Berlin is to get me a deeply inspirational city. This is maybe not the sultry, film-like feeling of attraction as in Paris.
In addition, you can find not those adrenaline bumps that Manhattan administers to visitors. But there is something else that’s unique to metropolises. That feels more intense and also goes much deeper hotel.
Old-fashioned Berliners could be amused by a blue-eyed view of town, but to my own mind, modern Berlin generally seems to move its way in to the future using a optimism and openness that’s so rarely seen everywhere. This is not Silicon Valley and also maybe not the money-bombing monster London. It is: a model town. Despite her painful history, she is a version of just how to bring today’s modern world to life.
Berlin, the city of catastrophe, cruelty and suffering, an island that has been a island for many years to get decades, hardly ever more closely from the remainder of the continent for a place channel with the ground, now leads Europe to a civilized globe , receptive, long term. How is it that Berlin is really on its way to enjoyment?
Simply, it has to do for this particular barbarous and difficult past. No where in the world are the examples of political vision, tyranny, oppression, and human error so obviously observable. Anybody walking through the roads of Berlin will be educated of this history of this 19th and 20th centuries, when this city was a center of excellence. Bismarck also talked of the Popular phrases that Germany should not function as “schoolmaster” from Europe – here you can find everywhere the lessons of history:
Albert Speers’ large, half-timbered buildings in Tempelhof; the bullet holes in the buildings of the Museum Island; the adoring wall fragments; the “Stolpersteine” in memory of murdered Jews. Try to become the center of the world, and you will find your city fragmented and divided. In this sense, the magnificent Holocaust monument in the center of Berlin is hardly necessary.
Other great cities conceal the evils of their history. Berlin shows her with amazing courage. The city “conveys its wounds as celebrities,” as Virginia Woolf already wrote about London, when it was shot by the German air force in 1940. Berlin today gains its wonderful dignity by accepting on a very elementary level a past which must be left behind.
The historical stratification of this city allows you to experience what you remember. For example, my encounter with the young Internet entrepreneur Simon Schäfer, who has opened a “factory” for start-ups on Rheinsberger Strasse. It is not enough for him to look out of his new building over the former course of the Wall. In his office, one of the chandeliers from “Erich’s Lamp-Shop”, the demolished Palace of the Republic, seat of the GDR-Volkskammer, hangs in the heart of the old East Berlin. Thus, not only do past and present intermingle here.
Furious is demonstrated as a chic new apartment house on the banks of the river Spree. It means that a few meters of the wall, which the world 25 years ago wanted to destroy. When Sophia Brandl, a hydrogen-rich beer train from Munich, goes to the “Stadtacker” for gardening, a communal vegetable garden on the former Tempelhof airport, her kohlrabi and potatoes gain additional importance just because they live in Hochbeeten on the former runway for Nazi- Aircraft grow. “There is a good karma here,” says Brandl. “I encounter and find willingness. Peace. I am able to breathe. Obviously, this can be a city that has many emotional deserts, but there are those oases everywhere. This is actually a metropolis of possibilities.