Hochbahn Ecke Skalitzer-, Wiener- und Oranienstrasse Berlin, ca 1900

This gorgeous historic image shows the intersection of Skalitzer, Wiener and Oranienstrasse in Berlin, ca 1900. It’s just around the corner from where I live, so it’s cool to get to compare how the area has changed. Not that much, actually, taking into account the basic street layout. Horse-drawn trams aren’t around anymore, but the above-the-ground subway (given the image its title “Hochbahn”) is still there, the intersection layout is the same, many people jaywalk at any given time, then as today. I think even the advertising column is still at the same spot, although I’d have to check.

I’ve always hope there would be an augmented reality app, or a Layar layer, that aggregates historic images like this one, and based on geo tag let’s you see streets and houses as they looked ten, fifty or a hundred years ago. (If this exists already, drop me a line, will you?)

(Thanks for the pointer, Martin!)

Source: Wikimedia Commons. The image is in the Public Domain.


The “original” Berlin wall. Which is also why there are all those places with train station or gate names to different cities – Kottbusser Tor, Barandenburger Tor, Oranienburger Tor, Hamburger Bahnhof or your own Görlitzer Bahnhof. The gates were in that wall, the train stations were all built outside that wall. http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berliner_Zollmauer

Okay, the English page translates it as “Customs Wall”. My bad!


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