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

A ROOM WITHOUT A VIEW

The January fire-extinguisher check conducted by the BVG – Berlin Public Transport Company – brought an unexpected discovery: a fully-furnished room under the tunnel of U9 line in Steglitz-Zehlendorf!   … Continue reading

February 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN BERLIN: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ERNST LITFAß!

He was born in Berlin exactly 200 years ago, on February 11th, 1816: Ernst Litfaß, the man who gave Berlin one of the city´s most remarkable symbols – the advertising … Continue reading

February 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

THE LIGHT OF THE PAST: KARSTADT AM HERMANNPLATZ

Karstadt am Hermannplatz (the store was built in Kreuzberg, the pavement and the plaza in front of it, however, belong to the borough of Neukölln) by night in 1929.   … Continue reading

February 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

ROLLING UP

ROLLING UP The first Berlin escalator opened on December 22nd, 1925 in an elegant and popular department store in Leipziger Strasse 46-49 corner Dönhoffplatz. Tietz-Warenhaus invested not only in the … Continue reading

February 9, 2016 · 2 Comments

YOU ARE HERE: GROßER WANNSEE IN 1924

Here ´s a riveting image of a motor-car race over the ice-covered Großer Wannsee (not a lake, mind you, but actually a bay on the river Havel). It was taken on Sunday, … Continue reading

February 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: TEGEL AIRPORT

February 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN BERLIN: FEBURARY 6th – STRESEMANNSTRASSE

A rose is a rose under any other name but a street, to be recognizable, needs a fixed moniker. Take Stresemannstrasse, every Berlin historical cartographer´s nightmare – in its long … Continue reading

February 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

HERE COMES THE DUTCH GUY or THE RESURRECTION OF BERLIN HISTORY MUSEUMS

  New wind is blowing through the dusty corridors and mock-gothic halls of the Märkisches Museum, an impressive 1908 edifice towering over the Köllnischer Park in Mitte.   The actual … Continue reading

February 4, 2016 · 1 Comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: GLEISDREIECKPARK

Clouds Like White Elephants At Gleisdreieckpark (West), under the U1 viaduct.

February 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: RING-A-RING THE RINGBAHN

Did you know that one journey on the “Berliner Ringbahn” – the 37-kilometre long circular city railway line, which is not so much round as shaped like a dog´s head … Continue reading

February 3, 2016 · 2 Comments

SPOTTED IN PASSING: THE TOP OF THE HILL

Top of the Cross Hill: to of the Kreuzberg in the Viktoria Park, looking down towards Grossbeerenstrasse and the Landwehrkanal. The switched-off waterfall (in summer water is pumped uphill by … Continue reading

February 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

YOU ARE HERE: YORCKSTRASSE

A beautiful building in Yorckstrasse housing the historic pub “Zum Umsteiger” (Umsteiger is someone who changes from one train to another – something that most people using the S-Bahnhof Yorckstrasse … Continue reading

February 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BERLIN HISTORICAL SOCIETY!

Exactly 151 years ago, on January 28, 1865, a group of prominent Berlin history fans who gathered in the “Cafe Royal” at Unter den Linden 13-15 founded the Verein für … Continue reading

January 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

TIME MACHINE ADVENTURES CONTINUED: BERLIN-PRENZLAUER BERG IN THE 1980s

Here is the next instalment of a brilliant image comparison series from Berlin “Then” and “Now”: this time Prenzlauer Berg. Thank you, Berliner Morgenpost!:) Please click the image to enter.

January 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

THE NAME WITHOUT A STREET

  Petristrasse (older spelling: Petri Strasse) in the medieval heart of the city of Cölln – today´s Berlin is an amalgam of two historic sister-towns of Berlin and Cölln – photographed … Continue reading

January 27, 2016 · 1 Comment

C´EST NE PAS STALINALLEE

What might look like an alternative design for a slightly taller architecture of Berlin´s Stalinallee (Karl-Marx-Allee today) or for a thoroughfare connecting Moscow´s “Stalinskie Vysotki” (Stalin´s High-rises) is, in fact, … Continue reading

January 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

HELLO, NAUGHTY!

