Kästner’s streets

The Resident IT Consultant likes his maps, and when Berlin became a reality in our lives, he reread Erich Kästner. He really wanted to know where it was that Emil went when he got to Berlin, arriving at Zoologischer Garten station.

Well, he got on the 177 tram, which took Emil down Kaiser Avenue. Using his little grey cells, the Resident IT Consultant worked out that this might well be the current Bundesallee. From there Emil turned into Trautenau Street, which led to Nicholas Square, the Nikolsburger Platz.

So there’s the issue with names having been translated, plus the small complication of Germany having changed since Emil’s days. Though there are Kaiser-based names; just no longer for this large street leading south from the station opposite the Zoo.

It helped [me] that this was practically where Daughter and I had stayed in the Spring. Also that it’s close to the Swedish Church. (Well, we all have our priorities.)

Interestingly this whole area is close to where Daughter has found her kitchen-less flat to live in. So I may come to wander Emil’s streets before long.

On the other hand, my attempts at finding which street might go with no. 67, where Lisa Tetzner’s children lived, have not been successful. Perhaps she made it up?

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