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Soviet War Memorial in Schönholzer Heide in Berlin

Honouring the Soviet soldiers who died in the Second World War was obviously of huge importance to Joseph Stalin – in Berlin alone there are 4 memorials, one of which is the Soviet War Memorial in Schönholzer Heide (Das Sowjetische Ehrenmal in der Schönholzer Heide).  It may not be as centrally located as the Soviet War […]

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Punk Statues in Wilmersdorf

When I first came across a statue of a punk on a roundabout in Kreuzberg I was sure it was one of a kind.  But when I posted about it, two of my Twitter followers, Christophe Robin and sprng got in touch to say that there are similar statues outside the Bürgeramt Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf. The three […]

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The Abandoned Iraqi Embassy in Berlin (Die Verlassene Irakische Botschaft)

Built in 1974 and empty since staff were ordered to leave during the Gulf War in January 1991 the abandoned Iraqi Embassy in Berlin is a popular Urbex destination. The non-descript pre-fabricated concrete building (the Plattenbau style so common in Soviet-era East Germany) sits in a quiet cul-de-sac in the former diplomatic quarter of the […]

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John F Kennedy (JFK) Plaque at Rathaus Schöneberg Berlin commemorating his "Ich Bin Ein Berliner" speech

Famous Berliners: President John F Kennedy (JFK)

He was born in Brookline, Massachusetts and never lived in Berlin but President John F Kennedy is probably the most famous ‘Berliner’. In a speech on the steps of Rathaus Schöneberg on 26 June 1963 Kennedy declared: All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin, and, therefore, as a free man, I […]

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