THRILLING OPULENCE OF BERLIN

The picture above shows the colorant facade of an occupied house in West-Berlin from the early 1980s. This creative artwork delivers quite well the massive rebellious spirit of those days when there were more than 130 squatter houses downtown, and I used to live in one of them, a real crazy time. May be therefore ruins attract me very much till today?!

Simply like holidays, Havel river in summer, Berlin-Grunewald

Early morning in one of the many allotment gardens with view on an old water tower, Berlin-Westend

Rusty bridge to nowhere, Berlin-Charlottenburg

The railway system of Berlin used to be very different till WW II, quite similar to that in Paris with several stations (dead-ends) encircling the city centre. Hamburger Bahnhof  is now a museum, and Görlitzer Bahnhof a city park. This rusty bridge here used to be part of the already  forgotten freight station of Charlottenburg. 

Renaissance citadel of late 16th century, Berlin-Spandau

Collage by Saule Suleimenova, Berlin-Kreuzberg

This collage-work is made of hundreds of small plastic pieces assembled together, another form of ecological recycling. Strange, that it looks really more like a painting.

Crazy mural on Teufelsberg, Berlin-Grunewald

Home(land) is where you feel cozy and challenged at the same time. 

Urban idyll far away from the city centre, Berlin-Spandau

Graffiti in the endless ruins of VEB Kühlomat (former airport Johannisthal), Berlin-Treptow

The city full of contrasts, colorful, creative and flashy, but also with a lot of very quiet natural corners spread over the entire urban area.

Late afternoon view on Wannsee, Berlin-Zehlendorf

Suburban railways jungle of socalled Siemensbahn, Berlin-Siemensstadt

A must for all fans of Urbex (urban exploration) is the now unused Siemensbahn (suburban railways leading to Siemens City). It was built by Siemens company in the 1920s so that their employees could reach more easily the headquarter, administration offices and factories of the company. From 1946 till 1989 the suburban railways  were owned and run by the East-Berlin magistrate, also in West-Berlin like here. The administration of West-Berlin wanted to become independent and extended underground line no. 7 to Siemensstadt in the early 1980s. So people would use no longer the traditional Siemensbahn being closed as a consequence. One of many crazy stories from the time when the city was divided.

Dahlia beauty at Britzer Park, Berlin-Neukölln

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“Paris is always Paris, but Berlin is never Berlin.”

(Jack Lang, former Culture Minister of France, 2001)

Take care and stay safe!

WAVES WILL ARISE ON SILENT WATERS

It is fascinating that water meant always more for mankind than just a fluid in order to satisfy our thirst, it can also be regarded as a magic agent substantial for life. These murals inspired by the famous picture The Great Wave by Katsushika Hokusai passed my way on the wall of an empty neglected house at the old town of Lublin / Poland in spring 2015.