• Germany's news in English
 
app_header_v3
Hidden Stasi bunker for rent - just €3,000/month
Photo: Paasche AG

Hidden Stasi bunker for rent - just €3,000/month

The Local · 1 Oct 2015, 15:10

Published: 01 Oct 2015 15:10 GMT+02:00

If you're looking for a property to rent near Berlin, a 1980s nuclear bunker 30 kilometres from the city centre might not be top of your wishlist.

But scrolling through the latest adverts on German property website immonet.de, that's exactly what your search could turn up.

Built in 1988, the nuclear bunker in question is in Gosen-Neu Zwittau, a small satellite town by the Seddinsee lake.

A Stasi base in the GDR

"The area housed a training building for the Ministry of State Security [Stasi]," René Krüger from Berliner Unterwelten (Berlin Underworlds), a society which explores and documents subterranean architecture in and around the city, told The Local.

As the GDR's state security service, the Stasi became known as one of the most repressive intelligence agencies and secret police forces ever to have existed.

The bunker would have been made from prefabricated components, he said - and would have been used by Stasi members in operation in Gosen.

"It's also been proved that Red Army Faction terrorists were trained and accommodated here in Gosen," he said.

Photo: Paasche AG

The 1000m2 plot has been on the market for around six months and has already received a lot of interest, Edmund Heidner, director of Potsdam-based estate agents Paasche AG told The Local.
 
The company has received interest from "a variety of people" wanting to rent the plot, as well as a few who were interested in buying it outright - but the company isn't offering the property for sale, Heidner said.
 
'It would be terrible to live in'

Those searching for their new dream home on the outskirts of Berlin might want to give this property a miss - because sadly, one thing the bunker isn't well kitted-out for is living in.

"It would be terrible to live in," said Heidner. "There aren't any windows!"

The building is listed as a "Free time rental" on the website – does that mean it's a place one might go sauntering off to at the weekends for a bit of rest and relaxation?

"Well, I probably wouldn't spend my free time there, but it's up to whoever rents the bunker!" Heidner said.

A "shell" of a building

The rental will set its new tenants back €2,000 a month, with additional utility costs of €1,000 pcm.

At 35.9m long, 38.4m wide and 3.1m tall, the bunker has 40 rooms - and with a rental price of just €2 per m2, it could seem like an absolute steal on first glance compared with property in central Berlin.

But at some point between 1990 and 2007, when Paasche AG took ownership of the plot, the bunker was looted.

Photo: Paasche AG

This looting has left the building "in a pitiful state," the online advert admits.

With all facilities demolished or unrigged, the "structural shell" is all that remains of the bunker.

The perfect place to grow mushrooms?

But this won't stop creative renters finding ways to put the property to use, Heidner believes.

Story continues below…

From the outside, the building can be made extremely secure – making it ideal for storing documents, art or other important possessions, Heidner said.

The bunker is also well insulated from interfering signals, making it well adapted to become a storehouse for computer systems and internet data.

It could make an excellent data centre, Heidner explained. 

And one more alternative use for this 1980s bunker?

"It could be used for breeding mushrooms," speculated Heidner.

It sounds pretty far-fetched, but the building's cool, dark interior makes it well suited for growing fungi.

By Hannah Butler

For more news from Germany, join us on Facebook and Twitter.

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Brexit vote
Brexit will turn Berlin into 'Europe’s startup capital'
A sign in Berlin's tech giant and startup-building company Rocket Internet. Photo: DPA.

London is currently thought of as the main hub for startups in Europe, but that will all turn around when the UK leaves the EU, tech industry experts say.

Brexit vote - Analysis
'Germany needs to make UK come to its senses'
British Leave campaigners celebrate Brexit result. Photo: DPA

Britain leaving the EU means trouble ahead for Germany - and its hardest task will be convincing the Brits to drop a self-defeating ideology, a leading foreign policy expert told The Local.

How to get German citizenship (or just stay forever)
Photo: DPA.

Considering a change of passport after the UK's vote to ditch the EU? Here’s how to do it.

Germany makes fracking verboten
A sign in North Rhine-Westphalia. Photo: DPA.

German lawmakers approved a law that essentially bans fracking, ending years of dispute over the controversial technology to release oil and gas locked deep underground.

Brexit vote
German far right 'cries for joy' after UK votes to leave EU
Left to right: AfD's Beatrix von Storch and Frauke Petry. Photo: DPA

The far-right AfD party called for a "new Europe" and the resignation of the EU's top two politicians in the wake of the Brexit vote.

Brexit vote
Merkel: Brexit has cut into European unity
Angela Merkel at a press conference after the Brexit vote on Friday. Photo: DPA.

Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday that the UK's decision to leave the EU has created a "cut in Europe" and the project of European unity.

Couple copulating on bridge shut down Autobahn
Kaiserlei Bridge in Frankfurt. Photo: Dontworry / Wikimedia Commons.

It was a highly unusual choice of location for a romantic rendezvous, police in Frankfurt point out.

Brexit vote
Germany: Brexit vote is a 'sad day for Europe'
A British flag along with other flags of European Union member countries flies in front of the European Council building in Strasbourg, France. Photo: EPA.

Top German leaders declared that it was a "sad day for Europe" after British voters opted to leave the European Union.

Viernheim hostage-taker wasn't carrying lethal weapon
A police officer stands guard in front of the cinema in Viernheim. Photo: DPA

The 19-year-old German man who took over a dozen people hostage in a cinema in western Germany on Thursday was carrying replica weapons, prosecutors have confirmed.

Brexit vote
German stock market sees biggest drop since 2008 crash
Photo: DPA

News that British voters had opted to leave the EU led to panic in Germany's largest stock index.

Sponsored Article
Why you should attend an international job fair
Features
How two gay dads cut through German red tape to start a family
Sponsored Article
Education abroad: How to find an international school
Features
Six odd things Germans do in the summer
Travel
These 10 little-known German towns are a must see
Sponsored Article
US expats: Taxes are due June 15th
National
Five things to know about guns in Germany
Sponsored Article
Avoid hidden fees when sending money overseas
Gallery
7 photos which show the aftermath of Bavaria's Autobahn bridge collapse
Culture
10 things you need to know before attending a German wedding
National
Eight weird habits you'll pick up living in Germany
Sponsored Article
Health insurance for expats in Germany: a quick guide
Lifestyle
Six reasons 'super-cool' Berlin isn't all it's cracked up to be
Society
Only one country likes getting naked on the beach more than Germany
Lifestyle
23 ridiculously fascinating things you never knew about Berlin
Culture
8 German words that perfectly sum up your 20s
Sport
How to sound like an expert on German football this summer
Lifestyle
Can't make it past the door at Berlin's most famous club? Help is at hand
Business & Money
Why Frankfurt could steal London's crown as Europe's finance capital
Features
6 surprising things I learned about Germany while editing The Local
Culture
Five sure-fire ways to impress Germans with your manners
Features
6 reasons Germany's summer is unbeatable for thrill-seekers
National
The future belongs to these 10 German regions
Society
How pictures of footballers on chocolates made Pegida really mad
Health
New father's tragic herpes warning touches 1000s online
National
Bayer's Monsanto takeover would be 'diabolical': environmentalists
7,939
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd