Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin
“Tauentzienstraße and Kurfürstendamm have the high cultural mission of teaching Berliners to be flâneurs, assuming this urban pastime is still possible. Maybe it is not too late.
To be a flâneur is to read the street, seeing human faces, displays, show windows, café terraces, trains, cars, and trees as letters, of equal value, that together form words, sentences and pages in an ever-changing book.
To do this properly, you can´t have any particular destination or purpose in mind. And as there are, on the stretch between Wittenbergplatz and Halensee, so many ways to shop, eat, drink, or to go the theatre, the cinema or the cabaret, you can risk going for a stroll without a specific destination and open oneself up to unexpected visual adventures.”
from an essay “Berlin Boulevard” published in “Spazieren in Berlin” (“Walking in Berlin”), 1929