Flakturm Humboldthain

The Volkspark Humboldthain is a beautiful garden in the north of Berlin. Construction works started in 1869 at the 100. anniversary of the birth of Alexander von Humboldt. It includes a nice rose garden and since 1942 a massive amount of concrete: with the use of forced labor a high-rise bunker with an anti-aircraft warfare position was built, the Flakturm Humboldthain. Flak is an abbreviation for Flugabwehrkanone meaning anti-aircraft gun.

In 1945 it was the last location of the battle of Berlin: 1,000 soldiers of the Wehrmacht gathered at the Humboldthain. While the other German forces in Berlin surrendered to the Soviet Army on May 2nd, the Humboldthain was handed over as the last place on May 3rd. Today you can visit the bunker on guided tours or simply climb up from the Gesundbrunnen station to enjoy nice views. The ascent is quite steep but worth the effort. On top you’ll find a sculpture of artist Arnold Schatz as a memorial for the German reunification.

Flakturm Humboldthain

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