Panzerkaserne Neuruppin

An abandoned MILITARY SITE in

Neuruppin has a long military history, dating back to 1688 when it became a garrison town. Although this status was revoked after the First World War, Neuruppin regained its military importance in 1928.

Panzerregiment 6

From 1935, the tank barracks were home to Panzerregiment 6, part of the 3rd Panzer Division, a key Wehrmacht unit. The division was part of Germany’s early armored forces. On May 1, 1945, Neuruppin was captured by the Red Army, which then set up a permanent Soviet garrison. The town hosted the 12th Guards Tank Division, with its headquarters and three regiments stationed nearby.

12th Guards Tank Division

The Soviet forces remained until their withdrawal between 1991 and 1993, following the reunification of Germany. After their departure, Neuruppin ceased to be a garrison town, and the 12th Guards Tank Division was disbanded. Numerous former barracks still exist in the town, though none serve military purposes anymore.

Brandenburgische Boden Gesellschaft has been trying to sell the former command building for years, considering it for various uses. Despite these efforts, the building has been empty for over 20 years. While the exterior remains in good condition, significant renovation costs are expected to convert it. Already in 2014 there were plans to reconvert the complex into accommodation for about 100 refugees. Eventually, these plans were executed in 2024.

The abandoned tank barracks of Neuruppin stand as a historical testament to the town’s military past, waiting for a new chapter in their story. I explored the buildings both in 2020 and 2022.

Built 1935
Abandoned 1992
Reconverted 2024