Berlin, Berlin, Berlin!

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This summer I went on phototour in the north of Germany, visiting the cities of Kiel, Bremen, Lübeck and Berlin. The purpose of this visits was solely producing new photographic travel material for my Stock Photo Agencies. In order to make this whole trips most efficient, I did some researches before (almost every city has a homepage with tourist-information showing the landmarks and POI of the place or you can check stock galleries and see what has been captured there) and used for the first time “My Maps” (a Google App) as an GPS-based orientation help. It tourned out to be an extremly helpful app for making this kind of production-travel. Here is a screenshot of the app showing all the places (in this case of Berlin) I choose to visit and take photographies of:

Map of Berlin with POI

Map of Berlin with POI

So, with my GPS turned on, I always knew where I was, where to go and how long it would take me to get there. I also did some timing research in order to get the best light for the places I wanted to photograph. For example: I know the “Brandenburger Tor” faces (i.e. the statue of the Quadriga on top of it) towards east, so if I wanted to get some backlit images from it I had to be there at sunset. With all this data I was able to plan and realize the whole trip very efficiently as I had kind of a track & time plan to follow.

I arrived at the Berlin Central Station at midday and went directly to the first POI, the “Schloss Charlottenburg“:

Me arriving at the Berlin Central Station - Copyright by Kristian Peetz

Me arriving at the Berlin Central Station – Copyright by Kristian Peetz

Giant Glass-Front of the Berlin Central Station - Copyright by Kristian Peetz

Giant Glass-Front of the Berlin Central Station – Copyright by Kristian Peetz

 
Berlin Central Station - Copyright by Kristian Peetz

Berlin Central Station – Copyright by Kristian Peetz

 
Castle "Schloss Charlottenburg" in Berlin - Copyright by Kristian Peetz

Castle “Schloss Charlottenburg” in Berlin – Copyright by Kristian Peetz

 
Castle "Schloss Charlottenburg" in Berlin - Copyright by Kristian Peetz

Castle “Schloss Charlottenburg” in Berlin – Copyright by Kristian Peetz

 

After taking some pictures of the entrance and the beautiful park behind (images of the park are by the way somehow prohibited complicated to be shown to public due to some regulations of the owners of the castle… german info here), I went on to the “Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church” or what is left of it (was severly damaged during bombings in 1943):

"Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church" in Berlin - Copyright by Kristian Peetz

“Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church” in Berlin – Copyright by Kristian Peetz

Going on I went to the “Berlin Zoo” (but only outside, timing would not allow to visit it completly) and afterwards headed to the “Siegessäule“:
Entrance to the "Berlin Zoo" - Copyright by Kristian Peetz

Entrance to the “Berlin Zoo” – Copyright by Kristian Peetz

 
The "Siegessäule" in Berlin - Copyright by Kristian Peetz

The “Siegessäule” in Berlin – Copyright by Kristian Peetz

 
The "Siegessäule" in Berlin - Copyright by Kristian Peetz

The “Siegessäule” in Berlin – Copyright by Kristian Peetz

Walking down the “Strasse des 17. Juni” you get directly to the “Brandenburger Tor“:
"Brandenburger Tor" in Berlin - Copyright by Kristian Peetz

“Brandenburger Tor” in Berlin – Copyright by Kristian Peetz

 
"Brandenburger Tor" in Berlin - Copyright by Kristian Peetz

“Brandenburger Tor” in Berlin – Copyright by Kristian Peetz

But… just before you get there, be sure to walk to the left of the street… otherwise you will miss the “Schloss Bellevue” which is the official residence of the “Bundespräsident” in Germany:
"Schloss Bellevue" in Berlin - Copyright by Kristian Peetz

“Schloss Bellevue” in Berlin – Copyright by Kristian Peetz

Walking to the left of the “Brandenburger Tor” will lead you to the “Reichstag“:
"Reichstag" in Berlin - Copyright by Kristian Peetz

