Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Bridge of spies: Glienicke Brücke

This bridge is connecting Berlin to Potsdam and in the Cold War it was on the border between East and West. It's famous cause it has been used as bridge to exchange prisoners and spies between the Soviet Union and the USA.

More infos: WIKI
Map: http://goo.gl/maps/jQo5M

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Leibstandarte-SS "Adolf Hitler" Barracks (Lichterfelde)

It was an old Prussian cadet training school, then in 1933 it became the headquarters of Hitler's body guard regiment, the Leibstandarte-SS "Adolf Hitler."

The buildings have been demaged during the WWII and the rest (a small wing) is part of the German government archives.

"The Soviets removed the eagle and swastika before the Americans arrived, and the U.S. troops removed the Leibstandarte name. One or the other covered the stone gate sentinels in concrete." (Wenn alle Brüder schweigen, 1981 ed.)

More infos: WIKI
More photos: Third Reich in ruins

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Gropiusstadt (Neukölln)


This set of buildings has been built on a project by Walter Gropius in 1960 and It became famous as the place in which the German writer Christiane F. lived from childhood to adolescence, author of the novel "Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo" (We Children from Bahnhof Zoo).


With the construction of the Wall on 13 August 1961 abruptly changed the environment in West Berlin since no growth areas were more available to the outside, the project was compressed significantly. Instead of the originally planned 14,500 homes, the final plan was of almost 19,000 residential units for more than 50,000 people.


More infos. WIKI (german)
Map: http://goo.gl/maps/7KNrT

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Alte Mälzerei (Pankow)

Between 1881 and 1897 the malt house was built on behalf of Richard Roesicke, the founder of the Schultheiss brewery. The castle-like brick buildings are striking evidence of the industrial architecture of the late 19th Century. Until 1945 the factory produced per year 150 000 quintals roasted malt for beer production. The DDR used the building and then, since the reunification, the building stood empty and increasingly decayed.
Now it has been renewed and most of the buildings are appartments.