"Potsdamer Platz", a central square in Berlin where the Soviet, British and American sectors
met. In the background you can see the ruin of "Haus Vaterland", one of a number of exclusive
restaurants and department stores which had surrounded Potsdamer Platz since the beginning of
the century. At that time, Potsdamer Platz had been considered the busiest square in Europe.
After the Wall came up - two years after this photograph was taken - the square became a kind
In the foreground you can see an "S" sign, which signifies the S-Bahn station for city trains
which run underground here. At the time the picture was taken, this S-Bahn line connected all
the Sectors in Berlin. When the wall came up, however, the trains travelled through the
stations in the Soviet zone without stopping, turning them into „ghost stations“ - except for
Friedrichstraße, which was a checkpoint.
After the fall of the Wall, Potsdamer Platz became a huge building site from which major
business centres, cinemas, shopping centres etc. emerged.