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BERLIN QUOTES: FRANZ HESSEL ON STROLLOLOGY

“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

kempinski on kudamm

Weinhaus Kempinski on Ku´damm (1930s)

2 comments on “BERLIN QUOTES: FRANZ HESSEL ON STROLLOLOGY

  1. George Fogelson
    Mar 24, 2016

    My mother who grew up in the 30s said “It still looked like that when we were there. My mom would meet her cousin Lydi for coffee and cake and schmoozing.even in the Hitler Time. Those coffee houses were special Starbucks is nothing like that.”

    • notmsparker
      Mar 24, 2016

      It must have been both a terrible and wonderful time – this is Berlin we will never have a chance to experience. Wish as we may:-)

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