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:

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WUENSDORF, GERMANY - JANUARY 26: In this aerial view a statue of Vladimir Lenin stands overlooking a vista in front of the officers' building at the former Soviet military base on January 26, 2017 in Wuensdorf, Germany. Wuensdorf, once called 'The Forbidden City,' was the biggest base for the Soviet armed forces in communist East Germany from 1945 until the last Soviet troops left in the early 1990s following the end of the Cold War and the reunification of Germany. While Soviet troops pulled out of eastern Europe after 1989, Russian troops have in recent years intervened in Ukraine. The NATO military alliance has strengthened its presence in the Baltic states in an effort to prevent similar Russian intervention there. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
WUENSDORF, GERMANY - JANUARY 26: Afternoon sun illuminates the officers' building at the former Soviet military base on January 26, 2017 in Wuensdorf, Germany. Wuensdorf, once called 'The Forbidden City,' was the biggest base for the Soviet armed forces in communist East Germany from 1945 until the last Soviet troops left in the early 1990s following the end of the Cold War and the reunification of Germany. While Soviet troops pulled out of eastern Europe after 1989, Russian troops have in recent years intervened in Ukraine. The NATO military alliance has strengthened its presence in the Baltic states in an effort to prevent similar Russian intervention there. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
WUENSDORF, GERMANY - JANUARY 26: Graffiti covers the entrance to the main theater and cinema at the officers' complex at the former Soviet military base on January 26, 2017 in Wuensdorf, Germany. Wuensdorf, once called 'The Forbidden City,' was the biggest base for the Soviet armed forces in communist East Germany from 1945 until the last Soviet troops left in the early 1990s following the end of the Cold War and the reunification of Germany. While Soviet troops pulled out of eastern Europe after 1989, Russian troops have in recent years intervened in Ukraine. The NATO military alliance has strengthened its presence in the Baltic states in an effort to prevent similar Russian intervention there. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
WUENSDORF, GERMANY - JANUARY 26: A mural decorates a Soviet-era auditorium at the officers' complex at the former Soviet military base on January 26, 2017 in Wuensdorf, Germany. Wuensdorf, once called 'The Forbidden City,' was the biggest base for the Soviet armed forces in communist East Germany from 1945 until the last Soviet troops left in the early 1990s following the end of the Cold War and the reunification of Germany. While Soviet troops pulled out of eastern Europe after 1989, Russian troops have in recent years intervened in Ukraine. The NATO military alliance has strengthened its presence in the Baltic states in an effort to prevent similar Russian intervention there. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
WUENSDORF, GERMANY - JANUARY 26: Graffiti covers the entrance to the main theater and cinema at the officers' complex at the former Soviet military base on January 26, 2017 in Wuensdorf, Germany. Wuensdorf, once called 'The Forbidden City,' was the biggest base for the Soviet armed forces in communist East Germany from 1945 until the last Soviet troops left in the early 1990s following the end of the Cold War and the reunification of Germany. While Soviet troops pulled out of eastern Europe after 1989, Russian troops have in recent years intervened in Ukraine. The NATO military alliance has strengthened its presence in the Baltic states in an effort to prevent similar Russian intervention there. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
WUENSDORF, GERMANY - JANUARY 26: A map of the world in Russian hangs over a desk in the officers' building at the former Soviet military base on January 26, 2017 in Wuensdorf, Germany. Wuensdorf, once called 'The Forbidden City,' was the biggest base for the Soviet armed forces in communist East Germany from 1945 until the last Soviet troops left in the early 1990s following the end of the Cold War and the reunification of Germany. While Soviet troops pulled out of eastern Europe after 1989, Russian troops have in recent years intervened in Ukraine. The NATO military alliance has strengthened its presence in the Baltic states in an effort to prevent similar Russian intervention there. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
WUENSDORF, GERMANY - JANUARY 26: In this aerial view a statue of Vladimir Lenin stands overlooking a vista in front of the officers' building at the former Soviet military base on January 26, 2017 in Wuensdorf, Germany. Wuensdorf, once called 'The Forbidden City,' was the biggest base for the Soviet armed forces in communist East Germany from 1945 until the last Soviet troops left in the early 1990s following the end of the Cold War and the reunification of Germany. While Soviet troops pulled out of eastern Europe after 1989, Russian troops have in recent years intervened in Ukraine. The NATO military alliance has strengthened its presence in the Baltic states in an effort to prevent similar Russian intervention there. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
