Category: eastberlin

Another shot not possible until after the fall…

Another shot not possible until after the fall of the Berlin Wall; close up on the Brandenburg Gate.

The Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin, taken from a…

The Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin, taken from a vantage point previously inaccessible, a few months after the fall of the Berlin Wall. A remnant of the Wall still stands across the frontage. 

Berlin Chausseestrasse 1992. U-Bahnhof Schwart…

Berlin Chausseestrasse 1992. U-Bahnhof Schwartzkopffstrasse.

Berlin Schwartzkopffstrasse U-Bahn platform, f…

Berlin Schwartzkopffstrasse U-Bahn platform, formerly Stadion der Weltjugend in 1992, before the signs had all been changed.

“Benahten sie bitte diese letze mauer sekmente…

“Benahten sie bitte diese letze mauer sekmente“. The site of the Berlin Wall near Potsdamer Platz 1991.

Berlin Potsdamer Platz 1991. People enjoy a sn…

Berlin Potsdamer Platz 1991. People enjoy a snack opportunity provided by leading US corporations, whilst contemplating slabs of concrete.

Berlin July 1991. The Quadriga on top of the B…

Berlin July 1991. The Quadriga on top of the Brandenburg Gate has been returned, mended and renovated. See the photo taken at Easter that year a few posts back on this blog.

Berlin Pariser Platz 1991. 

Berlin Pariser Platz 1991. 

A stroll through Friedrichstrasse Bahnhof base…

A stroll through Friedrichstrasse Bahnhof basement in 1990, where about 16 months previously the border controls for entry into East Berlin were situated. There was a row of cubicles with a solid counter inside, topped by a glass partition, behind which officers of the Border Police, their faces lit by creepy lights coming from below, checked your passport and issued a day visa. The reinforced doors opened and closed with solid metallic clunks. Once you got through those, there was a large area beyond occupied only by a desk in the middle where a single female officer issued you with the compulsory DDR currency at a 1 to 1 rate with the western Deutschmarks. The bottom picture shows what you saw when you finally got through the last door, the toilets, Damen and Herren, which you probably needed if you had been kept hanging around in the control areas for a long time.

A passageway in Friedrichstrasse Bahnhof, Nove…

A passageway in Friedrichstrasse Bahnhof, November 1990. A sign for the DDR airline Interflug, which was still operating at this time, but was doomed, as it was only kept operating with subsidies from the government.