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Berlin, Germany

Fernsehturm Müggelberge

TV tower once secretly housed GDR intelligence team. 

On Muggleberge, a mountain in the southeast of Berlin, construction work began in 1954 on a television tower that stood 130 meters tall. The tower included an observation deck at a height of 70 meters. During the planning stage, though, someone forgot that, if complete, the television tower as planned would interfere with air traffic at Berlin-Schoenefeld, the most important airport in the region.

On December 13, 1955, construction work on the tower was stopped and the incomplete stump was turned into a post for the secret service of the former GDR. The reason for the stop in construction - and for the use of the stump - remained a secret for decades; it was said that the tower was intended to be used as a meteorological observatory, but construction was halted when it was determined that there was no requirement for such an object.

After the German reunification, the television tower was transformed into a radio relay station. The tower remains under lockdown and cannot normally be visited; it is not to be confused with the Muggelberge Observation Tower, which sits only about 100 meters away.

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