Submitted by Richard Carter on Tue, 08/06/2010 - 23:00
Lurking in the leafy surburbia of Berlin Lichterfelde is another artificial hill. It's not World War II rubble this time though, neither is it Germany's answer to Silbury Hill.
An artificial hill built by one of Germany's aviation pioneers.
Lurking in the leafy surburbia of Berlin Lichterfelde is Otto Lilienthal's 'Fliegerberg', which he had built for him in 1894, to assist in his pioneering experiments with gliders. Lilienthal's flights were significant for being perhaps the first to be repeatable (as opposed to one-off flukes), thanks to his methodical approach.
The hill is 15m high, which might not sound like a lot until you actually get up there and ask yourself whether you'd fancy jumping off. It used to have a conical top, under which Lilienthal would store disassembled gliders.
Lilienthal died in a glider crash in 1896, aged 48, and the Fliegerberg was turned into a monument to Lilienthal in 1932, the memorial designed by the architect Fritz Freymüller.
Submitted by Richard Carter on Tue, 08/06/2010 - 21:24
These small brass-capped blocks are Stolpersteine (stumbling blocks), the work of Cologne-based artist Gunter Demnig. They are set into the pavement outside buildings and each one commemorates a resident who was deported or killed by the Nazis, including not only Jewish people, but also Gypsies, Jehova's Witnesses, political opponents, homosexuals and disabled and mentally ill people.
Alexanderplatz (S3, S5, S7, S75)
Alexanderplatz (U2, U5, U8)
Small brass-capped blocks which remind of Berlin's Holocaust victims.
Submitted by Richard Carter on Tue, 08/06/2010 - 04:10
Update December 3rd 2011: The demolition of the Deutschlandhalle, mentioned in this post as a possibility, began today. A new conference venue is set to take its place.
Getting off the S-Bahn at Messe Nord and crossing the road, I go through an underpass with some intriguing late 70s features:
Messe Nord/ICC (S41, S42, S46) - for the top end of the Messegelände (where the underpass is!)
Messe Süd (Eichkamp) (S9, S75) - for the Deutschlandhalle
Grunewald (S7) - for the Teufelsberg. It's roughly a 25 minute walk from the station.
The 1930s hall where Klaus Kinski once appeared as Jesus, plus an American listening post on an artificial hill named after the devil.
Submitted by Richard Carter on Wed, 17/02/2010 - 17:09
This slightly unassuming street scene, taken through a coach window by a tourist actually shows one of the most iconic locations of divided Berlin - Checkpoint Charlie.
A tourist's picture of Berlin's most famous crossing point, while it was still in use.
Submitted by Richard Carter on Thu, 11/02/2010 - 10:20
You know those days when you go looking for one thing and end up finding something completely different? I had one of those the other day and ended up as the owner of a collection of colour 35mm slides shot in Berlin in the early 1980s (summer 1981 as far as I can tell, assuming they're all from the same date).
This is actually a fairly commonly photographed view, looking from Potsdamer Platz down along Stresemannstraße:
Potsdamer Platz (S1, S2, S25)
A tourist's photo, taken from the viewing platform at Potsdamer Platz, including a nice view of the border guards!
Submitted by Richard Carter on Sat, 23/01/2010 - 09:51
I briefly mentioned back in November 2009 how the Berliner Dom - originally designed by Julius Raschdorff and opened in 1905 - had been rebuilt in slightly altered form after World War II. Seeing as I'm currently in the mood for delving into my archive of Günter Bittner's pictures, now would seem to be a good time to show you what I mean.
Hackescher Markt (S5, S7, S75, S9)
Pictures from both before and after World War II, plus the present day.
Submitted by Richard Carter on Thu, 21/01/2010 - 10:07
It was early 2007 when, trawling eBay for old postcards to use in a lecture, I came across a collection of assorted postcards and photographs which had belonged to the seller's father. She had included some example images in the description, but added that there were an awful lot more. How could I not be intrigued? It was like an archival lucky dip...
Alexanderplatz (S5, S7, S75, S9)
Alexanderplatz (U2, U5, U8)
Pictures by Günter Bittner, showing the Marienkirche and surrounding buildings before the area was cleared in the 1960s.
Submitted by Richard Carter on Wed, 16/12/2009 - 21:45
The snow is deeper out towards Tegel. The pale late afternoon sunset has quickly given way to darkness and the bus swishes cautiously through the icy streets.
I arrive at the airport with more than enough time to spare. The flight, it turns out, will be delayed by around twenty minutes, so after I've checked my suitcase in, I go outside to take in the night air.
There's no S-Bahn station serving Tegel.
The X9 and TXL buses run regularly between the airport and the city centre.
There is no U-Bahn either!
Submitted by Richard Carter on Wed, 16/12/2009 - 19:00
A quick introduction to two related warming alcoholic drinks, both popular at Christmas time in Germany.
Submitted by Richard Carter on Wed, 16/12/2009 - 18:25
Mauerpark was created from an area of what had been the death strip following the course of Schwedter Straße.
There's a gentle slope at the eastern edge, just beyond the Max-Schmeling-Halle. I've seen children (and adults too, actually) sledge down it when the snow's thick enough, but it isn't today; the children are all still in school right now anyway.
Eberswalder Straße (U2) - also convenient if you want to stop at Konnopke's first!
Bernauer Straße (U8) - take a walk along Bernauer Straße, a street which was divided by the wall.
A park in what used to be the wall's death strip.