Sunday, July 21, 2013

Itinerary #11 - Schöneberg

We begin from Tiergarten, where Schöneberg starts, with a very interesting building, the Shell-Haus (1), the white waves building just on the canal, built in 1932 as a prestigious new office block to house the headquarters of the mineral oil company. From here, following the canal you can spend some time at the Bauhaus Archiv (2), museum of the famous design school. Just following Budapester strasse you'll pass by the marvellous stone elephants statues at the entrance of the Berlin Zoo (3). Following the street and passing through Ku'damm you'll see the nice Hotel Concorde (4) with its interesting architecture in the Art Deco style reminiscent consists of bright Kirchheim shell.
If you pass by Wittenbergplatz (5), you'll notice the Kadewe, Kaufhaus des Westens (Department Store of the West) is the second-largest department store in Europe; trumped only by Harrods in London, built in 1907.
At the entrance of the U-bahn there's simple but strong sign as holocaust memorial with the names of concentration and death camps from the Nazi-era, which is in strong antithesis with the shopping mall.
Following the street you'll arrive to another square, Nollendorfplatz (6), where you'll find The Gay Pink Triangle, which commemorate the Gay Holocaust. The adjacent area in the south around Motzstraße is Berlin's most prominent gay village. It has a long history as being a gay area which dates back to the turn of the 20th century.
Just on Potsdamer strasse (7) you'll find a very funny building full of satellite dishes painted with the most kitch pictures. On the other side of the street you'll find a bridge shaped building and on one side of it there's a huge bunker from WWII. The building has been built around the bunker because it was too hard and expensive to destroy it.
Going down the road you'l find the 1780's Königskolonnaden (8) at the border with the Heinrich-von-Kleist-Park.  After the WWII the building in front of the colonnades was the seat of the Allied Control Council. After the reunification , it was returned to German administration and today there is the Berlin Court (the courtroom can be visited by groups after registration).
David Bowie (9) was living on the same street at the number 155 for three years from 1976, where he produces the albums Low and Heroes of 1977, which he makes together with Brian Eno.
Walking a bit more you'll arrive in front of the Rathaus Schöneberg (10), which was used as the seat of the state senate of West Berlin during the Cold War and from where the President John F. Kennedy held his famous speech on 26 June 1963, proclaiming "Ich bin ein Berliner".
The rest of the itinerary is more for having a look at the rest of the area, with the Bayerischer Platz (11), where all the streets have names from that area and where Erich Fromm and Albert Einstein were living.

Leading nord you'll arrive at the Viktoria-Luise Platz (12), a very pleasent square with its fountain and surrounded by old style buildings. All the area is very quite and residencial, sometimes very far from the idea which we have of Berlin.
Last stop can be the Kirche am Hohenzollernplatz (13), made by dark brown bricks with a very interesting massive bell tower and a very nice interior, built in 1934 as part of the German Expressionist architecture (from the same architecture studio of the Chilehaus in Hamburg).

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(1) Shell Haus

(2) Bauhaus Archiv

(3) Berlin Zoo Entrance

(4) Hotel Concorde

(6) The Gay Pink Triangle