On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall here is a curiosity and a mystery solved in the German capital.
Large tubes pink, purple and blue three feet off the ground, and often higher, the streets of downtown Berlin: have you ever wondered what they are? The answer comes from far away. First of all there is to know that it is the region around Berlin or Brandenburg, have names of Slavic origin, as well as the first peoples who inhabited the area. Although there is no absolute certainty, it seems to come from Berlin “brlo / drink” that, along with the ending “in” means dry place surrounded by water and Brandenburg comes from “bran” or swamp.
In short, the German capital rests, or rather “floats” on a marshy ground, more than ever, especially the center (it seems that the city is initially arose in the thirteenth century around the current Museum Island). In many cases the water is just a couple of meters underground. The pipes were installed after the fall of the wall to drain and keep under control the level avoiding sudden changes threaten to bring down the streets and buildings. If you follow them you will discover that normally flock to the amount collected or the River Spree or at the nearest channel (there are many in Berlin).
The reason the pipes are developed along lines very lanky is related to the climate of the German capital. Sudden changes in temperature, often very large, in fact, are likely to distort the long cylinders causing the so-called “buckling”.
Chapter color: both the pink (which is dominant) and blue and purple were chosen by a team of psychologists more than twenty years ago.
The aim was to give a touch of lightness to this series of buildings as “pushy” in the urban landscape, attracting first smile of children and the elderly “young at heart”. There is no doubt that there have been successful and colorful tubes of Berlin are now a real tourist attraction and photography. From problem to national tourism marketing opportunity: Berlin hardly miss a beat when it comes to selling its image as a city in which everything – or almost – it is possible.
Good Anniversary Berlin !!!