The city hides its secrets pretty well. To the unschooled eye, Berlin might be explored in a very quick fashion with nothing much that lies beneath the surface. But there are so many perspectives to challenge and even more fences to climb, we’re just getting lazier, thinking this and that is all there is. It’s not. There’s more, although usually forgotten and easily dismissed.
Climbing into a long abandoned construction site, for instance, is one of those experiences that lets you explore Berlin from the bottom. We took those pictures long ago, on a cold and muddy day, but it was sure worth it. We were certainly not the first ones to be there — the hieroglyphs and pictures left on the walls tell the stories of so many people who’ve already found their way through the unofficial entrance. They’re leaving their own marks, making history in a way. But what attracts us to those empty halls of nothing? Possibly the fact that we are the only ones here. New spaces spread like rumors, buildings are being put on hold to get torn down at some point. But before all of that happens, the creeping writers and explorers take over and make it their own.
It’s difficult to write about something like this to the public because then it pretty much opposes the charming secrecy the places carry with them. The point shall be that you’ll have to find them yourself if you’re that motivated, but that we love to share what we see anyway. Get excited. Look further. Climb up on walls. Risk a view from the bottom or from the sky, in any case: don’t take the city for granted. It’s an adventure.