Snow joke - the remains of the Soviet tank memorial

An old Soviet snow plough on a concrete pedestal probably isn't the first thing you'd expect to find in a small woodland clearing by the motorway. This is the wilds of Berlin, though...anything goes here.



A pedestal with a snow plough on it


The pedestal used to be home to a Soviet T-34 tank, allegedly the first to reach Berlin during World War II in 1945. With the building of the new border crossing at Drewitz in 1969, the tank was placed here, its gun pointed straight towards Checkpoint Bravo.

The Soviets took the tank with them when they withdrew from Berlin in 1990, leaving an empty pedestal. Eckhard Haisch, artist and professor at the University of the Arts, decided to do something about the situation and, in 1992, placed the Soviet snow plough, painted bright pink, on the pedestal. It was added to the list of protected monuments in 1995.



Kleinmachnower Mauerweg sign


It's a short walk from either Checkpoint Bravo or the Drewitz tower (and indeed, it makes a nice round walk to do all three), but not so easy to spot, as modern barriers and trees partially hide it from the autobahn. It's on the eastern side of the autobahn, between Checkpoint Bravo and the Drewitz watchtower - following the 'Kleinmachnower Mauerweg' signs should lead you to it.

S-Bahn: 
Wannsee (S1, S7)
Location: 
The Soviet Tank Memorial 14532 Kleinmachnow , BB
Brandenburg

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