The Chemiewerk Rüdersdorf is a huge abandoned factory in Rüdersdorf, a small town close to Berlin. The factory started its life back in 1899 as a cement factory and through the years, it has produced bauxite, animal feed and phosphates for farming purposes. All of this is in the past. Nowadays, this huge abandoned factory is just standing still without any practical use.
Back in March 2015, we gathered a small group of friends and took our bikes on a train to Erkner. Once we reached Erkner, we put our bikes on the road and cycled all the way to the location of the Chemiewerk Rüdersdorf. It was really easy to spot the giant building, entirely surrounded by fences with razor-sharp barbed wire.
Exploring the Chemiewerk Rüdersdorf
In recent times, the factory has become a popular place for filmmakers; from Enemy at the Gates to the Monuments Men. Even Rammstein was there a while ago to take some pictures from the Liebe ist für alle da album. At the moment, Homeland is being filmed at the abandoned factory.
Back to the history of this abandoned factory. Everything started back in 1899 when the C.O. Wegener company started producing cement in this area of Rüdersdorf. The cement production lasted until 1939 when Preußag took over and started producing bauxite which was vital for the Nazi’s War effort (bauxite is one of the elements used to produce aluminium).
After the end of the war, the Soviets took over and dismantled the factory. Only in 1950 was the VEB Glühphosphatwerk Rüdersdorf formed and the production of the famous Rükana started, a hydrothermal defluorination made out of a mixture of rock phosphate, phospohorsäure and soda. After 1979, the chemical factory was integrated into the VEB agrochemicals Piesteritz.
After the German Reunification, it became doomed and was just another factory that couldn’t compete with the industry; for this reason, it closed down in 1999. Now, there is nothing there besides huge empty halls.
The buildings at the Chemiewerk Rüdersdorf are enormous: the biggest buildings that Fotostrasse has ever explored. When you find your way to the top of the huge concrete canisters, you will probably get dizzy if you look down. You will get dizzy as you imagine how some of the graffiti on the roof top was done, since it is filled with huge holes that would kill anyone going up there. From where I stood, the view was beautiful and that was more than enough for me.
When you enter the Chemiewerk Rüdersdorf, you are going to see some green pools that look like something with three eyes is going to attack you. But, don’t worry, there are no teenage mutant ninja turtles here. You are going to see some weird looking graffiti and stencil from PlotBot. His work is really cool and we loved seeing his graffiti there.
If you want to visit the Chemiewerk Rüdersdorf, you have to find where the Museumspark Rüdersdorf is and you will be fine. The only problems we had getting there was the long distance to the factory, and also managing to climb over the barbed wire.
Besides that, walk around and pay attention to where you are standing and you should be fine. Sometimes, it might be good to look up and see if there are any potential hazards from above.
If you are interested in Urban Exploration in Berlin, don’t forget to check out where we have been. If you want to learn more about the factory, check out what Abandoned Berlin wrote about it here.
And thanks to Rebecca Sunshine for her editing contribution.