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A Personal Message


Kreuzberg, Berlin, 2017











Most graffitis are cryptical or just state the id of the sprayer collective or individual. Here it is different. A straightforward personal message about the most important issue there is: Love! Isn´t this something that should be tolerated anywhere? Last time I checked it was still around, there seems to be a certain kind of respect for certain messages. Good thing.





Zeitperle Gallery











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Close to Home: Sylt - Shadow And Contrast http://ontheroad.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/3/close-to-home-sylt---shadow-and-contrast  



Sylt - Shadow And Contrast



To do the obvious is easy, and good. Going to the beach in summertime, taking pictures of perfect blue skies and happy people. To do the not so obvious is not so easy, and good. Going to the beach in wintertime, taking pictures of grey skies and absent people.

Ok, summer, sun and warm beach sand is something that most people would agree on as being soul soothing and relaxing. Yet I think that harsh climate, clean air and winter storms can also be soul cleansing and even relaxing. Only pictures won´t turn out so nicely. Unless you switch to black and white and try capturing that harsh, cold wintery spirit with a play of strong contrasts and dark shadows.

This was our second winter trip on the island of Sylt and I would do it over again. Long walks, no crowds and lots of winter sale. 







































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Focus Photography: 432 Glass Cubicle http://ontheroad.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/3/focus-photography-432-glass-cubicle  



432 Glass Cubicle



The second part of the 432 series, about the new star in the Manhattan Scyscraper Club. 432 Park Avenue is the official name and address of the residential tower, seen here slightly distorted through glass panels from two blocks away.


Here´s part 1 of the series.




















Focus Photography Gallery

New York Gallery

The other New York Gallery








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Framing Berlin: A Day On The Ice http://ontheroad.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/3/framing-berlin-a-day-on-the-ice  



A Day On The Ice



This winter has been mild, grey and ugly for the most part. It snowed every now and then, but temperatures were too high for any hope of white winter wonderland. Recently though, for several days in a row temperatures dropped into the freezing range turning the Landwehrkanal into a skating paradise. Even though it didn´t snow and still no winter wonderland, there was solid ice. On a beautiful and sunny Sunday the people living close to the canal made a field trip, knowing that this condition wouldn´t last for long.






People and a pug start gathering.




A musician started an impressing sound collage.








The crowd was gathering around the musician raising doubts about the static capacity

of the ice. Strangely, no street venders started showing up, usually a matter of fact

in this part of Berlin. Coffee and kebab skewers would´ve gone nicely.





Having the easiest access to the canal, most people came on the ice from the Kreuzberg side.



This is the part of the canal where the boroughs of Kreuzberg, Neukölln and Treptow meet. 









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Framing Berlin: The STASI Museum http://ontheroad.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/3/framing-berlin-the-stasi-museum  



The STASI Museum




Everytime I hear and read about right wing misanthropic activity, I wonder what Neo-Nazis have missed in their lives, especially during their educational period. At the same time there is an amnesia-like run on left wing groups, especially towards the Political Party which evolved out of the former East German, also misanthropic, Socialist Party (SED - Sozialistische Einheitspartei Deutschlands). The Nazi and The SED Dictatorships can not be compared, yet they had a few things in common, the biggest common denominator was obtaining control over all subjects by means of absolute terror through all levels of society. 

A recent visit to the STASI (East German Secret Police) Museum in Berlin revealed an interesting Status Quo of our country. As a citizen that has a multi-faceted view of his home or birth-country, I am eager to learn about the views and standpoints of other fellow countrymen*women of all ages. The Museum which is a sort of a Memorial at the same time, offers a good opportunity to update on this not so easy topic. 

German Society is in turmoil, a constant change and work in progress is in action behind the big scenes and themes of contemporary politics. How we handle certain aspects of our history will define the perceptions and think tanks of future generations, and issues that seem to be under control presently, are most probably the seeds of future problems. Even though historians and other intellectuals are permanently working on, organizing and updating latest insights, findings, facts and documents, the general public is growing tired of a seemingly recurring theme complex.

