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UP AND AWAY WITH U1: FROM HALLESCHES TOR TO MÖCKERNBRÜCKE

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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.

A great place for walking - along the Landwehrkanal towards Möckernbrücke

A great place for walking – having left Hallesches Tor and going towards Möckernbrücke (but looking back at the steel beauty)

Up towards the bridge at the very end of Wilhelmstrasse, next to where it crosses Hallesches Ufer

Up towards the bridge at the very end of Wilhelmstrasse, next to where it crosses Hallesches Ufer

Feels like flying - under the giant´s belly

Feels like flying – under the giant´s belly

The steel viaduct at Hallesches Ufer in all its rough but perfectly symmetrical beauty

The steel viaduct at Hallesches Ufer in all its rough but perfectly symmetrical beauty
A neglected and therefore even more beautiful passage under the viaduct along Hallesches Ufer

A neglected and therefore even more beautiful passage under the viaduct along Hallesches Ufer

Großbeerenbrücke and the original stone viaduct supports

Großbeerenbrücke and the original stone viaduct supports

After Anhalter Bahnhof had been destroyed and later its ruins removed, the station lost its original very busy character - it got much more quiet and slower around it...

After Anhalter Bahnhof had been destroyed and later its ruins removed, the station lost its original very busy character – it got much more quiet and slower around it…

Möckernbrücke is the only U1 station spannign both sides of the Landwehrkanal: its overground part is on the northern bank while the underground one on the southern one - both are connected by a glazed bridge.

Möckernbrücke is the only U1 station spanning both sides of the Landwehrkanal: its overground part is on the northern bank while the underground one on the southern one – both are connected by a glazed bridge.

Today´s Möckernbrücke was the only UBahn station built in the Nazi era in Berlin. It replaced the much simpler 1902 station which stood a bit further to the east.

Today´s Möckernbrücke was the only UBahn station fully built in the Nazi era in Berlin. It replaced the much simpler 1902 station which stood a bit further to the east.

Inside the glazed bridge running over the Landwehrkanal

Inside the glazed bridge running over the Landwehrkanal

The glass bridge between the old U1 station on the northern side of the canal and the 1966 U7 underground station

The glass bridge between the old U1 station on the northern side of the canal and the 1966 U7 underground station

Stairs to the underground U7 station on the southern side of the canal

Stairs to the underground U7 station on the southern side of the canal

Up towards the bridge leading to U1 platforms

And up the same flight of stairs towards the bridge leading to U1 platforms to continue the journey to the last U1 station in Kreuzberg – Gleisdreieck

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