Monday, September 8, 2014

Berlin; Museum Island

Hi guys! During our stay in Berlin we had the chance, on the last day, to do pretty much whatever pleased us. We thought about visiting the Sachsenhausen concentration camp (it's the closest one to Berlin) but since we had to go all the way into the countryside and woke up late it was unfortunately impossible. We also had to meet up at the hostel at a specific time to leave and catch our bus.

So we randomly walked around and towards the end of the day we came across the Museum Island. If you look for it on Google Maps it's pretty much on the only little island of Berlin. Here are some shots I snapped because we were just too mesmerized by the architectural styles of the buildings.

As I have stated in many posts before, I can't help it but see how the built environment in European cities can have a very intimate relationship with the surrounding waters. Here you can clearly see that the museum looks like it was built right into the river.

Those funny blue pipes are all around the city. I'm not sure what they are but by reading a poster on one of them they seem to have something to do with the supplying (or disposal?) of water throughout the city. They're pretty tall and don't seem to bother anyone. They even look more like work of arts than actual infrastructures.

Unfortunately for us we came at a time where a lot of construction work was being done on important buildings. Some of them were closed, or partially closed. Most of the time the view was simply obstructed.

If you keep going towards the center of the island you come across the Lustgarten, a huge public place with a museum on the north side and the Berlin Cathedral Church (Berliner Dom on Google Maps), basically the beautiful green dome you see on one of the previous pictures.

The facade is quite dirty though, as if it once caught fire. I haven't looked up the story of the church so I won't start making assumptions.

This is one of the reasons why I love Berlin. Not only is it culturally rich, but even the different architectural styles seem to, in some way, make each building stand out rather than disappear in the mass of other buildings.

We sort of started walking on Karl-Liebknecht-Straße and got out of the Museum Island. We ended up crossing Bebelplatz because we wanted to see what the opera looked like. Because of construction work though we didn't see much of the building, but the one on the west side of the place was beautiful and had an interesting croissant shape.

We were not sure what this was so we got in. We found it funny that it was kind of like in the back of a place, behind a building (not really behind, there's a small street in between) just to learn that it's actually a cathedral.

And so I'm going to finish off this post with an interesting example of modern and urban individual houses. You might not see it, but each building is actually one or two houses. Yes, it means less rooms per floor and more floors to compensate, but I think this is a very interesting way to not only add architectural diversity into a city, but to permit people to become owners while living in the city. You're gonna tell me condos are the same. Yes, they are. But condos can be all different, as shown in this example.

And so that's it for Berlin! I hope you'll have the chance to visit this wonderful city. In all honesty I think it's now one of the cities I see myself living the most. And the wonderful thing about it? Berliners speak a very good English!

Until next time!
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