The way to deal and learn about the wrongdoings of the past is via education, i.e. via schools. The German school curriculum is incomplete and full of gaps concerning these subjects. Our way of throwing light on the Nazi Dictatorship is insufficient, our way of examining the East German Dictatorship is non-existent. Kids leaving school nowadays don´t have a clue about what went on in our country in the past handful of decades. Not only is it sad, it is absolutely catastrophic and dangerous. Ignorance, indifference and political idiocy is already standard in most parts of German society. The lady who headed the tour through the Museum told us about a kid who visited the place with his class, and at one point asked her why the Nazis built the wall so close to the Reichstag. I suppose this says it all.

People who were raised in East Germany during the Cold War grew up with double trouble. Not only did they not deal with the Nazi past, now they don´t deal with the SED past. This could explain some of the problems we are experiencing.

Hmm, my little article sounds a bit harsh when rereading, but I guess that´s what I´ve come up with not only after the visit to the Museum, but after the last four years in Berlin, my intensive domestic experience, and after my life abroad with an outsiders view on this country. What does it amount to? The Stasi Museum is a well made and perfectly conserved Memorial place. It helps to get an insiders view of how governmental organized terror works. The manipulating power of the Stasi still lives on, the trained and mostly loyal agents are still amongst us even if they´re without masters and instructions. It`s a heritage that we have to live and deal with, alongside the Nazi heritage.






The Foyer





Felix Dzerzhinsky was the founder of the Soviet Secret Police, the Cheka, which was reorganized several

times and eventually became the KGB. Dzerzhinsky was, of course, a hero for all

Secret Police and Spy Agencies in the Communist Realm.


















































































The desk of Erich Mielke, the head of Stasi for most of its existence. The pictures give a glimpse into

the terrible banality of a dictatorship and also highlight the petit bourgeois mentality of its leaders.



























































The above pictures are from Mielkes office and his personal secluded areas.

As the supreme leader of the whole shebang he was furnished and provided

with all comfort according to the socialist taste of the time.













Wardrobe and dressing room for guests.




A safe in a filing cabinet with a board for remarks concerning

career training and schedules for party work.





Socialist Art with symbols of Communism, the fight for the Right Cause and the stylized Soviet Soldier

crushing Nazi Emblems (after a statue which stands at the Soviet Memorial in Berlins Treptower Park).







Socialist/Communist vocabulary is very close to Nazi Jargon.






Berlin Gallery







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Framing Berlin: Random Part 6 http://ontheroad.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/3/framing-berlin-random-berlin---part  



Random Berlin



Berlin can be considered a Gesamtkunstwerk. In terms of town planning, architecture, sustainability and from a general urban view point the city is a nightmare - or a dream come true. Walk around and take pictures, most will turn out good. The city is photogenic in all its aspects. A structured chaos that can be felt. A moody diva with a short and turbulent past, with wisdom to give and show to the Young: seize the city and make it yours.





































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Framing Berlin: Kreuzberg Metamorphosis http://ontheroad.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/2/close-to-home-kreuzberg-metamorphosis  



Kreuzberg Metamorphosis




Berlin, and Kreuzberg in particular, is full of graffiti and murals. There is a certain language, a code that is spoken through this temporary street art form. Many people oppose the term Art for this expressive communication, especially outsiders from rural areas (I can always anticipate my dads head shaking with disbelief when he visits). It´s hard to imagine that there was a time when houses and surfaces in public were graffiti-free. It´s true that this is also a form of vandalism, but many parts of town have subjected to this wonderful anarchy. Some real estate owners even calculate certain graffiti artists and their inheritance into the value of an object. It has taken some time and talks with insiders to understand the messages and bonds and not-bonds between different graffiti sprayers/sprayer collectives. What makes this subject especially interesting is its temporary character. Most graffitis and murals are not for eternity. And that´s good.

Here is an example from the street I live in. I´ve made shots of this graffiti over a course of two and a half years.






