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Berlin in Photos

Abandoned US Spy Station
If you can find a way past the guard and barbed-wire fence, you can get into this amazing old spy station in West Berlin. The views are fantastic.

Listening Atop the Abandoned Spy Station
Here in West Berlin, at the very top of the tower, is a geodesic dome with the craziest acoustics I've ever experienced. Even the smallest noise inside seems to echo for minutes.

Shooting an Abandoned Industry Building
With every step I take, glass crunches underneath my shoes. The stairway is dimly lit by diffused daylight on this wintery day. A cold blast of air blows through the broken window, sending a thin layer of snow swirling on the stairs as I continue to walk to the top level. The paint on the walls and ceiling is peeled and cracking. There is a faint smell of smoked meat that still oozes out of the building, and I’m nervously aware that I’m the only one here. This is not a place I should be—wandering around an old abandoned meat factory in East Berlin—but I’m inexplicably drawn to it.

Get access to photograph the Alte Fleischfabrik (Old Meat Factory) in East Berlin. It was owned by the Konsumgenossenschaft (KGB), a consumer association, and was established in 1899. Now the buildings (bakery, power plant, and meat factory) are abandoned and crumbling. But photo tours are run through the buildings on specific days via Go2Know photo tours.

More Information:
http://www.ottsworld.com/blogs/abandoned-buildings-berlin/
Go2Know mainly gives tours/assistance in German only. However, guides there normally know enough English to get by—and I have found that the other people on the tour can also assist with translating. Bottom line, don’t let the German language stop you, you really don’t need to communicate much—you are there to wander and take photos.

Papers Please?
I couldn't help but stop and laugh out loud when I saw this Berlin trash can.

Lest We Forget
For those that never saw it, and for those that can not forget.

This picture was taken in 1976 during the cold war.

Remembering Tacheles
No place embodies the dramatic changes that Berlin has gone through in the last two decades and foretells its future like the Kunsthaus Tacheles.

Kreuzberg Scene
More snaps can be found here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/photosarelikemarzipan/sets/72157627353302670/

Such interesting combinations of contemporary and historical
More content to come.

Fuck Parade
Berlin has this annual summer parade against Nazi's, police brutality and bad things. It consists of a lot of interesting looking people following trucks covered in graffiti and blasting techno. The parade ended near Alexander Platz on the Spree when this punk guy starting chugging this beer.

I actually printed this out at 36 inches x 24 inches and hung it on my wall.

World Cup
Zidane's headbutt at the World Cup; Baked Camembert; Vodka Bull at the Love Parade (July 2006)

Sprockets?
An art gallery I spied while walking the streets of Berlin one evening.

Haunted Ballroom
My sister and wandered into this empty ballroom next to a bustling bar in Mitte. Turns out, this haunting space is still used as a venue for shows and performance art.

Delicious: Kraut, Wurst, and Mustards
Missing from the picture: A 24 ounce beer and a pretzel larger than my head.

It was a weekday, we were walking around, and stumbled upon this beer garden. Packed with men in suits, families coming from the zoo, and travelers like us. It took us about 2 seconds to grab the most delicious meal of my life off of the assembly line and about 2 minutes to eat it. I am looking forward to the day I get to return to this magical place.

Brownie Desire
On a trip to Berlin, this photo of my son was taken. One of the great things about Europe is the deserts and these were home made brownies. I don't remember who took this photo however it is one of my all time favorites. You can see his sad face. I just had to give him not just one but two brownies.

Where shall we go now?
Wandering the street of Berlin is as thought-provoking as visiting its monuments and museums. Everywhere the eye takes you is a kind of travel adventure, with unlikely and arresting sights, and juxtapositions of the man-made and the natural. The question asked by the sign may be literal or figurative, but the figures above it seem to be contemplating it, and one wonders who wrote it and why.

Art Squats
Take a four-hour hike through Berlin to see where graffiti artists have taken to the streets (and it's not the Berlin Wall). Hands-down a great way to get a taste of Berlin's elusive underground culture.

Lessons from Berlin
*A building riddled with bullet holes from WWII

I've always loved history since I was little. Ancient history that is. The closer an event comes to present times, the less interesting I find it to be. Therefore, when it came time to study World War II in high school, I could hardly even feign interest.

Fast forward and I'm standing in Berlin. Suddenly I'm surrounded by all these places mentioned in my history books that I let slip out of my memory. And, while it was easy for me to try to forget about these events before coming to Berlin, the German had to live on a day to day basis, remembering the atrocities their country had committed, constantly surrounded by memories of the past. It would have been easy to simply bulldoze all those memories- destroy them and cover them up with new buildings that didn't harbor such pain. But instead the Germans acknowledge their past.

The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, Bebelplatz, Memorial for the Victims of War and Tyranny and even the Parliament building are all examples of structures around Berlin that one should visit to better understand its history and learn this lesson: don't forget your past or you will repeat it. Germany committed some horrible acts during World War II but instead of denying their past, covering it and smilingly warmly at tourists, they admit their faults. This acknowledgement is what enables them to move forward, strive to do better, and create a new era in German history.

