Krampnitz – Abandoned Nazi/Soviet Barracks
So, Krampnitz was originally built by the Nazis as a barracks and training ground for their cavalry. After the war this area (Potsdam, west of Berlin) fell into the Soviet Occupation Zone, and consequently became part of East Germany. Owing to the tensions of the cold war the Soviets chose to repurpose this building for their own needs, a military force both on the edge of West Berlin and near to mainland West Germany’s borders as well, this was an incredibly strategic location. Of course the Cold War never got hot, and the Soviets abandoned Krampnitz in the early 1990s.
I had the impression that it was once a well-maintained location though, newspapers lined the walls from only the late 1980s, acting as a form of insulation. Not being able to understand a single word of Russian this was a bit of a problem, but there was a still a great atmosphere about this place. Bringing all of this history to life – it’s not in a book or on a movie, it’s right there in front of you.
It’s a location that has attracted a fair few people, most notably Quentin Tarantino used Krampnitz to shoot a couple of scenes for his 2009 film, “Inglourious Basterds”. Look out for the scenes with Churchill in, or in my photos the ones with the Chandeliers.