June 2015





June 2016





February 2018






Berlin Gallery








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Close to Home: Scenes of Erfurt http://ontheroad.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/1/close-to-home-scenes-of-erfurt  



Scenes of Erfurt



When big city dwellers hear the names of other towns that are smaller, a slight trace of arrogance mixes in with a deplorable look. What? Why would you go there? But a good look and some on the spot field-testing, produce realistic and actual state facts. Erfurt is a pretty and a very historic town, it has been an important location on the crossroads of trade and political power shifts. Most of the traces left by history can still be seen, luckily Erfurts rich architectural treasure has been spared the allied bombs and also survived socialist negligence. Due to the fact that its the Capital of the state of Thuringia and that it has the countrys oldest University, two colleges and several economically orientated institutes, the streets have an open-minded, almost cosmopolitan big city feel. Casual conversations on the tram and an easy way of getting around to meet people, seem to be a recipe for success in one of the more progressive towns we´ve been to recently. We loved and enjoyed it.






Wow, graffiti! Reminiscence to cosmopolitan urbanism.


























        A German math proverb keeps the memory of

        a great teacher alive.








                                                                                                    As in many other German cities the Synagogue has  

                                                                                                    been the target of anti-Semitism through the ages.

                                                                                                    The nazis destroyed it, the socialists misused it and

                                                                                                     altered most parts of the building.










































                                                                                                     A bundle of straw in a small round or square hole

                                                                                                     near the entrance of a house, signals the

                                                                                                     houseowners right to brew beer and that freshly

                                                                                                     brewed beer is available.










Friends meet beyond the dark alley.






to be continued...




Thuringia Gallery









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Close to Home: Nietzsche In The Middle Of Nowhere http://ontheroad.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/11/close-to-home-nietzsche-in-the-middle-of-nowhere  



Nietzsche In The Middle Of Nowhere



While in Leipzig, we spontaneously decided to visit the Nietzsche Memorial Museum in Lützen-Röcken. What sounds like a German phrase accident is actually a small village of about two dozen houses and a church. Nietzsches father was the local parson and the family lived in a spacious house next to the church. Nietzsche was born in the family home and today it houses the main exhibition of the memorial, which only opens when interested visitors call in advance. We didn´t do that, so we had to content ourselves with the external part which was also very nice.
































Church and the adjacent family home.






For the 100th anniversary of Nietzsches death, the sculptor Klaus F. Messerschmidt created the Röcken Bacchanal, a group of sculptures that show a trio of Nietzsches, two naked ones watching the dressed one next to his mother at his own grave. Nietzsche once described this vision he had in a letter to a friend: This fall, with as much as no clothing, I attended my own funeral twice





And those who were seen dancing were thought to

be insane by those who could not hear the music.





You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.





In heaven, all the interesting people are missing.




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Focus Photography: Car Series http://ontheroad.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/11/focus-photography-car-series  



Car Series



Pictures of cars from the entomology car series. Unususal cars in places or cars in unusual places. That´s it.








Truck (lorry) in unusual place.





Trabi in unusual place.





Mercury Monterey in unusual place.





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Zeitperle: Cappadocia Smog http://ontheroad.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/11/zeitperle-cappadocia-smog  



Cappadocia Smog

Derinkuyu, Turkey, 2006





Cappadocia SmogCappadocia Smog





Travelling in Turkey had always been a lot of fun, the seemingly endless treasure-trove of human civilization was waiting to be discovered. On many occasions we travelled to the Cappadocia region of Central Anatolia. One of the characteristic features of Cappadocia are its underground cities, dwellings dug deep into the volcanic rock between the Erciyes and Hasan Volcanoes. The digging had begun in ancient times when early Christians had to hide from invading Persians, but also from Roman troops who were not fond of the new movement and its messsage. Through the centuries the system of passage ways and shelter rooms had expanded and became sub-level cities in their own right, reaching fifteen stories into the ground and harboring tens of thousands of refugees for several months during hard times.

On a cold winter afternoon we went underground once again and had spent some time there before resurfacing again. When we came up into the late afternoon light, there was a haze and a pungent smell in the air, the typical side effect of coal heating. Turks living in rural areas ran their ovens with coal, often the cheap and chemically infused kind. It not only burdened ones respiratory system, but when not used to it, could also lead to sudden nose-bleeds and eye irritation. The situation in urban centers was somewhat better, but even there the poor neighborhoods opted for the cheaper coal instead of gas. From what I´ve heard the overall situation has gotten better in the course of time, natural gas and modern heating hardware are advancing. All lungs thank heaven.





