Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin
Today’s photo was taken around 1870 by one of Berlin’s best visual chroniclers, F.A.Schwartz, at the time when he himself lived nearby in Friedrichstraße.
The view is practically impossible to match to today’s situation: the photographer stood on the northern bank of the Spree looking towards what is today Plancktstraße, a street – built as Prinz-Louis-Ferdinand-Straße, in the filled-in bed of the water canal whose mouth you see in the picture. The then popular inn, the “Hammelkopf”, is visible on the left corner of the canal’s end.
Both the small canal and the inn would disappear soon as the city continued its steady northbound expansion.