Bridges of Berlin: Rosa-Luxemburg-Steg

Or as the proper title should be: Lichtensteinbrücke Re-discovered, since I already wrote about this particular bridge. Berlin is one of the few metropolitan cities that I did not fall in love with instantly, like Vienna, Paris, Prague, or Delhi. It is a rough city with scorching summers and winters that make you aware of every little bone in your body. The bus drivers are rude, the racism is prevalent, it is incredibly difficult to find an affordable apartment for under 900EUR/month, and so on, BUT if you are into art, photography and theatre, it is incredible. Not to mention…

Berlin Through Frog Eyes: Tegeler See (Lake Tegel)

There are certain places that I prefer to visit during winter, not just because of the absence of people but for the presence of light. There is something very special about the crisp winter light that fights its way through the overbearing clouds and the overpowering wind. The conditions for photography were far from perfect (at least by my standards), and I could barely feel my hands while holding the camera. Yes, one could wear gloves and technically I had some with me, but wearing gloves and holding the camera is a very clumsy activity, so I ditched them. I…

Bridges of Berlin: The Unknown Eyesore

This pedestrian overpass along the Heerstrasse in Berlin-Spandau has no name, just a story. Built in 1965, this steel bridge used to at the Europacenter Mall along the Tauenzienstrasse.  Considered an eyesore to many primarily because it blocked the view to the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche (Emperor William’s Memorial Church), the bridge was dismantled and transferred to the remote Heerstrasse in. Spandau in 1979. The Tauenzienstrasse runs perpendicular to the Ku’damm, and the two streets are the main arteries of Berlin’s most fashionable area. Understandably, this posh area where Berlin’s high society promenades and most tourists will congregate after a long day of visiting…

Bridges of Berlin: Saatwinkel Steg

About a week back I wrote about my terrible map reading skills. Yesterday, however, getting lost was not entirely my fault but Google Maps’. For the Bridges of Berlin series I prefer to seek out the more obscure bridges of the city (without getting arrested or into trouble) and they usually turn out to be worth the effort, provided a certain amount of research is done beforehand. The Saatwinkler Steg, like a few other bridges in Berlin, is not of great historical significance, but it is interesting, has been planted (well, constructed) in an even more interesting location, and of…

Bridges of Berlin: Siemenssteg

When it comes to hunting down the bridges of Berlin, doing the research beforehand really pays off. So far there has only been one bridge that I stumbled upon quite by accident and without prior research. Doing things that way complicates matters later on when I sit down to write the blog, because I have to retrace my steps with a fine toothed comb over Google Maps and figure out exactly where I was. Case in point the Aalemannkanalbrücke. As it turns out, many of the interesting bridges are accessible by foot or bike, and it takes a lot of…

Bridges of Berlin: Möckernbrücke & Köthenerbrücke

Let’s continue our exploration of the Landwehrkanal bridges in Kreuzberg and see what we stumble upon: As you recall, we left off at the Anhalter Steg, so now we look down the canal and soak in the rather unimpressive Möckernbrücke, these days completely overshadowed by the tram railway above it. The beauty and texture of the original sandstone bridge exists only in the archives now, as this too fell victim to the ravages of WWII. Constructed in 1898, the bridge commemorates the 1813 Battle of Möckern between the Prussian and French forces, considered by some historians to be the beginning of…

Bridges of Berlin: Anhalter Steg

With each bridge that I discover and photograph in Berlin I think that I have pinpointed my favourite one, but then I go out on my next adventure and find another treasure and change my mind. This weekend was a veritable treasure chest as far as bridge hunting  was concerned and if it weren’t for the temperature hovering at -12C and -14C I honestly would have sat on the grass and gazed. This being the despicable cold wave nicknamed The Beast from The East (due to the winds coming from Eastern Europe and Siberia), which I hope is about to…