Bridges of Berlin: Lichtensteinbrücke

Winter does strange things to my brain. For years I associated the expression “brain freeze” with ice cream or a milkshake that was consumed too fast, but if you have to battle the bitter nordic winds and can feel your cheeks stinging while walking, the brain just stops working. I have come to appreciate the long commute to work because I get to warm up inside the bus, but the sudden change of temperature also makes me so sleepy that I missed my bus stop the other day and alighted one further down the line. This actually turned out to…

Bridges of Berlin: Aalemannkanalbrücke

Tucked away in a corner of Berlin that will remain unknown to tourists exists a tiny place called Hackenfelde, north of Spandau. Now, unless you are on a bike tour through north Spandau headed towards Tegel Lake, you are not likely to venture to this area even as a Berlin resident. This takes you to the back of beyond, for me at least, and before you know it, there is a ferry that takes cars to and from Hackenfelde to Tegel proper, crossing the Berliner Oberhavel (Berlin Upper Havel River). The ferry ride is all of three minutes, but when…

Bridges of Berlin: Sechserbrücke

In my quest to discover the most interesting and lesser known bridge of Berlin, I found myself at the Tegel Lake this dreary winter afternoon, facing a sight for sore eyes in more ways than one. Built in 1908, the Tegeler Hafenbrücke (Tegel Port Bridge) is fondly called by local residents as the Sechserbrücke, which really has no proper translation other than being the sixer bridge. The name Sechser comes from Danish and refers to a coin that was worth six cents at the time, the equivalent to half a shilling, which is what visitors walking along the promenade used…

Have I Told You lately…

… How much I hate winter? I woke up this morning with a cold – no surprise since the temperatures in Berlin have been hovering around -7 to +2, although I must admit, the last days have been freezing but with sunshine. It has been so darn cold that I never decide anymore how thick my coat should be for the day and how many layers to wear in order to still walk. One thing is for sure, I never leave home without a hat and thick scarf. I have forgotten my gloves a couple of times, and that was…

Bridges of Berlin: Charlottenbrücke

Built in 1929, the Charlotte Bridge in Spandau replaced the multi-arched structure originally built in 1886. I would have loved to see that for myself, but since I have not yet mastered the art of teleporting and time travel, I must content myself with the present day. Winter in Berlin has an ugly and depressing side, but if you catch a day with a cloudless sky, sunshine and crisp air, the sub-zero (-7C) temperature suddenly doesn’t matter. I always have some form of camera with me, but lately I carry my regular equipment with me everywhere I go, just in…

Bridges of Berlin: Spandauer-See-Brücke

The Spandauer-See-Brücke is of no historical value in the sense that it was not intended to change the face of Berlin history, nor is it medieval or even pertaining to any of the wars that made Berlin what it is today. Heck, it cannot even be considered old since it was finished in 1997. But the Spandauer Lake Bridge is definitely one of the more unusual bridges in Berlin. Instead of statues it has huge geometric pillars that prove that this was a structure designed by engineers, nor artists. Try as you might, you will not find anything similar elsewhere…

Bridges of Berlin: Lutherbrücke

Did you know that Berlin has more bridges Venice? With two rivers flowing through the nation’s capital, the Spree and the Havel, it is no surprise that bridges come as naturally to Berlin as the quintessential currywurst. Not all are photography-worthy though, and many were constructed more for practicality and not architectural beauty. Nevertheless, if you know where to look, there will always be a little surprise waiting. Photographing bridges during daytime poses absolutely no challenge to me, and quite frankly, with the lousy winter weather we have in Berlin at the moment, it is hardly worth the effort. However, if…