by Sara · 25.04.2012 · Places · 3 comments

We all know how I have a cer­tain ink­ling for train sta­tions and travel hubs. Südkreuz was no excep­tion when I first saw it a couple of weeks ago. So unlike any other major train plat­forms in Ber­lin, Südkreuz is like a bunch of mod­ern archi­tec­ture fea­tures and glass pan­els thrown together. Some­what ali­en­ated by the lack of charm­ing old Ber­lin style it turned out that Südkreuz was only one of the “new” major train sta­tions. Like Gesun­d­brunnen and Ostkreuz (with res­taur­a­tions soon to be com­pleted), this is a side of Ber­lin that can only be con­sidered a some­what dis­turb­ing evol­u­tion­ary process.

Of course, mod­ern­isa­tion is not by default some­thing bad. It’s just also pretty weird. Most of Ber­lins dirty and rusty build­ings are what gives the city its scarred but very lovely face. End­ing up in Südkreuz or even Haupt­bahnhof turns your impres­sion of the city upside down. Per­son­ally, as much as all the shiny facades do not fit to the image of Ber­lin, I think they do add to the whole pic­ture. Ber­lin is a city in pro­gress… and some­how the con­trast is what stim­u­lates every thought ever pro­duced about Berlin.

  1. hey sara,

    thats just one opin­ion, and as so often there are hun­dresd if not thou­sands of dif­fer­ent opin­ions, one likes the ‘run down´ style of ber­lin ( i do! ) one dis­likes it…but as we all can see troughout the years, the city will become like any other major city in the world, shiny and new…i believe thats the plan of most of the poeple and politics.

  2. Hey David, thanks for your com­ment. You’re right — there are many reas­ons to dis­like the cur­rent devel­op­ments. And yet at the same time I (naively, maybe) believe that there’ll be a strong focus on keep­ing the city as it is for eco­nomic reas­ons. After all, it’s a unique selling point for tour­ists, isn’t it?

  3. We just dis­covered your site, love it!! I have lived in Ber­lin too.. and I do love the ‘run-down’ style too.. well, a nice mix of old and new. It’s what makes the city so incred­ibly spe­cial. Unfor­tu­nately I keep hear­ing from friends there that more and more places are closed and not sup­por­ted anymore,especially in the East. Let’s hope some of those cool urban treas­ures will remain!