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Old June 9th, 2016, 10:11 AM   #1821
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Just imagine the sh*tton of excited girls who would dream about having their future wedding in Dresden, Leipzig, Berlin or even Cologne, Essen and Dortmund if most of that was preserved. For me it's just unimaginable that such cities ever had that classic beauty while you want to avoid them nowadays if at all possible.
Unfortunately, this has been lost for ever, and we can't do anything about it
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Old June 15th, 2016, 05:19 PM   #1822
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I know that the posts with the photos of separate buildings are not approved of here, but still I'd like to show the photos of a magnificent court building in Berlin designed in the Art Nouveau style (or Jugendstil):





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Old August 18th, 2016, 03:51 PM   #1823
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What was the social make up of these Altstadts in larger cities like Berlin, Hamburg, etc? While they were certainly beautiful, were they perceived as lower income areas without proper amenities or had they become integrated parts of the modern city?
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Old August 20th, 2016, 12:38 PM   #1824
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Look at all those beautiful pictures of German cities... Remember WW2 happened...

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What was the social make up of these Altstadts in larger cities like Berlin, Hamburg, etc? While they were certainly beautiful, were they perceived as lower income areas without proper amenities or had they become integrated parts of the modern city?
Depends, pre-19th century buildings often didn't have running water, modern heating or even toilets. Gründerzeit and turn of the century tenement houses (the vast majority of pre-war residential buildings in cities like Berlin) usually had a much higher standard, but toilets for instance, would often be located between the floors or even in the courtyard. With that being said we have to remember that Berlin and Hamburg didn't have an actual Altstad, both cities had very few residential buildings that were built prior to the 19th century. You'd have to look into cities like Frankfurt and Breslau that used to have an actual Altstad with some residential buildings dating back to the Middle Ages.
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Old August 20th, 2016, 04:13 PM   #1825
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Look at all those beautiful pictures of German cities... Remember WW2 happened...

Depends, pre-19th century buildings often didn't have running water, modern heating or even toilets. Gründerzeit and turn of the century tenement houses (the vast majority of pre-war residential buildings in cities like Berlin) usually had a much higher standard, but toilets for instance, would often be located between the floors or even in the courtyard. With that being said we have to remember that Berlin and Hamburg didn't have an actual Altstad, both cities had very few residential buildings that were built prior to the 19th century. You'd have to look into cities like Frankfurt and Breslau that used to have an actual Altstad with some residential buildings dating back to the Middle Ages.
Wasn't there a kind of Altstadt in Berlin in the park were the TV tower resides now?
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Old September 27th, 2016, 11:59 AM   #1826
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Frankfurt:

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Here are the photos showing the city in details



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Old September 30th, 2016, 01:44 AM   #1827
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This one is insanely gorgeous. If this still existed today, this view would be world famous and hardly matched anywhere else in pure 19th century urban grandeur.
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Old September 30th, 2016, 04:10 PM   #1828
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Afraid these are gone.
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Old September 30th, 2016, 06:48 PM   #1829
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Looking at the area on google maps, it seems to me that many of the pre-war buildings on the street (Kaiserstrasse) still exist, albeit with modern stuff added in some places.
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Old September 30th, 2016, 07:12 PM   #1830
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Yeah, it'd be rather easy to restore great portions of the former grandeur.
Same holds true for the square in front of the Central Station, where the old buildings still stand to a large extent, but simplified after WW2 damages.
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Old September 30th, 2016, 07:49 PM   #1831
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This one is insanely gorgeous. If this still existed today, this view would be world famous and hardly matched anywhere else in pure 19th century urban grandeur.
Here is Kaiserstrasse today (same standort):

https://www.instantstreetview.com/@5...h,-7.58p,1.19z
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Old October 5th, 2016, 03:53 PM   #1832
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Some photos of Berlin which I found a few days ago.
Friedrichstraße

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Hotel Bellevue

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Dom, Burgstrasse, Schloss by janwillemsen, on Flickr


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Georgenkirche



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Dirksenstraße



Kaiser Friedrich Gedächtniskirche by janwillemsen, on Flickr

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Moltke Bridge

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Viktoria Luise platz by janwillemsen, on Flickr


Tauentzinstrasse by janwillemsen, on Flickr


Tiergarten Winter Reichstag by janwillemsen, on Flickr


Leipziger strasse by janwillemsen, on Flickr

View on the Altstadt from the Red City Hall tower



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Old October 5th, 2016, 04:06 PM   #1833
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these photos make me really sad. Beautiful architecture that is lost, but one day I hope to see so many beautiful old buildings back. Get rid of those 60s and 70s buildings first and replace it with its old form, or only the facade and not something modern made out of glass.
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Old October 22nd, 2016, 08:39 PM   #1834
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Finally I'd like to show you some more interesting photos of Berlin (most photos are taken from here)















U-Bahn Vergangenheit by [email protected], on Flickr








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Old October 22nd, 2016, 09:38 PM   #1835
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Berlin was so beautiful before the war...
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Old March 30th, 2017, 10:19 PM   #1836
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Naugard (now Nowogard) young Otto von Bismarck lived near
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Bismarck house

Bismarck house now
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Old April 2nd, 2017, 11:22 PM   #1837
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seeing what is gone makes me wanna puke. One word: rebuild.
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Old April 3rd, 2017, 04:56 PM   #1838
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I love "new" Berlin, specially the gritty one that is also wanishing. It leaves you the space to contemplate of the grandeur that once was, and sadly is gone. But this was (or would be) for sure, the most beautiful capital of the world. I hope that the next year I'll be moving there
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Old April 5th, 2017, 12:30 PM   #1839
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Looking at those photos of Berlin breaks my heart into a million little pieces.

Was there ever a chance for Berlin to be declared an Open City during the course of WW2?
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Old April 5th, 2017, 03:27 PM   #1840
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Looking at those photos of Berlin breaks my heart into a million little pieces.

Was there ever a chance for Berlin to be declared an Open City during the course of WW2?
Neither the Hitler government would have done so, nor would Churchill would have respected the status, based on what seems evident.
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