what to know before a visit to Teufelsberg in Berlin

Hidden away on an artificial hill made from the rubble of post-World War II Berlin, lies Teufelsberg. Teufelsberg is an abandoned spy station that's been turned into a modern art and graffiti exhibit. It's undeniably something unique to see if you're ever in Berlin. 

Here's what you should know before you visit Teufelsberg!

How do I get there? //

I utilised the trusted City Mapper app on my iPhone to navigate my way to the out-of-the-way spy station. It took nearly 45 minutes for me to get from the city centre to Teufelsberg. Honestly, the best way to get there is to take the S-bahn to the nearest station {Heerstraße} and then use the app {it works offline} and follow trails through the woods and up a hill. 

How much does it cost? //

You'll spend €8 to get into the park. I've been adventuring on a tight budget, living that student loan life with a lot of travel before me. This was a splurge for me. However, after completing the mission of getting to Teufelsberg, I couldn't exactly turn back, could I? Looking back, I think it's quite overpriced given you lead yourself around the park at your own pace on your own time. 

What do I get for my money? //

Once you've paid your admission fee, you can stay in the park until close if you like. Take your time to explore all the art around every nook and cranny of the place to get your money's worth. There are toilets {portables} available on site, which makes sense given there is also a coffee hut and a bar at the base of the tower. Local artists are featured on rotation, giving you a chance to meet and talk with a graffiti artist on the middle floor. You can also buy their artwork. 

What should I bring? //

I visited in July and mosquitos were out in full force. Bring bug spray or wear some! I went in my Saltwater sandals, but the trail was a bit muddy from the previous night's rain. If it's wet, I suggest wearing closed-toed shoes. You'll need cash as they don't accept cards at the admission booth. Also, and most obviously, your camera

Overall, what was your impression? //

You guys come here for honesty, right? Okay. Here's the thing: I love history and I don't love graffiti all over it. Teufelsberg was impressive. It was vibrant. It was fun to photograph and it's definitely something unique to see in that it's a true piece of recent history. A story of tragedy and war that's taken place in my lifetime. But, why then tag all over it? Why not preserve it? There is no denying the murals were impressive. I just don't think I enjoyed it being placed where it was. Had this been a modern art exhibit and hippy commune {of sorts} in the German woods and not on a historical landmark, I probably would have enjoyed it more. 

I would recommend visiting Teufelsberg for something different. If you want an off-the-beaten-path experience in Berlin, Teufelsberg is your spot. Bottom line: I'm glad I went, but I wouldn't go back.