May 24: Berlin – Moabit
From the Siegessäule I shifted direction to the northeast, into the Moabit neighborhood.
Just a small distance along the Spreeweg is Schloss Bellevue, the official residence of the Federal President; nearby is the presidential office, a modern elliptical building.
A dense willow on the Spree, as seen from the Lutherbrücke.
Above the continuation of the same street, here Paulstraße, a pretty neat double-tapering support post for the railroad wires.
Don't even ponder thinking about considering an attempt to scale this fence. You will get geschnitzelt.
Some particularly mapley-looking sycamore leaves on the tucked-away Otto-Dix-Straße.
Out on Invalidenstraße, earthy color choices.
I happened upon the Hauptbahnhof (and this adorable car) while continuing east on Invalidenstraße but still had some more time available, so I turned north again for one last walking loop, onto Lehrterstraße.
The iconic recycledomes.
I really like the detailing of the masonry and the bay window here.
Lovely cascading blooms; can't tell what they are. Lots of old walls here that felt secretive.
And then, a fascinating old rather industrial-looking half-timbered building, actually evoking Northern Swiss building styles to me, just because that's where I've seen the most half-timbering around.
And then, just for contrast, this concrete monolith.
A mystifying assemblage of beams and columns.
I turned right on Perleberger Straße at the end of Lehrter in order to make my way back to the station; it crosses over this complex of tracks emanating from the Hauptbahnhof.
A longer view of the tracks back toward the Hbf.
Then another right turn onto Heidestraße, whence this transverse view of the sparseness of the railroad corridor I was now paralleling.
Kind of an L.A.-outskirts sort of vibe along here, at least in this strong sun. This tree even has a little bit of a palm shape.
An intriguingly massed Getränkefachgroßhandel building.
And soon, back to the Hbf shortly before my scheduled forenoon departure time. What is that tiny convertible??
I was surprised to find this vast, rather unfinished-looking gravel expanse right next to the station.
Back under the canopy...
back into the madding crowd.