On October 30th, 1338 the two neighbouring and closely co-operating cities in Brandenburg, Berlin and Coelln, issued a council deed known as the “Ratsurkunde ueber Pfandegelder” which became the first … Continue reading
Did you know that in many streets of Berlin the cobble stone used for their paving or for the necessary reparations came from recycled gravestones from the local cemeteries? One … Continue reading
In Berlin, probably no other type of architecture is as likely to be re-christened and provided with a passing Berlinerism as the city churches. This long tradition, which gave us the … Continue reading
Berlin does not need the replica of the “Stadtschloss” – Berlin needs that gorgeous new swimming pool that part of the inner-city section of the river Spree should be turned … Continue reading
PLÖTZE (THE ROACH) Short for the Plötzensee Justizvollzugsanstalt – the infamous prison in the borough of Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, built in 1879 on the edge of Tegeler Forst (the Tegel Forest) and … Continue reading
Here, as a little piece of historic background for the previous post: the ruins of the Berliner Sportpalast and the intact (as it still is) bunker Pallasstrasse to its left. … Continue reading
ROST & SILBERLAUBE (Red and Silver Bower/Arbour) Two university buildings within the Freie Universität campus in Berlin-Dahlem. The Rostlaube, the seat of the humanities built at the beginning of the … Continue reading
MILLIONENBRÜCKE (One Million Bridge) A 228-metre-long bridge spanning Swinemünder- and Bellermanstrasse over the railway tracks outside the Station Berlin-Gesundbrunnen was designed by Bruno Möhring and Friedrich Krause. When finished in … Continue reading
1924 Exactly 90 years ago to the day the famous LZ 126, a Zeppelin better known as ZR-3 USS “Los Angeles” landed in Lakehurst, USA, after 81 hours of a … Continue reading
TSK (Short for Tote Schwarze Katze or a Dead Black Cat) This wonderful Berlinerism is a tribute (of sorts) to a famous physicist and a Nobel Prize Winner of 1933, … Continue reading
Did you know that the U-Bhf Kottbusser Tor, where the lines U1 and U8 cross on their respective overground and underground routes through the city, is not the same station … Continue reading
NUTTENBROSCHE Trollop´s brooch/pin The distinctive fountain, Brunenn der Völkerfreundschaft (The Fountain of Friendship Between Nations) at Alexanderplatz designed by Walter Womacka and unveiled in October 1970. Made of copper repoussé, glass, … Continue reading
WASCHMACHINE / KOHLLOSSEUM / ELEFANTENKLO (The Washing Machine / Kohl´s* Colosseum / The Elephant Loo) Bundeskanzleramt (The Federal Chancellery) in Willy-Brandt-Strasse 1 in Tiergarten. Angela Merkel´s – current Chancellor´s – office … Continue reading
LANGER JAMMER Misery Mile Literally “long sorrow” or “long complaint”, it is mostly used to talk about two buildings in Berlin: Otto Bartning´s 500-metre-long house in the Ringsiedlung in Siemensstadt … Continue reading
MAGISTRATSKLAVIERE City Council´s Pianos The no longer existing twin buildings flanking the southern end of Friedrichstrasse at the old Belle-Alliance-Platz (Mehringplatz today), designed by Schinkel´s model pupil, Johann Heinrich Strack (his … Continue reading
GOLDELSE (Golden Lizzy) The golden figure of a be-winged angel on top of the Victory Column (Siegessäule) at the Großer Stern (Big Star), a massive roundabout in Tiergarten. Today hardly … Continue reading
Despite its demise, the Berlin Wall´s presence in the city is so powerful that the division it once marked still feels much more than just implied. On the other hand, the … Continue reading
WASSERKLOPS (Water-meatloaf) The Weltkugelbrunnen (The Globe Fountain) at Breitscheidplatz in front of the old West-Berlin shopping centre Europa-Centrum right off Ku-Damm. The red granite sculpture designed by Joachim Schmettau and … Continue reading
ERICHS LAMPENLADEN / BALLAST DER REPUBLIK / PALAZZO PROZZI Erich´s Lamp Shop / The Ballast of The Republic / The Flaunt-It Palace (“prozzi” from protzen – to show off, to … Continue reading
Did you know that in 1843 the streets of Berlin were patrolled by 160 Nachtwächter (night watchmen) and 10 Nachtwachmeister who were their direct superiors? At the time London had … Continue reading
LANGER LULATSCH (The Lanky Lad) The Funkturm or Berlin Radio Tower built at the Messegelände (Berlin Trade Fair Grounds) in 1924-1926 right in time for the Great German Radio Exhibition … Continue reading
ALEX (Alexanderplatz) Stands for Alexanderplatz and not the Fernsehturm (TV Tower) – the name is often mistakenly used to talk about Berlin´s long-limbed post-GDR symbol. In fact, it applies to … Continue reading
Berliners are known for several things: their grumpy air, their talent for lightning-fast repartees and their talent for coining humorous names for any piece of architecture that stands out in … Continue reading
In Berlin everything smells of coal smoke and fallen leaves – some of the best scents in the world. So have a beautiful autumn Friday and remember: time to get … Continue reading
Spotted in passing in Ritterstrasse, Berlin – Kreuzberg.
