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Smartphone App Berlin history : Berlin's history in the Run explore

The Berlin-based know your neighborhood. Walking through the streets, you know the houses, the people, you know, where the best Döner, you know, up to how much

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Smartphone App Berlin history : Berlin's history in the Run explore

The Berlin-based know your neighborhood. Walking through the streets, you know the houses, the people, you know, where the best Döner, you know, up to how much at the supermarket is opened. Everything that you need. But there is still much more to learn. Berlin is like a huge Museum and every street has something to tell, just nobody's listening most of the time. And often one does not know what is hidden behind the facades.

in Contrast, to help now a new App: "Berlin history" is a history application, which tries to images, sound recordings, Videos, information texts and maps, to bring the people who walk through Berlin, a few of these stories in more detail. It is a project of Rainer Klemke, to 2012 memorial speaker of the Berlin Senate. For three years, his Team work and he will catch on to this huge.

If you need to download the free App and open, to get a feel for what it was designed for a large-scale project here. On the home page, different fields are displayed, the user can click through: You can read the beginning of a Text about political monuments, or you will discover fascinating facts on the subject of Ghost stations. Thus, the stations are not meant to be, in the divided city accessible. Or if you look at a timeline: images from the Brandenburg gate from 1899 until 2016?

The App is intended to be further expanded

On a map, determines the current location of the user, appear everywhere, small icons, in different colors, which all say: Here there is to learn. There are a total of 600 such symbols, distributed over the whole of Berlin, but the project is not yet complete. The App should always be more and more expanded, to not only enter museums and foundations, but also schools and individuals. Actually, the platform is a kind of Wikipedia: anyone Who has something to tell or to show who has special Knowledge about a place, report on "Berlin history".

But today, there is much to learn: both in the centre and in the outskirts: On the Hindenburg dam in Steglitz, the App will show a small white icon. Anyone who clicks on it, learn something about the history of the local University hospital Benjamin Franklin. A Black-and-White photo shows the laying of the Foundation stone in the year 1959, when Willy Brandt, then governing mayor of Berlin, was present. A little further on, on the Walter-lens-street-you'll see a red icon. A click: The image of a house on popping in a Text: "Walter lens, Kidnapped in Berlin." Walter Lens? Kidnapped? One more click reveals more: Here Walter lens, a lawyer, fled in 1949 from East Germany to West Berlin lived, of the Stasi, 1952 kidnapped and was finally convicted in 1953 for anti-Soviet Propaganda to death.

The road in which I stand, were it so.

Especially in the middle of the map shows an infinite number of symbols. And users see not only pictures or texts. At Potsdamer Platz or in front of the Brandenburg gate two Audio-guided tours are offered. This offer will be expanded according to the creators of "quickly" and soon on other places of historical interest offered. The Tour begins at the Brandenburg gate, called "The disappearance of the GDR" and takes about 75 minutes to the Boulevard unter den Linden down. At the Brandenburg gate, the App shows images from the times of the GDR, when this part of the wall ran, and while you listen, popping in connection with the content of a Video: Here is the speech of U.S. President Ronald Reagan, when he spoke the famous words "Tear down this wall". The Abundance of pictures, newspaper articles, Videos, and Original audio recordings is immense.

The many pictures from the past are exciting, also because Berlin has changed so much. Users can also choose between different map views. Since the "Straube Plan, for example," from 1910. A map of the city, which shows how Berlin set up in front of about 109 years. Here, there is also The road, I'm just not there as yet.

At the leash street in Neukölln, for example, in Red: "line road, in the construction". In the Treptower Park, a special card can be activated: the trade exhibition of 1896. It was the largest and most important exhibition in the world – of which nothing is left. With the App, you can now stroll through the green Park in Treptow and at the same time on the phone to see what was there, changes everything: for example, a huge exhibition building on the textile industry in Berlin, a hall sports, especially horses and water sports, or an exhibition of horticulture. And it is soon to be more. At the official project launch on Thursday, the initiators told that they are just going to collect Interviews with witnesses of different epochs, in order to make these also available in the App. And from the 20. July should be a special area for the "resistance in Germany", compiled by the German resistance memorial center.

pre-war maps and the Berlin wall

Anyone interested in Berlin before the Second world war, for the function of the pre-war cards is exciting. The Republic square in front of the Bundestag is a huge green area that merges into the Tiergarten Park, with the Bismarck-memorial in front of the Reichstag building. The change in the time, you can track within a few minutes of live: You can see the old Reichstag building, its destruction in the war, the years of Vacancy in the GDR, the Berlin wall ran, and then the reconstruction.

Speaking of the Berlin wall. Of course, the App also shows where the ran at that time. Who went time as a Tourist or with a tourist through Berlin, knows how often the wall is required. "We'd be in the East or in the West?" Also as a connoisseur, it is confused sometimes. With the App, you can answer the question quickly. For example: Here, on Moritz place, we are in the West, and over there, as the border crossing of Heinrich-Heine-Straße. A set of images shows this between 1961 and 1978.

The seemingly infinite amount of data in the App shows one thing: Everyone, even if he or she lives in this city, you can explore Berlin a little. In front of our door is a Museum waiting.

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