WUENSDORF, GERMANY - JANUARY 26: Cavalrymen on horseback fly under a Soviet flag on a mural in the officers' building at the former Soviet military base on January 26, 2017 in Wuensdorf, Germany. Wuensdorf, once called 'The Forbidden City,' was the biggest base for the Soviet armed forces in communist East Germany from 1945 until the last Soviet troops left in the early 1990s following the end of the Cold War and the reunification of Germany. While Soviet troops pulled out of eastern Europe after 1989, Russian troops have in recent years intervened in Ukraine. The NATO military alliance has strengthened its presence in the Baltic states in an effort to prevent similar Russian intervention there. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
WUENSDORF, GERMANY - JANUARY 26: A text in Russian from Alexander Pushkin's poem 'To Chadaev' reads: 'My friend, to our land we dedicate the soul's exquisite raptures!' on a mural in the officers' building at the former Soviet military base on January 26, 2017 in Wuensdorf, Germany. Wuensdorf, once called 'The Forbidden City,' was the biggest base for the Soviet armed forces in communist East Germany from 1945 until the last Soviet troops left in the early 1990s following the end of the Cold War and the reunification of Germany. While Soviet troops pulled out of eastern Europe after 1989, Russian troops have in recent years intervened in Ukraine. The NATO military alliance has strengthened its presence in the Baltic states in an effort to prevent similar Russian intervention there. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
WUENSDORF, GERMANY - JANUARY 26: Paint peels from walls in empty rooms in the officers' building at the former Soviet military base on January 26, 2017 in Wuensdorf, Germany. Wuensdorf, once called 'The Forbidden City,' was the biggest base for the Soviet armed forces in communist East Germany from 1945 until the last Soviet troops left in the early 1990s following the end of the Cold War and the reunification of Germany. While Soviet troops pulled out of eastern Europe after 1989, Russian troops have in recent years intervened in Ukraine. The NATO military alliance has strengthened its presence in the Baltic states in an effort to prevent similar Russian intervention there. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
WUENSDORF, GERMANY - JANUARY 26: A shred of newspaper with text in Russian that mentions the 'Soviet nation' lies on the floor in a room in the officers' building at the former Soviet military base on January 26, 2017 in Wuensdorf, Germany. Wuensdorf, once called 'The Forbidden City,' was the biggest base for the Soviet armed forces in communist East Germany from 1945 until the last Soviet troops left in the early 1990s following the end of the Cold War and the reunification of Germany. While Soviet troops pulled out of eastern Europe after 1989, Russian troops have in recent years intervened in Ukraine. The NATO military alliance has strengthened its presence in the Baltic states in an effort to prevent similar Russian intervention there. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
WUENSDORF, GERMANY - JANUARY 26: Shower heads stand in the washroom next to a swimming pool in the officers' building at the former Soviet military base on January 26, 2017 in Wuensdorf, Germany. Wuensdorf, once called 'The Forbidden City,' was the biggest base for the Soviet armed forces in communist East Germany from 1945 until the last Soviet troops left in the early 1990s following the end of the Cold War and the reunification of Germany. While Soviet troops pulled out of eastern Europe after 1989, Russian troops have in recent years intervened in Ukraine. The NATO military alliance has strengthened its presence in the Baltic states in an effort to prevent similar Russian intervention there. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
WUENSDORF, GERMANY - JANUARY 26: Paint peels from walls in a hallway and staircase in the officers' building at the former Soviet military base on January 26, 2017 in Wuensdorf, Germany. Wuensdorf, once called 'The Forbidden City,' was the biggest base for the Soviet armed forces in communist East Germany from 1945 until the last Soviet troops left in the early 1990s following the end of the Cold War and the reunification of Germany. While Soviet troops pulled out of eastern Europe after 1989, Russian troops have in recent years intervened in Ukraine. The NATO military alliance has strengthened its presence in the Baltic states in an effort to prevent similar Russian intervention there. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