“Reichstag” in Berlin – Copyright by Kristian Peetz

 
"Reichstag" in Berlin - Copyright by Kristian Peetz

“Reichstag” in Berlin – Copyright by Kristian Peetz

Getting back on track and walking through the “Brandenburger Tor” you get to walk down the boulevard “Unter den Linden” till you reach the impressive “Berliner Dom“:
The "Berliner Dom" in Berlin - Copyright by Kristian Peetz

The “Berliner Dom” in Berlin – Copyright by Kristian Peetz

 
The "Berliner Dom" in Berlin - Copyright by Kristian Peetz

The “Berliner Dom” in Berlin – Copyright by Kristian Peetz

If you then turn to the left you get to the “Museumsinsel“:
The "Alte Museum" in Berlin - Copyright by Kristian Peetz

The “Alte Museum” in Berlin – Copyright by Kristian Peetz

 
The "Bode Museum" in Berlin - Copyright by Kristian Peetz

The “Bode Museum” in Berlin – Copyright by Kristian Peetz

 
The "Bode Museum" in Berlin - Copyright by Kristian Peetz

The “Bode Museum” in Berlin – Copyright by Kristian Peetz

When I got there it was just some minutes before sunset, so I speeded up a bit to get back to the “Brandenburger Tor” for my backlit images… but not before getting a snap of the “Fernsehturm” and the “Neptune Fountain“:
The "Fernsehturm" in Berlin - Copyright by Kristian Peetz

The “Fernsehturm” in Berlin – Copyright by Kristian Peetz

 
The "Neptunbrunnen" in Berlin - Copyright by Kristian Peetz

The “Neptunbrunnen” in Berlin – Copyright by Kristian Peetz

Finally I got back to the “Brandenburger Tor” and got my planned backlits with a really wonderfull “golden light”:
The "Brandenburger Tor" in Berlin - Copyright by Kristian Peetz

The “Brandenburger Tor” in Berlin – Copyright by Kristian Peetz

 
The "Brandenburger Tor" in Berlin - Copyright by Kristian Peetz

The “Brandenburger Tor” in Berlin – Copyright by Kristian Peetz

 
The "Brandenburger Tor" in Berlin - Copyright by Kristian Peetz

The “Brandenburger Tor” in Berlin – Copyright by Kristian Peetz

 
The "Brandenburger Tor" in Berlin - Copyright by Kristian Peetz

The “Brandenburger Tor” in Berlin – Copyright by Kristian Peetz

… and as if fortune had been all along with me, I had the chance to experience a great, dramatic sky with all the lights you can dream of as a photographer:
The "Reichstag" in Berlin - Copyright by Kristian Peetz

The “Reichstag” in Berlin – Copyright by Kristian Peetz

 
The "Reichstag" in Berlin - Copyright by Kristian Peetz

The “Reichstag” in Berlin – Copyright by Kristian Peetz

 
The "Reichstag" in Berlin - Copyright by Kristian Peetz

The “Reichstag” in Berlin – Copyright by Kristian Peetz

 
The Berlin Central Station at sunset - Copyright by Kristian Peetz

The Berlin Central Station at sunset – Copyright by Kristian Peetz

After this I took my train back home. All in all it was a 9 hours walk, round about 30 kilometers which is actually the daily maximum for me before I get tired and my creative energy goes down the drain. By the way… it was during this trip that I began thinking about a new camera system: 4/3 mirrorless. The reason? Well, carrying around 8-9 kilos equipment on your bag + tripod 9 hours long makes you really think about lighter alternatives for your back… but more on this in a later blog.

There were many, many spots I missed (the whole trip was planned as just an one-day visit) and Berlin is a fantastic playground for photographers. I am sure I will return to this city! As the old german song goes: “Ich hab´noch einen Koffer in Berlin…” (youtube)

You may see more pictures of this trip (and license them if you want to) here or at the usual suspects here.