Flugzeughallen Karlshorst lies somewhere in Karlshorst, an area of Berlin not famous for its tourist spots. But they are famous for some things and most of them are related to the end of the Second World War, since there was the place where the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany against the allied forces was signed on the 8th of May 1945, and the following Cold War. This is where you can find the German-Russian Museum but we didn’t go all the way to Karlshorst for that. We were looking for the Flugzeughallen Karlshorst.
What is the Flugzeughallen Karlshorst?
Back in 1911, a small airport was constructed in Karlshorst and consisted of an aerodrome and a few airplane hangars. This place came to be known as Flugzeughallen Karlshorst.
During the First World War, the war industry was in full speed and the aerodrome was expanded and even included a dedicated railway that later was removed. But, after the defeat of the German Empire, the Versailles Treaty forbid Germany to use any aircraft which meant that this airbase was abandoned and unused until the Nazis decided to rearm Germany.
With rearmament in mind, the Nazis decided to expand the existing military academies and and, in 1936, the Festungspionierschule der Deutschen Wehrmacht construction began. After the end of the Second World War, the whole complex was taken over by the Soviet Army, including the The Officers Casino where the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany against the allied forces was signed on May 1945. This was the place where the Soviet Military Administration of Germany and the KGB started to work in Germany.
After the German Reunification and the withdrawal of Allied Forces from Germany, the complex could become anything. But this is Berlin and this is why they have so many abandoned places. Some of the buildings were preserved and became museums but a large part was torn down. The north part of the complex is going through renovations and when you walk past it, you can see lots of trucks and debris. But the hangars are still there.
But, what about the hangars?
The hangars have been put under Denkmalschutz, which means that they could be saved but i don’t think this is going to happen. The pictures on this post are from the flight hangars on the southern side and they remain intact and abandoned. But, we saw that some people have been working close to the hangars and, maybe, they will go away soon.
We went to the Flugzeughallen Karlshorst while research for places to explore during the photographic meetings that we host but, since the place is surrounded by fences and we read online that the neighbors are suspicious of people walking around, we decided to go somewhere else.
We think that the Flugzeughallen Karlshorst will be gone soon. Maybe in the next couple of months, a few housing units are going to be built there but we are not sure. If you want to try your lucky and explore the place, the map below will help you with that. You have to find the rounded shaped buildings. Try to go there on an early evening so you can avoid being caught by some of the people working around there.
Str. am Heizhaus 85 – Karlshorst