Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin
Here´s an interesting view towards Berlin´s Lustgarten engraved in 1780 by Johann Georg Rosenberg: on the left, the Zeughaus (the Armoury; today it houses the German Historical Museum); in the centre the Berliner Dom (the cathedral) with the Royal Pharmacy and the Royal Palace (just a small section of the facade) to its right.
Two things are particularly interesting about Rosenberg´s engraving: first of all, the cathedral, which looks nothing like today´s Berliner Dom. Neither does it look anything like Schinkel´s Berliner Dom which was to replace in 1816-1822. This one was itself already the second royal church in Berlin: its predecessor stood, however, south of the Royal Palace and away from the royal kitchen gardens that the Lustgarten originally was.
The Berliner Dom which we can admire today, designed by Julius Raschdorff assisted by his son, Otto, took the place of the much too humble and “too classicist” Schinkel building in 1894-1905 (“only” eleven years of construction, so pull your socks up, BER!)
The other fascinating fact related to this engraving? It´s about the bridge: you could hardly recognise it today, after it had been replaced by a much grander span. The change of name reflects the change of its status: what Rosenberg knew as the Hundebrücke (Dogs´ Bridge), you can cross today as the Schloßbrücke, or the Palace Bridge.
And in case you have just asked yourself “Why ´Dogs´ Bridge´?”, here´s a handy answer: because this is where the royal hounds were gathered and waited for the monarch before he set off for one of the many hunts which he held at his hunting grounds in the aptly named “Animal Garden”, or the Tiergarten.