Berlin History 5 of 15 – Ruined Visions 1 of 4 – Matt Frei BBC Culture Documentary, recorded 11.12.2009 “Ruined Visions” — Series in which Matt Frei explores different aspects of Berlin, a city that thrives on diversity. After the wall fell on November 9th 1989, Berlin regained its status as Germany’s political and cultural centre. In its 800 year history many different regimes have used the city as a showcase of power. Recorded from BBC on 24.11.2009.
Archiv für Januar 2011
• www.berlin-videoguide.de • Travel Guide, Destination Germany: Berlin – Gendarmenmarkt. • Die besten, schönsten, interessantesten und beliebtesten Reiseziele, Urlaubsziele, Sehenswürdigkeiten in Deutschland: Berlin – Gendarmenmarkt. — The Gendarmenmarkt is a square in Berlin, and the site of the Konzerthaus and the French and German Cathedrals. The centre of the Gendarmenmarkt is crowned by a statue of Germany’s poet Friedrich Schiller. The square was created by Johann Arnold Nering at the end of the seventeenth century as the Linden-Markt and reconstructed by Georg Christian Ungerin 1773. The Gendarmenmarkt is named after the cuirassier regiment Gens d’Armes, which was deployed at this square until 1773. The French Cathedral (in German: Französischer Dom) the older of the two cathedrals was built by the Huguenot community between 1701 and 1705. The cathedral was modeled after the destroyed Huguenot church in Charenton-Saint-Maurice, France. The tower and porticos, designed by Carl von Gontard, were added to the building in 1785. The French cathedral has a viewing platform, a restaurant and a Huguenot museum. The German Cathedral (in German: Deutscher Dom) is located in the south of the Gendarmenmarkt. It has a pentagonal structure which was designed by Martin Grünberg and built in 1708 by Giovanni Simonetti. In 1785 it was modified by Carl von Gontard, who build the domed tower. The German cathedral was completely destroyed during World War II through fire in 1945 …
Das Museum für Naturkunde Berlin… how is your German coming along? That’s right, it’s the natural history museum of Berlin. On Sunday, Scott, Judith and I decided to do something different for a change – something that doesn’t involve sitting in front of our computers or hanging around a bunch of friends consuming food and drinks. Talking of food, Scott and I did kick off the afternoon with lunch at a near-by Subway – our little cure for the homesick blues. Yup, it’s exactly the same, except that the soda fountain has no ice so your soda stays super sweet and sticky and warms up throughout your meal. I learned my lesson and got sparkling mineral water this time. The first hall of the museum impresses with real dinosaur skeletons and very cool 3D animation that brings them to life – a project our new Berlin friend and animator Andreas Rohde was involved in. After that it just gets creepier and creepier – as you’d expect from the type of place that might have inspired films like Jumanji and Night at the Museum. Granted, it’s not as big as the Smithsonian or the American Museum of Natural History in New York, which by the way just unveiled an amazing-sounding iPhone app to be used in the museum. But the Berlin museum had a parasite section that added an extra special touch. They even had live bed bugs! Eeek!
Called the ugliest building in Berlin, the Palast der Republik is one of the last remaining relics of the former GDR in the heart of the city. But after the Berlin and German governments voted to tear the building down, a number of Berliners rose up to save the Palast. Brokedown Palast not only documents this political debate but is a meditation on the building, it’s city and the residual emotions and sentiments over this fading chapter in modern German history.
From the BBC News archive, footage of the collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Includes statement by then-Prime Minister of Great Britain, Margaret Thatcher.