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.
- Wikipedia: Fernsehturm Müggelberge: http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fernsehturm_M%C3%BCggelberge
- Structurae: Fernsehturm Müggelberge: http://en.structurae.de/structures/data/index.cfm?ID=s0011490