A towering achievement: Berlin's first high-rise
Looking like something out of a Fritz Lang movie, the remarkable Borsigturm (Borsig Tower) dominates the Tegel area skyline.
Constructed in 1925 as the administrative centre of the former 'Borsigwerke' locomotive works, this Expressionist gem was Berlin's first ever high-rise, and still impresses with its austerely angled presence.
The tower is surrounded by further remnants of what was once a mighty manufacturing facility - a sprawling complex largely completed in the late 19th century, then devastated by WWII bombing.
Today, the ornate former entrance to the factory grounds still stands adjacent to the metro station (above, left), and much of the remaining site has been converted into office and leisure facilities - including what might just qualify as Berlin's most impressive mall.
Image credits: www.hallenamborsigturm.de
The Hallen am Borsigturm shopping centre occupies the huge steel and glass workshops once used to manufacture railway engines, and even if its retail offering is fairly mainstream, the location itself is undeniably rather special.
Combine this with the fact that Berlin's most striking highrise is right next door, and an excursion to Borsigwerke towers above your average shopping trip.
Former Borsigwerke factory precinct and Borsigturm tower: Borsigwerke Metro, U6 Line, 13507 Berlin
Hallen am Borsigturm shopping centre: Am Borsigturm 2, 13507 Berlin
Opening times: Mon-Sat, 10am-8pm (selected Sunday openings - check website for details)