BERLIN: Alternative Berlin

Today’s main objective is the Soviet war memorial in Treptower Park in southeast Berlin. The southeast, especially the Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg communities, is typically referred to in guide books and blogs as “gritty.” Immigrant communities — Turks probably are most populous — have grown up here in numbers big enough that one in four Berliners …

BERLIN: Subway Art

Seven subway stations of the German capital’s U7 subway line recently were declared protected buildings as important examples of post-war modernity. Anyone with a subway ticket, which costs about $3, can take a 2-hour tour of Berlin’s post-modern subterranean gallery. Eighty-eight of Berlin’s 173 subway stations are now protected. The protected stations can still be …