GERMANY – While my solo explorations of Berlin usually took me to far-flung suburbs, weekend outings with a friend of mine who was born and raised in Berlin took me to the kind of place Berliners like. As they are rather fond of their parks, one such place was Volkspark Schöneberg-Wilmersdorf in the south of the city. Retrospectively posted on 2019-08-08.
The low structure in the foreground contains the Rathaus Schöneberg U-Bahn station, which has to be one of the most nicely situated metro stations in Berlin:
The Rathaus (city hall) itself stands behind the station. It was built between 1911 and 1914, and partly rebuilt following WW2. It was also West Berlin’s city hall from 1949 to 1990, and is famous for being the setting of John F. Kennedy’s 1962 ‘Ich bin ein Berliner’ speech:
As you can see on these pictures, Berliners come out in droves to enjoy their parks as soon as the sun is shining:
A last picture of the Rathaus (sadly, most of the other buildings surrounding the park are in the rather boring and functional style typical of much of the former West Germany):
A rather untypical view of the backs of some houses:
The famous Schöneberg Cork Man:
Though most of the buildings around the park are modern and functional, this area has its fair share of elaborate pre-war buildings. This is the Goethe Gymnasium, which was built as the Bismarck Gymnasium in the early twentieth century:
The tower of the Goethe Gymnasium:
Now some pictures from another visit to Schöneberg, where I frequently went to a swimming pool during my first months in Berlin. This is the Schöneberg law court (Amtsgericht Schöneberg):
A few doors down from the law court, old buildings which had much of the detailing removed in the middle of the twentieth century (entstuckung) are typical of Berlin and Germany. The building on the left has been more thoroughly entstucked, while the building on the right was probably built like it is now after WW2:
There are also quite a lot of buildings that survived both WW2 and entstuckung in Schöneberg:
Art-nouveau detailing on a house:
Schöneberg Gasometer, one of a number of remaining gasometers in Berlin (for those of you who don’t know, a gasometer would have contained a kind of tent used to store gas in):
A mix of pre-war and post-war buildings lines Schöneberg’s main street:
Sunset over the Landwehrkanal under Herkulesbrücke, on the way back north:
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