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Framing Berlin: Random part 5 http://ontheroad.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/11/framing-berlin-random-part-5  



Random Berlin Part 5



Random Berlin, one of my favorite series because the pictures are always a mix of urban impressions and interesting photography perspectives. The only things not so random are the black and white selection and the square format. Most pics show stuff and scenes that are so random that they could be anywhere, they are not specific Berlin. But Berlin it is.






The area of the Arena Berlin multifunctional event space in Alt-Treptow is really interesting, as it is a historic architectural monument. The office building is adorned with shaped brick work by Arminius Hasemann, a Berlin sculptor. Built as a factory for machines, it was also a depot and warehouse for the predecessor company of the BVG (Berlin Public Transport Company).






Marathon ghost runners on Kottbusser Damm in Kreuzberg.





Shifting the perspective away from the city palace construction site towards the Berliner Dom in Mitte. I´m never sure what to make of the church, the architecture is typical of the bombastic nationalistic expressions of the Wilhelm II era. 





Floral pattern of the banister on Oberbaumbrücke which

connects Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain.





Autumn sundowner at Lietzensee in Charlottenburg.

Berlin is full of parks and small natural retreats.





Classical and modern elements in St. Thomas Church

at Mariannenplatz in Kreuzberg.





Machinery part at the Arena in Alt-Treptow.





Berlin cemeteries are great for walks and discovery tours, a lot of interesting and famous people are buried in the city. The old and traditional cemeteries are like parks with many old trees. This one is in the Forest Cemetery Zehlendorf.





A street scene in the Graefe area of Kreuzberg. The building to the right is a home for the elderly and doesn´t look very inviting, yet the Graefe-Kiez is one of the most popular neighborhoods in Kreuzberg.





Factory wall and ceiling in one of the smaller buildings

of the Arena area in Alt-Treptow.





The Berlin Gallery









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Close to Home: Eisenach http://ontheroad.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/11/close-to-home-eisenach  



Eisenach, Famous Persons And The Party House 



Eisenach in the state of Thuringia, is one of those places where many would like to visit but always

postbone the travel plan into the future. We finally decided to go there to see what there is to see.





One of numerous Bach Houses in Germany. Actually this is part of the Museum Building next to the actual Bach House. Johann Sebastian Bach was born in Eisenach and spent his childhood here. The Bach Museum is really worth visiting, especially when one is fond of his music and his mind-set.





I thought this was neat and interesting. The Narrow House,

probably the smallest house in Eisenach.





One of the buildings of the Wartburg buildings ensemble. The Wartburg is a castle on top of a hill consisting of various buildings that were erected during the centuries starting in the Middle Ages. If you like old buildings and the architecture of such, then it´s an interesting place. But it´s not a medieval castle built in a certain time period. Every period of more or less importance added buildings and extensions, the last ones were added in the 1880´s. I thought it was a bit too disneyesque and, especially the additions of the era of Emperor Wilhelm II are pure kitsch. 






























South tower and Palas.





A door in of the oldest parts of the Wartburg, the one where Luther actually stayed and worked on his Bible Translation.
















































More Wartburg impressions.








The garden and some buildings of the former Carthusian Order (Kartäuser), the Wartburg in the distance.





An old town building. Often ownership disputes take decades

to settle, in the meantime houses and property deteriorate.





This inconspicuous building is the former tavern where the German Social Democratic Workers Party was founded in 1869. It merged with the German Workers Association of 1863 and later renamed itself into Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD).





Just one of those garages that were so popular throughout East Germany.





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Focus Photography: 432 http://ontheroad.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/11/focus-photography-432  



Focus Photography: 432 in NYC



The 432 became one of my favorite skyscrapers as soon as I saw it for the first time. A little surreal at first, because it´s so scinny and yet so tall. I photographed the tower so often, that I came up with a whole series of which these pics are part one.




























