08/12/2018 – Winter Walk and Xmas Markt

A winter walk to the Jagdschloss Grunewald and a visit to a very traditional Xmas market.
This Xmas market is only open for this one weekend, so it’s not something to be missed if at all possible. Situated in the grounds of the Grunewald hunting lodge, it offers all the traditional Xmas attractions set against the fabulous backdrop of this group of old buildings dating from 1542 on the banks of the Grunewaldsee.

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24/11/2018 – Markthalle IX

First opened in 1891 Markthalle IX was one of originally 14 covered markets opened at the end of the 19th century to replace the rather unhygienic open markets in use until then.
Times haven’t always been economically kind to the market, a protected building of architectural interest, and its present incarnation is the result of an initiative to keep the market as a main neighbourhood focus point.
Markthalle IX now offers an interesting range of specialist food events including a weekly fresh food, street food, and breakfast markets.

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17/11/2018 – The Technikmuseum Berlin

This museum exhibits a large number of historical technical objects, originally with an emphasis on rail transport, it now houses various collections of industrial technology, including both marine and aviation.
The roundhouses, rebuilt from the Anhalterbahnhof with their 33 rail-tracks illustrating the history of rail transport, are of particular interest.

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10/11/2018 – The Siegessäule

The Siegessäule (Victory Column) was originally erected in 1873 to commemorate victory over the Danes but by the time it was inaugurated, Prussia had also defeated Austria and France, giving the column a whole new purpose.

The cannon barrels which decorate the sandstone exterior were captured during the aforementioned wars and a bronze sculpture of Victoria sits atop the entire structure.

The whole column is 67 meters tall, and the viewing platform offers a fantastic view over the Tiergarten from which the Brandenburger Tor is also visible.

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03/11/2018 – Interior Architecture

Underground stations, people travel through them daily on their way to work and back again in the evenings without ever really appreciating what magnificent buildings they are.
Opened in 1902 the Berlin U-Bahn, the most extensive in Germany, boasts 173 such stations, each with its own unique flavour.
Many are now appreciated for their distinct design and styling and are being listed as protected buildings of historic interest.
They offer a unique opportunity for the photographer to capture some impressive examples of interior architecture with all transportation included.

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11/08/2018 – At the Alex, B/W

The “Alex” to the locals, this square has variously been a cattle market, a military parade ground, and is now, together with the surrounding area, a huge pedestrian-shopping-zone and the most visited in the whole of Berlin.

The “Fersehturm”, the TV-Tower, the second tallest building in the EU, the World Clock, trams, a main rail station, regular festivals, an abundance of street performers, thousands of pedestrians, there’s something for everyone here, a street photographer’s delight.

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04/08/2018 – East Side Gallery

The open air gallery is an international memorial to peace consisting of over 100 paintings along its 1.3 km length.

Painted in 1990 on the east side of the Berlin wall it is possibly the longest and longest-lasting gallery of its type in the world.

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21/07/2018 – Abandoned

Since its abandonment this former railway yard, and typical deserted industrial area, has become a natural rich inner-city jungle.

Certain buildings have been preserved, such as the Brückenmeisterei and the water-tower, and an old steam locomotive can be inspected as it sits forgotten on the tracks.

There is plenty to explore and discover, for which reason the location is often used as a backdrop for various  film and television productions,  including even theatre and exhibitions.

As well as the old buildings on the site, the park is also home to over 20 species of bird and 350 different types of plant, a genuine home for nature.

This is the ideal location for some urbexing, (urban exploring) at an abandoned location, with the added opportunity for some excellent nature photography.

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30/06/2018 – Gleisdreieck

There’s plenty to photograph at this former railway-siding, parts of it have been left abandoned, rusting and overgrown rails are now a tangled nature reserve, but there’s also a skateboarding and basketball park, graffiti artists busily spray away on the railway hoardings, there’s something for everyone there.

It’s a  comfortable and refreshing stroll through one of Berlin’s lesser known areas.

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