germany in january: berlin

February 1, 2008

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the berlin central station (hauptbahnhof)

i decided to go on one more travel before classes start in copenhagen next week…so i took a short trip south to germany, flying into berlin and taking trains (and a train on a ferry!! you’ll have to wait for the post to hear more about that one) back to copenhagen via hamburg and lübeck. it was a really fun trip, and i got to see an amazing amount of stuff (and taking an equally amazing number of photos) in just a few days. so here’s the first installment:

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the new berlin hauptbahnhof was definitely the architectural highlight of the city. it opened in may of 2006, so it’s new since the last time i visited berlin…and i even got to use it when i took the train from berlin to hamburg! since it’s such a cool building, it gets extra photos on this post (above is a view from the north)…

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the south entrance/interior shot

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another interior shot of one of the main facades/facade detail

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another view from the south, looking across the spree

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walking along unter der linden, berlin’s central boulevard

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looking north along the spree to museum island

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this scene reminded me a bit of china…

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colorful grafitti and street food

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this guy was wondering what the heck i was taking a photo of – that’s what i get for being a tectonic tourist. heheh. i just liked the way that the remains of the facade keep the street wall while hiding the surface parking from the street – i see this a lot in europe, and i think it’s a nice way to deal with having a parking lot on the street.

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cool outdoor mirror installation at the german architectural center (daz)

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the engelbecken, a really beautiful sunken pond and boulevard park that i happened upon – the ruins of michaelkirch are in the background

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i didn’t know that berlin and l.a. were sister cities…cool.

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a foggy, foggy tv tower at alexanderplatz/a break in the wall

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the obligatory shot of the sony center roof/sony center interior at potsdamer platz

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checkpoint charlie

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old architecture in the mitte/new architecture in the kreuzberg

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ferris wheel and some new construction – i really like ferris wheels for some reason..

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the holocaust memorial – a very beautiful and powerful space

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and two final photos that i just liked: the view between the reichstag and the paul löbehaus/restoration on an unter der linden bridge

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2 Responses to “germany in january: berlin”

  1. C.J. Says:

    How fun! It reminds me of our weekend in Berlin a few years ago… I have the picture from that brunch on my desk 🙂

  2. kidzi Says:

    yay! fun times 🙂


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