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‹ Return to Berlin
Anhalter Bahnhof, Air Raid Shelter and Deutsche Reichsbahn offices
This is part of the front facade of Anhalter Bahnhof in Berlin, all that remains of what was Berlin’s main railway station. It was destroyed by the RAF on 22/23 November 1943, at the time the RAF’s biggest air raid, the same raid which saw the destruction of the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church.
The railway station complex stretched from this front entrance to the goods yard which now forms part of the site of the Deutsches Technikmuseum at Gleisdreieck.
Close by is a remaining Nazi emblem on what was an office building of the Deutsche Reichsbahn. The swastika has since been removed but the winged wheel design remains;
Also close by is this air raid shelter built in 1943. Three storeys above ground and two below, with walls up to four and a half metres thick in places.
Conditions inside the bunker deteriorated as the war progressed with people staying within its walls for days on end until the Red Army arrived in the area.
I have edited out the stuff on the exterior walls now advertising its main purpose today which is a crappy haunted house type of thing. The whole thing is really poor but the lower floor is given over to an exhibit about the building’s original purpose. It isn’t very well done either but some of the rooms are as they were, which was my reason for visiting;
Below; Anhalter Bahnhof after the war but before the ruins were completely demolished in 1960
Image from wikipedia