GÖRLITZER BAHN BRÜCKE TODAY
Here is a little follow-up to the last text in the YOU ARE HERE series – the one about Hermann Rückwardt´s 1896 photo of Görlitz Railway Bridge spanning the banks of Landwehrkanal on the edge of today´s Görlitzer Park.
Because of the way the landscape around us changed, it is very difficult to present most of the places from exactly the same perspective, especially in a city so heavily “re-organised” by History as Berlin. But that should not keep anyone from trying.
Here´s Görlitzer Bahnhof Brücke today.
The closest to the original perspective I could get – the bridge is hardly visible behind the trees planted here after Berlin Wall was torn down.
The bridge in its full glory AD 2014: please notice the houses built in Schlesiches Viertel when the job immigration to Berlin reached its peak in the 1880´s. In 1869 the area was still pretty much free of accommodation.
The view down the bridge towards Görlitzer Park (old Görlitzer Bahnhof): the engine shed in Rückwartd´s photo was hit by a bomb during the air-raids and its remains removed soon after the war.
The old, eastern (in Treptow already) pillar of the bridge at Landwehrkanal: the bridge today is only half as wide as it used to be before the northern tracks were removed in the 1990´s.