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

SPOTTED IN PASSING: GEIL GEPARKT!

Spotted last summer in Graefestrasse next to Kottbusser Brücke. Clearly, somebody cares after all and makes sure that the hare-brained drivers get the message (loosely translated as “Awesome parking skills, … Continue reading

July 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

YOU ARE HERE: ALEXANDERPLATZ IN 1903

Berlin electric and horse-drawn trams as well as a horse-drawn omnibus at Alexanderplatz in 1903. The square changed a lot since the day this photo was taken: none of the … Continue reading

July 1, 2015 · 1 Comment

MEET ST LUKAS

St. Lukas Kirche in Bernburger Straße, Berlin – Kreuzberg. One of the oldest original street -front churches in Berlin. This sort of architecture was introduced after the property / land … Continue reading

June 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: GET ON THE BLECHBAHN

Did you know that Berlin tram-network has just celebrated its 150th birthday and that it was here, in Berlin, that the first electric tram line in history was opened for … Continue reading

June 29, 2015 · 2 Comments

THE BERLIN WEEKEND CINEMA: THE MURDERERS ARE AMONG US

Released in 1946 as “Mörder Sind Unter Uns”, it was the first German film made in Germany after WW2. Its director, Wolfgang Staude, gave the main part – that of … Continue reading

June 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: JUNE 24th – BORSIG 1 IN KREUZBERG

Few inventions changed Berlin as much as the introduction of the railways did. And few people contributed to that process more than August Borsig, the owner of the leading iron … Continue reading

June 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

ON THE FAST TRACK: BORSIG 1 AT THE ANHALTER BAHNHOF

Few inventions changed Berlin as much as the introduction of the railways did. And few people contributed to that process more than August Borsig, the owner of the leading iron … Continue reading

June 26, 2015 · 2 Comments

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: THE TRAM UNDER THE RIVER

Did you know that there is an old street-tram tunnel under the River Spree that still connects the Treptower Park with the Stralau Penninsula? But do not plan any excursions yet: … Continue reading

June 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

THE KIEZ MASTERS: THE WINNING FORMULA

Whether you live in Neukölln or not, here is the big news from Berlin´s (second:-)) most popular Kiez: the local online magazine neuköllner.net won the most prestigious German award in its … Continue reading

June 23, 2015 · 1 Comment

THERE SHE GOES AGAIN: ROOM FOR THE QUEEN

Hardly anyone in Berlin is not aware of the big news: the Queen is coming! The real-est, the truest and the most royal of them all (or “die Richtige Königin” … Continue reading

June 23, 2015 · 1 Comment

EMPTY CORNERS

The – rather sparse – architecture between Reichenberger Straße and Kottbusser Straße right before Kottbusser Tor in the 1970s. Today, it is one of the busiest corners of Berlin within … Continue reading

June 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

A FUNNY THING THAT HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO PRENZLAUER BERG

One of our alert readers spotted an interesting spelling mistake in our last post about the rules concerning the naming and (out of all things) the spelling of the Berlin … Continue reading

June 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAMES

Did you know that Berlin street names are given to the city´s roads, plazas and lanes following very strict rules from which there are rarely exceptions? And that knowing those … Continue reading

June 17, 2015 · 2 Comments

SPOTTED IN PASSING. LAST AUTUMN AT THE LANDWEHRKANAL

It might Canoe and Boat Season again but wait until the summer is over:-)  

June 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

OF MEN AND HORSES: THE NAZI ART UND WEISE

Like all regimes in need of self-affirmation the Nazis made sure that Art is on their side: today, the unmistakable style of the Nazi artwork produces a queasy feeling in … Continue reading

June 15, 2015 · 3 Comments

BUILDING BRIDGES – THE STORY OF THE BERLIN AIR-LIFT

Here is our older WordPress post about the Berlin Blockade and the ensuing air-lift – it provides additional information for our previous post about Gail Halvorsen and the his Rosinenbomber. … Continue reading

June 11, 2015 · 2 Comments

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: UNCLE WIGGLY WINGS AND HIS SKYTRAIN

Did you know that the aeroplane hanging at the façade of Berlin´s Technik Museum (Museum of Technology) is a Douglas C-47 “Skymaster”, the so called Rosinenbomber (Candy or Raisin Bomber)? … Continue reading

