Berlin offers us a unique mixture of architecture styles nearby each other. Because of the destruction in World War I and II, but also because of failed housing policies in the 1960’s and 1970’s every photographer will find something curious, ugly or beautiful to turn into an interesting photo.
On our photo tour in the government district, for example, we will not only provide you with motif selection and image composition, but with interesting background information on Green architecture, some hidden secrets and as much history, as you want to hear about.
With the reunification of East and West Berlin in 1990 came the decision to move Germany’s capital from Bonn to Berlin. With that a whole new district had to be planned and build in the former border area. Lord Norman Foster had a unique vision for the new united Federal Republic of Germany, which shows very well in the buildings constructed.
Pre-manufactured buildings have been invented in France, first tried out in Marocco. They were a popular choice of city planners between the 1960’s and late 1980’s.
We explore Berlin’s satellite cities either in former West Berlin like Gropiusstadt and Märkisches Viertel or the biggest housing complex of Europe with 103,000 flats: Hellerdorf-Marzahn in East Berlin. A lot of prejudices exist towards the “Plattenbaugebiete” (areas of pre-manufactured buildings)
In East Berlinthose houses have not only been build in the outskirts of the city, but right within the new Socialist city center. Here a lot post war history is shared by our guides, besides the best locations and ways to photograph.
If you are interested in city development in the second half of the 20th century in Socialist Europe, their plans and visions, this is the tour for you.
To “honor” Josef Stalin, East Berlin’s construction workers have build “Stalinallee”, a two and a half kilometer street in the style of Soviet Neo Classicism. This street is a fascinating location to see architecture as a mean of propaganda “in action”.
The German Empire has only been founded in 1871 and lasted until 1918. It was looking for a national identity by building a representative capital, to compete with London and Paris. Not much is left from this period, but we can show you where to find and how to photograph it. This photo tour topic is also ideal for photographing Berlin at night.