This was Kreuzberg in 1979

How much can a neighbourhood change?
I watched this short video from Kreuzberg in 1979 and wonder how much can a neighborhood change. I walk around the Kreuzberg streets of the video below without thinking about how different this neighborhood was less than 35 years ago. But everything was different back then.

Kreuzberg in 1979

The Berlin Wall used to stand across the Spree and the Oberbaumbrucke was still in ruins between two countries that don’t exist anymore. On the video above, filmed in 1979, you can see how empty Schlesisches Tor used to be. Why would anybody want to live so close to where the action would happen in case of war? Also, remember that there was no Gorlitzer Park. Just the ruins of what used to be the Berlin Görlitzer Bahnhof. But now, everything is different.

Read more: The life in Berlin in the 30s

Next time you go to that area to enjoy some burgers at Burgermeister or some drinks at the bars there, try to imagine how different it was just over 30 years ago. This is a short movie but if you are interested in understanding how Berlin used to be, you will enjoy this one. And this one from Berlin in 1991.

Kreuzberg in 1979 — This was how this neighborhood used to look like a few decades ago


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