Paintbox Estate & Horseshoe Estate
I visited this WHS in May and June 2014. Once I landed in Schönefeld airport, I drove for about 10-15mins to Gartenweg to visit Tuschkastensiedlung Falkenberg. There is an information board in English and German to illustrate which houses are inscribed in which year they were built. It’s a pleasant stroll in a tree-lined and cobblestoned street with colourful painted houses, most of which having well kept gardens. I took a couple of photos of the most striking houses and facades but I didn’t feel comfortable taking photos of people’s private property (especially since there were quite a few elderly women killing time near their windows!). A few days later I drove to the Hufeisensiedlung Britz which I found to be less interesting on the whole since its horseshoe shape is not that evident from the pavement. I also spotted it for a few seconds just after take off from Berlin and then it was easy to recognise from its shape. I’m glad I visited this WHS as there aren’t too many modernism sites on the list. However, I wouldn’t describe this WHS as one of Germany’s best WHS and on the whole I wouldn’t describe it as having outstanding universal value.
Berlin Modernism Housing Estates – Germany