how to get to Teufelsberg in Berlin, Germany + everything you need to know about this converted spy station

Teufelsberg, an abandoned spy station in Berlin, lies hidden away on an artificial hill made from the rubble of post-World War II Berlin. Today, it has been turned into a modern art and graffiti exhibit. It's undeniably something unique to see if you're ever in Berlin, though it requires a bit of a journey to get there.

I visited Teufelsberg in 2017, during a quick break in my summer internship. My visit occurred on a particularly sweltering day, but I had the place almost entirely to myself. I’ve created this guide to help you plan your own visit, with all the details on entrance fees and how to get there!

Here's what you should know before you visit Teufelsberg

getting 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. The cheapest way to get there is to take the S-bahn to the nearest station and then use the app {it works offline} and follow trails through the woods and up a hill. 

admission costs + entrance

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 to expect

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 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 to bring with you

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 impression

You guys come here for honesty, right? Okay. Here's the thing: I love history, but I wasn’t sure how I felt about the graffiti. 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. If you want an off-the-beaten-path experience in Berlin, Teufelsberg is your spot.