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Old March 29th, 2008, 08:03 PM   #1
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Berlin Sights

Hey!

So yeah, I'm spending some months now here in Berlin and I've already taken some pics around. These pics show pretty much everything I've seen in town, although some places are missing.

Anyway, weather was pretty crappy, but I took pics mostly on the good days only haha. It's been cold and rainy, but well, in the summer I'm thinking of going around again and taking all those pictures with some green too.

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Old March 29th, 2008, 08:11 PM   #2
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Wonderful pics schmid. Berlin its a very nice city. Good work thanks
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Old March 30th, 2008, 11:26 PM   #3
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Good job! Some nice photos.
Looking forward for some more sunny pics
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Old March 30th, 2008, 11:28 PM   #4
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nice pics,

it seems that you've seen most of the touristy spots. I would recommand a tour through the eastern innner city area (Prenzlauer Berg, Friedrichshain, Pankow, ... ) there you'll find a lot of nice old and modern buildings to photograph

In which part of Berlin you're living now?
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Old March 30th, 2008, 11:43 PM   #5
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Fantastic shots of what is my favourite city in the world - though as Fettekatz says, touristy.

I look forward to seeing more!
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Old March 31st, 2008, 12:04 AM   #6
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Fantastic shots of what is my favourite city in the world - though as Fettekatz says, touristy.

I look forward to seeing more!
I just said that he visited almost all the spots a tourist would go for. I' sure he'll explore the hidden treasures and backalleys soon
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Old March 31st, 2008, 01:42 PM   #7
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I love Berlin. So much.

I wanna be a Berliner, too.

Ever since I visited I feel so drawn to the place, it won me over.
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Old March 31st, 2008, 02:24 PM   #8
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Thanks for the photos, next time I go to Germany the city is definitly top on my list.

A question for berliners though, now that the wall is down (ok it's been a while now) is there still a big east/west divide? (wether it be symbolical, physical, ethnic, social etc.)
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Old March 31st, 2008, 02:32 PM   #9
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Thanks for the photos, next time I go to Germany the city is definitly top on my list.

A question for berliners though, now that the wall is down (ok it's been a while now) is there still a big east/west divide? (wether it be symbolical, physical, ethnic, social etc.)
I'm not even German, but I can give you my perspective from someone who spent a little bit of time there.

former East Berlin is quite Stalinist and stark at times, and can come across as quite brutalist. But thats why its facinating. Alexanderplatz is not the typical European city experience, but its interesting for the style and history behind it.

West Berlin seems to have maintained a more pre-WW2 look about it and it is a little more colourful and even more multicultural (but I could be wrong).

German friends of mine have spoken of "the wall in the mind".

But in most places the only sign of the wall is stone paving on the ground marking its route.

Berlin is indeed not as classically beautiful as other great European capitals like London, Paris, Rome or Budapest (or even other German cities like Heidelberg or Munich)--- for obvious reasons so much was destroyed -- but I admire Berlin for its modernity and progression. The city seems to look to its future, and leaving the past in the past.

Berlin truely is one of the most interesting cities in the world.
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Old March 31st, 2008, 04:28 PM   #10
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nice pics,

it seems that you've seen most of the touristy spots. I would recommand a tour through the eastern innner city area (Prenzlauer Berg, Friedrichshain, Pankow, ... ) there you'll find a lot of nice old and modern buildings to photograph

In which part of Berlin you're living now?
I live in Lichtenberg, actually in Karlshorst. I'm a neighbour of FHTW.

Yeah, you can say "ohhh schade, so far awayyy", but somehow I like it here!
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Old March 31st, 2008, 07:55 PM   #11
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Berlin; the capital of all things alternative
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Old March 31st, 2008, 08:48 PM   #12
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I love Berlin. So much.

I wanna be a Berliner, too.

Ever since I visited I feel so drawn to the place, it won me over.
you can come over and settle down in Berlin
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A question for berliners though, now that the wall is down (ok it's been a while now) is there still a big east/west divide? (wether it be symbolical, physical, ethnic, social etc.)
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German friends of mine have spoken of "the wall in the mind".
There has been a strong exchange of population in Berlin... a lot of people moved from West Berlin to the suburbs (former east) once the wall was down. And the inner city areas in the east which were already decaying are now renovated almost everywhere. Today the 'wall in the head' exist merely in the heads of people from the provincial west (these annoying Berlin-hating peasants ) or old people who hardly travel more far than a city block. The younger generation is usually totally unaware of the former borders...
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Old March 31st, 2008, 09:14 PM   #14
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Ah...thank you very much! There's something very special about Berlin!

It's funny, that in almost every Berlin photo gallery you find at least one picture of these old GDR apartment blocks on Gendarmenmarkt (picture 26) No Joke! XD
On a second view they're somehow really ugly... Why do they get so much attention by Berlin visitors?
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Old March 31st, 2008, 09:26 PM   #15
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I don't know... I wish they would be replaced with something else...
The same ugly style you'll find in the old historical city center, the 'Nikolai-Viertel'... it was destroyed during WW2 and later rebuild in 'comie-block' style. Although I appreciate the efforts of the forme city planners to restore that part of Berlin, they failed in their aspiration.

On the other hand, I hope that this fugly old city castle will NOT be rebuild. It was a shame for the city and not the beautyful fairy-tale castle some people today fancy it
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Old March 31st, 2008, 09:34 PM   #16
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On the other hand, I hope that this fugly old city castle will NOT be rebuild. It was a shame for the city and not the beautyful fairy-tale castle some people today fancy it
Shame on you!
Unter den Linden will only reach it's climax with the palace.
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Old March 31st, 2008, 09:58 PM   #17
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Shame on you!
Unter den Linden will only reach it's climax with the palace.
lol... how dare you... you're not even a Berliner

The castle was shunned by the Berliners as an ugly monstrosity in the heart of their city. The Berliners have never been that authority-abiding as people from other parts of germany. They hated the castle and the domination by the king or emperor which it symbolized.
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Old April 1st, 2008, 12:42 AM   #18
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you can come over and settle down in Berlin
I only wish I could too! Unfortunately in the academic field you have to have an incredible grasp of the language, and my grasp is tenuous at best. Therefore it'll be a good few years before I could even begin to consider it.

Do you know if there are any decent cancer research centres at academic institutions in Berlin out of interest?
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I love Germany and I love Berlin and you showed me Berlin with astonishing pictures.
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On the other hand, I hope that this fugly old city castle will NOT be rebuild. It was a shame for the city and not the beautyful fairy-tale castle some people today fancy it
I agree. I was really dissapointed to see the Palast der Republik being demolished. It was such an amazing relic of Berlin's past. Retaining it as a museum or Art Gallery would have been a great way to turn a past negative into a future positive.

The rebuilt Palace risks being tacky, IMHO.
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