During the Cold War Nordbahnhof was quite a tragic place to be. The Berlin Wall ran straight through this place. Before the wall was build, people travelled to the other parts of Berlin via the Nordbahnhof station. But after 1961 Nordbahnhof became a lost ghost station. Now it’s full of travelling people again. And Berliners play volleyball near the colorful Berlin Wall remains.
Nordbahnhof: ghost station
If you walk around the station of Nordbahnhof it is hard to imagine what it was like during the Cold War. People run to catch the approaching metros. But on the walls you can see pictures of Nordbahnhof. A huge wall prevents people from entering the station. Nobody could enter it anymore. The GDR government gave orders to do so, because a lot of people tried to get to West Berlin by fleeing through the unused station. When you enter Nordbahnhof now, you can spot a mark on the ground which marks where this wall used to be. It makes Nordbahnhof a strange place to be.
Nordbahnhof during the Cold War
The surroundings of Nordbahnhof are strange too. The Berlin Wall not only turned Nordbahnhof in a strange place, it also ran on nearby Gartenstrasse. At St. Hedwigs Cemetery you can still see beautifull gravestones, but also a large part of the Berlin Wall. Some graves were demolished to make way for the hated piece of concrete that literally cut right through Berlin lives. But the weirdest place to be probably is the volleyball field of Beach Mitte and Mount Mitte.
During the Cold War people didn’t dare being so close to the Berlin Wall. But now, when the sun starts shining and heats up cold Berlin, you can play volleyball at the sandy volleyball court. Or climb Mount Mitte, a spectacular climbing station where young and old can use the ropes to climb up and enjoy the view over Mitte and Prenzlauer Berg in an old Trabant that dangles above the ground. And if they have exercised enough, they enjoy a Hawaiian style cocktail or let the sand seep through their toes while they eat a sausage with friends at the bar.
Berlin Wall at Nordbahnhof
The Berlin Wall is never far away, though. You’d better not smash those volleyballs too hard, or they might hit the glass that is still on top of the Berlin Wall that separates the volleyball fields from the rest of Berlin. If you don’t like volleyball, climbing and drinking cocktails, it is still a nice place to watch great graffiti. The Berlin Wall is covered with great urban drawings. Want to see more pictures of Nordbahnhof? Check out our Facebook page for more images!