Saturday, March 29, 2014

Map: Nazis. Locations of the Nationalsozialismus

This is the first of the thematic maps of Berlin that you can use to go around in your trips or to combine together with other maps during your stay. The are different places marked in Yellow for the places that have already a reportage on Elephantinberlin and in Blue for the others. Some places are directly connected with Nationalsozialismus (ministeries or forces camps) and others wich have reflected the Nazi time (Soho Haus or the Surrender Museum).
The map is absolutely not completed and a work in progress.

Fehrbelliner Platz, Olympiapark: Haus des Deutschen Sports and Turnhaus (Part III), Bell Tower of Berlin Olympic Stadium, Palais am Funkturm, Gedenkort SA-Gefängnis Papestraße, Kameradschaftssiedlung der SS, Plötzensee Prison, House of the Wannsee Conference, Humboldthain Flakturm, Soho Haus - Kaufhaus Jonaß, Olympiastadion, Georg Elser Monument, KZ Sachsenhausen - Concentration camp (Oranienburg), Zwangslager - Forced camp (Marzahn), Haus des Rundfunks, "Asoziale" Detention Center at Nazi time, Nazi book burnings - Bücherverbrennungen, NS Zwangsarbeit - Forced Labour, Reichskriegsgericht - Palace of Military Justice of the Third Reich, Treblinka Sculpture, AEG Voltastrasse - Polish forced laborers, Open Day: Inside the Air Ministry Building (Reichsluftfahrtministerium), Olympic Village 1936, Inglorious Bastards' Fortress: Fort Hahneberg, Surrender Museum - German-Russian Museum, Exclusive: Inside the Fichtebunker, The sinking concrete of the Nazi's Schwerbelastungskörper, Olympiapark: Waldbühne and Clubhaus (Part I), Olympiapark: outdoor swimming pool and surrounding areas (Part II), Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, Joseph Goebbels' Ministry of Propaganda, Tempelhof Airport, Reichstag Building.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Pfaueninsel (Peacock Island) - Unesco Heritage (Wannsee)

There's a small but nice island outside Berlin, not far from the HOUSE OF THE WANNSEE CONFERENCE, that you can reach easily with a small boat, the Peacock Island.
It's considered a natural reserve and once you get on the other side with the boat, you'll enjoy the landascape and the view on Wannsee and the peace of this place.
On the island, of course, there are peacocks (at the time we've been there just few of them were free) that you can have a look in a restored ancient bird cage. Following the path you can get to a small castle, some nice houses, some fields with horses and it is also part of the Unesco heritage.
The origin of the peacocks on the island is given propably because Frederick William III, turned the island into a model farm and in 1821–1834 had the park redesigned by Peter Joseph Lenné and Karl Friedrich Schinkel, who planned several auxiliary buildings. The king also laid out a menagerie modeled on the Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes in Paris, in which exotic animals.

More infos: WIKI

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Watching Berlin from Above (Gallery II)

There are different ways you can do research on a city, you can for example read a book (for example I'm reading Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada in this moment), but you can also flight above the city using the maps. We've already discovered some places in WATCHING BERLIN FROM ABOVE (GALLERY I), but it's always a nice exercise to have a look at your city from this point of view and not only when you're looking for new places, observing the buildings by the shape they have on the ground and from the shadows they produce. Some places are very simple to get, like the field of the former Tempelhof Airport, huge spot in all the maps, others are less expected.
As for the Gallery I, try to figure out the places, then read the list at the end of the article where you will find also the links to the articles on this blog.

Satellite's pictures belongs to Google Maps.

Tempelhof Airport
Botanischer Garten (Dahlem)
Haus des Rundfunks
Waldbühne (Olympiastadion)
Schloss Babelsberg (Potsdam)
Justizvollzugsanstalt Moabit
Gärten der Welt (Marzahn)
Denkmal für die ermordeten Juden Europas (Mitte)

Monday, March 24, 2014

Olympiapark: Haus des Deutschen Sports and Turnhaus (Part III)

This part is dedicated to the big building on the north east corner of the area, the only with two floors, Haus des Deutschen Sports which had its original entrance directly from the stairs of the U building with the swimming pool in the middle, but the only way to get in is from the other side where is the Sportmuseum Berlin.
This area can be considered the most interesting and well preserved at all, with its statue and the main entrance at the end of the field on one side, with the golden eagles on the other one.
The inside of the building hosts the Sportmuseum and its exhibition but it's for free and you can get inside to have a look at the marvellous winding staircase.
On the south side of the complex you can also find the Turnhaus and just at the entrance, original paintings of 1936 in neoclassical Roman style with athlets training.
Considering the whole complex, it's really hard to believe that this area has resisted all this time and can be considered mostly untouched.

More infos: WIKI (german)
PDF / Map from geschichte_des_olympiaparks.pdf
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