Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Café Achteck

Café Achteck, Octagon Cafe, vintage public toilet by Carl Theodor Rospatt, Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin
Café Achteck (Café Octagon), vintage public toilet by Carl Theodor Rospatt
Gendarmenmarkt
Berlin, September 2011

See also: Organ-grinder - Französischer Dom - Deutscher Dom

“We don’t usually go around pointing out public toilets as tourist attractions, but the octagonal Christmas tree–green hut outside the Senefelder Platz U-Bahn station is worth a special mention. It’s one of about two dozen remaining public urinals that popped up all over Berlin in the late 19th century when the municipal sanitation system couldn’t keep up with the exploding population. Inspired by their distinctive shape, Berliners nicknamed these relief stations Café Achteck (Café Octagon). Most were torn down when indoor plumbing became commonplace, but the survivors are gradually being restored and modernised. The ‘Cadillac’ models – like the new one on Gendarmenmarkt – can even accommodate women. But you still can’t get coffee…”
(Lonely Planet, Berlin Travel Guide, 6th Edition)

3 comments:

Dina said...

Nicer than the plastic of today. It looks like it has good ventilation.

cieldequimper said...

Dina got there before me. So much better than the cream coloured plastic ones...

Changes in the wind said...

Who would guess how pretty they would be...