Prenzlauer Berg is a district in the former East Berlin which survived the bombings of WWII relatively unscathed, allowing it’s giant Industrail Age buildings to survive the war, only to rot away under the communist rule of East Berlin. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, Prenzlauer Berg became a primary destination for the hipsters, artists, and entrepreneurs given its cheap housing and unique urban planning and architecture. It is now one of Berlin’s most beautiful neighborhoods, stuffed with pubs, restaurants, cafes, galleries and shops that provide a vibrant atmosphere both day and night.
This shot was taken on the grounds of the Wasserturm Prenzlauer Berg, Berlins oldest water tower, completed in 1877 and used until 1952.
Berlin, Germany is a city that has three distinct personalities. The first is tied to its role in Nazi Germany/Third Reich (1933-45), in which Germany was a fascist totalitarian state under Adolf Hitler that controlled all aspects of life and whose central feature was the Holocaust (11 million murdered, 6 m Jews, 5 m non-jews). Second, there is Cold War East Berlin (1949-90) and the Berlin Wall (1961-89), the Soviet communist sector of Berlin established after WWII, and finally the “New” Berlin, a city that has and continues to develop into a vibrant, gritty, eclectic city which has become a must see destination for foodies, partiers, and music/art/culture lovers the world over.
What follows is a selection of pics I took in Oct 2013 during a (much too) short family visit to Berlin. Hopefully we will get back there soon.