Abandoned in Berlin, Germany.

Some time ago I had a wonderful day in Berlin, Germany. I had some business to do there and was the same moment invited by a wonderful person who wanted to show me the great architecture, the wide alleys and the grandeur of the old and modern city.
When I think about Berlin, I see in front of my inner eye modern buildings, the Jewish monument reminding the Holocaust, incredible huge shopping malls like the KaDeWe, some rivers, and streets like in the USA: wide, 4 lanes and never ending traffic. In two words: all what I don’t really like.

But that wonderful person drove me around for an entire day to the places that make the city really beautiful. Alleys after alleys I saw big buildings full of history, from different eras, I love the Gründerzeit (Founding Epoch Architecture style).
We drove through varies districts for hours and still I haven’t seen a third, she told me. We saw wonderful front gardens, fenced with wonderful wrought iron fences and gates, mansions that seem to be castles in the neighborhood of modern insignificant looking bungalows.

The mansion is situated in the Grunewald district which is already known for being one of the best parts of the city.
The first owner was a certain Franz Pietschmann. Ernst Nölle who was involved in the steel industry bought the place in 1899 and built the mansion in the following years.
He lived in the mansion with his wife and their five children. I just can imagine the joy of playing in the huge park-like garden just right to a lake, the Dianasee.
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