And now let us take a graceful leap from the Then into the Now – Culture Trip Berlin recommends the best burlesque shows in Germany´s capital.   With Berlin´s burlesque … Continue reading

January 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: FOR WHOM THE BELLS TOLL

Did you know that apart from an elegant restaurant and a world-famous museum, the Huguenots Museum, Berlin´s Französischer Dom (French Dome) towering over the northern end of the Gendarmenmarkt in … Continue reading

January 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

BERLIN PAST: PAPER BOYS

  Newspaper sellers next to Bahnhof Alexanderplatz in the 1920s: the one-leg stools were their standard work equipment. In December 1926 Berlin´s newsagents offered their customers as many as 147 … Continue reading

January 24, 2016 · 6 Comments

SPOTTED IN BERLIN: TAUENTZINSTRASSE/KU’DAMM BEFORE WWII

Window-shopping in Tauentzinstrasse shortly before Kurfürstendamm, Berlin, in 1936 .

January 21, 2016 · 3 Comments

BOOKWORM´S DELIGHT: “BERLIN THE THE 19th CENTURY”

It is difficult not to buy new books. It is even more difficult to find storage space for the books already bought and for those about to be purchased. But … Continue reading

January 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

OF ENDS AND NEW BEGINNINGS: BERLIN´S MARIENVIERTEL

Looking at the heart of Old Berlin today, it is quite difficult to imagine what it looked like before the Nazi politics led to its being pulverised and turned into … Continue reading

January 18, 2016 · 4 Comments

GHOSTS OF BERLINS PAST

Here is another delicious visual “goodie” from a popular Berlin daily, “Der Tagesspiegel”: a series of photos of Berlin´s regular as well as U-Bahn and S-Bahn railway stations, including the … Continue reading

January 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

FROM ZIGGY TO STARDUST

An era comes to an end – David Bowie, a Berliner himself, died at the age of 69. Rest in peace: there IS life on Mars… ‘Berlin can generate almost … Continue reading

January 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

INSIDE – LOOKING OUT / OUTSIDE – LOOKING IN

At the Berlin Wall (on its Western side) shortly before its end.

January 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

PROTECTION

One of the most moving and most expressive sculptures which can be found in Berlin: “Mutter und Kind” by Theo Balden (real name: Otto Koehler). Made by the artist in … Continue reading

January 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN BERLIN: KURT TUCHOLSKY

Happy birthday to Kurt Tucholsky, a brilliant writer, cabaret text author and critic! Born on January 9th 1890 in Lübecker Strasse 13 in Berlin-Moabit, he wrote under many interesting pen … Continue reading

January 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

HIGH HOPES

What will Berlin be like in 10, 20 or 30 years? How will the cityscape change once the generous, if not exactly necessary or welcome, plans of providing the city … Continue reading

January 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

ON YER SLEDGES, GO!

  Here is an absolutely fantastic city-guide for all those fond of hurtling themselves down snow-covered slopes – whether on a wooden sledge, on an old rubber tire or a … Continue reading

January 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: WINDCHILL

The frozen-over Landwehrkanal under the Thielenbrücke connecting Neukölln and Kreuzberg between Glogauer Strasse and Pannierstrasse. The name of the bridge commemorates Karl von Thielen, Prussian Secretary of State for Public … Continue reading

January 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

BERLIN BRUSHES: MAX LIEBERMANN

To celebrate the first proper snowfall this winter here is another wonderful Berlin painting: “Snow in the Tiergarten” – view from Max Liebermann´s studio at Pariser Platz as seen by … Continue reading

January 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN BERLIN: JANUARY 4th – NEW PAPER IN TOWN

On January 4th, 1892 the first regular edition of the first mass-market newspaper in Germany, “Berliner Illustrirte Zeitung” hits the newsstands in Berlin. The weekly became an immediate sensation – … Continue reading

January 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: HUT AB!

