Haus Der Offiziere, Wünsdorf, Germany

Wünsdorf, Haus Der Offiziere

The town of Wünsdorf was the headquarters of the Soviet forces in East Germany, and was the largest military base in Europe.

Visited July 2014  Germany Brandenburg, Germany Disused

History of Wünsdorf, Germany

I’m going to bet you’ve never heard of it, but the town of Wünsdorf was once the largest military base in Europe. The town was the headquarters of the Soviet forces in communist East Germany and had a population of 60,000 people, 50,000 of whom where soldiers. When the Soviet army left in 1994 the population dropped to just 6,000.

The town’s history as a military base dates back to before World War I. It was the headquarters of the High Command of the Germany army during World War II, and was a garrison town long before the Soviets moved in.

Wunsdorf was a closed town during the time it was occupied by the Soviet forces, and effectively became a Soviet town in the heart of Germany. A daily delivery via a direct rail link from Moscow allowed the town to isolate itself from the surrounding areas, having its own shops, bakery, theatre and hospital.

The Haus Der Offiziere was most certainly the posh part of town with leisure facilities such as a theatre and swimming pool, and the grand buildings were stunning. A giant statue of Lenin stands tall in front of the central building.

Haus Der Offiziere

Wunsdorf - Haus der Offiziere - Lenin Statue
Wunsdorf – Haus der Offiziere – Lenin Statue
Wunsdorf - Haus der Offiziere - Lenin Statue
Wunsdorf – Haus der Offiziere – Lenin Statue
Wunsdorf - The Haus der Offiziere
Wunsdorf – The Haus der Offiziere
 
Wunsdorf - The Lenin Statue
Wunsdorf – The Lenin Statue
Wunsdorf - The Haus der Offiziere - War Room
Wunsdorf – The Haus der Offiziere – War Room
 
Wunsdorf - The Haus der Offiziere - War Room
Wunsdorf – The Haus der Offiziere – War Room
Wunsdorf - The Haus der Offiziere - War Room
Wunsdorf – The Haus der Offiziere – War Room
Wunsdorf - The Haus der Offiziere - Staircase
Wunsdorf – The Haus der Offiziere – Staircase
 
Wunsdorf - The Haus der Offiziere - Staircase
Wunsdorf – The Haus der Offiziere – Staircase
Wunsdorf - The Haus der Offiziere - Staircase
Wunsdorf – The Haus der Offiziere – Staircase
Wunsdorf - The Haus der Offiziere - Staircase
Wunsdorf – The Haus der Offiziere – Staircase
Wunsdorf - The Haus der Offiziere - Main Staircase
Wunsdorf – The Haus der Offiziere – Main Staircase
Wunsdorf - The Haus der Offiziere - Colourful mural
Wunsdorf – The Haus der Offiziere – Colourful mural
 
Wunsdorf - The Haus der Offiziere - Main Staircase
Wunsdorf – The Haus der Offiziere – Main Staircase
Wunsdorf - The Haus der Offiziere - Main Staircase
Wunsdorf – The Haus der Offiziere – Main Staircase
Wunsdorf - The Haus der Offiziere - Light Panel Mural
Wunsdorf – The Haus der Offiziere – Light Panel Mural
Wunsdorf - The Haus der Offiziere - Light Panel depicting Joseph Stalin carrying a child
Wunsdorf – The Haus der Offiziere – Light Panel depicting Joseph Stalin carrying a child
Wunsdorf - The Haus der Offiziere - View from tower
Wunsdorf – The Haus der Offiziere – View from tower
 
Wunsdorf - The Haus der Offiziere - View from tower
Wunsdorf – The Haus der Offiziere – View from tower

Swimming Pool and Large Hall

Wunsdorf - Impressive building with columns
Wunsdorf – Impressive building with columns
Wunsdorf - Impressive building with columns
Wunsdorf – Impressive building with columns
Wunsdorf - Staircase in corridor
Wunsdorf – Staircase in corridor
 
Wunsdorf - Decaying hall
Wunsdorf – Decaying hall
Wunsdorf - In the swimming pool
Wunsdorf – In the swimming pool
Wunsdorf - The decaying swimming pool still has lane guides in place
Wunsdorf – The decaying swimming pool still has lane guides in place
Wunsdorf - Swimming pool
Wunsdorf – Swimming pool
Wunsdorf - Pool from above
Wunsdorf – Pool from above
 
Wunsdorf - Deep end
Wunsdorf – Deep end
Wunsdorf - Swimming pool
Wunsdorf – Swimming pool

Theatre and Cinema

Wunsdorf - Theatre and Cinema - Large Hall
Wunsdorf – Theatre and Cinema – Large Hall
Wunsdorf - Theatre and Cinema
Wunsdorf – Theatre and Cinema
 
Wunsdorf - Theatre and Cinema Entrance
Wunsdorf – Theatre and Cinema Entrance
Wunsdorf - Theatre - View from the back behind rows of seats
Wunsdorf – Theatre – View from the back behind rows of seats
Wunsdorf - Theatre - View from the front
Wunsdorf – Theatre – View from the front
 
Wunsdorf - Theatre - View from the balcony
Wunsdorf – Theatre – View from the balcony
Wunsdorf - Theatre - Detail behind the seats
Wunsdorf – Theatre – Detail behind the seats
Further Reading
If you likes this report please also check out Haus Der Offiziere by Proj3ct M4yh3m or Haus Der Offiziere by Darbians.
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