Bike Touring Highlight
From Municipal Umbrella to Viaduct: It’s strange to think of the subway running over a viaduct. To avoid the technical difficulties involved in digging a tunnel under the Spree and the neighborhood of Prenzlauer Berg, the Berlin government opted for a cheaper alternative: an elevated railway. The elegant construction by U-Bahn architect Alfred Grenander was given the nickname “municipal umbrella,” as the city seemed to have set up a kind of umbrella under which residents could take a stroll in the rain without getting wet. When it was built, the viaduct was opposed by property owners concerned their buildings would shake, shop owners worried about falling profits, residents dreading the noise, and passengers shocked by the proposed ticket prices. Today it is designated as an historic landmark.