Exploring the 'Forbidden City,' a former Soviet military base


From 1945 to the early 1990s, Wuensdorf was the largest Soviet base in communist East Germany. After the Cold War Soviet troops abandoned their former headquarters; which have remained off limits to the public since their inhabitance.

Vladimir Lenin still stands guard outside the barren building, providing an eerie welcome to the few who walk the grounds. Inside the building posters and former items of its residents reveal how much time has passed while certain rooms seem frozen in time, as if the Soviets up and left minutes before the photo was taken.

Take a rare glimpse inside the former base: