Walking the streets of Berlin you may have noticed Cherry trees here and there. Especially during spring time, when the cherry trees begin to blossom, one may be left puzzled why there are so many cherry trees, and why they seem to be planted in rather distinct places. The answer is quite simple: most of the trees are a present from Japan. So they are actually original Japanese Cherry trees.
In the Summer taking a walk on Tempelhofer Feld is not really my thing. You can’t really hide from the sun – and at least for my taste there is just a bit too much going on. And that is a good thing – but I prefer my walks to be a bit more relaxed. While I do enjoy the walking, Tempelhofer Feld is probably more fun to experience when you have some wheels between you and planet earth – at least on the runways.
Anyways – last weekend we finally took a walk on Tempelhofer Feld – and it was really great. We had some sun to warm us walking the open field – and we saw some of the folks on wheels. And the Berliner Weisse tasted already a bit like Berlin Summer. Yay!
Yes, weather can be nice in March – sometimes. Last Monday it was sunny. And I had the opportunity to go ‘shopping’ in Mitte. The Dircksenstrasse is basically connecting Alexanderplatz and Hackescher Markt – and there are some shops to visit. And you also have this iconic view to the Berlin TV-Tower. What a great Monday afternoon shopping experience! – even/especially for a local!
Sometimes all you need to see is a sign of love – and I guess this is would it could look like: a sign in the middle of the sidewalk, featuring a heart with a little bit of this and a little bit of that.
I basically pass this ‘sign of lover’ every day – and I really wonder how this ‘installation’ ended up being the way it is: very basic, very simple. Just an empty sign with a streetart-style heart drawn on it. Well… the world would probably be a better place if only every billboard looked a bit more like this: a clear message with no real meaning. Greatness!
Looking down Karl-Marx-Allee towards the Straussberger Platz with the TV-Tower in the background on a cold but sunny day in February. The Karl-Marx-Allee is an iconic socialist boulevard built between 1952 and 1960. Originally the street was called Große Frankfurter Straße. From 1949 until 1961 it was then renamed to Stalinallee, before it was finally named Karl-Marx-Allee. Read on…
Walking down towards Karl-Marx-Allee, coming from Alexanderplatz, you may have seen the huge piece of streetart written on the building of the former Haus der Statistik (House of Statistics) at the corner of Otto-Braun-Strasse: “STOP WARS”. It is currently probably one of the most photographed pieces of streetart around here – although one may want to argue that it’s actually not art but a political statement. Anyways – stretching over three floors in height the piece it’s quite impressive. Just eight letters – rather simple message – but still so provocative. Brilliant.
For about 8 years the building has been empty now. Chances are that in the near future the building will be used by the initiative Haus der Statistik (hausderstatistik.org) in cooperation with the district Mitte to provide a space for art, artists and various social projects in the very center of Berlin.
Getting up early can pay off – especially when it’s a sunny day. It still was quite cold, but the view down Oderberger Strasse is very well worth getting cold hands. And in case you were ever wondering in what direction the Oderberger Strasse is pointing: it pretty much stretches quite accurately in a West-East direction – so you can see the sunrise on the one end of the street and the sunset on the other.
Winter in Berlin can be very grey and dark and wet and cold and – not so nice. And then again you learn to appreciate a sunny morning with blue skies even more. On these rather rare days Instagram is almost boiling over with photos of sunny streets and blue skies and even though the temperature may still be below zero, people are already gathering on the terraces to have a coffee in the sun.
The photo was taken around 9 o’clock in the morning on one of these cold but sunny days. The streets of Prenzlauer Berg are still rather empty, just a few cyclists, probably on their way their way to work – and a tram / streetcar coming down Schönhauser Allee towards Kastanienallee. Behind that you can see the iconic overpass of the U-Bahn line U2 and the subway station Eberswalder Strasse which is a rather busy spot – but not so much during the early morning hours.