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Sundials in Tiergarten and Kreuzberg

Sundial within the Fritz-Schloßpark photo (64kB)

Sundial within the Fritz-Schloßpark, late spring 2000

If you ask an average, possibly born Berlin citizen for the location of the Fritz-Schloßpark - the result might be only a shrug with the shoulders for eighty to ninety percent. It might be even more funny if you're doing it in front of the park itself, because for most of the Berliners the Fritz-Schloßpark at the Rathenower Straße in Alt-Moabit (which belongs to the former Berlin district Tiergarten) is known as the park at the Poststadium and the "Fritz-Schloß" is the court for criminal justice with the added jail.

The sundial is a bit hidden on a hill within the park near the stadium. According to the catalogue of sundials in Germany and Switzerland the clock was installed within the 20th century. This a bit vague date and the design of the sundial might lead to the idea that the sundial is one of many sundials made and erected with in the 30ies within Berlin...

photos done with Minox 35ML

English Garden with Sundial, Berlin-Tiergarten, Spring 2000

The English Garden in Berlin is part of the Tiergarten next to Bellevue Castle (home of the president of the federal republic) and the Siegessäule. If the park is entered on a specific path coming from the Altonaer Str., then the sundial next to the "Haus im Englischen Garten" is already visible from the border of the park. This view is shown by the picture above.

The sundial is a metal work of 1987 and it is a gift of a Tiergarten citizen which states the plate at the base of the clock. Left of it there is a small pond and right of it there is the house which is a restaurant, open all through the year. The picture above is referencing to two view to the sundial, a front view, 117kB JPEG and a side view, 119kB JPEG, to a picture of the pond (180kB JPEG) and to a picture of the house (114kB JPEG), all taken in the early Spring of 2000 (Winter 1999/2000).

photo: Pentax MZ-5

Wall Sundial, Adalbertstr.,
Berlin-Kreuzberg, late Spring 2000
The following two sundials were already photographed in the year 2000. Both of them are within the catalog "Sonnenuhren - Deutschland und Schweiz" from Philipp et al., published by the German Society for Chronometry in 1994. Both sundials are somewhat large, but still they are easy to overlook. Both sundials are placed on a complete side of a house, and both of them are located in Berlin-Kreuzberg, which is a former district of West-Berlin - nowadays splashed together with the former East-Berlin district Friedrichshain, where the only connection of these districts is the Oberbaumbrücke. The two sundials are the only catalogized sundials for Berlin-Kreuzberg.
photo: Pentax MZ-5

Wall Sundial, Nostitzstr.,
Berlin-Kreuzberg, late Spring 2000

The left one is to find at the crossing Adalbertstraße / Waldemarstraße. The sundial itself is filling the gable only, the rest of the house wall is filled with a washed out painting about the four-seasons-topic. If not looking up this sundial is not noticable. One fact is identifying this sundials as installed after 1980: it has two scales, one for MET and one for MEST (aka. MET DST). The digits for MET are arabic, while the digits for MEST are roman. According to the catalog this sundial was installed in 1985 and has a size of 10 times 5 meter, showing the time somewhat accurate. It is to find within the neighborhood of the artists house "Künstlerhaus Bethanien". The closest underground station is Kottbusser Tor.

The right one is located at the junction of the Riemannstraße into the Nostitzstraße. These streets are South of the Gneisenaustraße between the underground stations Mehringdamm and Gneisenaustraße. This sundial is easy to overlook, because its missing one of the most important things for a sundial: the scale. There are no digits at this sundial and the marking colors are only somewhat helpful to read the time. According to the sundial catalog the gnonom is not parallel to the Earth axis, so that its only possible to estimate any time in relation to the seasons. The symmetrically and equally divided dial is about 10 times 10 meter large. The objects in the foreground of the photo are from a florist shop within the Nostitzstraße at that time.

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