WUENSDORF, GERMANY - JANUARY 26: Soviet-made electronic equipment stands in a small room in the officers' building at the former Soviet military base on January 26, 2017 in Wuensdorf, Germany. Wuensdorf, once called 'The Forbidden City,' was the biggest base for the Soviet armed forces in communist East Germany from 1945 until the last Soviet troops left in the early 1990s following the end of the Cold War and the reunification of Germany. While Soviet troops pulled out of eastern Europe after 1989, Russian troops have in recent years intervened in Ukraine. The NATO military alliance has strengthened its presence in the Baltic states in an effort to prevent similar Russian intervention there. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
WUENSDORF, GERMANY - JANUARY 26: An opening in a wall shows electric cables lying on the floor in an adjacent room in the officers' building at the former Soviet military base on January 26, 2017 in Wuensdorf, Germany. Wuensdorf, once called 'The Forbidden City,' was the biggest base for the Soviet armed forces in communist East Germany from 1945 until the last Soviet troops left in the early 1990s following the end of the Cold War and the reunification of Germany. While Soviet troops pulled out of eastern Europe after 1989, Russian troops have in recent years intervened in Ukraine. The NATO military alliance has strengthened its presence in the Baltic states in an effort to prevent similar Russian intervention there. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
WUENSDORF, GERMANY - JANUARY 26: A text in Russian from Alexander Pushkin's poem 'To Chadaev' reads: 'My friend, to our land we dedicate the soul's exquisite raptures!' on a mural seen through a doorway in the officers' building at the former Soviet military base on January 26, 2017 in Wuensdorf, Germany. Wuensdorf, once called 'The Forbidden City,' was the biggest base for the Soviet armed forces in communist East Germany from 1945 until the last Soviet troops left in the early 1990s following the end of the Cold War and the reunification of Germany. While Soviet troops pulled out of eastern Europe after 1989, Russian troops have in recent years intervened in Ukraine. The NATO military alliance has strengthened its presence in the Baltic states in an effort to prevent similar Russian intervention there. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
WUENSDORF, GERMANY - JANUARY 26: Curtains hang over the stage in the theater and cinema in the officers' building at the former Soviet military base on January 26, 2017 in Wuensdorf, Germany. Wuensdorf, once called 'The Forbidden City,' was the biggest base for the Soviet armed forces in communist East Germany from 1945 until the last Soviet troops left in the early 1990s following the end of the Cold War and the reunification of Germany. While Soviet troops pulled out of eastern Europe after 1989, Russian troops have in recent years intervened in Ukraine. The NATO military alliance has strengthened its presence in the Baltic states in an effort to prevent similar Russian intervention there. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
WUENSDORF, GERMANY - JANUARY 26: A plaque in Russian extolls the sacrifices of the Soviet Union during World War II on a wall in the officers' building at the former Soviet military base on January 26, 2017 in Wuensdorf, Germany. Wuensdorf, once called 'The Forbidden City,' was the biggest base for the Soviet armed forces in communist East Germany from 1945 until the last Soviet troops left in the early 1990s following the end of the Cold War and the reunification of Germany. While Soviet troops pulled out of eastern Europe after 1989, Russian troops have in recent years intervened in Ukraine. The NATO military alliance has strengthened its presence in the Baltic states in an effort to prevent similar Russian intervention there. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
WUENSDORF, GERMANY - JANUARY 26: A relief shows a soldier and a mother with a child on a wall in the officers' building at the former Soviet military base on January 26, 2017 in Wuensdorf, Germany. Wuensdorf, once called 'The Forbidden City,' was the biggest base for the Soviet armed forces in communist East Germany from 1945 until the last Soviet troops left in the early 1990s following the end of the Cold War and the reunification of Germany. While Soviet troops pulled out of eastern Europe after 1989, Russian troops have in recent years intervened in Ukraine. The NATO military alliance has strengthened its presence in the Baltic states in an effort to prevent similar Russian intervention there. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
WUENSDORF, GERMANY - JANUARY 26: Red stars decorate a hallway in the officers' building at the former Soviet military base on January 26, 2017 in Wuensdorf, Germany. Wuensdorf, once called 'The Forbidden City,' was the biggest base for the Soviet armed forces in communist East Germany from 1945 until the last Soviet troops left in the early 1990s following the end of the Cold War and the reunification of Germany. While Soviet troops pulled out of eastern Europe after 1989, Russian troops have in recent years intervened in Ukraine. The NATO military alliance has strengthened its presence in the Baltic states in an effort to prevent similar Russian intervention there. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
