In the Cold War era, when the Wall divided Berlin into two utterly different worlds, buildings were more than just simple ... More
In the Cold War era, when the Wall divided Berlin into two utterly different worlds, buildings were more than just simple bricks and mortar—they were political symbols. The Axel Springer Tower—headquarters of the powerful Springer media empire—for example, was a provocative gesture to the socialist East. Rising 68 meters above the Wall and visible throughout East Berlin, the building was the equivalent of a V-sign to the Orwellian East, a statue to the freedom of the Western press. Undeterred, the Eastern authorities' answer was to construct a line of 25-storey buildings to hide the offensive Springer Tower. Built along Leipziger Straße, the high-rise estate was considered a "model" socialist living quarter, containing everything a citizen could possibly wish for, from supermarkets to hospitals. The result, however, was a dreary and depressing concrete jungle, whose only saving grace is the beautiful baroque colonnade situated in its center.
Once a beautiful row of bourgeois town houses, Wilmersdorfer Straße was destroyed in World War II and rebuilt as a
pedestrian shopping zone in the seventies. Not much has changed since then. The grey and white prefabricated buildings are ...
Located on the ground floor of the Deutsche Bank premises, a sandstone building constructed in the 1920, this represents a
unique joint venture between a bank and a museum. This exhibition space is a great addition to Berlin's museum ...
If you're looking for remnants of the Berlin Wall, you may have to search for a long time. There is
little left of this Cold War relic in present day Berlin, due to a popular desire among Germans to ...