Nazi Germany's "Forbidden City" was siezed by Soviets until the end of the Cold War
The military site in Wunsdorf, 30 miles away from the German capital Berlin more commonly known as “The Forbidden City” was the biggest base for the Soviet armed forces in communist East Germany, which ran from the mid-1940s until the mid-1990's.
At its prime, Wunsdorf boasted shops, schools and leisure facilities and hosted the biggest Red Army military camp outside of the USSR.
With weekly trains to and from the Soviet capital, the city was also home to 75,000 men, women and children.
The photographs illustrate the grand buildings that include an Olympic sized mosaic ornamented swimming pool, a meeting hall, and a statue of Communist hero Lenin with his hand on his heart.
The site was first built when German states united in the late 19th century and the area became militarised.
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But now, people can only view the historic site by paying a small fee, as the site was put up for sale at around £3million in November 2015.
Jürgen Naumann, the last caretaker of the Red Army’s former headquarters in Germany, told the Guardian Soviet soldiers and their families could “party no problem”.
Mosaic ornamented swimming pool in the centre of the forbidden city
He added that people could enter the city “illegally” but they had to be careful.
According to the newspaper, the Nazi’s buildings were of such strong construction, walls were over a mite thick and were difficult to damage as a result.
A grandoise statue of Lenin was a firm feature of the hidden city for former families to see
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