Germany was united for less than a year when the guys behind the Berlin Channel decided to rent a helicopter and fly over this newly reunified city. From that day flying over Berlin in 1991, the video below must be seen on the entire screen.
The flight starts at Flughafen Schönefeld, which used to be on the East German side of Berlin, and from there, the helicopter goes north.
This video of a helicopter flying over Berlin in 1991 shows us a city that no longer exists.
The area around Alexanderplatz is the most exciting part of this flying-over Berlin video. It is weird to see how empty it used to be. It is even stranger to see the Palast der Republik still standing. But the emptiness is the most disturbing part of this short movie.
And you can see emptiness when the helicopter flies over the Brandenburg Tor and where Potsdamer Platz would stand a few years later. There are green fields and Tiergarten around there, and it is peculiar to see how much that area of Berlin has changed in all these years.
And I have to say that I like Berlin, where the Fernsehturm looks a bit darker, and empty green fields are everywhere. The city feels more open, different, and almost wild. But this Berlin doesn’t exist anymore. At least we can see how it used to look like in this video from 1991.
If you like watching videos of how Berlin used to look, you will love this one from two guys exploring Berlin after the Fall of the Berlin Wall and this home movie from Berlin Mitte.