Haus Der Offiziere, Wünsdorf, Germany

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

Wünsdorf, Haus Der Offiziere
 

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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.

Our Visit
The scale and grandeur of this huge site was immediately prominent, the giant Lenin statue standing tall above us, showing to us just how important this site once was. This really was one of those places that have you in awe as soon as you arrive. Although no longer in use, the impressive site is still maintained, and the beautiful buildings and grounds almost look like new! Exploring the buildings took some time due to the size of them, and although stripped of furniture there are still a fair few features remaining. The theatre was a real gem, well preserved with a few working lights!

Just before we left Proj3ct M4yh3m pointed out a glass panel I’d seen earlier halfway down a corridor. I’d though it odd but didn’t think any more of it, until he mentioned the little switch in the corner. Upon flicking the switch, surprisingly, a mural depicting a Russian solder illuminated the dark corridor! So glad I didn’t miss that!

Visited with Proj3ct M4yh3m, Lowri, Carl, Stussy and Darbians.

Haus Der Offiziere

Wunsdorf - Haus der Offiziere - Lenin Statue

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Wunsdorf – Haus der Offiziere – Lenin Statue

Wunsdorf - Haus der Offiziere - Lenin Statue

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Wunsdorf - The Haus der Offiziere

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Wunsdorf – The Haus der Offiziere

Wunsdorf - The Lenin Statue

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Wunsdorf – The Lenin Statue

Wunsdorf - The Haus der Offiziere - War Room

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Wunsdorf – The Haus der Offiziere – War Room

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Wunsdorf – The Haus der Offiziere – War Room

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Wunsdorf – The Haus der Offiziere – War Room

Wunsdorf - The Haus der Offiziere - Staircase

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Wunsdorf – The Haus der Offiziere – Staircase

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Wunsdorf – The Haus der Offiziere – Staircase

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Wunsdorf – The Haus der Offiziere – Staircase

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Wunsdorf – The Haus der Offiziere – Staircase

Wunsdorf - The Haus der Offiziere - Main Staircase

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Wunsdorf – The Haus der Offiziere – Main Staircase

Wunsdorf - The Haus der Offiziere - Colourful mural

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Wunsdorf – The Haus der Offiziere – Colourful mural

Wunsdorf - The Haus der Offiziere - Main Staircase

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Wunsdorf – The Haus der Offiziere – Main Staircase

Wunsdorf - The Haus der Offiziere - Main Staircase

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Wunsdorf – The Haus der Offiziere – Main Staircase

Wunsdorf - The Haus der Offiziere - Light Panel Mural

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Wunsdorf – The Haus der Offiziere – Light Panel Mural

Wunsdorf - The Haus der Offiziere - Light Panel depicting Joseph Stalin carrying a child

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Wunsdorf – The Haus der Offiziere – Light Panel depicting Joseph Stalin carrying a child

Wunsdorf - The Haus der Offiziere - View from tower

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Wunsdorf – The Haus der Offiziere – View from tower

Wunsdorf - The Haus der Offiziere - View from tower

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Wunsdorf – The Haus der Offiziere – View from tower

Swimming Pool and Large Hall

Wunsdorf - Impressive building with columns

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Wunsdorf – Impressive building with columns

Wunsdorf - Impressive building with columns

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Wunsdorf – Impressive building with columns

Wunsdorf - Staircase in corridor

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Wunsdorf – Staircase in corridor

Wunsdorf - Decaying hall

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Wunsdorf – Decaying hall

Wunsdorf - In the swimming pool

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Wunsdorf – In the swimming pool

Wunsdorf - The decaying swimming pool still has lane guides in place

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Wunsdorf – The decaying swimming pool still has lane guides in place

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Wunsdorf – Swimming pool

Wunsdorf - Pool from above

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Wunsdorf – Pool from above

Wunsdorf - Deep end

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Wunsdorf – Deep end

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Wunsdorf – Swimming pool

Theatre and Cinema

Wunsdorf - Theatre and Cinema - Large Hall

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Wunsdorf – Theatre and Cinema – Large Hall

Wunsdorf - Theatre and Cinema

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Wunsdorf – Theatre and Cinema

Wunsdorf - Theatre and Cinema Entrance

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Wunsdorf – Theatre and Cinema Entrance

Wunsdorf - Theatre - View from the back behind rows of seats

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Wunsdorf – Theatre – View from the back behind rows of seats

Wunsdorf - Theatre - View from the front

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Wunsdorf – Theatre – View from the front

Wunsdorf - Theatre - View from the balcony

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Wunsdorf – Theatre – View from the balcony

Wunsdorf - Theatre - Detail behind the seats

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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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