There is so much to discover around Berlin! We were in Kleinmachnow. Here is the New Hakeburg, which we took a closer look at right away.
There was also an Old Hakeburg
There was already a castle in Kleinmachnow in the 14th century. At the beginning of the 15th century, the feudal ownership of the Kleinmachnow estate passed to the von Hake family, who also moved into the manor.
Probably the best known von Hake was Hans Christoph Friedrich von Hacke (unfortunately I don’t know why he is spelled with a ck). He was colonel and adjutant general of Frederick William I.. Frederick II made him the first Knight of the Order Pour le Mérite and Commander of Berlin. It was von Hacke who laid out the Hackescher Markt and the Neue Promenade.
Directly opposite the old knight’s estate is the village church of Kleinmachnow. Here you can find the family’s burial vault and numerous memorabilia.
The Old Hakeburg was demolished in 1950 after it burnt down.
Around the New Hakeburg
We park our car on the access road on one side of the Machnower See lake and walk through the large gate. The road leads us to the New Hakeburg, which stands in the middle of the forest.
A cousin of the former landowner had the building erected here in 1906 – 1908. In 1936, he had to sell the building and 44 ha of land due to financial problems. The new owner was now the Reichspost. The entire area was hermetically sealed off and the SS used it as a research and testing centre. Various aircraft, radio measuring equipment, transmitting units, etc. were tested here.
From 1948, the Neue Hakeburg was the SED party college. The political elite of the GDR was now trained here. The grounds were strictly guarded, people feared espionage. In mid-1950, the party school moved to Berlin, and now the Hakeburg served as a district party school and meeting place for artists and intellectuals.
Eventually, the house was converted into a guest house for the SED. Nikita Khrushchev, Fidel Castro, Yasser Arafat and Mikhail Gorbachev, for example, stayed behind these walls.
After reunification, Deutsche Telekom took over the building and later ORCO Germany S.A.. The latter planned to open a hotel. Since no suitable operator was found, the plan was to build 16 condominiums in 2012. Nothing much happened, however, and the building stood empty for many years. In 2017/18, an investor was found again who also planned flats in the Neue Hakeburg. The architecture students from the Beuth University were on site, took measurements, drew diligently and made suggestions for possible use. Whether any of this will be realised… who knows?
It’s actually a shame that this beautiful property has stood unused for so long.