Resident Evil | 2002
A virus has escaped in ‘The Hive’, a vast secret facility deep below the streets of ‘Raccoon City’ turning the staff into – what else? – flesh-eating zombies.
When the controlling computer locks down the complex to prevent further infection, the all-powerful Umbrella Corporation sends in an elite military unit to turn off the over-reaching system.
Bursting into the above-ground entrance to The Hive, the team discovers Alice (Milla Jovovich), who’s just woken up with no memory of how she got there.
The innocuous exterior of The Hive is Lindstedt Palace, part of the Potsdam Park Sanssouci complex on Lindstedter Chaussee, close to the Neues Palais (New Palace) and Sanssouci Park.
It was built in 1859 for Frederick William IV of Prussia as a retirement retreat in the style of Roman villa. Unfortunately, the king died in 1861 and the palace was never used.
Now a listed building and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it's used for lectures, concerts, receptions and readings. Access to the palace is via the portico and guided tours of the castle and the grounds are available.
From Berlin, you can get a train to Potsdam, and from the station, it’s a short bus ride to Sans Souci itself.
The interior, however, is the Officers' Mess in Kaserne Kampnitz, 14476 Potsdam, on Bundesstrasse 2 in Fahrland at the northern tip of Krampnitzsee, about six miles north of Berlin. A military complex of more than 50 buildings, Kampnitz was built during the rearmament of the 1930s. After the Second World War it was used by Soviet troops until being abandoned in 1992.
The site isn’t open to the public but nevertheless seems to have become a magnet for urban explorers. Scenes for movies such as Inglourious Basterds, Enemy at the Gates, The Monuments Men, and Valkyrie were also shot here.
An underground railway takes Alice and the unit to the Hive’s underground entrance chamber, which is the (then as-yet unopened) Bundestag U-bahn station near to the Reichstag. At the moment it’s not the city’s busiest line with a solitary train shuttling back and forth between Bundestag and nearby Brandenburger Tor though further extensions are planned to connect the line with the city’s main system.