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Be a Tourist in your Own City!

Martin-Gropius Bau. Photo: Ulla Hennig

Martin-Gropius Bau. Photo: Ulla Hennig

The Martin-Gropius-Bau is one of the most famous exhibition halls in Berlin. It is named after one of the architects that built it – Martin Gropius – and was openend in 1881.

It was severely damaged in the last weeks of World War II. It is standing near the former Berlin Wall and about 10 minutes from where I live. Whenever I pass it I see flocks of tourists leaving their busses and streaming into the building. For them, it is an important item on their “what-to-see-in-Berlin” list, for me it always been a normal everyday sight.

Taking the camera with me changes that way of seeing things. I look at those places now with the eyes of a tourist, sort of re-discover my city.

Do you have this feeling, too, when you are taking pictures of the world around you?

Just an Old Church

Church in Stralau, Berlin. Photo: Ulla Hennig

Church in Stralau, Berlin. Photo: Ulla Hennig

If I am asked to describe Berlin, I don’t answer with one sentence. One sentence would be to short for describing Berlin.

Berlin is – the capital of Germany with a lot of modern buildings;

Berlin is: a place with a lot of historical buildings having been created in the 19th century;

Berlin is: a conglomeration of small villages with village greens, small houses with only two floors and – village churches. The church in the photo above is such a village church. Stralau once was a village of fishermen. Now it is a place with a lot of newly built houses for well-off people. But this church still reminds me of the past.

Old and New Architecture

Looking from the Anhalter Bahnhof to the Tempodrom. Photo: Ulla Hennig

Looking from the Anhalter Bahnhof to the Tempodrom. Photo: Ulla Hennig

It looks like a huge tent. The Tempodrom in Berlin is a quite famous event location, which opened in the year 2001.

The contrast between the ruins of the Anhalter Bahnhof and the Tempodrom could not be stronger: one the one side you have modern architecture, on the other side typical industrial architecture.