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DAILY BERLINERISCH

PLÜRRE – thin, watery coffee or soup:-)

March 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

DAILY BERLINERISCH

PLEMPE – thin, watery soup  

March 2, 2015 · 2 Comments

YOU ARE HERE: KOTTBUSSER TOR IN 1901

On the 10th of September 1896 on the corner of Gitschiner Strasse and Alexandrinnenstrasse the construction workers employed to build a new Hochbahn – the elevated railway line which was, … Continue reading

March 2, 2015 · 3 Comments

DAILY BERLINERISCH

ALLALIEBST – (from: aller liebste(r) – dearest) great, nice, pleasant “Is ja allaliebst!” means “isn´t that just great/dandy!”

March 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

DAILY BERLINERISCH

QUALMTÜTE – a smoker (from Qualm – dense smoke, fume – and Tüte – a paper or plastic bag)  

February 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

HOW TO USE THE BERLINER SCHLÜßEL

Here is a wonderful short film explaining the idea behind and the technique of using the Berliner Schlüßel. Although it is in German, it is easy to understand both with … Continue reading

February 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: BERLINER SCHLÜSSEL

Did you know that Berlin was the birthplace of one of the most ingenious inventions in the field of home security? The “Berliner Schlüssel” has just turned 90 years old. … Continue reading

February 28, 2015 · 2 Comments

DAILY BERLINERISCH

GRUNDRISSAPOSTEL – (literally: ground plan apostel) architect

February 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

THE GREAT CITY – BEAUTY AND THE BEST

Thinking about gentrification and the nature of the city as such, here is what August Endell says about The Great City in his 1908 work “Die Schönheit der großen Start”: … Continue reading

February 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

DAILY BERLINERISCH

To spread the word and give Berlinerisch the popularity and audience it deserves, we are starting a new daily series on our blog. We will be presenting one word, phrase … Continue reading

February 25, 2015 · 1 Comment

PHOTOGRAPHY ON A SILVER PLATE

Organised by the Europeana, this fantastic virtual exhibition “shows the faces, places and histories of the nineteenth century and looks at the revolution made by photography in the field of … Continue reading

February 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

TINY WORDS

Possibly the smallest Berlinerisch dictionary ever – tiny but ho-ho!

February 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: The Turtle at the Bahnhof

Did you know that in August of 1987 an upturned war train engine was planted right where the old main hall of the demolished Anhalter Bahnhof used to stand between … Continue reading

February 23, 2015 · 2 Comments

SPOTTED IN PASSING: WINTER SLEEP IN BRANDENBURG

On the shore of a still frozen lake in Blossin in Brandenburg.

February 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: BERLINERISCH

Did you know that Berlin has its own language that is neither a dialect nor an accent and is still spoken or at least understood by around 20% of the … Continue reading

February 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: KÖRTESTRASSE

 

February 19, 2015 · 6 Comments

SPOTTED BY ERIC FISCHER

Eric Fischer´s digital visualisation project based on processing photographic images from the world metropoles and sorting them into two groups: made by locals and made by non-locals (tourists), has produced … Continue reading

February 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

SO 36 YEARS AGO

This original 1979 film has already been featured on kreuzberged before but because of its immense historic as well as sentimental value we are going to present it again. It … Continue reading

February 19, 2015 · 1 Comment

SOUTHBOUND: THE GOLDELSE TURNS ITS HEAD

Here is another fascinating photo of the Siegesäule – Victory Column – at its original spot in Königsplatz (Platz der Republik today) in front of the Reichstag. The basin and … Continue reading

February 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

YOU ARE HERE: FLOATING IN TIERGARTEN

Here is a lovely image of a lady relaxing in an inflatable boat on a little lake in Berlin´s oldest park, the Tiergarten, some time in the early 1950s. With … Continue reading

February 17, 2015 · 1 Comment

BERLIN BRUSHES: TIERGARTEN BY LESSER URY

February 16, 2015 · 3 Comments

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: THE DIGITAL BERLINALE

Did you know that the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival – the Berlinale– which has been taking place annually since 1951 and ended less than 24h ago, was the first … Continue reading

February 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

YOU ARE HERE: URBAHNHAFEN IN 1906

The large round construction behind the Baerwaldbrücke is the gasometer of the so called English Gasworks in Gitschiner Strasse (originally known as the Imperial-Continental-Gas-Association whose gas was used to light … Continue reading

February 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: MARKTHALLE IX

Did you know that the so called Markthalle IX in Berlin-Kreuzberg is one of the only three remaining original – and virtually unchanged – old Berlin market halls designed by … Continue reading

February 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

RADIO DAYS: KREUZBERGED ON AIR

My, my… Look who´s going to be on the radio tonight;-) Talking about this blog, Berlin and why curiosity not only doesn´t kill the cat but instead makes it go … Continue reading

February 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: U5 IN PYONGYANG

Did you know that the underground rolling stock of the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, consists mainly of old East Berlin trains? To so called “Dora” (for Baureihe, or model, D) … Continue reading

February 12, 2015 · 2 Comments

NO LIGHT AT THE END OF THE DRESDENER TUNNEL

As if not enough has been lost in Berlin so far, it seems it is time to say good bye to yet another historic building. Despite the initial vows of … Continue reading

February 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN BERLIN: FEBRURY 8th – THE STASI

65 years ago and less than half a year after the birth of the DDR – German Democratic Republic or East Germany – the new state moved on to secure … Continue reading

