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Coined with the ominous nickname of “Devil’s Mountain,” the former U.S. listening post during the Cold War has caused the German government its fair share of head-scratching. Perhaps its marked history in the city doesn’t help: once a Nazi military-technical educational institution, the Allies unsuccessfully tried bombing the structure. Later, it was used as the dumping grounds by city officials during the reconstruction of post-WWII Berlin.
The result is an artificial hill rising 80 meters high in West Berlin, comprised of what some estimate to be 400,000-buildings worth of rubble. In an effort to overturn its notorious history, investors built a gleaming (still standing) high-rise for what was supposed to be a luxury hotel and apartment complex, but rumors of radioactivity quickly shut the project down. The hill has recently caused another scandal when director David Lynch courted the mountain with plans to erect a university dedicated to Transcendental Meditation in 2007. As of now, Teufelsberg still stands bare and unadorned—an eccentric relic of Berlin’s divided past.
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