Reichshauptstadt… It is one of those brutal German compound words… but all it means is… Empire capital city. 🙂
And… yes. It is fighting back. Today there was more snow… and even more than more snow on the ground? There was snow falling from the sky. So I didnt go as far as I wanted to, and if there is a repeat tomorrow, I might take the day off. While I have a new, skookum walking outfit, it isn’t up for -6 with the windchill.
I AM WEAK! I know! I don’t have the toughness for this negative degrees nonsense!
So I picked up where I left off, at the Heerstr. S-Bahn station and boogied off to Theodor Heuss Platz.
Which is far more exciting when you know it was Adolf Hitler Platz back in the day. Now, I don’t know if this was the *first* AH Platz, or the 21st. Most German towns had one, back when the mustachioed fellow roamed the earth.
In fact, there was even a song about it.
What is better about AH Platz is that Dr. Joseph Goebbels maintained a mistress in a flat here. Come on one of my tours, and I will even show you where!
Then I continued along, and Heerstrasse changed to:
That is 100% glorious Wilhelmine copshop-tacularness! I have been inside once.. and it is pretty amazing. Plenty of room for hot lightbulbs and rubber hoses and all those things that the German police used to hold dear. This has always been a police station… so.. if you want to have a little thrill, I am sure the Gestapo, at some point, did SOMETHING, in this building. If nothing more than having a coffee and a slice of apfelküchen! 🙂
Tea with the Geheimestaatspolizei! Such fun!
But then I took a wee detour! Not even a block… but this is WAR walks for health, and not Police walks for health… and… There was something wicked around the corner!
The Reichsmilitargericht, or (later on) Reichskriegsgericht… the official military court in Berlin! You could end up here if you were naughty, or… and enemy of the regime. Treason, desertion, espionage… those sorts of things would get you a visit here. Now this whole building is private flats… I dream of living here! It would be fitting!
Germans love to put up signs to remind themselves how guilty they feel about the war. Truth be told, on the allied side, we weren’t very nice to ‘conchies’ either, though we didn’t kill them. I am not entirely sure what happened to conchies in Germany. I know that the Jehovah’s Witnesses were put into concentration camps because they wouldn’t fight.
Speaking of Nazi Germany, every so often one gets a taste of it here. This is one of very few reich eagles remaining in the city. This building is now a tax office… so really, not much has changed. I wonder if the swastika is underneath the number there. Oh, to go look! 😀
Speaking of bad birds, am I allowed to say that the nazi eagle was a glorious piece of design? It is just so art deco and fab…
Lastly… one other piece of Nazi Berlin on the Kaiserdamm…
After this, the snow came back with a vengeance, so I called it a day and wound my way home!
Was in my open blue crocband crocs- just a bit too cold on the ankles for such a bitter day… but they are so comfy!
This is your training. Check it out!
|When||Wed, 20 Feb 12:33|
|How did it go||Bastarding Berlin decided that snow on the ground wasn’t enough!!!!!! It was coming down hard.|
|Total Distance||7.39 km|
|Average Pace||11:17 /km|
|Average Speed||5.32 km/h|
|Total Calories Burned||904|
|Weight||France would fit three times in my trunk!|
|Shoes||crocs, 117 km|
|Weather||0 °C, WC: -6 °C, 17km/h N, 93%|