art gallery.

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Schwerbelastungskörper

The heavy load-bearing body is a large concrete cylinder, one of the last surviving objects designed by Albert Speer still in existence.

It was built to test the feasibility of constructing large buildings on Berlin’s marshy, sandy soil.

Today it is a protected monument and is open for public viewing.

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