Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin


“And I am thinking about how each return to Berlin made my heart beat faster. How blessed I felt as a child when after four weeks of holidays I finally saw from the train the tall buildings of Berlin´s East, the tenements. Yes, the grey tenements of my hometown, Berlin.

Or when, as a grown-up man, I had to keep my jaw from trembling each time I came back from foreign lands after long months of absence. How tears rolled down my face when in December 1918 – having fled the bloody killing, all the misery and chaos – I returned from France and saw the first houses of Berlin. At night, by moonlight.”

from Die Reise nach Berlin, 1926 (translation own)



1930 Berlin with the S-Bahn line along Dircksenstraße: Schicklerstraße and Berlin´s Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals on the left; view towards Alexanderplatz with Kaufhaus Tietz (the globe on the roof) and the old Polizeipräsidium, known as “die Burg”.


  1. Gary Costello
    August 31, 2017

    Thank you for sharing. I can relate to that, not only coming back to Berlin.

  2. berlioz1935
    September 4, 2017

    Berlin always moves me to tears. The “Heimweh” starts when the train is heading out of the city and the Radio Tower disappears in the distance.

    We decided, on our next trip to Berlin, we want to arrive by train to savour the sweet anticipation (Vorfreude) of seeing the beloved city.

    • notmsparker
      September 4, 2017

      I absolutely understand how you feel. I am also a train-person: won´t travel anywhere by plane, car or boat if I can reach it using the railways. There is something quite special about snaking your way through a city and anticipating those moments hen things come into view.


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