40 years of Berlin
And the whole world was listening! A new era was taking shape in Berlin, and U2 wanted to be a part of it.
Achtung Baby, U2’s best album and the first album in which they really begin to doubt great narratives of the time. Achtung Baby set out to capture the spirit of a newly free and chaotic Berlin, but ultimately decided to tell a scattered, casual, and completely more interesting story in which the band members, are the main actors. This album was partly recorded in Berlin, but the band felt a disconnect with the city, and even worse, with each other. Even so, parts of the album make references to the city. For example, “Zoo Station,” was inspired by the Berlin Zoologischer Garten S and U-Bahn station. Despite all these challenges, they managed to impress their fans. In 2017 the band returned and held an impromptu free gig on the U2 U-Bahn, a metro that crosses the city and stops at the Berlin Zoologischer Garten.
Even though our Free Walking Tour does not stop by this station, we are happy to talk about it when we meet. Do you know which other famous musicians fell in love with Berlin?