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Malini Kochupillai

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Hans Scharoun

Berlin 1956-1963



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Walks, Paths along the Riverbank,
Places on the Water
The East Harbour (Osthafen) on the banks of the Spree in Friedrichshain


Stralau Walk

Hostel am Flußbad

Lakeside Residence

Luisenstädt. Canal Gardens

Schöneb. Nat. Reserve

Café Buchwald

Capt'n Schillow

Lions' Bridge

R. Luxemburg Memorial

Villa von der Heydt

Schildhorn Column    

Overnight in Fischerkietz   
Kleist's Grave 
At the Flutgraben 

East Harbour

The banks of the Spree in Friedrichshain and the East Harbour offer one of the liveliest and most pleasant ways down to the river that one can find in the city area. The docks are a narrow ribbon, extending one or two kilometres between the river and the six-lane traffic route that accompanies the Spree from the Jannowitzbruecke (Jannowitz Bridge) to the Stralauer Halbinsel ( peninsula). Although there are still gatehouses, visitors can make their way, undisturbed, to the railway tracks, warehouses, loading ramps and huge travelling cranes which load the freight boats with scrap or building materials. In one of the two brick buildings that are used for management and administration, there is a light friendly canteen with a small summer garden going down to the Spree. On work days, it is open from 6.00-17.00.This stretch of the river is more imposing and busier than elsewhere too, with the Landwehr canal on the opposite bank, Kreutzberg-Treptow Ufer, and the flood drains joining it. Before the Wall came down, the docks were an important place for handling goods for the major building sites on the edge of East Berlin. Today, activity is considerably less. Dandelions and camomile squeeze between the asphalt and railway tracks and the rare occasions of industrial work merge with the atmosphere of the river to form an unbelievably romantic city landscape. The year 2007 will be the end of the Osthafen. It is to be turned into an accommodation and service complex for the workers of the New Economy. There are still a few years to experience this timeless industrial idyll between the Oberbaum and Elsen Bridge.




Address:  Stralauer Allee 2-16  10245 Berlin
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