That time when Nollendorfplatz was Berlin's loveliest U-Bahn station
It's still there, half-hidden beneath the railway viaduct. The so-called 'Nickelmann' fountain which, sadly, hasn't spouted water for almost a century and is now filled with dead leaves and litter.
Yet it once formed the centrepiece of an elegant miniature park - a picture-perfect oasis surrounding Nollendorfplatz U-Bahn.
The gardens were first created in the early 1860s, several decades before the arrival of the railway line.
When the overhead station was built in 1903, the railway company funded a redesign of the existing square that would not only provide a leafy setting for the grand, cupola-like entrance, but also convince Berliners that the transport network bisecting their streets could actually be rather beautiful.
The fountain, accordingly, was constructed right inside the viaduct itself, a large cascade designed by sculptor Otto Westphal.
Depicting a water spirit with huge, webbed hands, the pool and its surrounding flower beds certainly upheld the prevailing belief that even the most functional things in life should be lavishly decorated.
Nevertheless, as the 20th century progressed the park began to shrink in size, replaced by pavements and further additions to the expanding U-Bahn station.
And today, of course, little remains of the former square, except for the Nickelmann beneath the railway tracks, gazing at asphalt instead of water, lawns and flowers.
Nollendorfplatz U-Bahn and the Nickelmann-Brunnen fountain, 10783 Berlin.