A Ringbahn Tour

by Stefan · 26.03.2012 · Kiez Life, Places · 6 comments

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We have to thank the Ring­bahn for many things: one, being a very easy way to travel around Ber­lins out­skirts. Second, for actu­ally defin­ing what Ber­lins out­skirts are. And last but not least, without Ber­lins Ring­bahn, there would be no Ber­lin as we know and love and hate it. There was a post­ing on our favor­ite Ber­lin Blog SlowTravel­Ber­lin, an Ode To Ber­lins’ S-Bahn, which I think you should all read to under­stand more about the infra­struc­ture of the city. Here’s a little excerpt from the text, just to get you all teased up:

Cit­ies like Lon­don and Paris were already massive met­ro­pol­ises by the time trains arrived in Ber­lin, mean­ing that big ideas like high-speed over­ground rail­ways encirc­ling the city or cross-town link schemes were already de-facto impossible. From the incep­tion of rail­ways, it took Paris over 100 years to start link­ing its main ter­mini with proper trains; Lon­don is only just mov­ing on Cross­rail this year.

In Ber­lin, things were essen­tially the other way round. The hugely prac­tical Ring­bahn that draws a circle around the city centre was built in the 1870s on what was essen­tially green­field land; Berlin’s growth spurt only really got going after they’d built it. In other cit­ies, rail­ways were bolted on as after­thoughts; in Ber­lin, they grew with.

For us though, the Ring­bahn is not just a very sig­ni­fic­ant cul­tural and his­tor­ical object, it is also that one damned train track where you’ll always fall asleep after party­ing and end up rid­ing around in circles. It’s fun though because if it’s doing a whole cycle it’ll take you right where you want to be. Also, rid­ing the Ring­bahn means you get to watch the city pass by you — usu­ally parts of the city you’d not see. I mean, who’s ever actu­ally been to West­kreuz? (Admit­tedly, I have, but let’s just pre­tend nobody ever needs to be there for the sake of it).

Stefan, who appar­ently loves the Ring­bahn just as much as I do, spent a whole cycle on the train to show us what’s going on out­side. It’s a killer per­spect­ive and I love the many dif­fer­ent attrib­utes of the city you get to see. If you ever feel like you have some time to spare — this is an inter­est­ing way to find out about your city.

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6 comments
  1. hejhej! wo hab ihr denn das let­zte foto aufgenommen?

  2. das foto ist zwis­chen ostkreuz und lands­ber­ger allee geschossen, außenseite.

  3. Wenn man es genau nimmt, dann ist das let­zte Foto zwis­chen Ostkreuz und Frank­furter Allee entstanden.

  4. Das müsste in der Neuen Bahnhof­straße nahe der Frank­furter Allee sein.

  5. meine ich doch… zwis­chen ostkreuz und frank­furter. sorry

  6. Und dann fähr­ste so oft Ring­bahn, dass du alle Fotos zuordnen kannst. Ring­bahn Love <3.

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