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Location DB > Germany > Berlin > Berlin > Humboldthain Flak Tower
Humboldthain Flak Tower
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created by baleze on 9/25/2005 6:56 AM
last modified by baleze on 10/23/2005 7:06 AM
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This flaktower stands tall in Humboldthain park. The inside is chaotic as tons of concrete and metal debris are scattered all-around.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Abandoned
Accessibility: easy when getting the tour; otherwise, forget it
Recommendation: check it out if you're nearby
 Physical Information

Berlin, Berlin
Owner: city of Berlin
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  •  Hazards
     Interesting Features
    7 floors of Berlin's largest bunker complex. Pieces of collapse concrete support each other, and high bridges provide dizzying drops. 1.200 cubic tonnes of material have been removed to date.

    Built from reinforced concrete, 2.5m (8 ft) thick foundations, 2m (6.5 ft) thick outside walls, inside walls up to 1.5m (5 ft) thick. The top floor, the roof was 3.5m (12 ft) thick.
     Security Measures
  • locked gates
  • welded doors
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1942
    Closed: 1948
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    The Gefechtsturm or G-Turm (lit. "Battle Tower")
    Built in 1941-2, alongside the S-Bahn line, by Italian and French workers.
    In 1948 - 51 the G-Turm was partially demolished and the two southerly gun platforms destroyed. 1.6 millon cubic meters of rubble was heaped up around base to form artificial hill and to enhance the park to plans by Garden and Building Department Leader Gunther Rieck. The work was carried out by local jobless people. Most of the rubble was pilled around the south, east and west sides, access being available. But as the tower is build in close proximity to the railway, to the north, dumping and pilling rubble was not done to any great depth. So the northern side is left partially exposed.
    The northern face of the bunker is still visible. In the north of the park, and now known as "Humboldt-85 höhe" it overlooks the Hochstrasse and the Gesundbrunnen U-Bahn station.
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     Future Plans
    This is one of 3 tours organised by the Berlin Underground Association. Basically, this group sets up guided tours of WW2 and Cold War-era monuments and pressures the government to preserve them.

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    Other Flak towers
    Sun, Sep 25th, 2005
    posted by baleze
    7 pictures
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    Taking the tour
    Sun, Sep 25th, 2005
    posted by baleze
    10 pictures

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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Mutt on 11/25/2005 4:57 AM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Oct 23 05 at 7:06, baleze changed the following: Interesting Features
  • on Sep 25 05 at 16:15, baleze updated gallery picture 100204.jpg
  • on Sep 25 05 at 16:11, baleze changed the following: Display Name, Real Name, History, Year Built, Year Closed, Interesting Features
  • on Sep 25 05 at 16:07, baleze updated gallery picture zoo_flak1.jpg
  • on Sep 25 05 at 16:04, baleze updated gallery picture Flaktower.jpg
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  • on Sep 25 05 at 16:00, baleze updated gallery picture Heiligengeistfeld1.jpg
  • on Sep 25 05 at 15:57, baleze updated gallery Other Flak towers
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    You must log in for this feature to work.Mesurement adjustments...maxt1217410/23/2005 7:07 AM by baleze
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