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Thinking about Berlin, many people envision a modern, hip, gritty and sometimes quite ugly city. Picture galleries here on Skyscrapercity and elsewhere on the internet mostly portrait exactly that kind of image. So, many people, that haven't even visited Berlin yet, get the impression, that Berlin might have lost all of it's old architecture and charme during the war, afterwards or even that it never had any to begin with...
While it is definitely true, that the city has lost a great deal of it's stunning, old heritage, there is still a fair share left. Either luckily preserved through war and partition, beautifully restored or even perfectly reconstructed from scratch. In this thread I want us all to indulge in Berlin's (and immediate surrounding) historical splendor. You sometimes might even mistake it for Paris, Rome or Vienna... ;) Enjoy!

Here are some pictures, of what you can expect. In later posts I will from time to time give some detailed information about historical buildings as well.


Brandenburger Tor | Brandenburg Gate (8) by visitBerlin, on Flickr


Berlin_RoyalLibr_20120623_011214 by vinnewage, on Flickr


Berliner Dom / Berlin by Sebastian Warneke, on Flickr


Berliner, Dom That. by AJ Brustein, on Flickr


Bode Museum by DoNotLick, on Flickr


Bode-Museum, Berlin by d.dk, on Flickr


Berlijn, Slossbrücke, Duitsland 2012 by wally nelemans, on Flickr


Nikolaiviertel | Nikolai quarter by visitBerlin, on Flickr


Museumsinsel | Museum Island by visitBerlin, on Flickr


2012-10-10 10-13 Berlin 427 Unter den Linden, Deutsches Historisches Museum by Allie_Caulfield, on Flickr


Friedrichstrabe弗里德里希大街 by INTess, on Flickr


Berlin Schloss Charlottenburg by david.bank (www.david-bank.com), on Flickr


Picture Gallery, Sanssouci Palace, Potsdam, Sept 30.12 by carolhagino, on
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Berlijn Tiergarten, standbeeld Goëthe, Duitsland 2012 by wally nelemans, on Flickr


Belvedere by mr172, on Flickr


Bürgerpark in Pankow, Berlin by steffen.rentsch, on Flickr


Friedrichswerder Church by <ChristiaN/>, on Flickr


Berlin-688.jpg by J. Andrew Walker, on Flickr


Das ehemalige Reichskriegsgericht in Charlottenburg by Jonny__B_Kirchhain, on Flickr


Weihnachtlicher Kurfürstendamm | Kurfürstendamm at Christmas time (3) by visitBerlin, on Flickr


Das Märkische Ufer mit dem Ermelerhaus in Berlin Mitte by Jonny__B_Kirchhain, on Flickr


15 Großbeerenstraße by knutms2012, on Flickr


Fidicinstraße in Kreuzberg by Jonny__B_Kirchhain, on Flickr


DSCN1391 by SyndromeDeStendhal, on Flickr


Dancin´ in the Streetlights by SCH3LMISCH, on Flickr
 

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Great intro, thanks a lot Tiaren! :eek:kay: Looking forward to a high-quality guided tour.


Berlin can be gritty-hip and classical-beautiful old European - all in the same street. The mindboggling contrasts are what make Berlin so fascinating and much more interesting than say Paris or even London.
 
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The problem with Germany and Poland is you never know if an historic building you're admiring is authentic or made of fibre glass.

I think there is a real problem in conservation in those countries because once a historic building is lost, a replica can just be built. I prefer a conservation philosophy that results in cities where you know an old building is old, and when its lost, its lost for good - it makes genuine heritage more valuable.
 

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The problem with Germany and Poland is you never know if an historic building you're admiring is authentic or made of fibre glass.

I think there is a real problem in conservation in those countries because once a historic building is lost, a replica can just be built. I prefer a conservation philosophy that results in cities where you know an old building is old, and when its lost, its lost for good - it makes genuine heritage more valuable.
I dont know even 5 reconstructions in Berlin since 1945... its all real, Berlin lost a lot, but other citys were reconstructing more. The City Palace is the first big reconstruction.
 
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