The Horizon's View on Berlin


Berlin, the city where the old mixes with the young and the past meets future.

In September I made a trip to this Metropole. Cool places, cosy bars and restaurants and cheap food (kebab for only 2,2€ !). Together with my travel companions, my girlfriend and my Horizon camera, I mostly visited the tourist sites. Berliners might find this a bit boring, but as this was our first visit, we were kind of obliged to go to these places. Next time – cause I’m definitely going back- I’ll definitely take a look at the other side of Berlin.

After the horizon-pictures you can see some photos made with my new Olympus XA, fantastic camera by the way.

Let me give you the tour. Hope you’ll enjoy it.

1+2: Warschauer strasse, this bridge gives you a nice view over the city, it passes over the rails of the S-Bahn coming from Ostbahnhof
3: a squatted building: a lot of old buildings are used by ‘alternative’ people to live in and to hold parties, art exhibitions,… (see also picture number 18)
4: a trailer park in the middle of the city
5: Molecule Man, this 30 meter large sculpture was created by Jonathan Borofsky and put in the Spree in 1999. It’s close to the Berlin Arena and Badeshiff (check the next picture), which is a great place to go to concerts and to have a swim.
6: Badeshiff (see also picture nr 21): the perfect place to relax in summer and winter. It’s a big basin they put in the river Spree in which you can have a swim. In wintertime they put a roof over it and there’s a sauna. Fantastic!
7: Fischerinsel: this little island in Berlin Mitte is where you find a lot of restaurants that serve fish and other river delicacies
8: Fernsehturm: a huge ‘television tower’. It’s the ideal orientation device, which you can spot from practically any place in the city. So when you get lost, try to find it and you’ll know where you are. You can visit the tower and have a great view over the city. The restaurant in the top part turns around slowly while you eat. The tickets to visit it are quite pricey, so we didn’t do this, but I guess the view must be nice.
9: Deutsche Historisches Museum: the German Historical Museum
10: Früchte & Salate: a truck with a funny, at least that’s what I thought, picture on it
11: Checkpoint Charlie, one of THE touristic places and a very commercial place where you can buy all kinds of ridiculous memorabilia for ridiculous prices. For example: you can buy ‘authentic’ pieces of the Wall together with an official certificate in the form of a keychain, presse-papier, postcard,…
12: Potsdamer Platz: one of Berlin’s most famous plaza’s and surrounded by big commercial buildings.
13-14: Sony Center: multi-functional building which houses shops, restaurants and cinema’s. The roof is a very special construction in glass and steel.
15: Brandenburger Tor: the oldest remaining entry gate of Berlin from 1791, the border of the old city, and the Berlin Wall, used to run by this gate and people who wanted to enter had to pay toll. It has a long history but nowadays it represents the German unity.
16: Reichstag: one of the most famous buildings in Berlin. It was wrapped by Christo in 1995 and it has a glass dome designed by Norman Foster. It houses the German parliament.
17: Holocaust Denkmal: sculpture of 2711 granite blocks by Peter Eisenman remembering the holocaust. Impressive and definitely worth a visit.
18: Zapata: alternative centre where concerts, exhibitions, lectures,… are organized. There’s also a café and restaurant.
19: Dircksenstrasse
20: U-bahn
21: Badeshiff – Berlin Arena: great place to go for a swimm, great view from the pool and it feels like you’re swimming in the river. We spent a whole day here, one of the best days of our holiday. The perfect place to get away from the rush of the city.
22: Berlin Arena: close to the Badeshiff this is one of the places to hangout, these benches make you feel like a midget, they’re a couple of meters big. There are also a couple of cars covered with grass there to sit on.
23: graffiti at the Schlesische Strasse: a lot of graffiti in Berlin, this is one of the nicest examples.
24 – 26: Tiergarten: the big park surrounding the biggest Zoo in Europe, nice place to relax and get away from the city’s chaos. Rent a bike: it’s the best way to travel through the city!
27: Tauentzienstrasse: big shopping street where you can find all the big brands. We saw these steps/mirrors in some shoe-shop.
28: Schöneberger Ufer: an old deserted golf court
29: Tempelhofer Ufer
30 – 31: Viktoriapark Kreuzberg: this park on a big hill gives you a great view on the whole city. In the second picture you get a better view of the fake waterfall that was constructed there.
32: Tempelhof: this used to be one of the biggest airports in Europe, but it’s no longer open to the public. It was designed by the nazi’s architect Speer.

33: Platz der Luftbrücke: place that commemorates the “air-bridge” which provided West-Berlin with help (dropped by airplanes) when they were isolated from the rest of West-Germany.

34: Linderstrasse Konrad Fischer Galerie – Bernd und Hilla Becher: an exhibition of some of the work of the Bechers, famous photography couple. Check out their work, it was a great influence on other famous photographers.
35: Photoautomat Warschauerstrasse: you can find these photocabins throughout the city: for two euro you can get four different pictures. Great!
36 – 39: East Side Gallery: the biggest remaining part of the Berlin Wall, every 10 years the drawings are renovated, just like this year when it was 20 years that the Wall fell
40: a view from the bridge on the Michaelkirchstrasse

Hope you enjoyed this little overview. Tschüss!

written by cubilas on 2009-10-13 #places #berlin #olympus-xa #location #horizon


  1. ilovemydiana
    ilovemydiana ·

    very good :o)

  2. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    Wow! That's a fantastic walk through this fantastic city!! Great location, thanks for sharing all these shots from Berlin! :)

  3. lomosexual_manboy
    lomosexual_manboy ·

    Really great gallery. It was a pleasure to view.

  4. azurblue
    azurblue ·

    Super location ! And your pics are great, both horizon and olympus xa !

  5. panelomo
    panelomo ·

    love the first shot!

  6. disdis
    disdis ·

    This should be a location of the week! Great guide of Berlin!

  7. zark
    zark ·

    Outstanding Gallery!

  8. northwardnimbus
    northwardnimbus ·

    great gallery! achtung baby!

  9. wil6ka
    wil6ka ·

    At Pic 56 I started working as a TV-Reporter!

  10. stouf
    stouf ·

    Excellent ! Every single shot is great ! And next time, upload your shots by reversed alphabetical order, and you'll get the order you wanted ; ) I know it's weired... But it works... Anyway, amazing post !

  11. cubilas
    cubilas ·

    thanks everyone for the comments!

    @ stouf: thanks for the tip, in the post I asked lomography to make sure the pics were in the right order, but I guess they didn't find the time

    so everybody should read the post from bottom to top when viewing the pictures, keeping in mind that the oly xa's come first

    Berlin's a great city, though this view was quite touristic, next time, I promise, more nightlife and other places, anyone who has some nice insider-tips for my next visit is very welcome

  12. mightymouse
    mightymouse ·

    Just curious, but how did you get the edge of the pictures to look like that. They look as if they were cardboard pictures from the 1930's.

  13. comezone
    comezone ·

    #12 is my favorite! amazing gallery!

  14. cubilas
    cubilas ·

    @rustyspoons88: well, these pictures were scanned in a photolab, and you can ask them to scan the 'whole negative' so the borders are included, normally you use this so you can crop them at home but the border gives it something extra, looks nice I think

  15. cubilas
    cubilas ·

    I guess lomography changed some things, cause now it seems like I can submit extra photo's and edit this post, good improvement!

  16. cubilas
    cubilas ·

    Lomographer Was Here!

  17. gepo1303
    gepo1303 ·

    Tolle Sammlung, viel dafür unterwegs gewesen, wow

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