The map of all main locations from the most costly TV series ever produced in Germany, “Babylon Berlin”, has recently appeared on sky.de. It shows the location of the Police Headquarters “Rote Burg”, where Gereon Rath and Charlotte Ritter work, the location of the legendary “Moka Efti”, and other places that were of great importance in Berlin at the end of the 1920s.
I have initially made this list for my personal use only but if you have also fallen under the spell of Berlin in 1920s-1930s, here you can find the information on all the places to note, in English. (And I will try to forget that That Tower has not been built in Berlin yet). —
The Column with the Goddess Victoria, the Roman equivalent of the Greek goddess Nike, can be seen in various movies and music videos. But I guess, the Column featuring an iconic golden ‘angel’ is mostly recognisable thanks to a 1987 romantic fantasy film directed by Wim Wenders. The film is called “Der Himmel über Berlin” (literally, “The Heavens Over Berlin”) but it was released in English-speaking countries under the title “Wings of Desire”.
The film “Wings of Desire” tells the story of immortal angels, among whom are Damiel and Cassiel, who are invisible and live in Berlin listening to the thoughts of people and comforting those who need this most. Along the way, Damiel falls in love with a sad and lonely circus trapeze performer Marion and has to make personal choices and sacrifices. “Der Himmel über Berlin” takes place in a still-Wall-divided Berlin and perfectly captures the spirit of the times.
This film has a 1993 sequel called “Faraway, So Close!” (German: “In weiter Ferne, so nah!”). Unlike the first film, it tells the story of a finally-reunited Berlin but also follows two angels who have taken an interest in the life of ordinary people, Cassiel and Raphaella. Cassiel who chose not to become human in “Wings of Desire” only becomes human after the Fall of the Wall but this has unexpected consequences for him and his friends. Unfortunately, I have to admit that the sequel is less powerful than the original.