Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin
The photo above is a 1918 view of the Spree and of the Treptower Park from the Abteilbrücke (Abbey Bridge), known today as the Bridge of Hearts (in the DDR as Jungendinselbrücke): the bridge was built in 1916 as the oldest ferroconcrete bridge in Germany. Back then the area still belonged to Neukölln: you’ll find the proof on the gate building on the northern side of the bridge. It bears not Treptow’s but Neukölln’s coat of arms.
The buildings on the left bank of the river (technically, what you see on the right is not a river bank but an island, today’s Insel der Jugend, mid-river between Treptower Park and Stralau Peninsula) belong to a famous restaurant and beer garden, Haus Zenner (old “Spreebudike”).
The place still exists: with great open-air concerts on summer Sundays and with dancing afternoons.
It is still possible to rent boats and pedal-boats to enjoy lovely a day on the water there, too.
Perhaps a tip for a long weekend currently enjoyed in Berlin.