Schloss Charlottenburg, Berlin, Germany

JUNE 2006 – Schloss Charlottenburg in Germany on a cloudy day. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

The month of June 2006 was dominated (alas in Germany) by the soccer world championship. You simply could not withdraw from this event (in Germany). So, what could be better to visit a soccer match of the tournament? Well, to visit a soccer match of the German team!

This is what I did on 20th June, joined by a friend and colleague of mine. We had received VIP tickets for the match Ecuador vs. Germany in Berlin. “VIP tickets” meant seats with an excellent view and some nice food during the halftime break. Wow.

We made an event out of this event and flew in early that day (from Munich), taking our time to visit Berlin. I had been to Berlin before, but never long enough to really get acquainted with the city (and this time it would be no difference.) But heck, we hopped on a tour bus and enjoyed the drive through the city. The match would kick off at 4 pm, so we had plenty of time.

One stop brought us to Schloss Charlottenburg with its awesome architecture. I managed to get this perfectly balanced shot of the main entrance before we rushed on.

P.S.: Germany won that match 3:0 and closed the group phase of the tournament as winner of group A. This created even more buzz for the German team, but the dream of winning the championship in country did not come true in the end. Looking back, I still think it’s fair to say that June/July 2006 had been an awesome time in Germany.

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time20-JUN-2006, 12:52
LocationBerlin, Germany
CameraCanon EOS-1Ds Mark II
LensCanon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Exposure1/640 sec at f/16
Digital Image Source FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, Adobe RGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions4945 x 3291 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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