Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin
Some streets are apparently so bleak and unassuming that it´s easy to miss them at all. It´s not that they are boring and often they far from being ugly, too. But they might lack clear focus, something to attract your eye. Or they are uninhabited and as such preferably avoided if you are on foot. Züllichauer Strasse between Lilienthal and Golzener Street is both.
The chances are that just as with Flotwellstrasse you are not even aware of its existence (although if you move around Kreuzberg you should have passed it once or twice). May Google Maps be of help:
Despite being one of the oldest streets in this neighbourhood – it was built in 1897 and named on February 12th the following year, Züllichauer Strasse (after Züllichau or rather Sulechow in today´s western Poland) – it remained resident-free for around 30 years. Well, almost: its northern side which belongs to Kreuzberg – the southern one is already in Tempelhof – does house several thousand names. But the inhabitants are rather placid… The northern edge of the street is the back of Alter Luisenstädtischer Friedhof – with its quietly impressive 90,000 m2 the biggest one of the four cemetaries at Südstern.
Luckily for many tormented souls not only is the street very, well, peaceful but it also provides perfect space to give vent to one´s feelings. The back of the cemetary is one big declaration of love and devotion. Touching if you think that the other side is indeed the realm of eternity.
These photos show some of the declarations made there.