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The Berlin Dome

Berlin has got three Domes or cathedrals – the French Dome and the German Dome on the Gendarmenmarkt, and the Berlin Cathedral. This big church which was inaugurated in 1905 now serves as a place for protestant services and music events.


Sony Center, Berlin

How can you forget 88 photos on your camera? Well, I did. My friend Karen visited me in 2014, and of course we had to visit the Sony Center in the middle of Berlin. That was in July 2014. A lot of things happened after that visit, and I completely forgot my camera and of course – the photos on it.

With spring having arrived in Berlin and all the beautiful flowers in full blossom I thought I might like to take a few photos of the awakening of nature around me, noticed that I had to refill the battery and that there were 88 photos on the camera waiting to be downloaded. Here’s one of them. It is the roof of the Sony Center in the middle of Berlin, the Potsdamer Platz. There are places in Berlin which you go to only with friends from outside Berlin – and there are places which you go to even on your own. The Potsdamer Platz belongs to the latter category.

Public transport Architecture

s-Bahn station

The entrance to the S-Bahn station Botanischer Garten. Photo: Ulla Hennig August 2011

This is the facade of the entrance to the commuter train station “Botanischer Garten” in Berlin. It is one example of the public transport architecture in Berlin, especially regarding the commuter train (S-Bahn). Many of the stations are under the ground, like subway stations, but some of them are above the ground, like the S-Bahn station “Botanischer Garten“.

The Berlin S-Bahn

S-Bahn station botanischer Garten

S-Bahn Station Botanischer Garten. Photo: Ulla Hennig, August 2011

The S-Bahn is part of the Berlin public transport system. It connects the outskirts of Berlin with the center. Normally trains stop at the stations every 10 minutes. On some lines you have a train coming every three minutes.

Some of the stations are quite old. The S-Bahn came into existence in 1924, and in 1929 the electrification of the existing suburban lines was completed.

The S-Bahn Station Botanischer Garten (in English: botanical garden) is part of the line from the north of Berlin going straight down to the south. As you can see on the photo there is a lot of green on both sides of the line – taking the S-Bahn will show you how green Berlin really is!

Once upon a time

There once was a pub... Photo: Ulla Hennig, June 2011

There was a time when Berlin – East and West – was famous for their pubs. Often you coud find then at the corner, and so they were called “Eckkneipen” – which means “pubs on the corner”. They served a few brands of draft beer, some snacks, and that was it. No stylish furniture, no latte macchiato, no capucchino. Just beer and “Schnaps”. You did not find any tourists in there, just the locals: hard working people who enjoyed their beer after a long day of work; old age pensioners who escaped the loneliness for their homes; and the one and other person who was unemployed and needed the booze to get over the day.

Of course people were allowed to smoke at that time, and how they did! You could even smell the smoke when you got near the premises, and the door were open in the summer time.

The times they are a changing – and only a few of this kind of pubs have survived. And not all of them which have survived are recommendable. But some of them still are.

The Charlottenburg Gate in Berlin

The Charlottenburg Gate

The Charlottenburg Gate in Berlin. Photo: Ulla Hennig, July 2011

This gate has been built at the beginning of the 20th century in Berlin. It marks the border between the districts of Charlottenburg and Tiergarten, and is part of the Charlottenburg bridge which crosses the Landwehrkanal.

The sculpture on the left is a sculpture of Sophie Charlotte, the wife of King Frederick I.

The Landwehrkanal in Charlottenburg, Berlin

The Landwehrkanal in Charlottenburg, Berlin

The Landwehrkanal in Charlottenburg, Berlin

The Landwehrkanal is a waterway which goes through several districts of Berlin. This photo shows it in the district of Charlottenburg, not far away from my office at work. Actually I took this photo on Monday on my way to work.

Although I have been living in Berlin for a long time now I am still fascinated with the amount of green which we have in this big city. Charlottenburg is one of the more urban districts with a big train station and the Kurfüstendamm, the famous boulevard during the time when the west of Berlin was surrounded by the wall.

But, as you can see, even this urban district has got its green islands…

Closer view


Closer view, originally uploaded by Ulla2004.

This is one of the few houses left in the southern part of the Friedrichstrape. You can actually read who’s built this house. Below the balcony is written: A. Gutschow
This house must have been built sometime in the end of the 19th century.

Under the Subway in Kreuzberg, Berlin

In order to understand this you must know that parts of the subway lines in Berlin are high above the ground.
As you can see there is a nice lane for pedestrians (and bikers, of course) under the subway. On the left side there is the “Landwehrkanal”, one of Berlin’s most famous waterways. You cannot see it because of the green shrubs.

Capoeira Dancing at the Carnival of Cultures in Berlin 2011

Capoeira Dancing at the Carnival of the Cultures, Berlin

Capoeira Dancing at the Carnival of the Cultures, Berlin

The carnival of cultures takes places every year in June in Berlin. Many nationalities participate in this carnival – people from Afrika, Asia and lots of people from Brazil, South America. You can hear a lot of Samba music, and you can see capoeiristas performing.

As you can see in the photo above people form a big circle, and in the middle of this circle (which is called “roda” by the capoeiristas, two people move. Capoeira is a mixture of martial art, artistic movements and dance. It is said that it was once developed and practised by African slaves in Brazil who were forbidden to carry any weapons.

Wherever capoeira is shown today it is practised without actually hitting the other person. It looks very elegant, almost like a kind of ballet dancing.