Prenzlauer Berg was a section of Berlin entirely in the East before the Berlin Wall came down, immediately adjacent to “Mitte” (middle) – the center of Berlin that was also in the East. One of our favorite areas in Prenzlauer Berg is indeed along Kollwitzstrasse and around the Kollwitzplatz (appropriately named after artist Kathe Kollwitz who lived nearby).
The subject: An apparent hub of the Kollwitzplatz scene is the popular Café Anna Blume. It has a casual, comfortable outside patio — a perfect place to kickback any time of day. From there, you can enjoy the tree-lined streets and strolling passers-by. Any direction you look, you see other enticing places to enjoy a chilled glass of Müller Thurgau wine or a hot coffee und homemade “Kuchen” (cake) while taking in the street scene.
The inspiration: As we sat at dinner at Café Anne Blume sipping wine on the patio on a warm summer evening, I became entranced by the colors of a small market across the street. I just had to “paint and draw” the scene using my iPad for this watercolor view from Café Anna Blume.
Artist’s tools: I used the program Paper53 on my iPad combined with a Bamboo basic stylus for this watercolor. It is a quick sketch, using an ink pen for the outlines of the building, tree branch and fruit carts, and then a watercolor brush with a light wash for the bright splashes of color.
A print of this digital painting on your wall is the next best thing to being there yourself…as well as a great gift for anyone in your life who loves Berlin and Germany. Click here to see this artwork in my online gallery.
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The Schiffshebewerk Niederfinow was completed in 1934 and is part of the Haavel-Oder waterway connecting the Elbe and Oder river basins. The waterway begins in Berlin at the Spandau lock and opens into the West Oder at the border area between Poland and Germany. Watching ships being raised and lowered in this ship elevator is amazing. A true engineering marvel.
Kleinhesselhoer See, Englischer Garten
Sophie Scholl Memorial
Planten Un Blomen Garden
St Nikolai Kirche
International Donaufest in Ulm
Drei Annen Hohne
Wernigerode Train Station - Brockenbahn
Quedlinburg Old Watch Tower
The rolling foothills of the Harz mountains that surround Quedlinburg feature forested terrain with open, rolling meadows, some hills and plenty of farmland – perfect for those who need to stretch the legs and mind a bit on an easy wander. We’d heard about the Quedlinburg Old Watch Tower (“Altenburgwarte”) that was located approximately 0.5 miles (just under 750 meters) from the southwest edge of town, on a sandstone ridge overlooking the village below.
Kellerwald Forchheim beer gardens
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