WUENSDORF, GERMANY - JANUARY 26: Red stars decorate a hallway in the officers' building at the former Soviet military base on January 26, 2017 in Wuensdorf, Germany. Wuensdorf, once called 'The Forbidden City,' was the biggest base for the Soviet armed forces in communist East Germany from 1945 until the last Soviet troops left in the early 1990s following the end of the Cold War and the reunification of Germany. While Soviet troops pulled out of eastern Europe after 1989, Russian troops have in recent years intervened in Ukraine. The NATO military alliance has strengthened its presence in the Baltic states in an effort to prevent similar Russian intervention there. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
WUENSDORF, GERMANY - JANUARY 26: A map showing parts of the United Kingdom and France with text in Russian hangs hangs ripped on a wall in the officers' building at the former Soviet military base on January 26, 2017 in Wuensdorf, Germany. Wuensdorf, once called 'The Forbidden City,' was the biggest base for the Soviet armed forces in communist East Germany from 1945 until the last Soviet troops left in the early 1990s following the end of the Cold War and the reunification of Germany. While Soviet troops pulled out of eastern Europe after 1989, Russian troops have in recent years intervened in Ukraine. The NATO military alliance has strengthened its presence in the Baltic states in an effort to prevent similar Russian intervention there. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
WUENSDORF, GERMANY - JANUARY 26: In this aerial view a statue of Vladimir Lenin stands overlooking a vista in front of the officers' building at the former Soviet military base on January 26, 2017 in Wuensdorf, Germany. Wuensdorf, once called 'The Forbidden City,' was the biggest base for the Soviet armed forces in communist East Germany from 1945 until the last Soviet troops left in the early 1990s following the end of the Cold War and the reunification of Germany. While Soviet troops pulled out of eastern Europe after 1989, Russian troops have in recent years intervened in Ukraine. The NATO military alliance has strengthened its presence in the Baltic states in an effort to prevent similar Russian intervention there. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
WUENSDORF, GERMANY - JANUARY 26: In this aerial view the officers' building and an auditorium stand at the former Soviet military base on January 26, 2017 in Wuensdorf, Germany. Wuensdorf, once called 'The Forbidden City,' was the biggest base for the Soviet armed forces in communist East Germany from 1945 until the last Soviet troops left in the early 1990s following the end of the Cold War and the reunification of Germany. While Soviet troops pulled out of eastern Europe after 1989, Russian troops have in recent years intervened in Ukraine. The NATO military alliance has strengthened its presence in the Baltic states in an effort to prevent similar Russian intervention there. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
WUENSDORF, GERMANY - JANUARY 26: A swimming pool stands in the officers' building at the former Soviet military base on January 26, 2017 in Wuensdorf, Germany. Wuensdorf, once called 'The Forbidden City,' was the biggest base for the Soviet armed forces in communist East Germany from 1945 until the last Soviet troops left in the early 1990s following the end of the Cold War and the reunification of Germany. While Soviet troops pulled out of eastern Europe after 1989, Russian troops have in recent years intervened in Ukraine. The NATO military alliance has strengthened its presence in the Baltic states in an effort to prevent similar Russian intervention there. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
WUENSDORF, GERMANY - JANUARY 26: A swimming pool stands in the officers' building at the former Soviet military base on January 26, 2017 in Wuensdorf, Germany. Wuensdorf, once called 'The Forbidden City,' was the biggest base for the Soviet armed forces in communist East Germany from 1945 until the last Soviet troops left in the early 1990s following the end of the Cold War and the reunification of Germany. While Soviet troops pulled out of eastern Europe after 1989, Russian troops have in recent years intervened in Ukraine. The NATO military alliance has strengthened its presence in the Baltic states in an effort to prevent similar Russian intervention there. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
WUENSDORF, GERMANY - JANUARY 26: A stairway stands in the officers' building at the former Soviet military base on January 26, 2017 in Wuensdorf, Germany. Wuensdorf, once called 'The Forbidden City,' was the biggest base for the Soviet armed forces in communist East Germany from 1945 until the last Soviet troops left in the early 1990s following the end of the Cold War and the reunification of Germany. While Soviet troops pulled out of eastern Europe after 1989, Russian troops have in recent years intervened in Ukraine. The NATO military alliance has strengthened its presence in the Baltic states in an effort to prevent similar Russian intervention there. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
