From Place To Space: Berlin

December 26, 2011 0

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Hello back my happy readers! I hope you had a great Christmas feast with your family and friends and got lovely presents! Had good food? Well then let’s work that off by taking a little inspiring trip. Destination today: Berlin. The bustling and vibrant capital of Germany. 


A few years ago I made an internship in Berlin and worked in the downtown city area named Berlin-Mitte. The office was on the upscale shopping street Friedrichsstrasse and walking down this street just gave me a perfect notion of Berlin. In the parts close to the glamorous boulevard ‘Unter den Linden’ the street is effervescent with life and top-notch boutiques, new buildings, stylish shop windows. On the other side, you quickly arrive to the famous ‘Checkpoint Charlie’ where the line between the American and Russian Army used to be after WWII. That’s also where you will find the clearly marked course of the old Berlin Wall (at Checkpoint Charlie a good number of souvenir shops sells little pieces of the so popular yet tragic wall). Looking around, you can spot lots of free building sites and once you detour into one of the side streets you will quickly behold very old and worn buildings. That is the essence of Berlin! A vibrant and intriguing contrast of old and new, shiny and rusty, refurbished and worn. This ambivalence is also represented in Berlin’s inhabitants, varying cultures, subcultures thus creating a very productive soil for art, design, and creativity. Berlin attracts a great deal of creative folks and so it is more than natural that the German capital also bursts with a striking number of inspiring interiors and homes like these few selected examples.

If you happen to go to Berlin don’t miss the stunning museums’ quarter with the amazing Pergamon museum, the countless galleries with modern art, avant-garde, retro style and so forth. Don’t forget the historical Brandenburger Tor, the Holocaust memorial, the modern Potsdamer Platz, the East-Side Gallery, the beautiful Hackesche Höfe with lovely stores in winding little alleys and courtyards, the monumental Gendarmenmarkt and the leafy residential areas like Schöneberg and Friedrichshain. Ah, there’s so much more to see… 

Photography: Photo 1-5 and 9-10 via Freunde von Freunden; Photo 6-7 and 11-12 by Igor Josifovic; Photo 8 via This Architecture.
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  • Reply MichaelaRae December 26, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    I’m itching to visit Berlin. Hoping to this coming spring! I’m a huge fan of museums, can’t wait to visit them. Thanks for the tips!

  • Reply Un coup d'aile December 27, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Hi!

    upravo nadjoh tvoj blog! i jako mi se svidja, imas oko za krasne stvari! veliki pozdrav iz francuske

  • Reply Julie-White Tapestry December 27, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Berlin is amazing! I hope you had a beautiful Christmas and sending happiness and success for the New Year! xo

  • Reply Fräulein Julia December 27, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    I hope you didn’t buy one of those pieces of the wall – they are so NOT original… ;)

  • Reply staceysheppard December 27, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    I love Berlin Igor. I spent a month there just before I finished University and it quickly became one of my favourite cities. I found it to be really intriguing and I can’t wait to go back again! Maybe 2012 will see my return to Berlin!!! Fingers crossed!

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