One of the (many) things I love about the German language is how apartment buildings are referred to as “houses”. For a language rich in precision, it’s surprising to me that there really isn’t another word that tries to distinguish a freestanding house from an apartment building (that I’ve ever heard, but correct me if I’m wrong).* I kind of find this nice and quaint and homey.
In any case, I adore the houses in Berlin. I love the old houses that have been lovingly restored to their former beauty. I love the old houses that are falling apart and still have bullet holes from WWII. I love the East Berlin Plattenbau. I love all of it, all mixed up together.
But as life turns out, Berlin will have to wait a bit longer to love me back. I will be staying full-time in Bremen until I finish my PhD, and then my future is wide open to pursue my dreams anywhere in the world. I haven’t given up completely on the idea of Berlin just yet, but will have to save her for another time and another way.
So in celebration of one of my favorite cities in the world, here is my short photographic tribute to the houses of Germany’s capital…
What do you think of Berlin’s architecture? Love it or hate it? Do you have a love affair with the houses where you live?
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* Update: Okay, so Mehrfamilienhaus and Wohnblock do technically describe an apartment building, but I don’t feel like they’re used in casual conversation when talking about where you live. Oder?