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Not surprisingly given its dark and brutal history, there are some extremely spooky places in Berlin — cemeteries, tunnels, bunkers and ghosts, to name but a few. Normally, we tend to avoid things that frighten the life out of us. With an eventful history dating back tothis building complex started out as a tuberculosis clinic before becoming a military hospital for soldiers wounded in World War I and II. Hospitals, however necessary they may be, are seldom places that people like to visit. And dilapidated hospitals with a provocative silence remind us of desperate fates and the fight to stay alive.
You can almost hear the cries of former patients and injured soldiers as you move through the endless, dilapidated corridors and run-down treatment rooms of the Beelitz Sanatorium. Visitors are not permitted to enter the hectare building complex unsupervised, however.
Those keen to take in the ghostly setting for themselves must book a guided tour, which includes a treetop walk along the aerial path overlooking the crumbling buildings. Opened init was here that the high infant mortality rate of the time was fought. Legend has it that one of its 14th-century inhabitants was named Father Roderich, a young nobleman who had once embarked on a sordid affair with a beautiful damsel.
When their liaison was discovered, he was chased away, suffering a broken leg and permanent injury. Broken-hearted and now with a limp, he entered the monastery. His character changed and he became angry — even inciting his brothers to murder. One day, a young man appeared at the monastery with whom Roderich got into an argument.
He locked him in the cellar.
When he learned some time later that the stranger was his son, he hurried down to free him — but he was dead. Roderich, who then collapsed crying, was killed by an angry mob incensed by his cruel ways. He is said to haunt the church to this day. The white towers of this historic building have loomed over Tegel Forest since Tales of a poltergeist have been circulating for almost as long. According to legend, things kicked off at the end of the 17th century when the owners of the castle started to notice mysterious happenings.
The crack of whips could be heard, glowing stones shot at the inhabitants, flames flared in the halls of the castle. Finally, the spirit took shape: sometimes as a dark, billowing mist, sometimes a huge shadowy figure. After a long reign of terror, the ghost disappeared as suddenly as it had appeared. But a few people claim to have seen it more recently — in the form of a mysterious flaming figure outside the castle gates.
Countless graves, tombs and crypts can be found here, in varying states of decay. Many gravestones are ramshackle and overgrown from the first half of the 20th century. The cemetery has existed since Dotted throughout the cemetery are stone statues that seem to watch you as you pass by on mossy paths.
Those of a fragile disposition should leave the cemetery before nightfall. How times change. In recent years, a plan to build a hotel on the site, including a spy museum and flats, failed due to resistance from environmentalists. The old listening station is located in the middle of Grunewald. Around the abandoned site, not much can be heard after dark except the sounds of the forest. Only official tours can be booked. A tip for horror fans: book the last tour of the day during winter, when the sun has already set.
Again and again, drowned bodies floated to the shore there — many were suicides. At the time the cemetery was founded in aroundthese poor souls were considered mortal sinners. The church refused to bury them. Which is why the forest administration established this small cemetery. Some purposely planned their demise near the cemetery.
Today, reports of strange noises and shadows scurrying between the graves abound. In the summer ofa local resident claims to have seen a dark figure rising like smoke from the Havel. Brieselang is a small municipality in Brandenburg.
Since the s, eerie tales have become woven through its forest: back then, strange lights were first seen among the trees at night. The floating lights spooked the discoverer, and from then on, more and more s were given of white, red or green flickering lights through the trees at night. Some even thought they heard voices and sounds.
So the story goes, the sightings are connected to the death of a young girl who was murdered in the forest by Soviet soldiers in Legend has it that her spirit is haunting the forest. Or that of her father, who desperately searched for her with a torch. A Halloween destination for only the hardiest thrill-seekers.
Although anyone walking alone through the streets of Berlin in the dark is, in theory, exposed to more potential danger, it somehow feels infinitely safer on illuminated pavements. When the last light between the trees starts to fade, it gets so dark that we can no longer see our own hand in front of our face. Factor in the deep silence of the forest, and things get pretty eerie. If you opt for a torchlit walk through the forest, you should bear in mind that wild boars mate all year round and give birth to newborns even in autumn. So if you meet a sow with little ones, you should keep calm and give them a wide berth.
The most famous concerns a young noblewoman who fell in love with a commoner. During one of his secret visits, her liaison is said to have been discovered and cruelly punished: he was hung from a bridge pier and she was walled in alive in the castle dungeon.
Since then, their souls wander restlessly, and many people claim to have heard their sighs or caught sight of a veil fluttering near the bridge. Among them, a black dog with glowing eyes.
To this day it is rumoured to appear suddenly in the dark — often at the bridge in the castle grounds. Anyone who crosses the Messedamm Tunnel before sunset will probably encounter commuters or the odd barrel organ player. But the later it gets, the more sinister the subway somehow becomes.
The bright orange 70s de starts to become highly unsettling.
Messedamm Tunnel could easily serve as the setting for a thriller. When you start hearing imaginary footsteps behind you — even though no one else is in the tunnel — get yourself to the exit quickly. In the early s, the last dance took place in this once-grand ballroom.
The art nouveau building must have looked magnificent when it opened in Entering the abandoned ballroom these days is strictly forbidden on safety grounds — no-one knows when masonry might start falling. Things could end badly. Here are 12 places in Berlin guaranteed to give you goosebumps. Berlin am besten erleben.Gothic dating in berlin
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