Piecing together a lost Potsdamer Platz gem
With its seemingly endless array of lavishly decorated rooms, the huge restaurant and entertainment venue known as the Bayernhof was one of the architectural wonders of Potsdamer Platz.
Opened in 1903 as the Alt Bayern, it was renamed in 1926, and although by then considered an old-fashioned 'historic' curiosity, continued to serve food and drink until it was almost completely destroyed in World War II.
But remnants of this spectacular pleasure palace still survive in unexpected corners of Berlin.
The Hindemithplatz in Charlottenburg is one of the district's prettiest small squares, a leafy plaza dominated by an impressively monumental fountain.
But the so-called St. Georg-Brunnen (St George Fountain) is - you've guessed it - a fairly recent transplant, rescued in the 1970s from the shattered remains of one of the Bayernhof's inner courtyards (below).
Further vestiges of the venue's former splendour can be spotted in an even less likely location: Richard-Wagner-Platz U-Bahn station.
The magnificent mosaics flanking each exit once adorned the ceiling of the Bayernhof's most opulent banqueting hall, the mediaeval-themed 'Minnesänger-Saal' (page top).
Given that almost nothing remains of pre-war Potsdamer Platz, it's nice to know that you can still get a tiny glimpse - or make that glimpses - of one of its legendary entertainment venues.
Hindemithplatz (Mommsenstraße / Wilmersdorfer Straße), 10629 Berlin
Richard-Wagner-Platz U-Bahn (U7 line)