The Photography Gallery


The New York Gallery


The other New York Gallery






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Rückblende: Palast der Republik http://ontheroad.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/11/r-ckblene-palast-der-republik  



Rückblende: Palast der Republik



First I wanted to post these pictures from a photography viewpoint, because they are from a set of series that I keep adding to. But then, on second view I decided to tag them with the Rückblende - flashback - column. I never realized that I had taken pictures of the Palast der Republik, the seat of parliament of East Germany, until I started looking through my archive. Most pictures were taken in a different context, never with the palace in mind. These photographs came together by coincidence and some are not so great because of the low quality digitalization process (from slides) or were not too good to start with. Nevertheless they´re fun to look at, especially with the controversial (Imperial) City Palace presently being rebuilt at the exact spot. All pictures show the palace in a certain stage of dismantlement between the years 2000 and 2005. The 2005 pictures feature the TV-Tower with a football design in prep mode for the World Cup which took place in Germany in 2006.






This and the next two pics are taken from a similar perspective, they all

feature the Berlin Cathedral, and, in this case also the TV-Tower.

























For a space of time some archeological excavations were

possible around the former cellars of the old City Palace.














Berlin Gallery









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Close to Home: Naumburg And No Uta http://ontheroad.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/11/close-to-home-naumburg-and-no-uta  



Naumburg And No Uta



Recently we´ve been on a wonderful trip through some East German states. Unexpectedly we also passed through Naumburg (we were mainly concentrating on Thuringia and Saxony, but made a dash for Naumburg in Saxony-Anhalt when we had some time to spare), a place that I´ve always wanted to visit ever since that year in school when the cover of our history book was adorned by a picture of the statuette of Uta. Uta von Ballenstedt was the wife of Ekkehard II., some medieval margrave, which is a sort of a duke, who was the head of one of the countless duchys. But that´s a minor side-note. The thing is, that the statuette of Uta, also called Uta von Naumburg, is one of the most impressive artworks created by a nameless stonemason who was titled the Naumburg Master. As opposed to most other works of the time (mid 13th century), it is close to life and not as godly sterile as most other contemporary pieces. The statuette is timeless, it radiates beauty and coolness and is of rare mastery and skill. The uniqueness of the artwork and the cool look over the collar must have struck a cord in my developing sense of art and history appreciation, so that I never forgot about it (her), and finally after many years, there was a chance to have a look into Naumburg Cathedral. I knew that it would be difficult to take a decent picture of the statuette, as it is part of a composition of twelve statuettes of benefactors that is located in an elevated position. In the end I didn´t even try taking pictures, hence Naumburg and no Uta. But I took pictures of other parts of the Cathedral. It is a beautiful and impressive place and Naumburg itself definitely worth a visit.






The grandeur


























The interiors




















The expected medieval religious sculptures.


























The exterior





The Chapel of Elisabeth within the cathedral

has three windows created by Neo Rauch.

The theme on this one is "Farewell".





And here some pics of Naumburgs side alleys and second row buildings.






















































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Close to Home: Sylt - The Fall Spirit http://ontheroad.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/11/close-to-home-sylt---the-fall-spirit  



Sylt - The Fall Spirit



We´re approaching that time of year again when there are grey units, not days nor weeks, but something inbetween. And this reminded me of a trip we took to Sylt last year. The grey units aren´t too bad, they can be "gemütlich" if there´s a fireplace and a good book, or a decent flic on the tele. I think that walks are also good, long walks in the woods or along the beach or into the dunes or over old MacDonalds empty fields. Here are the pics from the beach and dunes version.













From the platform above we could see a school of porpoises, one of the smallest whales common in the North Sea.
















The Sylt Gallery








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Zeitperle: Photo Class http://ontheroad.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/9/zeitperle-foto-klasse  



Photo Class

Washington D.C., 1985





Photo ClassPhoto Class




When I took a photo course during my High School years in McLean, Virginia, we once made a field trip to the zoo in Washington D.C.  About three years after I bought my first own camera (Nikon FG) and many experiments later, I found that a given subject wasn´t the real interesting topic to work on, but rather everything surrounding the topic. In this case it was these guys focusing on whatever animal we were told to capture. Watching people watching other things was what I found cooler to capture. This shot didn´t turn out so great, because it is slightly out of focus (add the not so good scanning job) and the unnecessary space at the left end of the picture gives it a slight unbalance. There are two reasons why this pic is important in my collection. First, I discovered my preference for the observant angle of things, and secondly two of these guys were friends of mine (a South Korean and a Swede) with whom I shared a good time in a certain period of my life.






