The base was underground and had cables and telephone lines connecting it to the other towers. The soldiers entered the watchtower on the ground floor where there was a bathroom and a holding cell. The floor above it was the staff room with space for the three guards and the commanding officer that used to work in there. The top floor was the actual observation post, where you could see the area around the tower. On the roof of the tower, you can still see the searchlight and the rifle hatches, that testify its former role and are still there as a reminder of history.
They started taking care of this watchtower on Schlesischer Busch even before it was officially abandoned back in July 1990. And today, from May to October, you can see a permanent exhibition that tells the story of the site as well as art exhibitions. Something we think the soldiers that used to work there never would think it would happen.
If you want to visit this Watchtower, you have to do it between May and October. You have to schedule an appointment by phone or e-mail and then you’re going to be able to visit this Cold War Relic. We visited the place in April 2015 and we want to come back to see it entirely.