Berlin is characterized by its neighborhoods, each with its specific atmosphere, architecture, and history. On Saturday and Sunday I led students through two fascinating neighborhoods, Die Mitte and Prenzlauer Berg, which are located in the former East Berlin, and were among the most densely populated neighborhoods in Europe from the 1870s until the end of World War II. Despite the 6 inches of snow on the ground, we examined architectural differences and continuity of the streets, influences of Soviet-era architecture, and renovation since German unification in 1990. The streets are filled with outdoor markets and people shopping and just taking walks. Cafes and restaurants, as well as small stores populate the streets.
Prof. Wolf, Trevor, Hillary, Rip, and Alex take a break from the cold in Sophien Eck cafe. In the second image, Prof. Wolf and Alex discuss a typical Berlin “Hof” which were known as “Mietskaserne” in the late 19th century due to the many people who lived there.