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Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
July 22, 2012
From journal 40th Birthday in Berlin
Nottingham, United Kingdom
July 22, 2002
From journal Berlin - a city with a past, and a future
March 3, 2001
My brief stay of just four days only allowed a partial sampling of what there is to explore over such a vast landscape of neighborhoods. So I started at two points I'd heard a lot about recently: Alexanderplatz and Potsdamer Platz. Alexanderplatz used to be one of the city's major thoroughfares during the Weimar period, then after the war and Germany's division, the communist regime transformed it into a showpiece of socialist architecture with lots of box-like, forbidding concrete buildings. Nowadays, a lot of these will have disappeared when you emerge from the undergrand train station of the same name, replaced by lots of glass and steel ultra-modern architecture. Where there is any empty space left, there is sure to be building going on here. A major architectural leftover of the East German days may well be the television tower, which is the third tallest structure in Europe. In visual contrast on the southeast side of the Platz is the Rotes Rathaus (red city hall), a neo-Renaissance building dating from the 19th Century. Berlin's past and present seems to have many of its major symbols in this great square.
From journal Glass, Steel, Water: Hello to Berlin
February 7, 2003
The views from here are incredible, looking out over the eastern part of Germany, and even so far as the Waldbühne. I particularly picked out the beautiful dome of the new synagoge and the Ostbahnhof, where we would have to be the next night. The tower itself is rather aged, and not architecturally beautiful. At the base, inside, were several shops, including a Russian shop, somehow appropriate here in the former East Germany.
From journal Weekend in Berlin