She´s 60, she´s hot and she´s just been lifted to perfection: Amerika Gedenkbibliothek or American Memorial Library re-opened after one year of renovations just in time to celebrate her on … Continue reading
An important message for all Berlin visitors and all locals planning to (finally!) go and see the world famous Altar of Pergamon at the Pergamonmuseum in Berlin-Mitte. With the next … Continue reading
Spotted in Carl-Herz-Ufer, Berlin-Kreuzberg.
Spotted in Moritzstrasse in Berlin-Kreuzberg.
Berlin´s Street Water Fountains by Notmsparker Did you know that Berlin has 2,107 officially registered street water fountains (mostly hand pumps) which are regularly serviced and in running order? Berlin´s … Continue reading
BERLIN SHELF “Why is Berlin special? Certainly not for its beauty or its state of preservation. Berlin in fascinating, rather, as a city of bold gestures and startling incongruities, of … Continue reading
With each of us producing some 250 kg of plastic wrapping rubbish a year, it might sound like a good idea to stop. But how do you do this if … Continue reading
1896 Siemens & Halske, probably the most famous German electrical engineering company in the history of cables, glow tubes and telecommunications, known today as Siemens AG, begin the construction of the first … Continue reading
Spotted in passing on the corner Waldemar- and Adalberstrasse, Berlin – Kreuzberg.
He won the post, came out as gay before the gutter press did the outing for him, turned the city into an undisputable Hub of Coolness and spent 13 years … Continue reading
What do you do with “´ne jeschminkte Laura” or “´ne Knacker und ´ne Molle” and does being “Dreikäsehoch” help you in your everyday life in Berlin? It seems that like … Continue reading
Betahaus, possibly the most innovative, friendly and inspiring co-working space in Berlin, is celebrating its 5th birthday this weekend. You can join the party and meet a crowd of equally … Continue reading
Billy Wilder’s 1950 Sunset Boulevard starring the inimitable Gloria Swanson as the faded silent movie star Norma Desmond and William Holden as the unsuccessful scriptwriter Joe Gillis, is one of the … Continue reading
A PALACE FOR ALL THE PEOPLE Bright, modern and open to all (10am-midnight daily), East Berlin’s Palast der Republik was an immediate sensation when it opened on April 25th, 1976 … Continue reading
Fernsehturm or the TV Tower built in the former East Berlin between 1965 and 1969 (official opening on October 3, 1969). At 368.03 metre it is still the highest … Continue reading
Here is a tongue-in-cheek area gentrification test designed for the city of San Francisco in 1985 we found through the excellent page of City Lab. Funnily enough, if you take … Continue reading
Spotted in Berlin-Mitte. The Volksbühne Theatre at Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz in Berlin-Mitte (orig. Bülowplatz) designed by Oskar Kaufmann and built in 1913-1914. The costs of construction were partly covered with the donations … Continue reading
1950 Surprising as it might sound, Columbiadamm, usually associated with Neukölln or Tempelhof, is part of Berlin-Kreuzberg, too. In fact as of August 12, 2014 – only a week ago … Continue reading
1858 Did you know that Cuvrystrasse is one of the oldest streets in today´s Wrangelkiez and Kreuzberg in general and that when built in 1852 it used to stretch from … Continue reading
Spotted in passing in Gleisdreieckpark, Berlin – Kreuzberg.
How about a fantastic little video of a little bus tour through West Berlin in the 1960s with the music by Gerd Wilden? See the wonderful lady who steps out … Continue reading
Spotted in the courtyard of the Höfe in Alte Jakobstrasse.
Spotted under Fernsehturm in Berlin – Mitte.