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.