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The old listening station on top of Berlin’s Teufelsberg was one of the locations used by the US to eavesdrop on military communications during the Cold War. The installation, in the city’s leafy Gruenewald district, was abandoned by the US Army after the fall of the Berlin Wall. But the buildings and radar domes still remain in place, and former American soldier Christopher McLarren now offers tours of the complex every Saturday and Sunday through a company called Brandinavia. A two-hour tour costs 15 euros (19 dollars), while students pay just 8 euros. “You can eavesdrop for around 300 kilometres from here,” says McLarren. Built from the rubble of buildings destroyed during World War II, the Teufelsberg hill is by far Berlin’s highest point at approximately 115 metres. — DPA

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