Episode 87: Schlesischer Busch

schlesischer busch roberta caldas

Location:

Lohmühlenstraße 1, 12435 Berlin

Facts:

  • Has an underground level
  • 10 meters high
  • Command post for 18 watchtowers

The Schlesischer Busch tower that you see in Schlesischer Park is what’s left of the old command post for other 18 watchtowers that guarded the Berlin Wall in that area. Think that the whole Wall was over 160km long and guarded with 302 watchtowers.

In 1992, not long after the reunification of Germany, Schlesischer Busch became a protected historical monument. Twelve years later, the tower was restored keeping to avoid future decay, but accepting some of the changes that happened during the time between 1990 and 2004, like its exposed iron structures.

You can visit the permanent exhibition inside Schlesischer Busch on the weekends from May to October. To know more about the tower’s former use, check out the talk below:

Photo and episode: Roberta Caldas

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