photos: Alicia Kassebohm
There is nothing like making memories with your loved ones and Berlin serves as the perfect setting for that. Every street, every corner could be worth capturing.
When wandering around the capital, common touristic attractions like Brandenburger Tor and the Fernsehturm are great to have in the back of a photograph, but let’s face it: they are quite overused. There are so many other photogenic locations in the capital that are just as beautiful and, judging by the latest trends on Instagram, even more popular than traditional Berlin sights. We took it upon ourselves to filter some of the most popular locations to make memories at and take pictures that stand out.
We went outside on a sunny day to explore the city and recreate some of the most popular Instagram shots. Our lovely co-writer and photographer Alicia Kassebohm captured us, the ladies of iHeartBerlin, on our little photo tour, and so we present to you: our most #iconicBerlinshots.
And what a day we had!
See the results of our shooting right after the jump and get some inspiration for your next photo city tour!
The first spot is one of the most impressive ones. The Marie-Elisabeth-Lüders-Haus, the third new building of the parliament at the Spree, was named after the liberal socialist politician and advocate of the women’s movement. The installed bridge symbolizes the closing of the gap between East and West. When arriving at the location, we couldn’t believe the spaciousness and magnitude of the architecture. The huge circular window serves as the perfect setting to balance and of course to take #iconicBerlinshots.
Marie-Elisabeth-Lüders-Haus at Schiffbauerdamm, 10117 Berlin.
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There are many places we pass in our day-to-day life without even noticing the beauty of them, taking them for granted. Subway stations are part of our everyday routines and many of them are quite fascinating. Alexanderplatz is a junction, a connecting station with thousands of people passing it every hour. The passages have beautiful tiles, and with a little climbing you can take a shot at the sea of light-blue/turquoise tiles. Obviously, we had fun.
Passage at U-Bahnhof Alexanderplatz
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Of course the ‘yellow snake’, as some like to call it, itself serves for some good photography. With its distinctive aesthetic, the Berlin subway is always recognizable, and since the trains even have the Brandenburger Tor design on their windows, there is no question of where you’re at. It’s kind of an adventure taking this pic, so prepare to be quick! The result is quite pleasing though.
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Passageway at S-Bhf Friedrichstraße
This is a pretty popular one on Instagram. The beauty of the station is obvious. As far as we know, the station’s architect also planned the Hackescher Markt station. This explains the similar aesthetic of it. It really is a beautiful spot and you should take a shot there.
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House of Small Wonder
Just recently, we talked about our love for beautiful stairways. Well, here’s another one, and it’s a good one! The House of Small Wonder is a Japanese-themed breakfast & lunch spot just off Friedrichstraße, with a spiral stair that could very well lead you to Alice’s wonderland. And it seems word has gotten out about this place. When we took the photograph many other people waited to get their turn at taking the perfect shot. In this very moment we were wondering whether to get a coffee or not, since the café upstairs looked very inviting. You should definitely see it for yourself.
House of Small Wonder, Johannisstraße 20, 10117 Berlin
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Well, when thinking of taking memorable pictures, a crematorium wouldn’t be the first thing on the list, naturally. Once you adapt to the fact though, you can really enjoy and appreciate the architecture of this grand complex. There is a very soothing dignity this building exudes, and while wandering around the area, you can appreciate life and honor the time. The crematorium was finalized in 1999 by renowned architects Axel Shulte and Charlotte Frank. Make sure to check when it’s open so you can visit the impressive column hall inside.
Crematory Baumschulenweg, Kiefholzstraße 221, 12437 Berlin
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This one needs a little love of adventure and climbing. But when up on top of the roof, the Tempodrom serves as one of the most rewarding settings to take some #iconicBerlinshots. Our very own Olga turned into a ballerina and matched perfectly with the top of the building. The Tempodrom is a venue where numerous concerts have taken and still take place. It was built in 1980, with a shape that reminds us of a big crown. You should get there to either see a show or take an iconic photograph.
Tempodrom, Möckernstraße 10, 10963 Berlin
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Soviet War Memorial (Treptower Park)
So, there is a Soviet War Memorial in Tiergarten, but never have Alicia or I been to this one at Treptower Park. Olga told us about it and arriving there, we couldn’t believe such a huge part of Berlin never crossed our path. Since we were all born in Berlin, it was a whole new discovery of the city. Walking up to the memorial is a commanding activity itself, but when reaching the statue, you can’t help but be impressed. Finalized in 1949, the statue of a soldier holding a child and smashing a swastika is a powerful symbol that lingers. Please make sure to see it for yourself.
Soviet War Memorial (Treptower Park), Puschkinallee, 12435 Berlin
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Big Bench at Club der Visionäre
There are probably countless pictures that exist from people coming out of the club on that over-sized bench. Who can blame them? While we don’t know much about the origin of the magical bench that makes you look as if you have shrunken to the size of a hobbit, we sure know it is a good spot to take shots that are a bit different. Again, a little climbing is required, but worth it.
Big Bench at Club der Visionäre, Am Flutgraben 1, 12435 Berlin
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Bunting at Choriner Straße
There are many beautiful streets in Berlin, especially in Mitte and Prenzlauer Berg. Choriner Straße took it up a notch and installed some all-year-long bunting. If you are looking for some unusual Berlin shots, you should go there and take your own #iconicBerlinshots.
Bunting at Choriner Straße, 10117 Berlin
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Swings at Mauerpark
Mauerpark is obviously a very popular tourist attraction for the younger generation, especially the flea market and open air karaoke on Sundays.
The huge swings that are installed up on the top of the hill next to the remains of the Berlin wall are also popular amongst the visitors, and rightfully so. While swinging, you can get an overview of the whole park and feel light as air. With its beautiful graffiti, the swings are the perfect spot to take #iconicberlinshots.
Swings at Mauerpark, Mauerpark Gleimstraße, 10437 Berlin
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We had a wonderful day visiting these amazing places in Berlin and hope the same for you.
We raise our glass to the city and you!