THE OLD CITY OF SPANDAU IN AND CLOSE TO BERLIN


800px-Ansicht_Spandau_um_1850 Spandau near Berlin, ca.1850, L. Rohbock/Joh. Poppel

Not too many tourists are loafing around here to be honest while the city centre of Berlin is “far” away (around 18 kms) although it is really worth a visit. And some inhabitants are still talking about Spandau near Berlin while it got part of the German capital only in 1920 A.D. where Spandau is now lying in the very Western area. Today the old town will not be safeguarded by an old city wall, instead more modern buildings, living areas and industrial zones are surrounding it while it is today being also divided by the always busy 6-lane road Am Juliusturm. But it can of course also be easily reached from the city centre by (urban) railway, metro and bus services quite quickly.

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View to the old town from the mainroad Am Juliusturm

Times are changing, but fortunately some old buildings did survive even the vast, severe destructions being lately a result of World War II in the history of this town which was firstly documentary mentioned as a city at 1232 A.D. although early settlements by Slavic tribes are going back much longer to approx. 550 A.D. The castle complex Spandow was being finalized in any case in the late 12th century and formed the basis for the later town surrounding it subsequently step by step in the mediaval time period like at many other places in Germany. You will find hereunder some more photographical impressions, and sometimes it does not at all feel to really be in a big and modern city.

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The Rennaisance citadel of Spandau (16th century)

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The tavern ‘Satt und Selig’ (sated and blessed)

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Place of Reformation with St. Nikolai church

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Protestant relief at Place of Reformation

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Cocktail bar with view on rear side of St. Nicolai church

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Old and new architecture at Kolk Street

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Historical houses at Kolk Street

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Tiny half-timber house at Möllentordamm

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Back yard of St. Mary Church

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Spandau’s former gate to the world: Havel river with lift lock (still in use for inland shipping)

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Water streets in the region of Berlin

As you can see on the map, in the region of Berlin there are also a lot of rivers and lakes from the last ice-age, green areas and huge forests. So if you are tired from walking through the city, there are always opportunities for discovering the green zones or bathing in summer. Somehow, living here feels sometimes more like being in a big village.

 

 

Author: transmutation.me

I like travelling through the diverse realities and cultures of this world not only as a tourist. So this may also happen by simply imaginating the hidden rivers and caves of consciousness where postmodern nomads are crossing wide endless landscapes leading to a dream of no-where. My favourite areas are deserts like the sahara or high mountains, as in these empty terrestric regions the far-away horizon and sky is no limit anymore but a possible gate to inspiration and freedom. Posts will be published normally in English, but whenever appropriate also only in my mother tongue German. Unless otherwise mentioned or individually specified (for example by naming the author, artist, etc.) all texts, photos and/or graphic illustrations in this blog are subject to © transmutation.me which may please be respected.

11 thoughts on “THE OLD CITY OF SPANDAU IN AND CLOSE TO BERLIN”

    1. Yes, but times are changing, and Berlin is therefore quite heterogeneous in architecture due to many reasons. Poland in contrast has much more conserved, restored and rebuilt historical buildings in a lot of towns after the 2nd world war.

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      1. I remembering reading somewhere that it really varied across Europe, with some ancient cities being rebuilt more or less exactly as they had been before the war and others ending up looking very different.

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      2. Yes, that is correct. In Germany there are cities which were more or less reconstructed like Dresden in the old way, in contrast to Kassel where after World II mainly modern buildings were being builts in the city centre. A lot of people were also quite happy to live then in more modern buildings.

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      3. I see. I imagine that from this distance, rebuilding the cities in the original style probably seems the better strategy. I’m guessing it meant that those cities can still make a lot of revenue from tourism whereas places built in a more modern style don’t attract as much. This is just my guess, though. I won’t be all that surprised if I’m completely wrong in my assumptions. 🙂

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      4. Well, we have a real “problem” here in Berlin: too many tourists coming from everywhere, so old and also new architecture is attractive, but in a big town like Berlin you will find also a lot of culture, night-clubs, art, weird events, crazy people of all kind and nationalities, a.s.o. The city never sleeps …

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      5. I’m glad that at least some of the cities preserved their early appearance. I heard that the center of the British city of Coventry was destroyed and replaced with much less attractive modern buildings.

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      6. In my next post I will write about one artist from Wroclaw in Silesia/Poland (European Culture Capital 2016), and you will then see from some old photos how it looked like partly in 1945. Fortunately I was born a bit later.

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