THE CLEAR-EYED VOYAGE

During a trip while reaching a wooden forgotten bridge we can feel deeply in the middle of it the gleaming water of the river under us endlessly flowing like the vibrant blood in our veins. Something in us would like to join this fluid primeval journey of the river, but we meanwhile have to cross impatiently this bridge and old monument of a somehow also restless motion. Afterwards, when we finally reach the other riverside, we suddenly realize that such an extensive move comprises just another small step towards the far away in horizon. What is lying beyound to be discovered, we shall regularly not know for sure. Time to say good bye …

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.