Lenin Greeting from the Past

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A statue of Lenin in front of the main building of the former militar compley at Wuenstorf

Not far from Berlin, in the middle of Brandenburg, you can find Wünsdorf – a town formerly known as “the forbidden town”. The town used to be an important military base that was used during World War I and II by the German army, and later during the Cold War, the Sovjet Army used the complex. It’s purpose varied over time, and it saw many historic figures walk down its halls. For example, Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg, who tried to assassinate Hitler was stationed there.

After World War II, the Soviets started to transform the military base into a whole military town with up to 70.000 soldiers living there at a time. The statue of Lenin was erected during that time and still remains there today. Now, the buildings and bunkers are falling apart, but it is still possible to visit the bunkers, and the “forbidden town” where you can see the leftovers of the swimming pools, theatre, and other hidden gems .

Tip: If you are interested to visit the place, look up their website for guided tours. They frequently run tours specifically for photographers there, which give you plenty of opportunity to explore on your own and take photos .

A statue of Lenin in front of the main building of the former militar compley at Wuenstorf

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