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UP AND AWAY WITH U1: FROM KOTTBUSSER TOR TO PRINZENSTRASSE

It is a relatively long distance from Kotti to Prinzenstrasse – 896 metres to be exact.

Originally the overground train line used to run over a water road intersecting it almost right in the middle. Here the no longer exisiting Luisenstädtischer Kanal widened into Wassertor Becken – a canal basin built next to the old customs house of Wassertor (Watergate – rings a bell all right).

The Prinzenstrasse Station, named after Prinzenstrasse crossing Gitschiner Strasse at this point, was built as one of the plain yet functional Siemens & Halske stations along the U1 line. Opened on February 18th, 1902 it was very badly damaged during the WW2 air raids on Berlin on January 28/29, 1944 and on February 3, 1945.

The curious thing about the station used to be its northern access. Since Gitschiner Strasse proved to be too narrow to build a nice separate entrance (like the one on its southern side, next to English Gasworks), the planners used London as as example and let the stairs towards the platform run through the staircase of the house at No. 71.

Today neither the entrance nor the house exist any more. The northern entrance to the station is an excellent example of what you can describe as “you-ain´t-relaxing architecture”: very cold, functional, and making you look over your shoulder so often that no wonder you get hit on the head from the front.

Anyway, it looks better from the outside.

The viaduct Skalitzer Strasse directly behind U1 Kottbusser Damm

The viaduct Skalitzer Strasse directly behind U1 Kottbusser Damm (pigeons rule here as can be seen from the traces on the ground)

U1 line at Wassertorplatz (the left end street is Gitschiner Strasse while the far, right end is still Skalitzer Strasse - the two are divided by Erkelenzdamm which also marks the border between SO 36 and SW 61)

U1 line at Wassertorplatz (the left end street is Gitschiner Strasse while the far, right end is still Skalitzer Strasse – the two are divided by Erkelenzdamm which also marks the border between SO 36 and SW 61)

Gitschiner Strasse

Gitschiner Strasse

Gitschiner Strasse again

Gitschiner Strasse again

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Spiderman was here (Gitschiner Strasse)

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Towards U-Bahnhof Prinzenstrasse

Looking down Prinzenstrasse (the 1991 glass and metal building of the southern entrance, by Wolf-Rüdiger, visible in the backround) Borchardt

Looking down Prinzenstrasse (the 1991 glass and metal building of the southern entrance, by Wolf-Rüdiger Borchardt, visible in the backround)

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A rare moment of almost no traffic under the station

The passge on the northern side of Gitschiner Strasse

The passage on the northern side of Gitschiner Strasse

Prinzenstrasse Station seen from the northern side of Gitschiner Strasse (the platforms are 120.7m long after having been extended in 1929 from the original 88.4m)

Prinzenstrasse Station seen from the northern side of Gitschiner Strasse (the platforms are 120.7m long after having been extended in 1929 from the original 88.4m)

The journey continues - under the viaduct in Gitschiner Strasse and towards Hallesches Tor

The journey continues – under the viaduct in Gitschiner Strasse and towards Hallesches Tor

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