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Chrysler Building, Potsdamer Platz, Berlin

Berlin

Along with images from Paris in the latest post, Ithe turn has now come to Berlin. Photos from two trips to Berlin. The first from October 2007and the second from July 2008. Both trips are very much in the editors and his families memories, as Berlin is not only a short 6 hour car drive away from home. Berlin is a forseeable and attractive city to visit. Almost as much as Paris, just not that big. Inexpensive hotel rooms or apartments, lots of history and interesting, different and vivid districts. A thrill to get around.

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Berlin is so much more than a capital with a long and sad history. There is so much more to see, to visit, to do and to enjoy than searching for traces of the Second World War or- and the following division of the city during Cold War period.  Apart from the “must-seeLandmarks we wandered through the districts of Kreuzberg and especially Prenzlauer Berg. This, is where families live and work, where children play and where artisans and artists have their shops, their fairgrounds. Far away from the glamorous boutiques of Friedrichstrasse, Berlin Mitte, Charlottenburg  and Kurfürstendamm. And it gives a very good impression of how it is to be living in Berlin. The former Parts of Eastern Berlin we’ve seen have been magnificently restored, not only after the horrors of WW II but also after the years of the DDR. There is much greenery, space to breath, to meet and to let the children play, far from the traffic and noise and pollution.

Leisure in Berlin: Under the Linden Trees of Prenzlauer Berg

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Berlin is also a place where different cultures and religions meet. Kreuzberg is know for being the largest Turkish Community outside of Turkey. It is inevitable to discover the oriental scents, colors and people characterizing Kreuzberg since the late 1070’s. At the same time the quarter houses the Jewish Museum, which happens to be the largest of it’s kind in the world and is housed in unique buildings, worth studying and photographing. As it is tradition in the Middle East, there are Markets all over the quarter, where everything can be sold and bought. From Carrot to Cadillac. Literally.

The Jewish Museum in Berlin

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But there are some images of the more known sites in Berlin. Starting with the famous Potsdamer Platz. After World War II and during the Cold War, there was nothing was here except ruins and the infamous “Death Strip“, the border between West and East Berlin. The former Iron Curtain.

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Before these Wars, Potsdamer Platz was a very central Square in the Heart of the City. From here, everything in Berlin could be reached. And as such a Hub, the Square is restored today. High Business Buildings reach to the sky, some call it the skyline of Berlin. Here some impressions:

Potsdamer Square

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The Holocaust Monument and Tiergarten

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Hackesche Höfe and Surroundings (Hackesche Courtyards)

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Galleries Lafayette, Friedrichstrasse, Berlin

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Berlin, Hauptbahnhof / Berlin, Main Railwaystation

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© 2014 – Oliver Haas-Jensen, All Rights Reserved

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Swiss expat, living in the green middle of Denmark since 1992. Family man, amateur photographer and editor of this site. I publish my photographic work from exploring my surroundings, travels and events i attend to in order to share it with the visitors of this site. Welcome to Olivers Film Roll.

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