Gasometer Schöneberg

Berlin, Germany

Gasometer Schöneberg


Rote Insel (literally, Red Island) is the name colloquially given to a neighborhood in the Schöneberg district of the German capital, Berlin. As such, the Island is part of Berlin's 7th administrative borough, Tempelhof-Schöneberg.

On the Berlin city map, the neighborhood is easily located within a distinctive triangle bordered by railway lines in the southwestern corner of the city center. Owing to the large trenches dug to accommodate the tracks for trains and light-rail, the only way to access this part of Schöneberg is by crossing one of the many bridges that span the tracks, thus forming the area into an "island". Additionally, the comparative isolation from the adjoining parts of Berlin is also an important reason for the area's being considered insular. It is especially notable for its peculiar history, and is rather indicative of the sharp contrasts that modern German history since 1871 abounds with. Up until the end of World War I, roughly half of the Island's territory was marked by its extensive use by the Prussian army, whereas the other half was a distinctively working-class residential district, dominated by voters of left-wing parties (hence the "red").

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