Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin
Here are several images of the highly ornamental façade at Hotel Angleterre in Friedrichstrasse 31 in Berlin-Kreuzberg.
The building, which was constructed between 1891 and 1893, was not designed as a hotel but as Berlin office of Basler Feuerversicherungs-Gesellschaft (Basel Fire Insurance Company). Its architect was the famous Gustav Knoblauch.
Next to the rooms made clearly for business, the original office building offered the company representatives and their families several flats on the top floors of the house.
Today known as Hotel Angleterre it is still one of the best locations to start discovering the city from. It is placed in the so called Southern Friedrichstadt (the southern end of Friedrichstrasse down to Landwehrkanal) and, contrary to what many wish to believe, not in Berlin-Mitte. Hotel Angleterre belongs to Kreuzberg!