Did you know that Berlin used to have a rather peculiar New Year´s Eve tradition that seemed to be so outrageous that it even made news in foreign newspapers? In … Continue reading

December 31, 2015 · Leave a comment

YOU ARE HERE: CHECKPOINT CHARLIE IN1961

An illuminated Christmas tree at Checkpoint Charlie in Friedrichstraße, December 1961. (Image © German History Museum, Berlin)

December 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

WHEN CHRISTMAS COMES TO TOWN

The timing could not be any better: after several days of forced internet abstinence – hereby we would like to thank our phone and net provider for finally fixing what … Continue reading

December 24, 2015 · 2 Comments

BERLIN BRUSHES: KARL HUBBUCH

A beautiful etching by Karl Hubbuch, contemporary and colleague of Otto Dix and Georg Grosz: corner Leipziger Strasse and Friedrichstrasse in 1922 during the construction of the U-Bahn line. Image … Continue reading

December 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

QUOTE OF THE DAY

  “Berlin streets are the city´s and not the state´s responsibility. Such is the rule. But to this rule there are endless exceptions. Since the Kaiser stands above the Town … Continue reading

December 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

GET ON THE SLOW TRAIN

Let us take a pause from the fast-paced day and enjoy another wonderful film about the old Berlin. This time, courtesy of the Stadtmuseum Berlin, we have a unique chance … Continue reading

December 17, 2015 · 4 Comments

AXED

After 63 years of providing Kreuzbergers with all things wood-and-carpentry, the Leistenhaus Schlumm in Nostizstrasse wraps up the business. R.I.P. – my desk owes you half of its legs. All … Continue reading

December 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

THE TREES OUTSIDE BERLIN WINDOWS

The oldest tree in my street is a linden – not surprising considering that we are in Berlin. Germans love their linden even though historically speaking, a linden tree is … Continue reading

December 14, 2015 · 2 Comments

SOMEWHERE ALONG THE LINE

Until now “Berliner Straßenszene” by Karl Holtz, a picture owned by Berlin´s Stiftung Stadtmuseum and painted in the early 1920s, has been dated for 1920-1923. However, the tram line No. 21 … Continue reading

December 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

YOU ARE HERE: UNTER DEN LINDEN IN 1909

Here is a beautiful photo of the corner of the boulevard Unter den Linden and Friedrichstrasse taken in 1909 by a photographer from the famous Berlin photo atelier Zander & … Continue reading

December 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

THE TIME MACHINE KEEPS ON GOING

A feast for the eyes, all yer Berlin fans! A series of interactive photos – historic and current – of some of the city´s best known spots. Published by one … Continue reading

December 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

YOU ARE HERE: SCHÖNHAUSER ALLEE BEFORE WWII

Today´s photo presents the junction of Schönhauser Allee, Wisbyer Strasse and Bornholmer Strasse (invisible behind the viaduct of the U2 elevated railway line) in Prenzlauer Berg in what must be … Continue reading

December 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN BERLIN: NOVEMBER 29th

  A big day, if a little spine-chilling one: on November 29th, 1713 Berlin witnessed its first public human autopsy history. The procedure, which until then had often been performed … Continue reading

November 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

TRAINSPOTTING IN BERLIN

Here is a little gem of a web page for all fans of Berlin´s public transport system – which, as we know, despite all the persistent rumours and occasional complaints, … Continue reading

November 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

THE WHEELS SHOULD KEEP ON ROLLING: NEW CYCLE PATH UNDER THE U1 VIADUCT?

For the past two days the whole of Berlin has been enthusing about the latest street traffic project concerning the construction of a new cycling road under the viaduct of the … Continue reading

November 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

THE LOST WORLDS

What happened in Europe in the late 1980s – the fall of the Berlin Wall, the end of communism in Poland, perestroika in the former Soviet Union as well as … Continue reading

November 21, 2015 · 7 Comments

McROOMS WITH A VIEW

If there is one reason why the Mall of Berlin “McDonald´s” in Mitte is worth visiting, then it is this incredible view.   Although the rest of the massive shopping … Continue reading

November 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

U-BAHNHOF PRINZENSTRASSE IN THE EARLY 1900s

U-Bahnhof  “Prinzenstrasse” shortly before its opening around 1902 with both original entrances – Wittig´s tower-like staircase and the ramp entering the house in Gitschiner Strasse 71 – as well as … Continue reading

November 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

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