At the time this photograph was taken, Berchtesgaden was still a sleepy little village nobody had every heard of. Infamy still lay decades in the future. Contemporary photographs of the square show that little has changed in the physical realm.
The town had a nice, small square with a central fountain. The square appears to be an elongated triangle, which is probably related to roads coming in from behind the photographer.
Notice the odd, elevated sidewalk on the right. This has been proposed as one way to protect pedestrians from street traffic. It would probably help against collisions but not against air pollution. It further isolates pedestrians, who can no longer cross the street with ease.
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