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Swimming in the forbidden city

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. That's why the Russian soldiers who camped in the forbidden city of Wünsdorf during the Cold War had access to an indoor and outdoor pool and saunas.

The indoor pool has an area of ​​approximately 200 m2 and is up to three meters deep. However, there is no more water in the pool. In 1994, the Russian officers left everything behind. Since then, the swimming pool has been abandoned.

Boiler house

In a side building are the coal-fired boilers for heating the indoor swimming pool.

Outdoor swimming pool

The 50-meter swimming pool is located in the backyard of the Haus der Offiziere.

No more sunbathers around the outdoor pool, but weeds, cracked tiles and a puddle of rainwater in the tub: the ideal breeding ground for biting mosquitoes.

The Haus der Offiziere has been empty for more than 20 years. The municipality of Wünsdorf is trying to attract investors to repurpose the historic buildings.

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