Moby Dick at Tegeler Hafen | Berlin, Germany

Moby Dick Boat Dampfer at Tegeler Hafen on Lake Tegel
Moby Dick Boat Dampfer at Tegeler Hafen on Lake Tegel

Moby Dick at Tegeler Hafen is another piece of my childhood history. Growing up near Lake Tegel was pretty cool. I always loved being around water and dreamt about living with a view of the lake.

My grandparents would take me on a trip on one of these boats every summer. Pretty often, we took the Moby Dick boat that had the shape of a whale – I mean, how cool is that, right?

We would start our journey at Lake Tegel (Tegeler See) in the north of Berlin and go all the way south to Wannsee or even Potsdam. And then return. This could take up to 10 hours if I recall correctly.

Later, I was happy to take Daria on a shorter trip with the boat. We went from Lake Tegel to the Government District in the centre of Berlin. It was only then that I realized: Damn, Berlin is really, REALLY a green city. You go from Lake Tegel to the centre for two hours, and all you see around you are trees. This is not a typical sightseeing tour as you’d have when you depart from the city.

When I moved to Portugal, I overheard rumours that they wanted to move Moby Dick away from Tegel. So when I was back in Berlin last autumn, I was surprised that I still had a chance to revisit this childhood memory of mine. Thankfully, we had such excellent autumn weather that I could capture this shot. Who knows, maybe it was the last chance I got to catch Moby Dick while it still moors at Tegeler Hafen.

Nico Trinkhaus

Nico Trinkhaus

Nico Trinkhaus is the mind-blind photographer, using cameras to create visions and memories that otherwise would be lost to him.

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