Berlin’s Mysterious Pipes

There are a ton of brightly colored pipes winding all around Berlin. At first I thought they were an interesting art installation since I couldn’t imagine why pipes should come out of the ground, twist around completely inefficiently, snake around corners, and then end on a sidewalk or disappear out of view. And the fact that they are pink, purple, and blue was also suspicious.


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I still haven’t figured out what the colors indicate, but it turns out that they pipes do serve a very useful purpose. Because Berlin is only very slightly above sea level, pipes are needed to flush water out of construction sites and into a nearby river or lake. And the circuitous paths of the pipes are specifically designed to prevent breakage in very low temperatures. So, because there are countless construction sites…

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