If you’ve watched the Netflix series Dark, you know that one of the key locations in this crazy series is the Winden Cave. There, you can find the passage to travel through time that links 1953, 1986, and 2019. But, since we saw it on TV for the first time, we wondered where we could find the cave in the Dark.
Once we discovered that most of the locations in Dark were shot around Berlin, we started wondering where we could find the Winden Cave. We already saw some of the critical places in the series. And we even wrote about some of them, like the church, the bridge, and the school in Winden.
But there are some places we still need to find.
Rodrigo and Elissa from Canal Alemanizando, our Dark research friends, got some Instagram tips about the location. And, one cold day at the end of 2019, we packed our cameras and went to see if the advice was accurate.
If you are reading this, we hope you have watched Dark before, or else this won’t make much sense. So, stop this now and go watch the last two seasons of the series and come back to read about it a little later.
In the dark, it seems like a complex of caves lies under the forest surrounding the city of Winden. This cave system is more extensive than most residents, but we don’t think anyone knows how large it is. Inside the cave, there are drugs hidden and even some radioactive waste. But the most exciting thing you can find is a passage that can be used to travel through time.
When you reach this time travel passage inside the Winden Cave, you will find three heavy doors, each with the text Sic Mundus Creatus Est and the Triquetra symbol. When you open the doors, the passage connects three different points in time: 2019, 1986, and 1953.
When the series began, some teenagers in Dark were trying to find stashed drugs around the Winden Cave. While exploring the area, something happens, and Mikkel Nielsen travels via this passage to 1986. But he is not the only one that used it to time travel.
But, enough with this. Where is the entrance to the Winden Cave located?
Regarding the shots inside the Winden Cave, it seems like they were done in the Unicorn Cave in the Harz region here in Germany. This makes sense since there are no rock formations like those around Berlin and Brandenburg. The outside area, where you can see the entry to the cave system, is fake, and the cave is not natural.
What you can see in the series is a mixture of CGI and a set built in a forest between Tremsdorf and Saarmund in Brandenburg, south of Berlin.
On a cold December day, we took a train to Berlin-Wannsee, met with the guys from Canal Alemanizando, and, from there, we took a regional train to Potsdam-Rehbrücke. We took a bus in the direction of the Nuthe-Nieplitz-Niederung nature reserve, where we found the Winden Cave.
The forest around the place is beautiful, and after a few minutes of walking surrounded by trees, we saw some familiar shapes in the distance. A ravine looked like something we had seen before, and once we grabbed a reference picture from the series, we knew we were in the right place.
Too bad we didn’t manage to see the set built for the series, and we didn’t see anything in the forest that pointed out that this is where the Winden Cave is. But, if you pay attention to the shape of the trees where the cave entry should be, you know this is the right place.
It was a relief for us to finally go where the Winden Cave is. This hobby of ours where we try to find the locations in the Dark can be a little frustrating, but sometimes, we find cool places like this one. If you want to go there as well, you should follow the map below, and that is it.
Where is the entrance to the Winden Cave located?
Michendorf – Brandenburg