Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin
Did you know that one of Athens´ prettiest underground stations, Victoria Station located only a walking distance from the National Archaeological Museum in Victoria Square, had Berlin´s U-Bahn stations as a blueprint?
The Greek Victoria Station is virtually a copy of the U-Bahnhof Knie – Ernst-Reuter-Platz today in Berlin-Charlottenburg. When opened in 1902, the Elektrische Hoch- und Untergrundbahn, Berlin – Haltestelle Knie was one of the elegant stations designed for Berlin by the city´s chief underground architect, Alfred Grenander. It is also one of the oldest U-Bahnhöfe in Berlin today.
And just like Grenander´s stations with their characteristic ceramic tile coating on the walls, the station in Athens also presents tiled wall surfaces. Not only that: the lovely white enamel name plates for the station, with its name both in Latin and in Greek letters, were made in Berlin.
They were produced by the same small factory as the famous “Feuersozietät Berlin” plates and the enamel plates advertising Telefunken products (big German radio and television apparatus company established in Berlin): the enamel name plates from Victoria Station in Athens came from the Emaillierwerk Gottfried Dichanz from Görlitzer Ufer 10a in today´s SO36 in Berlin-Kreuzberg.