Hauntingly Beautiful - the Jewish Cemetery in Prenzlauerberg's Schönhauser Allee

Located in the ‘Prenzlauerberg Triangle’ between Schönhauser Allee, Knaackstrasse and Kollowitzstrasse, it was consecrated in 1827 and for over half a century was the only burial ground available for Berlin’s Jews.  Today, it is nothing more than a haunting reminder of the horrors of the holocaust for, put simply, there are no relatives to tend the graves.  

Berlin's Holocaust Memorial - A Moving Tribute, Provocative Public Art or a Giant Playground?

Berlin's Holocaust Memorial - A Moving Tribute, Provocative Public Art or a Giant Playground?

Whilst I was there, families were playing hide and seek between the pillars.  Two American tourists were jumping from slab to slab, in a attempt to race each other to the end.  Teenagers were chasing each other through the paths, shrieking loudly.  And then there's selfies. Seriously.  

Christmas Day in Berlin's Prenzlauerberg

Christmas Day in Berlin's Prenzlauerberg

Today, it's glamorous and gentrified and the techno clubs are long gone, replaced with cafes filled with yummy mummies, sipping lattes and blocking doors with their buggies... it's also home to an old synagogue (and Jewish cemetery) and some funky restaurants and is a wonderful place to spend a few hours (or, in the summer, a long day). 

Alexanderplatz and its urban history

Alexanderplatz and its urban history

The result, predictably, was that the square became a showcase for “socialist architecture.”  A number of ugly, soulless buildings went up, along with the 'Fernsehtum’ or, as it’s better known, the Television Tower.  Designed with the help of the Swedes, it stands at 365 metres high and at its top is a revolving restaurant...