WUENSDORF, GERMANY - JANUARY 26: A mosaic shows a young man and woman in the officers' building at the former Soviet military base on January 26, 2017 in Wuensdorf, Germany. Wuensdorf, once called 'The Forbidden City,' was the biggest base for the Soviet armed forces in communist East Germany from 1945 until the last Soviet troops left in the early 1990s following the end of the Cold War and the reunification of Germany. While Soviet troops pulled out of eastern Europe after 1989, Russian troops have in recent years intervened in Ukraine. The NATO military alliance has strengthened its presence in the Baltic states in an effort to prevent similar Russian intervention there. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
WUENSDORF, GERMANY - JANUARY 26: A map of the world in Russian hangs over a desk in the officers' building at the former Soviet military base on January 26, 2017 in Wuensdorf, Germany. Wuensdorf, once called 'The Forbidden City,' was the biggest base for the Soviet armed forces in communist East Germany from 1945 until the last Soviet troops left in the early 1990s following the end of the Cold War and the reunification of Germany. While Soviet troops pulled out of eastern Europe after 1989, Russian troops have in recent years intervened in Ukraine. The NATO military alliance has strengthened its presence in the Baltic states in an effort to prevent similar Russian intervention there. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
WUENSDORF, GERMANY - JANUARY 26: A mural showing an idealized scene of Soviet industry peels on a wall in the officers' building at the former Soviet military base on January 26, 2017 in Wuensdorf, Germany. Wuensdorf, once called 'The Forbidden City,' was the biggest base for the Soviet armed forces in communist East Germany from 1945 until the last Soviet troops left in the early 1990s following the end of the Cold War and the reunification of Germany. While Soviet troops pulled out of eastern Europe after 1989, Russian troops have in recent years intervened in Ukraine. The NATO military alliance has strengthened its presence in the Baltic states in an effort to prevent similar Russian intervention there. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
WUENSDORF, GERMANY - JANUARY 26: Soviet troops are visible on an ageing Russian calendar on a wall in the officers' building at the former Soviet military base on January 26, 2017 in Wuensdorf, Germany. Wuensdorf, once called 'The Forbidden City,' was the biggest base for the Soviet armed forces in communist East Germany from 1945 until the last Soviet troops left in the early 1990s following the end of the Cold War and the reunification of Germany. While Soviet troops pulled out of eastern Europe after 1989, Russian troops have in recent years intervened in Ukraine. The NATO military alliance has strengthened its presence in the Baltic states in an effort to prevent similar Russian intervention there. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
WUENSDORF, GERMANY - JANUARY 26: Soviet-made electronic equipment stands in a small room in the officers' building at the former Soviet military base on January 26, 2017 in Wuensdorf, Germany. Wuensdorf, once called 'The Forbidden City,' was the biggest base for the Soviet armed forces in communist East Germany from 1945 until the last Soviet troops left in the early 1990s following the end of the Cold War and the reunification of Germany. While Soviet troops pulled out of eastern Europe after 1989, Russian troops have in recent years intervened in Ukraine. The NATO military alliance has strengthened its presence in the Baltic states in an effort to prevent similar Russian intervention there. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
WUENSDORF, GERMANY - JANUARY 26: A Japanese-made Sakura color printer stands abandoned in a room in the officers' building at the former Soviet military base on January 26, 2017 in Wuensdorf, Germany. Wuensdorf, once called 'The Forbidden City,' was the biggest base for the Soviet armed forces in communist East Germany from 1945 until the last Soviet troops left in the early 1990s following the end of the Cold War and the reunification of Germany. While Soviet troops pulled out of eastern Europe after 1989, Russian troops have in recent years intervened in Ukraine. The NATO military alliance has strengthened its presence in the Baltic states in an effort to prevent similar Russian intervention there. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
WUENSDORF, GERMANY - JANUARY 26: Ice clings to window panes in a stairwell in the officers' building at the former Soviet military base on January 26, 2017 in Wuensdorf, Germany. Wuensdorf, once called 'The Forbidden City,' was the biggest base for the Soviet armed forces in communist East Germany from 1945 until the last Soviet troops left in the early 1990s following the end of the Cold War and the reunification of Germany. While Soviet troops pulled out of eastern Europe after 1989, Russian troops have in recent years intervened in Ukraine. The NATO military alliance has strengthened its presence in the Baltic states in an effort to prevent similar Russian intervention there. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
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