June 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

WHEN THE QUEEN COMES TO TOWN

On May 18th, 1965 – twenty years after the end of WW2 – Queen Elisabeth II visited Berlin and took a short ride around the western part. For obvious reasons … Continue reading

June 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

THE TALE OF THREE PALACES

For all those of our readers who missed our article about the old DDR Palast der Republik published a while ago by Slow Travel Berlin, here is the re-published goods. … Continue reading

June 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: THE PALAST DER REPUBLIK LIVES ON

REMOVING THE BATHROOM BUT KEEPING THE BATH Did you know that the only element of the old Palast der Republik in Berlin-Mitte that could not be demolished or removed was … Continue reading

June 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

BERLIN BRUSHES: LUDWIG SÜTTERLIN

Göttin des Lichtes: an illustration used in the 1897 book “Die Berliner Elektrizitätswerke bis Ende 1896″ by Gustav Kemmann, published to chronicle and celebrate the history of one of the … Continue reading

June 4, 2015 · 2 Comments

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: THE LAST PUBLIC EXECUTION IN PRUSSIA

Did you know that the last person to die in a public execution in Prussia was one Charlotte Sophie Henriette Meyer from Neue Friedrichstrasse 23 in Berlin-Mitte (the house stood … Continue reading

June 3, 2015 · 2 Comments

BERLIN PAST: RUNDKEGELBAHN MOABIT

Opened inside the old railway arches around the first Lehrter Bahnhof (the site of the former Berliner Gewerbeaustellung or the Berlin Industrial Exhibition of 1879), this particular bowling alley had … Continue reading

June 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: THE LAST BURNING

Did you know that the last execution by burning took place in Prussia on May 28th, 1813 and that the stakes were built for two young people who came to … Continue reading

June 1, 2015 · 5 Comments

SOMETHING FOR THE WEEKEND: BERLIN-ALEXANDERPLATZ

Here is the brilliant 1931 film adaptation of Alfred Döblin´s classic Berlin novel, Berlin-Alexanderplatz starring Heinrich George (privately, the father of Götz George who later played the German crime series hero, … Continue reading

May 31, 2015 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: THE BOURNE INCOMPETENCE

Did you know that during the filming of the future 2004 blockbuster “The Bourne Supremacy” in Berlin ­the film-makers made their hero not only read mirrored text and take a … Continue reading

May 30, 2015 · 2 Comments

OUT AND ABOUT IN BERLIN: THE LIGHT STROKES

An exhibition must for all fans of impressionism and expressionism in painting: to be seen from May 22nd until September 20th, 2015 at the Alte Nationalgalerie in Berlin. Pissarro next … Continue reading

May 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: THE NAKED GODDESS

Did you know that the Goddess of Victory riding the famous Berlin Quadriga placed on top of the Brandenburg Gate was born naked? According to the authors of the excellent … Continue reading

May 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

BERLIN BRUSHES: LESSER URY

   

May 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

TRIPPING THE LIGHT FANTASTIC: MAX MISSMANN´S SAUSAGE SELLER

Today one of our favourite old Berlin photos made by the excellent Berlin photographer Max Missmann in the Lustgarten next to the old Royal Palace. It shows a little travelling … Continue reading

May 26, 2015 · 1 Comment

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: THE POPE´S REVENGE

Did you know that when the sun shines directly upon the crown of the Fernsehturm a sign of cross appears on the side of the sphere? The phenomenon, observed shortly … Continue reading

May 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

FOR(C)KENBECKEN AND THE LADIES HOLDING THE “RAND”

Created by Reinhold Begas for the Berliner Magistrat, the magnificent Italian-style fountain known as the Neptunbrunnen was unveiled on November 1, 1891 at the Schlossplatz next to the Royal Palace. … Continue reading

May 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

YOU ARE HERE: VIEW WITHOUT A ROOM

Construction workers standing inside the (obviously unfinished) crown of the East Berlin Fernsehturm on August 6th, 1968. The room would later become the restaurant on top of the tower.

