The most recent urban exploration trip found us exploring the abandoned office complex in Weissensee. This time we were a girls-only team of two and armed with pepper spray we rode our bikes to this abandoned gem, not known to many. The building was once a large office complex home to brands such as Arbonia Forster, TECO and DEVK and judging by the state of it, had been abandoned for some years.
The fence was broken so it was alarmingly easy to get in, the area was overgrown to the point where it resembled a jungle and rubble from the building lay across the path. A parking sign from the lost car park poked through the bushes and the office tower loomed over our heads, calling us up.
A broken window in the basement offered ample space to enter the building, unfortunately into the bathrooms which had been used by squatters and it was apparent they may still live there. The basement was unnervingly dark and still, the damp crept up our backs which were warm from the summer heat outside. A few steps into the dark and an almighty clang happened. Frozen on the spot we blindly spun around looking for the source except we did not find it. After some minutes our frantic whispers echoed through the basement and an executive decision to power through was made.
We made a break for the stairs which promised daylight and warmth, it is known in Berlin that people who squat in abandoned places can be dangerous and irrational. As we walked into the stairwell a hand saw on the ground confirmed our fears and we hastily continued.
The chatter from the nearby street offered some form of comfort although also aided in our sudden panic when an unusual sound drifted in through the open windows. What sounded like footsteps echoed through the halls above our heads and a large piece of wallpaper flapped in the wind loudly.
Several pieces of office equipment had been left lying around including key tags and telephones, most of the items are located in the cellar presumably for storage but now ruined by water damage. An old 70s style fridge stood out – I love a good fridge opening for the ultimate scare (I always imagine it will be body parts but it never is!).
At the moment a new residential and commercial building has been proposed in Berlin-Weissensee. The largest building will be used as living quarters for seniors boasting 143 apartments. The proposal suggests a total of seven buildings on the site including a medical centre and will be privately owned. No date has been scheduled for this to go ahead as of yet.
Another abandoned building ticket off in Berlin, I am excited to see what lies around the corner for me and my urban friends! The office complex was definitely scary and I would highly recommend for anyone looking for the fear factor (especially as two young girls). Crazy? Maybe, adrenaline-fueled? Definitely.
I will give it a 5 because there was not a great deal of graffiti and there were signs of people living there but we did not see a soul the whole time. To be fair there are plenty of abandoned places to play in in Berlin so explorers are spoiled for choice. With that being said it was fairly destroyed whether it was by vandals or the test of time.
Disclaimer: I do not claim to have ever trespassed on this property nor do I condone doing so.
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