Walk XI: Potsdamer Platz

August 21, 2016 § 1 Comment

In the early days of our time here in Berlin, my wife Victoria and I would experience a mild relief upon arrival at Potsdamer Platz.

It’s one of those places in Berlin that has combined a European feel with an aesthetic that is immutably, unashamedly modern. 

That doesn’t always happen in Berlin. Grunge? Yes. Urban? Yuh. Some classic elements? For sure. Soviet-style horror shows? Check.

Sometimes I miss the cool, modern feel that one finds in Stockholm. Trendy, new Europe.

There’s a “viewing platform” that, at first glance, seemed absolutely pathetic to me. Maybe four meters off the ground, it appeared pointless. But the view illuminated the line that traces from the Brandenburg Gate, visible in the distance. It has become an impressive boulevard that stands with any in Europe for its mix of history and modernity.

Below is the old viewing platform, looking out onto the old Potsdamer Platz.

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For those of you who haven’t seen the new joint, it’s come up a bit.

 

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