The Alte Fleischfabrik (Old Meat Factory) was owned by the Konsumgenossenschaft (KGB) and was established in 1899. The KGB is a consumer association that would sell and trade retail goods to its members for very inexpensive prices. Up to 1990 it was the largest consumer cooperative in the GDR and fourth largest in the world. The KGB still exists today although the old meat factory and bakery have been sold to private investors due to the operations of the factories went bankrupt in 1993.
The KGB office buildings, meat factory and bakery were built before WWI in 1909 by architect Otto Wettstein. The factory also has a industrial railway track which shows that it was well connected to transport the goods. The bakery was producing more than 4000 breads daily. The buildings have survived for over a hundred years and two world wars. Currently its part of a private tour company which books tours to visit abandoned sites around Berlin.
How to get there
Since the Fleischfabrik is within Berlin city limits, it is very easy to access the site. You can take the U5 to Magdalenenstr station, walk up the Ruschestr. and once you are at the Netto you’ll see the chimney and old building. Here is a map to make it easier.
How to get in
One of the easiest abandoned sites I’ve been into again. At first the fences will fool you that there is no way in but if you sneak to the back between the buildings, you’ll notice the gap between the fence and building. Pass through and voila you’re in!
What you’ll see
Out of the three buildings, I only managed to go into just one. I believe this was the bakery building, bread along with cakes were produced here. The building in back must have been the meat factory and the side building must have been the bakery as well since that is where the chimney is. You’ll see some nice artwork from various graffiti artists along with the peeling paint from the ceiling.
This is the first site that I’ve seen with so many trespassing warnings. Almost every step I took there was a sign indicating it is a private site and if anyone trespasses the police will be notified. It gives you a bit of a scare and intimidation since there are residential buildings around and you never know whether someone might just call the police. But if it was that easy, it wouldn’t be that fun right?