Kulturforum und Potsdamer Platz

Trip Start Jul 10, 2006
Trip End Dec 10, 2007

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Saturday, July 14, 2007

The Kulturforum was designed, in the late 1950s, to become the cultural center of West Berlin, thus constituting a counterpart to the Museuminsel in the eastern part of the city. It contains the Gemäldegalerie with a comprehensive collection of painting from the 1200s to the 1700s, the Neue Nationalgalerie with a collection of art from the first half of the 20th century, and two inter sting buildings by architect Hans Scharoun: the Philharmonie, where the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra plays, with a roof in the form of a giant wave, and the National Library, the inside of which provided the setting for many scenes in Wim Wender's Wings of Desire. (And this film is the only way to see the inside without a library card, which costs 10 euros per month.)

Nearby Potsdamer Platz was, for a long time, the busiest crossroads in Europe. Split in two by the Wall when the city was divided, it was left as a waste ground. Since 1990 it has been completely rebuilt and is a showcase for postmodern architecture and urban planning.
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