And Throw Away the Key
So romantic. A stroll over Berlin bridges flanked on either side by locks engraved for lovers as a testimony of their enduring love. They lock the lock and throw away the key....

New Year's Eve in Berlin: Silvester
People flock to Berlin from all over the world for Silvester (as New Year's Eve is called in Germany). I never fully understood why until I spent the once-a-year event there. In Berlin, New Year’s Eve is celebrated in the loudest possible way: with firecrackers going off in the days leading up to it, and even shortly after January 1. I can’t say for certain, but my guess is that Berlin is the LOUDEST New Year’s Eve in all of Europe.

While fireworks are likely to be going off all throughout the city, the official celebrations take place at Brandenburger Tor. On the road between the famous Berlin landmark and the Siegessaule monument, the street is crowded with visitors celebrating the new year. Stages throughout the street include performers all night, and stalls lining the road sell everything from funny hats to currywurst. New Year's Eve in Berlin is truly special—and a celebration worth visiting for!

Berlin City Photography Project
Last year I was commissioned to travel to Berlin to document the city from my perspective and return to England with a series of images which were to be used in a book. These images can also be found via www.karlchild.com

Berlin offers great food, cheap accommodation and a friendly atmosphere wherever you are. The city's culture is incredibly creative and the city is very easy to navigate.

Layers of Berlin
Last year I was commissioned to travel to Berlin to document the city from my perspective and return to England with a series of images which were to be used in a book. These images can also be found via www.karlchild.com

Berlin offers great food, cheap accommodation and a friendly atmosphere wherever you are. The city's culture is incredibly creative and the city is very easy to navigate.

Striking and Historial Architecture in Berlin
The streets of Berlin, specifically within the town of Alexanderplatz, are full of architectural splendor.

The City That Never Sleeps Is Berlin
I have been longing to visit the eclectic capital of Germany for some time as I heard so much about its rich cultural life, it’s fascinating nightlife, and its unique atmosphere.

I finally made the trip with a couple of friends in the impressive city in the first month of German summer. We rented an apartment in Kreuzberg and it was a great choice. Our apartment had a minimalist and artsy style and I spent my mornings having coffee in bed, resting my back on the comfortable mattress and admiring the decorations.

Kreuzberg is a neighborhood in Eastern Berlin that has a history of hosting radicals and anarchists, but which has turned into one of the hippest and liveliest areas of this city. Also, it is pretty affordable and we were impressed by the diversity of this area: we could have spent our entire holiday just here!

In the neighborhood, we ate German specials at Curry 36 (currywurst resembles hotdog and it is the most popular street food here) and Burgermeister, some unpretentious, but renowned local eateries. We also visited Checkpoint Charlie, the main crossing point between former Eastern and Western Germany and the Jewish Museum, which is no place for the faint-hearted. Also, Kreuzberg is an outdoor exhibition; there is graffiti everywhere and you just can’t help admiring and photographing. Moreover, the Turkish market was a nice surprise. We bought some dried exotic fruits and tasted all sorts of traditional sweets. In the same area, we ate breakfast in Viktoriapark, which has a waterfall and vineyards and we partied hard in SO36, a famous club of the punk scene.

What did we do when we left Kreuzberg? Well, Berlin has a rich history and countless landmarks. We snapped a selfie at the Brandenburg Gate and visited Charlottenburg, an amazing Prussian palace. Also, Pergamon Museum is a great choice for those passionate about Ancient Egypt.

It was pleasant to spend half a day in Tiergarten, a huge wild park in the heart of Berlin, where we admired art in the Culture Forum and had a coffee by the lakeside.

One of the things I like to do when I travel is to look for the less popular places and so I found the Museum of Computer Science, a where we remembered the first computer games, but also tried the novelties. Another amazing and entertaining place is the Museum of Technology, where you can admire anything from old boats and trains to cameras, scientific tools and production machines for a vast range of items.

We didn’t get to see very many museums because we chose to spend a lot of time outdoors or going out. We got invited at one of the Berlin private rooftop parties, where I caught the most cinematic image in my mind - the neon clothes of a bunch of youngsters shining in the sunrise light, surrounded by tall plants and flower fencing the terrace.

We also tried the most talked about venues: the techno club Ostgut, the underground Tresor, the selective Watergate, the outdoor Club der Visionaere. Berlin is the world capital of techno, which is not my gang’s favorite music, so we didn’t really have a blast, but we did club hopping to get an idea about the much-awed nightlife of Berlin. Our conclusion is that the party places are indeed original, but the atmosphere is created by diverse people populating this city, each of them coming with a personal fashion sense and different party habits.

All in all, we had a great stay in this city and we look forward to coming back for another German adventure.

Stumbling Stones Holocaust Memorials
The brainchild and work of Gunter Demnig, Berlin's Stolpersteine, or Stumbling Blocks, can be seen throughout the city (and throughout much of Europe).

They sit outside the former residences of Holocaust victims, and share details of their life and - often - their death.

Away from the large tributes to the Holocaust, these are tiny and individual reminders of the destruction and madness of that time.

When in Berlin, keep your eyes to the ground!

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