I find such places interesting because no one else does. The newspaper clipping gave me a good excuse for a mini-expedition. I had 60 minutes between two lectures and this should be just enough. But the station was much more complex than I had expected. Several levels, many tunnels, a lot of dead space and dead ends. Even some places where the homeless were sleeping undisturbed. A fascinating 3D search space, fun to explore.
|Friedrichstrasse station: Complex space levels|
|Friedrichstrasse station: Dead space with dead electronic machines|
|Friedrichstrasse station: Dead space with sleeping homeless|
- The station masters of the Deutsche Bahn at the lowest level: did not know it.
- Two friendly police men at the middle level: did not know it.
- Staff at the information desk of the S-Bahn: did not know it.
- A homeless one-legged beggar in one of the tunnels: took my 2 euros but did not even understand German.
The metro was chock full but a few people mamanged to push in after me. Among them a short old man with a leather cap, a grey beard and intelligent eyes. He loked local, so I showed him the newspaper clipping:
- Of course I know where it is. It's inside that building down there (pointing out of the metro window). I have lived here a long time and I know everything here (telling me about several historic buildings that the communist had torn down). I would be a good city guide for you (but he didn't make me an offer).
- Two cleaning ladies in the overpass bridge: did not know, pointed me to the station master.
- Station master on the upper level: said that it was right under the overpass bridge (it was not).
|Tunnel entrance 1 at Friedrichstrasse|
|Tunnel entrance 2 at Reichstagufer (?)|
|Tunnel inside - same view as newspaper clipping|
- Everything can be made into a quest of discovery.
- Searching for something is a great way to talk to strangers.
- It's surprising how badly people know their own surroundings.