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

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: OF FARMERS AND EMPERORS

Josef Kaiser was one of the chief East Berlin architects whose portfolio included such famous designs as that of the Stalinstadt (the colossal architecture around today´s Karl-Marx-Allee) Kino International, Kino … Continue reading

September 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN BERLIN: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LANDWEHRKANAL!

Exactly 165 years ago today, on September 2nd, 1850, Berlin´s most popular waterway known as Landwehrkanal was officially opened. After five years of construction the massive project designed by Peter … Continue reading

September 2, 2015 · 1 Comment

HELLO, LENIN!

Big news – 10-metre high, in fact – for Berlin! Although these days his name rings fewer and fewer bells, Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, better known as Lenin, will make us … Continue reading

September 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

BERLIN PAST PERFECT: HERE´S WHERE THE STORY ENDS

Two East German girls standing at the border post in Unter den Linden / Pariser Platz before the Brandenburg Gate, with the West Berlin Siegessäule visible in the background (1960s … Continue reading

August 31, 2015 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: THE CITY MUSE AND THE WINGED GODDESS

Spotted in passing at Mehringplatz, Berlin – Kreuzberg.

August 29, 2015 · 1 Comment

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: EXIT BEROLINA

Did you know that Berolina, the almost 15-m high statue of the Stadtgöttin (City Goddess) of Berlin, which used to stand at Alexanderplatz in Berlin-Mitte, disappeared from her spot exactly 73 … Continue reading

August 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

SUMMER IN THE CITY: SPLASHING IN THE TIERGARTEN

Hot summer in the city and Berlin’s oldest park, the Tiergarten, in the 1950s: people did with what they had and they obviously made the best of it. Sometimes with … Continue reading

August 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

THURSDAY DINNER A LA POLONAISE

There are two simple reasons why this event must be recommended: it´s in Berlin-Kreuzberg AND it´s about Polish food. For the author of this blog that means double-patriotism kicking in:) … Continue reading

August 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

BERLIN QUOTATION OF THE DAY

Today a little quote from Anneliese Bödecker, a social campaigner and generous supporter of many social causes who in 1999 received the Order of Merit of Berlin – the highest … Continue reading

August 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: FROM KNIE TO VICTORIA

Did you know that one of Athens´ prettiest underground stations, Victoria Station located only a walking distance from the National Archaeological Museum in Victoria Square, had Berlin´s U-Bahn stations as … Continue reading

August 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

BERLIN BRUSHES: DOWN THE RIVER WITH HERR JACOB

View over the river Spree between the river and Stralauer Strasse painted by Julius Jacob the Younger in 1886. On the right side the Rotes Rathaus and Nikolaikirche with its … Continue reading

August 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

How To Force A Redirect To The Classic WordPress.com Editor Interface

Originally posted on Diary of Dennis:
The Solution To Use The Classic Editor If you are blogger at wordpress.com, this post here will help you to solve a big problem.…

August 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

EMIL AND THE NON-BELIEVERS

Our today’s visit to the German old-timer museum in the Bavarian Amarang – a little exciting stop-over on the way back to Berlin – reminded us of a comment somebody … Continue reading

August 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

KREUZBERGED´S OFF FOR SUMMER

There is no doubt about the fact that high summer finally reached Berlin: it is 28 degrees outside, confused tourists and angry drivers are trying to find their way around … Continue reading

July 23, 2015 · 2 Comments

BERLIN BRUSHES: LIEBERMANN´S BEER GARDEN AT THE HAVEL

Sotheby´s, the world-famous auction house in London where Liebermann´s painting was sold in 2011 for almost a million pounds described it on their page as follows:”According to Dr Matthias Eberle, … Continue reading

July 22, 2015 · 2 Comments

RIDDLE ME THIS, RIDDLE ME THAT

Released in July 1983 the single “Everything Counts” was also featured on Depeche Mode´s brilliant album “Construction Time Again”. It´s not only a great song by all standards but it … Continue reading

July 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

TAKE OFF IN JOHANNISTHAL

Here is a great photo of the “Flugplatz Berlin-Johannisthal” in today´s borough of Treptow-Köpenick, captured in September 1913 during the “Rund um Berlin” (Around Berlin) Race. Johannisthal, the first Berlin … Continue reading

July 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

BERLIN BRUSHES: WALTER LEISTIKOW

Here is a wonderful summer painting by one of Berlin´s great artists, Walter Leistikow, “Abendstimmung am Schlachtensee” (“Evening at the Schlachtensee”). Another personal favourite, looked at with particularly great fondness … Continue reading

July 9, 2015 · 2 Comments

THERE´S NO BUSINESS LIKE HONEYBEESNESS

Here is a short video presenting some of Berlin bee-locations – Berliner Dom and the Haus der Kulturen der Welt – as well as sharing some invaluable tips with those … Continue reading

July 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

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 · 2 Comments

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

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

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 · 2 Comments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SPOTTED IN PASSING: SUNSET IN KREUZBERG

April 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

CRUISING IN THE CITY – THE NEXT TOUR OF KREUZBERG IS NIGH

The sun is shining, the trees are getting green, it is time to go out there and explore again without having to risk frostbite and/or developing an uncomely blueish tint … Continue reading

April 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

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