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

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 · Leave a 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

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

BURNING THE BRIDGES – OBERBAUMBRÜCKE IN APRIL 1945

On April 23rd, 1945 with the Red Army and the Polish 1st Army already in the north and the east of Berlin (in Frohnau, Niederschönhausen, Lichtenberg) and about to enter … Continue reading

April 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN KREUZBERG

Spotted in Gneisenaustrasse in Berlin – Kreuzberg.

April 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

THE UNDERGROUND UNDERGROUND – CRIME ON THE U-BAHN

The latest – 2014 – crime statistics for Berlin´s underground stations are there and they are already causing crowds of reckless tourists to hurry in the direction of the top … Continue reading

April 21, 2015 · 4 Comments

WALKING BERLIN

Nothing like a wonderful old amateur film made in the city in the 1930s to make you feel like walking around Berlin for a bit longer than necessary. Forget the … Continue reading

April 20, 2015 · 1 Comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: THE 10th WONDER

Spotted under the U1 elevated line in Gitschiner Strasse in Berlin – Kreuzberg.

April 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

FROM THE DIARY OF A MAD RESEARCHER

To give you an insight into the kind of lengths I am quite prepared to go to in order to answer a burning Berlin research question, here is a little … Continue reading

April 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

THE YOM HA-SHOAH SIREN

A single is siren was sounded in Israel yesterday on Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, bringing the whole country to a halt. That day commemorates and honours the victims of … Continue reading

April 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

70 YEARS AFTER THE BATTLE OF BERLIN

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of one of the most bitter battles of modern times which took place inside the European cities and which brought an end to the six … Continue reading

April 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN – THE BRIGHT CITY LIGHTS

Did you know that looking from high above it is still possible to tell between the former East and West Berlin? Maybe not during the day, but after dark it … Continue reading

April 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

LIFE AMONG THE RUINS

This photo taken by the LIFE magazine photographer, Nina Leen – a Russian-born American who studied and lived in Berlin until 1939, when she decided emigrate to the USA – … Continue reading

April 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN BERLIN: APRIL 14th, 1902 – THE FLOOD

According to the article published in the Staatsbürger-Zeitung, it all began on Monday night at around 2.30 AM. The storm clouds reached Berlin from the north-east and by 3.00 AM … Continue reading

April 14, 2015 · 2 Comments

SPOTTED IN PASSING: NOTHING BUT RUBBISH ON TV…

Spotted in Gitschiner Strasse in Berlin-Kreuzberg.

April 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

YOU ARE HERE: SPRINGTIME IN SAARLANDSTRASSE

Between 1935 and 1947 today´s Stresemannstrasse was known as Saarlandstrasse –  the photo was most probably taken either in 1945 or perhaps a year later, before the Nazi name of … Continue reading

April 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: APRIL 10th – VIKTORIAPARK WATERFALL

1891 On Friday April 10th, 1891 not only did the Berliners have a chance to listen to Professor Rudolf Virchow himself present and discuss the case of a 17-year-old Indian boy … Continue reading

April 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

YOU ARE HERE: THE GRAVE OF HEINRICH VON STEPHAN

The grave of the great Post Master General of Berlin, Heinrich von Stephan, at the Dreifaltigskeitfriedhof  I (Feld II) at the cemeteries between Zossener-, Baruther- and Blücherstrasse in Berlin-Kreuzberg. The … Continue reading

April 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

POST FOR HEINRICH VON STEPHAN

Heinrich von Stephan, the famous Prussian Post Master General and later the Secretary of State in Bismarck´s government, died exactly 118 years ago, on April 8th, 1897. Having suffered from … Continue reading

April 8, 2015 · 2 Comments

IT´S CABARET!

Here is the famous opening scene for the 1972 “Cabaret” – spot the Sylvia von Harden character sitting at her desk. By the way, should you be interested in the … Continue reading

April 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

THE PENS AND FLANEURS OF DAS ROMANISCHE CAFE

The photo above was taken at the terrace of the Romanisches Cafe in KuDamm (today Budapester Strasse) at Auguste-Viktoria-Platz in 1925. Das Romanische Cafe opened in 1916 in the Kaiserhof Hotel, … Continue reading

April 4, 2015 · 1 Comment

HAPPY BIRTHDAY EUROPA-CENTER!

It might not be attractive, it might not be elegant and it definitely ain´t pretty but here is to West Berlin´s most beloved – by some, if not by many … Continue reading

April 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

IN THE PIPELINE: BERLIN´S ROHRPOST

The Berlin pneumatic post system – “Pneumatische Depechenbeförderung”, later simply “Rohrpost” (pipe mail) – was at its peak the largest public network of this kind in the world. Opened in … Continue reading

April 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

BERLIN BRUSHES: “TIEFER SCHNEE” BY HANS BALUSCHEK

With the snowfall and the wintry weather outside the windows, let us a have look at one of the most beautiful images of the early 20th-century Berlin: the “Tiefer Schnee” … Continue reading

March 31, 2015 · Leave a comment

HEARING VOICES

(Potentially) Good news for all U2 Line users in Berlin: the vocal experiment conducted by the BVG, the city transportation company, which involved having the regular, next-station announcements replaced by … Continue reading

March 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

GEKOMMEN UM ZU BLEIBEN

What makes us locals? What turns us into part of a new environment? And is it at all possible to become a Berliner not having been born in the city? … Continue reading

March 29, 2015 · 7 Comments

YOU ARE HERE: MARX-ENGELS-PLATZ, BERLIN-MITTE

Here is a photo taken in Marx-Engels-Platz (since 1994 again known as Schlossplatz) in the late 1980s /early 1990s, looking towards Fernsehturm with the Berliner Dom on the left and … Continue reading

March 29, 2015 · 6 Comments

SPOTTED IN PASSING: TAKE AWAY

Berlin takes the idea of hospitality to entirely new levels; ) Berlin – Kreuzberg

March 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

DAILY BERLINERISCH

BAMMELIG – ill-fitted, baggy (usu. of clothes) or anything that is worn hanging and swinging around BAMMELAGE – ill-fitting garments that are hanging and flapping around one´s body; anything that … Continue reading

March 26, 2015 · 2 Comments

SPOTTED IN PASSING: BERLIN MORNING SUN

March 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: FIRST TV PROGRAMME EVER

Did you know that almost exactly 80 years ago, on March 22nd, 1935, the first ever TV programme in the world was broadcasted and that it happened in Berlin? On … Continue reading

March 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

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