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Wasserturm, Berlin

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Fifty metres from Kollwitzplatz you'll see the old water tower, built in 1877, and its thin brother, built in 1856. In Berlin they are nicknamed Thick Hermann and Thin Hermann. Thick Hermann only became redundant in 1952, and remains inhabited to this day; the flats in the tower were designed for the water tower workers and their families. A red flag has flown on Thin Hermann since 1990, and reminds passers-by of the flag hoisted in 1933 as a mark of protest against Fascist terror. The square which surrounds the tower is a much quieter alternative to neighbouring Kollwitzplatz.