February 10, 2015 · 5 Comments

JANDORF DEPARTMENT STORES IN BERLIN

Warenhaus Jandorf, Spittelmarkt (corner Leipziger Straße) opened in 1892 as “A. Jandorf & Co., Hamburger Engros Lager” – the name “Jandorf” was added without consulting the actual investor and owner … Continue reading

February 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

YOU ARE HERE: Kaufhaus Jandorf in Kottbusser Damm

Bought by Abraham Adolf Jandorf as a ready house for 3.35 million Mark, it is was the first privately owned ferro concrete building in Berlin and the second department store … Continue reading

February 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

WAR GAMES

War Games The US forces stationed in West Berlin practising their “street guerilla” skills in Wrangelkiez in SO 36 (East Kreuzberg) in 1980. The “soldier” is standing in front of … Continue reading

February 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

FERBUARY 3rd, 1945 IN BERLIN

Here are a couple of paragraphs from the biography of an US pilot Lewis Wells, in charge of a B-17 (“Flying Fortress”) sent to bomb Berlin on that day.Years after … Continue reading

February 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN BERLIN: FEBRUARY 3rd – THE AIR-RAID IN THE HEART OF BERLIN

1945 Shortly past 11 AM on February 3rd, 1945 the 937 bombers of the 8th USA-Airforce – the 1st and 3rd divisions – drop 2,264 tonnes of explosives on Berlin. … Continue reading

February 3, 2015 · 9 Comments

The Summer of 1935 with the Spree-Revellers

Here is a little nightcap of a song. Sang by the Spree-Revellers and accompanied by the Deutsche Gramophon Orchester under James Kok, this lovely swinging piece was recorded before May … Continue reading

February 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

DIE KNEF

There is hardly any greater honour in Germany than to have Der or Die added before one´s name when people talk about you. It is a public equivalent of “von”, … Continue reading

February 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

BERLIN IN 1880: ANHALTER BAHNHOF

Upon its opening in 1880, Franz Schwechten´s magnificent building was the biggest railway station in Europe. With the steel roof construction for the main hall planned by Heinrich Seidel (an … Continue reading

January 31, 2015 · Leave a comment

YOU ARE HERE: AROUND THE OLD ANHALTER BAHNHOF

This aerial photo of Anhalter Bahnhof in Berlin-Kreuzberg and close to today´s Potsdamer Platz was taken some time in the 1920s. Since neither the Europahaus nor the Deutschlandhaus, two important buildings … Continue reading

January 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

YOU ARE HERE: MORITZPLATZ

Wertheim Department Store at Moritzplatz in Berlin – Kreuzberg. The crossing in front it – today a roundabout -is an intersection of Oranienstrasse with Prinzenstrasse. The site of the old … Continue reading

January 30, 2015 · 1 Comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: THE LIGHT OF SÜDSTERN

Südstern, a church in Berlin-Kreuzberg, standing on what became an island in the middle of heavy traffic. Despite the traffic, it is pretty obvious it´s one of our favourite spots in … Continue reading

January 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: A. HENTSCHEL´S STREET CLEANING MACHINE

Did you know that one of the first multi-purpose street cleaning machines was invented in the 19th century in Berlin? But because it failed to impress Councillor Gustav Schlosky, the … Continue reading

January 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: FROM RIXDORF TO NEUKÖLLN

Did you know that on January 27th, 1912 a popular Berlin borough underwent a little PR adjustment to improve its ratings among the business partners of its residents as well … Continue reading

January 27, 2015 · 1 Comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: GNEISENAUSTRASSE

January 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: BERLIN AD 1244

Did you know that today marks the 771st anniversary of the first public appearance of the name “Berlin” in writing? The first time that name was mentioned in a written … Continue reading

January 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

AT THE FOOT OF THE GIANT: THE BISMARCK MEMORIAL

  This photo was taken by a great Berlin photographer, Friedrich Seidenstücker in the summer of 1930 at the foot (literally:-) of the Bismarck-Nationaldenkmal in Berlin. The National Memorial to … Continue reading

January 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

RIDDLE ME THIS, RIDDLE ME THAT

This particular model, although not a “Cafe Achteck” is another Berlin WC classic. This expanded version of a public lavatory, designed to accommodate 8 guests, was meant to provide relief … Continue reading

January 23, 2015 · 4 Comments

DIY FOR BERLIN-FANS

Since many Berliners and Berlin-fans seem to miss the good old “Cafes Achteck” for both sentimental and practical reasons, this is where they could seek possible comfort. Presented by John-H, … Continue reading

January 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

CAFÉ ACHTECK

The “Café Octagon” is a Berlin classic; a green cast-iron public toilet or rather pissoir (for men only) dating back to 1878 and with an official name of “Model Waidmannslust”. … Continue reading

January 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

YOU ARE HERE: WRANGELBRUNNEN

In life, like in offshore tax evasion, nothing should be taken for granted. Not even architecture. For instance: what you pass on your daily way to work (or leisure) and … Continue reading

January 22, 2015 · 2 Comments

STREETCAR NAMED SENSUCHT

Great news: the new Berlin authorities are planning to reintroduce street-trams to what used to be West Berlin – since the late 1960s trams can only be found in the … Continue reading

January 21, 2015 · 10 Comments

KEMPERPLATZ IN BERLIN-TIERGARTEN

  This beautiful plaza on the southern edge of the park of Tiergarten, once of the finest and most frequented places in Berlin, is completely gone today. What remains is … Continue reading

January 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

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