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Finding the last emblems of the German Democratic Republic in Berlin

Berlin is a city that bears the scars of its history. Be it remnants of its imperial history, bullet scared facades or tragic memorials. While it seems like virtually every other building is either listed as a protected monument or has some commemorative plaque on it, traces of certain periods of the country’s history seem […] The post Finding the last emblems of the German Democratic Republic in Berlin appeared first on Digital Cosmonaut.

The VEB Milchhof

The history of the VEB Milchhof (Dairy Farm) begins with the construction and opening of another famous (and now abandoned) Berlin location – the Säuglings und Kinderkrankenhaus in Weißensee in 1911. Before we get into the details we need to go back a decade or so. Weißensee had 35 dairy farms in 1898, which produced and […] The post The VEB Milchhof appeared first on Digital Cosmonaut.

Exploring the Wasserturm in Prenzlauer Berg

Every Kiez in Berlin has one or two buildings which define the area – be it the Fernsehturm in Mitte, the Karstadt Building in Neukölln, The Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche in Charlottenburg or the Dong Xuan Center in Lichtenberg. No other building exemplifies Prenzlauer Berg like the Wasserturm – which has stood in the heart of the kiez for […] The post Exploring the Wasserturm in Prenzlauer Berg appeared first on Digital Cosmonaut.

The Wernerbad

The Wernerbad was Berlins oldest (abandoned) open air swimming pool. The term Swimmingpool might be a bit of a glorification as the origins of the Wernerbad are a kettle pond – a pond that’s formed by the water of a melting glacier. The history of the pool dates back to when a rather wealthy man […] The post The Wernerbad appeared first on Digital Cosmonaut.

The Abandoned Children’s Home

Hidden in a small overgrowth in a luxurious suburb of Berlin lie the ruins of an abandoned villa. Built at the turn of the of the 19th Century, the luxurious villa was just one of many in this sleepy part of Berlin.  While its inhabitants – and their neighbors enjoyed a gilded lifestyle, all that […] The post The Abandoned Children’s Home appeared first on Digital Cosmonaut.

The Nail Factory

Founded in 1867, the now abandoned factory specialized in manufacturing horse shoe nails. In 1871, the owners decided to relocate the factory to a new production site as they had developed a machine that allowed for a far more cost-effective and efficient production of nails (which had up until this point in time still been forged […] The post The Nail Factory appeared first on Digital Cosmonaut.