May 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

CELLULOID BERLIN: TOMORROW AT THE ZEUGHAUSKINO

Tomorrow on May 20th at 8pm the “Zeughauskino” at the German Historic Museum will be showing the 1962 Franz Harnack´s film adaptation of a classic of German literature: Hans Fallada´s … Continue reading

May 19, 2015 · 4 Comments

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: THE DEUTSCHLANDHALLE

Did you know that the Deutschlandhalle arena which used to stand right behind the famous AVUS racing track in Berlin-Westend (S-Bhf Messe Süd/Eichkamp), built in 1935 with the NSDAP and … Continue reading

May 19, 2015 · 1 Comment

BERLIN PAST: ACROBATS IN LUSTGARTEN

High-wire artists from the acrobat group Camilla Mayer (with Camilla Mayer II – the first one died during the Menschen-Tiere-Sensationen show in the Deutschlandhalle in January 1940) during their open-air … Continue reading

May 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: IT´S A QUESTION OF TIME

Did you know that until 1893 Berlin had its own time zone and that 9.00 am in Munich and 9.00 am in The Prussian capital were not the same hour … Continue reading

May 13, 2015 · 1 Comment

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: COWS IN THE CITY

Did you know that Berlin still has around 194 milk cows – out of a 405-strong group in the category “Cattle” – living in the city? Not an impressive number, … Continue reading

May 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

LEGOLAND

You can call it propaganda or you can call it a tourist-oriented promo film but you are bound to enjoy watching the official version of the life in the 1980 … Continue reading

May 8, 2015 · 2 Comments

YOU ARE HERE: DER GROßE BRUNNEN AT HALLESCHES UFER

A water feature by Gottfried Gruner, unveiled in front of the Postgiroamt at Hallesches Ufer 40-60 (corner Großbeerenstrasse) in 1972. It consists of 18 (up to 3-metre-high) bronze pillars spouting … Continue reading

May 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: THE POST TOWER AT HALLESCHES TOR

Did you know that the building towering over the Landwehrkanal between the stations Hallesches Tor and Möckernbrücke and known as Postgiroamt (but not for long now) had Mies van der Rohe´s … Continue reading

May 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

BERLIN BRUSHES: EDUARD GAERTNER

The Opernhaus, in 1742 still known as the “Hofoper” (Court Opera House), was re-named “Königliches Opernhaus” (Royal Opera House) in 1844 , only to become the “Staatsoper unter den Linden” … Continue reading

May 5, 2015 · 1 Comment

THE WHEELS KEEP ON ROLLING – BERLIN IN 1945

After on April 25th, 1945 the whole public transportation system in Berlin came to a halt and the city went up in flames, it was indeed short of a miracle … Continue reading

May 4, 2015 · 3 Comments

TODAY IN BERLIN: THE END

According to the booklet “Berlin in Zahlen” published in 1949 the number of suicides committed in Berlin in late April and early May 1945, when the Soviet Army entered the … Continue reading

April 30, 2015 · 1 Comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: ETERNAL LIGHT

Spotted at the Cemeteries Vor Dem Halleschen Tor in Berlin Kreuzberg.

April 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

BERLIN FACT OF THE DAY: THE WAR AT THE OPERA

Did you know that on April 21st, 1945 Josef Goebbels spent a charming evening at the Schausspielhaus in Gendarmenmarkt listening to a concert consisting of “Tosca” arias by Giuseppe Verdi? … Continue reading

April 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN BERLIN: APRIL 28th, 1945 – THE RED ARMY AT HALLESCHES TOR

This original film recording was made outside the U-Bahn station Hallesches Tor and at Belle-Alliance-Platz (Mehringplatz today) most probably on April 28th, 1945 after the 7th Guards Tank Division fighting under … Continue reading

April 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: THE STADTSCHLOSS AND THE NEW BOROUGHS

Did you know that the Berliner Stadtschloss, the Prussian royal castle whose ruins were blown up in 1950 to make space for the future Palast der Republik which, in return, … Continue reading

April 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: THE BATTLE OF BERLIN AND THE TIERGARTEN LANDING

Did you know in March 1945 the Third Reich authorities issued an order that turned one part of the Nazi Ost-West-Achse – an impressive Tiergarten boulevard known as Charlottenburger Chaussee before … Continue reading

April 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: SUNSET IN KREUZBERG

April 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

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