Since 2012 the inner city area around Schlossplatz is a gigantic construction site: the Humboldtforum is built where Berlin’s City Palace once was.
I know, most people refer to the new building as ‘The City Castle’ or just “The Castle” – but only because it looks like a castle and it’s located where the old City Palace once was doesn’t make it a City Palace.
Anyways. I will try to dig into that rebuilding- and naming-problem on a different page. This news entry is actually about a series of photos – both historical and current photos – you can find on the website of Berlin’s newspaper Berliner Morgenpost. The intersting part is: some of the current photos are shot from the same perspective as the historical photos, that were shot between 1900 and 1939. A slider lets you switch between the historical view on Berlin’s old City Palace and the view on the construction of the Humboldtforum.
Additionally the ‘Interactive Special’ is enriched with a time lapse video, showing the construction of the ‘New City Palace’ bit also some video footage from the inside of the brand new building.
And here’s the Wikipedia Page about the Berlin City Palace:
If you want to get an impression of what the Old City Palace looked like you may want to watch this 12 minute video:
You want to know what actually happened to the old City Palace? Well – it got damaged during Second World War bombings – and then it was blown up in 1950 by the East German government.
- Color Footage from Pre War Berlin (1936)
- Historical Photos of Landwehrkanal, Berlin Kreuzberg / Tiergarten