Page 253. " In this soft spring I have taken to walking everywhere. It's about 10 pm, and the sun has only just set. Cherry trees lining the streets scatter pips "

Cherry trees in Berlin
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Page 256. " Today I walk from my place up Brunnenstrasse, past Frau Paul's tunnel to Bernauer Strasse where the wall was. There is a new museum here. "

The new wall museum opened in 1999, on the 10th anniversary of the fall of the Wall. As well as the documentation centre and exhibition space, there is also a memorial.

Page 256. " In some places the steel reinforcements in the concrete are bare as bones. "

The Berlin Wall 2007 - 'bare as bones'
Permission Granted by Copyright Owner for Use on Book DrumThe Berlin Wall 2007 - 'bare as bones' - Credit: Susannah Worth
As the last remaining pieces of the Wall decay, there is much debate over how much to destroy and how much to preserve; how much to forget and how much to memorialise.

Page 259. " We drive into town, past the Bundestag, the Reichstag and Potsdamer Platz. "

 

The Reichstag building, from the west
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeThe Reichstag building, from the west - Credit: Daniel Schwen

The Reichstag building is now home to the Bundestag (the term refers to the institution, rather than the building). Norman Foster's dome makes a statement of political transparency, and offers spectacular views of Berlin.

Potsdamer Platz has long been an important public square in Berlin, but after its destruction in World War II it was left desolate and ruined throughout the Cold War era. In a stark reversal, it is now something of a western, consumerist's dream.

Setting up for a film premiere at The Sony Centre in the revamped Potsdamer Platz
Permission Granted by Copyright Owner for Use on Book DrumSetting up for a film premiere at The Sony Centre in the revamped Potsdamer Platz - Credit: Susannah Worth
Page 259. " 'These,' Herr Koch says, 'are the Turkish onions.' "

The Turkish treehouse on Bethaniendamm
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Interview with Osman Kalin, the proud occupier of the baumhaus (treehouse) on this scrap of claimed Berlin land.

Page 261. " I thank them both and walk up to the new tram stop at Warschauer Strasse. "

We're All Gonna Die - 100 meters of existence is a mesmerising 100 metre long image by photographer Simon Høgsberg, of 178 people taken over a period of 20 days from the same spot on the railway bridge at Warschauer Strasse in the summer of 2007. An introduction to Berliners.

Page 262. " The man next to me orders a Riesenbockwurst. The barmaid reaches first for potato salad and a bun, and then the boiled sausage. "

Riesenbockwurst stall
Permission Granted by Copyright Owner for Use on Book DrumRiesenbockwurst stall - Credit: René Berger

Page 270. " Last time the station was being renovated; it is now part of a three-storey shopping mall in a vast atrium. "

The shopping centre at Leipzig Hauptbahnhof
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeThe shopping centre at Leipzig Hauptbahnhof - Credit: FloSch
Leipzig Hauptbahnhof, in all its contemporary glory; in terms of floor space it is the largest station in Europe and an average of 150,000 people pass through here every day.

Page 270. " Next door a new museum has been inserted into the old streetscape "

Zeitgeschichtliches Forum Leipzig
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 The Forum of Contemporary History in Leipzig