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Möckernbrücke? Most people are surprised to hear the name even after they had been passing the station for years on their journey towards the greener pastures of Schlesisches Tor or Uhlandstrasse.
The station´s heyday is long past. After it took up its duties on February 18th, 1902 – three days after the historic Ministerfahrt (literally “Ministers´ ride”) officially opening the brand new line – the number of passengers climbing up and down its stairs to the platforms was steadily growing.
A constant stream of people could be seen between Möckernbrücke and the no longer existing but back then extremely busy Anhalter Bahnhof, which could have been reached on foot from here.
Möckernstrasse is also the only U-Bahn station in Berlin built by the Nazis, the only project of this kind they in fact managed to realise (luckily for us all, the idea of building the world capital city of Germania did not exactly take off as planned).
The original 1902 station of Möckernbrücke was torn down and between 1936-37 built anew a bit further west. So what we can see there today, is to great extend what Hitler´s court planners created for him: simple, schlicht (unadorned) and not exactly inviting.
Still, U1 Möckernbrücke is not to be ignored: it is the only U1 station spanning both sides of the Landwehrkanal. Its overground part, placed on the northern bank, is used by the old U1 line while the underground part was added in 1966 after the line known as U7 was extended and after Möckernbrücke became a changing station.
Both parts are connected by a beautiful glazed bridge hanging above the water and providing an amazing view on both its sides.
So without further ado: Nächste Station: Möckerbrücke.