In 1910 a military training camp was built, the now abandoned Haus der Offiziere was added in 1914 as military sports school, which was later adopted seamlessly by the Nazis. This was just part of the huge site which became known as Wünsdorf or “Little Moscow” in the 1950’s. The town which grew to accommodate 35,000 people from the Soviet republic was significant in size and worthy of its nickname. As with many other areas of Germany the Russians withdrew in 1994, since this time the town has remained largely unoccupied. A significant number of the former Soviet buildings are currently up for sale with various suggested development opportunities, it its possible that this will once again become a thriving town but for now little Moscow is left rotting away.
Visited with Andy K of Behind Closed Doors, Lowri, Scott of Darbians photography, Stussy and Carl. Another giant military site was to be our next location, this time the previous use of the now abandoned Haus der Offiziere was a Sports training facility as relatively small part of a large military town occupied by the Russians until the mid 1990’s. As we approached the site it was clear that a significant number of the nearby buildings were also unoccupied and derelict. Lots of stripped out apartment buildings mixed in among occupied ones it was quite unusual. The sports complex is separated off with its own fence and secured pretty well. There are several buildings on site and we managed to gain access to the majority with the exception of the Officers House. Some of my favourite features in this place were the Spiral Staircase in the main building, the indoor swimming pool and The corridor which lit up with the backlit picture of a Russian soldier.
Enjoyed these photos? want to see more from this place? then check out the report at Behind Closed Doors: Haus Der Offiziere and Darbians report: Haus Der Offiziere
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