Europe’s ‘Forbidden Nazi City’ where teenagers now sneak off to booze

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    A former Nazi hangout known as the "Forbidden City" is now a place for teenagers to sneak off and down booze.

    The former World War Two HQ in Wünsdorf, Germany, was once home to ruthless warlords plotting their invasions of Europe. Now, it plays host to unruly teens hoping to drink away from the eyes of the law.

    Just a few miles outside the capital city of Berlin, the abandoned military compound has also served as a training ground for thousands of Soviet troops, when it was referred to as "Little Moscow." The site, founded in 1910, served Kaiser Wilhelm in World War One, the Express reported.

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    The building's war rooms remained intact throughout the first of the two World Wars, with Nazi Wehrmacht troops occupying its underground headquarters within during the second. Bunkers, including the Maybach I site, were later built at the site and designed to look like a normal block of houses to unsuspecting eyes.

    Deep inside the property, ventilators were used to keep clean air flowing in case of a gas attack and wells for drinking water were kept full.

    The complex was abandoned after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and is now a drinking hotspot for teens brave enough to venture in. Statues of Vladimir Lenin stand outside the building alongside piles of rubble, while its fixtures are rusted and covered in moss. Abandoned hallways and swimming pools within the base – once used by 75,000 Soviet troops – have proven quite the draw for youths finding ways to sneak inside.

    Jürgen Naumann has since been left in charge of the overlooked property. He claims investors are often poking their nose into the building, which fell into government hands following the Soviets' decision to hand the keys to the Forbidden City back to Germany. Speaking to The Guardian, Naumann said: "Companies come in that I have to oversee, or investors to look at the place. It’s not lonely.

    "But yeah, there could be a little more going on at times. It’s fine. Sometimes there’s lots to do, you don’t know where to start. I don’t want to say you fall in love with it, but I’m the type who has more of a thing for older buildings.

    "You form a certain connection, and there’s a connection with the architecture." Some people also find their way to the Forbidden City not to guzzle cheap booze but to connect with their past, as one former Soviet commander did when he brought his daughter, Naumann added.

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