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My Munich: Ghost station Olympiastadion

In the vicinity of Munich’s Olympic Stadium is a train station overgrown with brush and weeds. The tracks stretch north and south, but go nowhere.

Munich played host to the Summer Olympics in 1972; physical reminders include the Olympiadorf (Olympic Village), Olympiapark, and the Olympiastadion (Olympic Stadium). In 1988, the train station “München Olympiastadion” closed to train service for the final time. Rail tracks which connected the station with the North Ring freight tracks were cut, isolating the station and leaving it to decay.

Since 2001, the Olympic Village has been listed as part of the heritage Olympiapark ensemble which includes the abandoned station. But will the station be left to decay? Or will the station be refurbished in some way to become a living memorial?

Historical maps of the MVV U- and S-Bahn system show how train service from central Munich to Olympic Stadium was utilized. S-Bahn train service carried passengers along the central trunk to Olympic Stadium via Hauptbahnhof, Laim, and Moosach; check out the system maps for June 1972 and June 1988.


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Tierpark Berlin, Friedrichstrasse, Bahnhof Friedrichstrasse, train station, S-Bahn Berlin, Berlin, Hauptstadt, Germany, fotoeins.com, myRTW

Fotoeins Friday: “Tierpark”, Berlin Friedrichstrasse

13 November 2012.

In the midst of the daily rush and shove, do you sometimes feel like a mindless animal on the move, and you haven’t decided whether to moo or bray? That’s what I had in mind when I saw the banner for Berlin’s Tierpark (animal park). That also depends on what commuters might be thinking if I happen to be pointing my camera in their direction.

During my year-long RTW, I made this photo on 13 November 2012 with the Canon 450D, 18-55 kit-lens, and the following settings: 1/160-sec, f/5, ISO400, 40mm focal length (64mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-ahA.

My Berlin: Bornholmer Strasse, first through the Wall

By today’s appearance, it’s easy to overlook the bridge at Bornholmer Strasse (also known as Bösebrücke) as an historic landmark. On the night of 9 November 1989, the Berlin Wall opened here first, at the Bornholmer Strasse bridge border-crossing between East Berlin and West Berlin.


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S+U Marienplatz, Marienplatz, Muenchen, Munich, Bavaria, Bayern, Germany, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: Ghosts in the commute (Munich)

430pm in any large city generally means the afternoon rush is in full-swing. The centre of Munich is unofficially marked by the transport junction at Marienplatz for both U- and S-Bahn trains. When I come up to the underground concourse, a steady flow of people are streaming through, up, and down. That sparks an idea. Ideally, I’d like to have a neutral-density filter to cut down the light by at least a factor of two, but I have the camera stopped down enough that even a long-exposure isn’t completely burning the highlights, although hindsight tells me I could’ve turned the ISO further down. I think my experiment worked relatively well; standing around with a tripod would be far too conspicuous.

I made the photo above on 22 February 2017 with the Canon EOS6D, 24-105 zoom, and the following settings: 1-sec, f/22, ISO400, 24mm focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-9uF.

Westkreuz, Ringbahn, S-Bahn Berlin, Westend, Berlin, Germany, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: Berlin Westkreuz, 11 and 12

In the German capital city of Berlin, the Ringbahn is a “circle line” for S-Bahn trains. Route S41 runs clockwise and route S42 runs counterclockwise; each makes one complete circuit in 60 minutes. Additional S45, S46, and S47 routes run shorter turnarounds and/or spurs to other suburbs. Passengers are allowed to take bicycles and dogs (on leash) onto S-Bahn trains. In Berlin’s Westend, Westkreuz is the “west junction,” and the station serves as the intersection of Ringbahn trains with east-west S5 and S7 trains. The outline of the Ringbahn around Berlin looks like a dog’s head; naturally, some Berliners refer to the Ringbahn as the “Hundekopf” (rbb, in German). Westkreuz station would be between the dog’s nose and mouth.

Berlin Westkreuz Ringbahn

Stadtteil (neighbourhood): Westend.
Bezirk (borough): Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf.

I made the photo above on 7 December 2015 with the Canon EOS6D camera, 24-105 L zoom-lens, and the following settings: 1/160s, f/5, ISO2000, 24mm focal length. The map of the Ringbahn is by Wiki user CellarDoor85 (Robert Aehnelt), from the German Berliner Ringbahn wiki page. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-7K4.

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