Zeitperle Gallery








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Bodie, California - USA 1993



Another trip from a long ago time, last century, last millennium actually. One tends to forget many details of trips that lie long in the past, but that´s one reason I started photographing. I not only found photography per se interesting, but always thought that it´s a good way of documenting things. With my way of remembering and storing events and the like tidily in my brain (I just can´t do it), pictures are just a good way of recalling and remembering.

The ghosttown of Bodie in California is perhaps a place too special to forget, but I´m still glad i have these photos for the details. For example after a few years I couldn´t remember the color of the landscape and I completely forgot about the bullet riddled Shell sign. 




Cemetery with town in background. The Standard Consolidated Mine hovering above everything else.





I always wondered who would place small artifacts like the childrens shoes into the scenery.

Tourists, or the Artifact Placer of the State Park Administration?





In early California travel guides Bodie was described as a ghost town in 1915, even

though people still lived there. Sure enough, the decline had set in. The Post Office

closed in 1942, shortly after that the last inhabitants left town.





The Wild West Town well survived into the Automobile Age...





...even though a wild west mentality still prevailed.





The bank´s safe.




















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Fernsehturm Über Alles



The term über alles is allowed when it comes to the Berlin tv tower. First of all it literally stands above all in Berlin and its vicinity, and then the spire is simply the coolest tv tower on the planet. Currently it´s only No. 16 in the list of the world´s tallest tv towers, but the well proportioned good looks make it stand out. Designed and built by East German engineers between 1965 and 1969, it has a very high recognition value with the distinctive steel sphere slightly above the middle of the 368 meters (roughly 1210 ft.). The tower was erected right in the middle of the city and can be seen from all parts of town. Even though I´m only a Neo-Berliner, there is a certain feeling of warmth and gratitude when seeing the structure upon returning to the city from a time of absence - home sweet home.






Historic photo of 2005: In the foreground you can see the dismantling of the Palace of the Republic, the seat of parliament of East Germany. The sphere of the tower was decorated in the look of a football/soccer ball in preparation for the 2006 World Championship in Germany.






Picture of the same spot nine years later. The Palace of the Republic is replaced by the Palace of whatever -

the new structure will resemble the old Berlin Palace and will house the Humboldt Forum.






View from Rykestrasse in Prenzlauer Berg, with watertower of Knaackstrasse.






View from a roof in Choriner Strasse, Prenzlauer Berg. Red city hall to the right.






The radar tower on the former Tempelhof Airport seems to dwarf the tv tower.

The radar was first used by the US Air Force as an eye into the east during

the Cold War. It is now used by the German Army.






View from the Julius Tower of far away Spandau Citadel. Siemens City in the foreground.





View from Karl-Marx-Allee in Friedrichshain.






Photographed from atop Victory Column with many landmarks in view: from left - the Reichstag, Radisson Park Inn, International Trade Centre, TV Tower, Berlin Cathedral, Red City Hall, Humboldt Forum (Berlin Palace - below crane), twin spires of St Nicholas´Church, tower of Old City Hall.






Tropical view with one of the pointy ends of the TV Towers´base structure.






View from Holocaust Memorial.






View from the Western Harbor in Moabit.






View from Treptow with legs of the Molecule Men and Eastern Harbor in Friedrichshain.






Again from the roof in Choriner Strasse in Prenzlauer Berg.






View from the Moabit side of the Spree River with the Chancellory

(Executive Office of Chancellor Angela Merkel) in foreground.






View from the tower of the Berlin Wall Memorial at Bernauer Strasse in Wedding.

A stretch of the original Berlin Wall Strip in foreground.






A dusky view from Görlitzer Park in Kreuzberg.






A view between highrises at Axel-Springer-Strasse, separating

Mitte (left) from Kreuzberg (right).






View caught from a tourist cruiser on the Spree River in Mitte.






Awkward architecture and the tower, Dircksenstrasse, Mitte.






Upper part of the tv tower during May 9th Victory gathering at the Soviet War Memorial in Treptower Park, Treptow.






View from the roof of the Reichstag building. Landmarks as in the pic from atop Victory Column, just from a different angle.






The birds.






The iconic Alexanderhaus from 1930 is one of the few buildings at Alexanderplatz that survived the war.




Berlin Gallery










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