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Understanding Berlin’s Pink Pipes with @Berlinstagram

To view more photos and videos of the pink pipes in Berlin, browse the #thatpipeagain hashtag and follow @berlinstagram on Instagram

Berlin is one big swamp—or at least it used to be. Distinctive pink pipes twist through the city to the nearest river or canal. As groundwater levels are very high, this prevents the city from submerging into a giant puddle.

The pipes are designed to withstand shrinkage or breakage in extreme temperatures, and the distinct pink color is the result of a study which found this color is preferred by both youth and older generations who are young at heart. Berlin Instagrammer Michael Schulz (@berlinstagram) created the #thatpipeagain hashtag to capture them. “The pink pipes are quite iconic for Berlin,” he says. “When I first visited the city 20 years ago and came across them, I was fascinated and irritated at once—and those pipes stuck to my mind as a characteristic thing of the city.” Now, people all over Berlin use the hashtag to spark conversation about the pink pipes and capture them from different angles throughout the city.

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A Visit to Berlin’s Abandoned Spreepark

To view more photos and videos from Spreepark, explore the Spreepark Berlin / Kulturpark Plänterwald location page.

Just outside Berlin lies Spreepark, an abandoned East German amusement park. Kulturpark Plänterwald, later known as Spreepark, opened in 1969 and at its peak was host to over a million visitors a year. In 2001, however, only 400,000 people visited the park and it was closed down the following year.

Today, locals and tourists alike risk the trespassing fine to view and capture Spreepark’s headless dinosaur sculptures, roller coaster cars filled with leaves and Ferris wheel that spins slowly in the wind. Maxim Mestovsky (@mestovsky), a user experience designer from Minsk, Belarus, recently visited Spreepark on a trip to Berlin and shared his experience on Instagram. “You have to take a train through a mountain and over a lake then climb a fence to get into the park, but when you do, it’s beautiful,” he says. “The old Ferris wheel creaks, abandoned boats are strewn about. I don’t understand why they don’t sell tickets still! Maybe that’s the charm of the park.”

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Street Artist Rone (@r_o_n_e) on the Walls of Berlin

For more photos and videos of Rone’s work across the world, browse the #Rone hashtag or follow @r_o_n_e on Instagram.

Atop a five-story-high building facade at Nollendorfplatz in Berlin, street artist Rone (@r_o_n_e) has completed his latest work. Known for paintings of glamorous and idolized women, Rone’s street art aims to highlight the friction point between beauty and decay. At a distance, the women depicted on the Berlin building appear perfect, but viewed up close you can see paint running and signs of deterioration.

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Walking the Line with @smaracuja

Follow Nina’s travels on her account @smaracuja on Instagram.

As a travel blogger, Instagrammer Nina Hüpen-Bestendonk (@smaracuja) is never short of great places to take photos.

"My goal is to inspire people to travel more and to see all these beautiful places the world has to offer–to get them excited about places they might never have thought about going before," she says.

With a background in graphic design, Nina looks for straight lines, planes and brutalist architecture with a little pop of color for her feed. As she herself admits, she’s very picky when it comes to her photos.

"I only shoot in daylight, I try to match my shots to the other photos in my gallery (regarding color or look and feel) and I try to vary in subjects and scenes as much as I can so it doesn’t get boring."

Based in Berlin, Nina also takes great inspiration from her surroundings, sharing photos of her local neighborhood and creating a community through the #igersneukollen hashtag: “I came to Berlin three years ago and it is definitely still my favorite place to shoot. Neukölln is so vibrant and versatile, and you never really walk the same street twice because it’s always changing, whether it’s a new store, new graffiti or a pretty car #soloparking I haven’t seen around before.”

Nina recently travelled to Iceland but she found it difficult to stick to her own rules–although there’s one line she never crosses: “Phone photos only, because I believe that is what Instagram is all about: real time mobile.” Her next trip takes her to Australia over Christmas and New Year so be sure to follow her on Instagram.

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Berlin Festival of Lights 2013

For more dazzling photos and videos from the Festival of Lights, Potsdamer Platz, Brandenburger Tor, Berliner Dom, and Fernsehturm | Berlin TV Tower or browse the #festivaloflights hashtag.

The annual Festival of Lights took place this month in Germany’s capital, Berlin.

Since its beginnings in 2004, the event now draws lighting artists from across the world to illuminate the city’s most famous landmarks in a colorful palette of visual displays. Instagrammers in Berlin have been capturing the playful effect the light installations create on the cityscape, and showcasing the festival to the rest of the world. The event officially wraps up today.

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Berlin’s Reichstag Dome

Want to see more photos from the Reichstag dome? Visit the Reichstag location page!

Atop the Reichstag—the building that houses Germany’s parliament—sits a dome-shaped observation deck made of steel, glass and mirrors.

The Reichstag dome was designed by architect Norman Foster, and replaced the building’s original dome, which was destroyed during World War II.

The Reichstag remained in disrepair until the end of the Cold War in 1990, when Germany’s capital was returned to Berlin from Bonn. The dome, which symbolizes the reunification of Germany following the Cold War, opened to the public in 1999.

See more photos here.

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Berlin’s Festival of Lights

Berlin is in the midst of its annual Festival of Lights. During the festival which runs from Oct. 10, until Oct. 21, 2012, over 70 buildings and landmarks in the German capital are illuminated in various shapes, patterns and colors.

Instagrammers in Berlin are catching some gorgeous, and technical, nighttime shots of the festivities. To see more, check out pictures with the hashtag #festivaloflights, and taken at Potsdamer Platz, Brandenburger Tor, Berliner Dom, Gendarmenmarkt, and Fernsehturm | Berlin TV Tower

Spotlight: Berlin

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@berlinstagram

@davidgnad

@tzuio

@lindaberlin

Spotlight Since launching, we’ve seen Instagram spread from our headquarters in the Bay Area to every corner of the globe. In this series we’ll highlight top users from countries and cities with thriving Instagram communities.

Hunting for the world’s center of fashion, art, design and music? Berlin’s the city to watch. The German capital is chock full of creatives from all around the world, soaking up the city’s open, experimental vibe.

German Instagrammers are in the heart of it all, capturing Berlin’s Zeitgeist. Above are some of our favorite accounts.