Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin
Here is a lovely image of a lady relaxing in an inflatable boat on a little lake in Berlin´s oldest park, the Tiergarten, some time in the early 1950s.
With the Siegessäule, the Victory Column (aka Goldelse), which is visible in the background looking towards the west, she must have been enjoying her little cruise on the long pond north of the Neuer See and north of the famous old Löwenbrücke spanning the pond in question.
The Battle of Berlin in WW2 left the Tiergarten almost completely devoid of trees. Whatever was not destroyed by missiles and tanks had to be felled for heating during the cold winter of 1945.
In March 1949 the city began planting 250,000 new trees to re-create the splendour of the park.
To read more about the re-birth of the Tiergarten, go to our older post here.