Over the summer I explored and photographed the children's hospital in Berlin-Neukölln, and at the time was overwhelmed by the quantity of abandoned buildings in the complex. Too many to explore in one day. So a few weeks ago my friend Ange and I decided to return for a visit. We climbed through a hole in the fence easily, walked around the building to find a way into one of the buildings, and were immediately caught by the new security guard living on the property. I'd heard about this security guard, but had had great luck avoiding him on my first visit. Well, I've never been caught trespassing so quickly in my life! The guard told us there were security cameras near where we entered through the fence, so it was about 30 seconds before he found us. We were promptly ejected from premises, this all happening so quickly that we were left scratching our heads and wondering, "Well, what the hell do we do now?" Ange and I had noticed another cool-looking, texture-rich abandoned building across the street, so we walked over there for a look. There was a strangely constructed plywood paneled fence out front blocking the street-level view of the building from the street, but an entire 200-foot section was missingand a door was carved into another part of the plywood fence, almost as an invitation to passersby to come in and explore. So we did!
Very creepy building. It was obvious that people were still squating in this building. We wondered around a bit, but kept hearing noises that left us both a little uncomfortable. We even came across a relatively clean room that had a mattress on the floor and a coffee maker in the corner. At this point we thought it best to leave before we're forced to meet any of the "locals." Another thing to note was that when we walked through the back yard looking for an escape from the property, we found hundreds of pieces of clothing hanging from the trees next to the building. They almost looked like Christmas tree ornaments so colorfully decorating the foliage behind the building. The creepy noises continued even in the back yard, so Ange and I quickly found our way back to the street and safety.
Go go go!