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UP AND AWAY WITH U1: FROM GÖRLITZER BAHNHOF TO KOTTBUSSER TOR

I admit, Kottbusser Tor is my least favourite U1 station. It might even be my least favourite station in Berlin as such. It´s not the station´s fault – the place is infamous for the junkies and the winos who can be hard to avoid when they really, REALLY want something from you (and mostly they do).

It is definitely not very ugly – just confusing and full. Still, you could say it has certain charm if you like the kind of charm that grabs your jacket and screams “Aaaaaaaaa, I missed yoooooouuuuu! I f***** missed yooouuuuu! Scheisse, where are you going?!!” without ever having the pleasure of meeting the charm before.

It is also worth knowing that today´s Kottbusser Tor is not the same as the Kottbusser Tor (or “Cottbusser Thor” as it was originally called) built in 1902. The old station was torn down in the late summer of 1929 after the new one took over its duties. The old station used to stand some 170 metres further westwards (direction Gitschiner Strasse) and was no longer conveniently placed when the underground line U8 took up its duties. The new underground and overground station was constructed in the middle of the crossing of Kottbusser Strasse, Reichenberger Strasse and Dresdener Strasse.

Here it is: Görlitzer Bahnhof to Kottbusser Tor.

U-Bahnhof Kottbusser Tor also known as Kotti in Skalitzer Strasse

U-Bahnhof Kottbusser Tor also known as Kotti in Skalitzer Strasse

The station has two levels: the overground level belongs to U1, the undergound one to the line of U8

The station has two levels: the overground level belongs to U1, the undergound one to the line of U8

Originally known as Cottbuser Thor, the station opened on February 18th, 1902 (design: Siemens&Halske)

Originally known as Cottbuser Thor, the station opened on February 18th, 1902 (design: Siemens&Halske)

The second Kottbusser Tor station opened in 1929 was designed by Alfred Grenander

The second Kottbusser Tor station opened in 1929 was designed by Alfred Grenander

The western end of the station used to be connected to the original 1902 Kottbusser Tor Station with a temporary passage (after August 4th, 1929 it was no longer needed)

The western end of the station used to be connected to the original 1902 Kottbusser Tor Station with a temporary passage (after August 4th, 1929 it was no longer needed)

One of the overground entrances to the station (here in the direction Gitschiner Strasse)

One of the overground entrances to the station (here in the direction Gitschiner Strasse)

U1 line in Skalitzer Strasse (view of Kotti in the background, moving direction Gitschiner Strasse and U1 Station Prinzenstrasse)

U1 line in Skalitzer Strasse (view of Kotti in the background, moving direction Gitschiner Strasse and U1 Station Prinzenstrasse)

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