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Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin And Kreuzberg

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: MARIENFELDE REFUGEE CAMP

Even before 1949 when it became clear that the tension between the Western Allied Zones of Berlin and the Soviet Occupational Zone in the east of the city would only … Continue reading

November 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

THE OLD CITY PALACE OF BERLIN

Here is a 1920s aerial image of the Berliner Stadtschloss, the City (Royal) Palace, whose replica is being erected at almost exactly the same spot today. However, not all of … Continue reading

November 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: THE POTATO FIELDS IN TIERGARTEN

After WW2 the Tiergarten, the oldest city park in Berlin stretching between Brandenburg Gate, Potsdamer Platz, the River Spree and the Berlin Zoo, was almost entirely tree-free: out of the … Continue reading

November 18, 2014 · 2 Comments

TODAY IN BERLIN: NOVEMBER 14 – KONRAD BIESALSKI AND THE DISABLED CHILDREN

1868 It is difficult to imagine that at the beginning of the 20th century more than every third child in the streets of Berlin suffered some form of physical deformity. Tuberculosis … Continue reading

November 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: MONDAY MORNING RUSH-HOUR

November 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

OUT AND ABOUT IN BERLIN: “Mythos Germania – Shadows and Traces of the Imperial Capital”

When in the mid-1930s Adolf Hitler first dreamt of Germania, the future Capital of The World, Berlin was already doomed – if it had not been for the air-raids, the … Continue reading

November 14, 2014 · 2 Comments

YOU ARE HERE: BAERWALDBAD

Baerwaldbad in Baerwaldstrasse,  Berlin-Kreuzberg. Designed by the famous Berlin architect, Ludwig Hoffmann, it was built in 1901 to relieve the problem of poor personal hygiene among the residents of the … Continue reading

November 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

NOVEMBER 9th – MORE THAN JUST THE FALL OF THE WALL

With the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall and the impressive celebrations thereof already behind us, it is worth remembering that November 9th is a very particular … Continue reading

November 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: EAST GERMAN NATIONAL ANTHEM

Regardless of political views and personal sentiments many people would openly admit that in terms of their national anthem, the former German Democratic Republic definitely managed to do something right. … Continue reading

November 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

BERLINERISMS PART 16: THE CIRCUS, THE SINKING CHURCH AND THE POINTY LEGS

From Berlin-Dreilinden to Hansaviertel, you will find them everywhere. Berlinerisms continued. ANHALTER BAHNHOF (Anhalt Railway Station) A jocular name for the former DDR – West Berlin / West Germany border … Continue reading

November 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

BERLINERISMS PART 15: UNKNOWN KNITTERS AND TIN GIRAFFES

In matters of taste there might be no disputes but there might be a laugh or two. Despite the artist´s creative efforts to bestow their work with a profoundly meaningful … Continue reading

November 4, 2014 · 1 Comment

MEMHARDT-PLAN – BERLIN IN 1652

Here is the oldest city map of Berlin-Cölln from 1652, made by Johann Gregor Memhardt, a military engineer and expert in city fortifications. Memhardt was appointed the court engineer to … Continue reading

October 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

BEAR IN THE MIDDLE

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

October 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW: WHERE STREETS HAVE MANY NAMES

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

October 28, 2014 · 1 Comment

BERLINERISMS PART 14: HOLY HOLY HOLY or X-RAYS, NAIL FILES AND OUR LORD´S POWER PLANTS

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

October 24, 2014 · 1 Comment

THE WAVES OF CHANGE – BERLIN´S PLANS FOR A NEW INNER-CITY RIVER POOL

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

October 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

BERLINERISMS PART 13: OF TEARS AND CELLS

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

October 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

BERLINER SPORTPALAST 1948

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

October 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

BERLINERISMS PART 12: FROM THE MICE BUNKER TO THE PALLASEUM

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

October 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

BERLINERISMS PART 11: OF BERLIN BRIDGES AND CURVES

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

October 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN BERLIN: OCTOBER 15th, 1924 – LZ 126

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

October 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

BERLINERISMS 10: ANIMAL INSTINCTS or OF SNAKES, ARMADILLOS AND BLACK CATS

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

October 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT KOTTI?

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

October 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

BERLINERISMS PART 9: OF SLUTS, BELTS AND PINS

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

October 10, 2014 · 1 Comment

BERLINERISMS PART 8: OF WASHING MACHINES, BEER BRUSHES and THE CIVIL SERVANTS ON TOP

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

October 9, 2014 · 1 Comment

BERLINERISMS PART 7: MISERY TEETH IN A POWDER BOX

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

October 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

BERLINERISMS PART 6: ON THE WAY TO CAFE ACHTECK

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

October 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

BERLINERISMS PART 5: FROM GOLDEN LIZZIE TO THE SOUP TUREE – TIERGARTEN TO UNTER DEN LINDEN

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

October 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

BITS AND PIECES OF BERLIN: THE BERLIN WALL

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

October 3, 2014 · 1 Comment

BERLINERISMS PART 4: FROM THE MEATLOAF TO THE RANCH

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

October 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

BERLINERISMS PART 3: GOLDEN LIGHT AND PREGNANT OYSTERS

 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

October 1, 2014 · 1 Comment

BITS AND PIECES OF BERLIN: THE NIGHT WATCH A.D. 1843

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

September 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

BERLINERISMS PART 2: WHICH WAY, BITTE, TO THE PLADELÜ?

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

September 30, 2014 · 2 Comments

BERLINERISMS PART 1: FROM THE ALEX TO THE TELE-SPARGEL

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

September 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

FROM WASSERKLOPS TO BONNIES RANCH – BERLIN NAMES FOR BERLIN PLACES

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

September 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: AUTUMN IN BERLIN

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

September 26, 2014 · 1 Comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: THREE MONKEYS

Spotted in passing in Ritterstrasse, Berlin – Kreuzberg.

September 24, 2014 · 2 Comments

AMERIKA GEDENKBIBLIOTHEK CELEBRATES ITS 60th BRITHDAY

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

September 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

LAST CALL FOR PERGAMON

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

September 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: SMILE!

Spotted in Carl-Herz-Ufer, Berlin-Kreuzberg.

September 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: HANGING OUT

Spotted in Moritzstrasse in Berlin-Kreuzberg.

September 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

BITS AND PIECES OF BERLIN: PUMP IT UP

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

September 17, 2014 · 2 Comments

FROM THE BERLIN SHELF

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

September 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

NO-BAG LADIES: FIRST WRAPPING-FREE SUPERMARKET OPENS IN THE KIEZ

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

September 12, 2014 · 3 Comments

TODAY IN BERLIN: SEPTEMBER 10 – U1 is born

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

September 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

Good morning, Berlin!

Spotted in passing on the corner Waldemar- and Adalberstrasse, Berlin – Kreuzberg.

September 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

THE NEWS OF YESTERDAY: EAST BERLIN

On August 3, 1973 the local East Berlin newspaper “Berliner Zeitung” (one of the best and most popular local newspapers today) informed its readers about the latest fashion craze in … Continue reading

August 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

WHEN WOWI DAYS ARE OVER

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

August 28, 2014 · 2 Comments

UFF ´NE JESCHMINKTE LAURA

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

August 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

OUT AND ABOUT: 5 YEARS OF BETAHAUS IN KREUZBERG

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

August 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

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