Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin
Throughout the district, bullet holes mark the facades. Prenzlauerberg escaped the majority of the damage inflicted on Berlin, and so the area contains a lot of buildings from the period before the war.
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The Water Tower is one of the oldest and best known buildings in the district of Prenzlauer Berg. It was built in 1875 at a time when the district was starting to grow rapidly.
Like much in Berlin, the Water Tower has a dark history, as it was used by Hitler and the SA as a mini-concentration camp shortly after they came to power. Jews and opponents of the Nazi regime were tortured and killed here. Later, after Hitler turned against Ernst Rohm and the SA, an event known as the Night of the Long Knives, many of the SA men were imprisoned and murdered in the tower.
The Water Tower was converted into flats after war. A plaque outside the tower commemorates the atrocities committed here during Nazi rule. The tower is on the corner of Knaackstrasee and Rykestrasse and the nearest S-Bahn is Senefelder Platz.
The area of Prenzlauer Berg is often left undiscovered by tourists as well as by people living in Berlin. This part of former-East Berlin has a completely different feel to it, more of an openess. People are who they want to be, whether that means being the normal person from nextdoor, or the guy with dreadlocks hanging around the street. I love going to U Eberswalder Straße and walking around the area. There are some really nice second hand stores and other alternative fashion shops. On Saturdays there's a small but really nice open market. Just walk down Knaackstraße and you'll eventually run into.