Playgrounds in Berlin are different. Like no others I’ve seen before. Each one original and well suited to the space it occupies. Here we see the playground at Hohenstaufenplatz in Kreuzberg. This one may not be quite as dangerous to its small visitors, but its every bit as suited to its space. The car tire octopus swings are my favorite element in this sandy oasis, but the classic rip line ride also gets me every time.

I don’t remember when I shot this video, but after a having a falafel (see aluminum foil) I must have felt inclined to document the serenity and particularity of the moment here in my corner of Kreuzberg…

Notes about the origins of the name for this platz:

The House of Hohenstaufen (or the Staufer) was a dynasty of German kings lasting from 1138 to 1254. Three of these kings were also crowned Holy Roman Emperor. In 1194 the Hohenstaufen also became Kings of Sicily. Staufen, the adjective and plural of Staufer, is also the name of their castle in Swabia built by the first known member of the dynasty, Frederick I, Duke of Swabia. Therefore the dynasty is sometimes called Swabian dynasty after the family’s ducal origin. Hohenstaufen Castle is located on a mountain of the same name near Göppingen.

The 9. Waffen SS Panzerdivision “Hohenstaufen”, was a German Waffen-SS Armoured division which saw action on both the Eastern and Western Fronts during World War II. The division was activated on the 31 December 1942. The men of the division were German conscripts aged 18, with a cadre of experienced staff from the Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler.

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Video and text by Wolf