Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin
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.