Berlin is to get me a profoundly inspirational city. This is not the sultry, film-like feeling of attraction as in Paris.
Also, you will find perhaps not those adrenaline bumps that Manhattan administers into visitors. But there’s some thing else that is exclusive to metropolises. That seems more intense also goes much deeper wunsch.
Oldfashioned Berliners could be amused by a blue-eyed opinion of their city, however in my own mind, modern Berlin appears to go its way into the future using a optimism and willingness that is indeed rarely found everywhere. This is perhaps not Silicon Valley and also maybe not the money-bombing monster London. It really is: a model metropolis. Despite her painful past, she is a model of how to bring today’s current world into life.
Berlin, the town of tragedy, cruelty and suffering, an island that’s been a island for decades to get decades, barely more closely linked to the rest of the continent for a space channel with the earth, now leads Europe to a civilized planet , receptive, long term. How is it that Berlin is really on its own way to enjoyment?
In part, it has to accomplish for this barbarous and difficult past. No where in the entire world are the cases of political vision, tyranny, oppression, and human mistake so clearly visible. Anyone walking through the streets of Berlin is going to be educated of their history of this 19th and 20th centuries, even if this city was a center of excellence. Bismarck also talked of the famous words which Germany should not function as “schoolmaster” in Europe – here there are anyplace the classes of background:
Try to destroy, and you will be destroyed. In this sense, the magnificent Holocaust monument in the center of Berlin is hardly necessary. The streets themselves are memorials of atrocities and catastrophes. Living here sometimes feels like you are swimming in an aquarium of the past.
Other great cities conceal the evils of their history. Berlin shows her with amazing courage. The city “conveys its wounds as stars,” 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 really a good karma here,” says Brandl. “I encounter and find willingness. Peace. I am able to breathe. Naturally, this is a city that has many emotional deserts, but there are those oases everywhere. This can be a metropolis of chances.