Although reunification happened over ten years ago, Berlin still has a lot of open spaces that are a product of bombing in the Second World War. In some information we read it said that German women between the ages of 15 and 50 had to clean up rubble after the war so that the material could be re-used. 75% of the rubble was recycled into new buildings.
There is still a lot of evidence of shell and bullet damage that has been patched. Some buildings are now fusions of old and new, like the church (bottom right) which still has the wrecked steeple and a new glass tower and main body. These are built from blue glass blocks and I didn't find them attractive or sympathetic. Maybe that was the point.
There are still some old buildings, but not as many as in other European capitals. Some are the only one on a street, surrounded by brand new temples to modern design. Our hotel had a lovely old facade, but the real building behind was completely new.
The Brandenburg Gate and surroundings was almost completely destroyed, and then in a bit of a non-state when the Wall was up. Now it has been repaired but all the buildings forming the rebuilt courtyard are new. Most of them are embassies, with the US being the first, and adjoining the gate.
This also means McDonalds, Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks are a mere stone's throw away. We didn't visit any of them...
There is a lot of construction still going on. Roads are dug up to replace cables and utility supplies and new apartments are being built. Another thing that is noticeable is the trees. They are all quite young and not fully developed. This is because what weren't burnt in the bombing were cut down in the wartime winters for fuel. In a few more years they'll be back to strength and maybe all the better for a culling. It must have been very bleak without them.
Some of the buildings look old (bottom right) but are replicas. Others are zanily modern. There is a lot of glass everywhere, especially in Potzdam Platz which is virtually all new (top right). The railway stations are amazing, but I'll save train pictures for another day.
If I'm really honest I don't know whether I like all the modern stuff or not. The problem for me is that it's not confined to a few new developments as it is in other cities. It's everywhere, through necessity I suppose, but I'm rather a fan of the old stuff...