- What is the link between the Hanging Gardens and the Orient Express? And where does Berlin fit in? Well, Orient Express is the name Berliners give to the U1 subway line which crosses Kreuzberg, home to about 200,000 Turkish immigrants; and in the 1970s, city architects wanted to build a Hanging Garden at Kottbusser Tor, Berlin's 'gateway to the Orient'. But dreams and visions don't necessarily become reality. What was actually built was a concrete jungle whose dreariness is only offset by the oriental flair visible on the streets around Kottbusser Tor.
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