A great view over Berlin: The Teufelsberg

A great view over Berlin: The Teufelsberg

As a visitor of Berlin you have many possibilities when it comes to visiting attractions. Some of the attractions can be found in every touristguide or website (Reichstag, Brandenburger Tor, Fernsehturm), but lucky enough Berlin also offer enough less touristic places. Teufelsberg is one of these attractions which fits more into the last category.

Teufelsberg: A view over Berlin

As can be read in an earlier article, the Fernsehturm is the largest building in Berlin. You can visit the tower and watch Berlin from a height of more than 200 meters. Clearly this is something you have to do at least once when you visit Berlin, but the are also cheaper and more alternative ways. The Teufelsberg for example, does not reach 200 meters but certainly gives visitors an amazing view over Berlin. In comparison to Alexanderplatz, where it is busy and crowded, this location is quiet and peaceful.

View Teufelsberg BerlinThe view from the Teufelsberg.

In the middle of Grunewald

If you love nature you can easily take half a day to visit the Teufelsberg. The mountain itself does not necessarily demand that many hours but because the Teufelsberg is located in the middle the Grunewald-forest there is plenty of other things to do. Especially during the autumn it is great to take a walk near the water (the Havel), feed the swans and ducks or search for some mushrooms.

If you get hungry along the way there are two restaurants/biergartens next to the water. As can be seen on the photos, the view from the biergartens is spectaculair and the prizes are reasonable. If your looking for another idea: it also might be cool to organize a picknick on top of the Teufelsberg itself.

Biergarten Havel berlinThe biergarten at the water (the Havel) in Grunewald near the Teufelsberg

Grunewald is a state in the west of Berlin and has a property of 22,3 square kilometers. The fact that only 10.000 people live in this part of Berlin shows how green and silent this part of the city must be. The name of the Forest was descended from an old castle in 1543. During the Second World War, the train station in Grunewald was used to deport more than 50.000 Jews to concentration camps. Right now you can still find some memorials who remember visitors of these horrible times.

Kites and Picknicks

Besides the great view, the Teufelsberg is also a great place to visit if you like kiting. Because it is quite windy on top of the Teufelsberg, people come from far to use this spot for their kites. This creates an impressive picture as you can see on the image below. The Teufelsberg is also a great place to have a picknick: With the great view, the green environment and the quite surroundings it is just awesome to have a few drinks and some food.

Teufelsberg BerlinThe wind is quite strong on top of the Teufelsberg, perfect for kites

The emergence of the Teufelsberg

The emergence of the Teufelsberg was closely related to this same Second World War. After the war, all the rubble which was found in the city, had to be removed and ended up “under” the Teufelsberg. The Teufelsberg has a size of up to 12 million cubic meters and consists of many parts of the city of Berlin. This volume of the mountain is sufficient for about 400.000 buidings. This numbers show us once again how immense the damage must have been after World War II.

Teufelsberg Berlin

If you look to the other side from the Teufelsberg, you can see the the listening station of the U.S. Secret Services. It is not used anymore but still a great spot for photographers and adventurers.

Take a step back

Berlin is great but it is a large capital. There are always many tourists and people who are in a hurry. It can be great to take a step back and enjoy a quiet day oin the nature on and around Teufelsberg. When you are walking in Grunewald or standing on top of the Teufelsberg it is hard to realize that you actually just half an hour away from the center of Berlin.

Below you can find a few additional photos of the Teufelsberg and Grunewald.

 

Swan Berlin TeufelsbergTeufelsberg and Grunewald are a great spot for photographers

Teufelsberg Couple BerlinTeufelsberg is a perfect place for couples, you look out over the city of Berlin

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Job van Hardeveld
Written by Job van Hardeveld

My Name is Job and I moved to Berlin in January 2012. Since a couple of years I am writing about cool spots, great parties and awesome places in Berlin. Hope you like my blog, leave a comment if you have a question!

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    June 11, 2015

    Hello Job,

    This article is great. I like to travel and explore the local culture. I am coming to Berlin next week.I think I will try to visit Teufelsberg.Thank you for the great tips.

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