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Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Kreuzberg

A Terrible Beauty: Diving Into a 70-Year-Old Photo of the Sea

Originally posted on LIFE:
Seventy years ago, in the winter of 1943, LIFE’s William Vandivert made this photograph from the deck of an Allied ship. The photo led off an…

April 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

YOU ARE HERE: ONE NIGHT AT HALLESCHES TOR

Here is a rare photo of the Hochbahn (elevated U-Bahn line) viaduct in Berlin-Kreuzberg used by the line U1 today. It was taken late at night on October 11th, 1928 … Continue reading

April 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

THE BATTLE OF BERLIN – A STORY THAT NEVER ENDS

Between the 16th of April and the 2nd of May 1945 Berlin became the stage for the final act in the horrid spectacle of WW2. Whatever was left of this … Continue reading

April 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: SPRING CLEANING IN BERGMANNSTRASSE

April 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: KREUZBERG SMILES

Spotted in Fichtestrasse in Berlin – Kreuzberg.

April 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: APRIL 7th – THE TWELVE STREETS OF KREUZBERG

Here´s a little repetition for our new readers (especially those living in one of the mentioned streets)- a text just as true today as it was exactly a year ago. … Continue reading

April 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

REEDS or KOTTI NATURALLY

If you could design Kottbusser Tor anew what would your design be like? If you were Dali, you´d most likely chop the viaduct in half, put a giraffe in the … Continue reading

April 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

YOU ARE HERE: “ZUR LINDE” AT KOTTBUSSER TOR

This small restaurant or rather an inn used to stand on the corner of Skalitzer- and Admiralsstrasse 38 in SO36 at the old Kottbusser Tor. It was an important meeting point … Continue reading

April 14, 2014 · 1 Comment

STAYING IN THE DARK

You like to listen? You like the radio? You like adventure? Then it is time to get In The Dark at their next event at “Madame Claude” in Lübbener Straße … Continue reading

April 14, 2014 · 2 Comments

THE CLASH OF THE TITANS: WASSERSCHLACHT 2013

Here´s a bit of a memory lane: the previous post about the coin flipping for the mayor´s seat for the new borough of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg reminded me of last year´s Battle … Continue reading

April 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: APRIL 4th – THE MAYOR´S NEW SEAT

On April 4th, 2000 representatives of two soon-to-be-one Berlin boroughs, Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg, met to discuss an important question: where should the future mayor of F´Hain-XBerg reside? As finding an … Continue reading

April 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: WAITING

Spotted at the U1 station at Hallesches Tor in Berlin-Kreuzberg.

April 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

GO WEST! Kreuzberg tour this weekend

It is almost Sunday again – if you don´t know how to spend your day off, here´s an idea: join me and a small group of others at 11 AM … Continue reading

April 9, 2014 · 2 Comments

KREUZBERGED ON TV

A couple of months ago, in the bleakest of the bleak Berlin midwinter when the temperatures fell seriously below “Friendly” (or during those only two weeks when it actually got … Continue reading

April 9, 2014 · 4 Comments

SPOTTED IN PASSING: DOUBLE-FACED

Spotted at Mehringplatz in Berlin-Kreuzberg: a photo cut-out of for the guests of Checkpoint Charlie.

April 7, 2014 · 2 Comments

SPOTTED IN PASSING: SPRING CLEANING

Spotted at Hallesches Ufer, Berlin-Kreuzberg.

April 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

YOU ARE HERE: CHECKPOINT CHARLIE

Did you know that despite the rumours the famous East-West German inner-city crossing in Berlin known as Checkpoint Charlie is NOT placed in the borough of Mitte? It cannot be … Continue reading

April 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

YOU ARE HERE: WATERLOO UFER 5-7

When WW2 swept over Berlin in its final salto mortale in the early 1945 and when hurled tens of thousands of bombs onto the houses and their inhabitants, the old … Continue reading

April 4, 2014 · 2 Comments

BERLIN, THE CITY OF DREAMERS AND DICTATORS

Here´s something I´ve just read in Rory Maclean´s wonderful “Berlin – Imagine A City”- something I could not possibly express better myself: “Why are we drawn to certain cities? Perhaps … Continue reading

April 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW? or THERE´S LIFE OUTSIDE KREUZBERG

Did you know that before the beginning of the 1st World War in 1914 the military use of aeroplanes was so insignificant that with its three dozen planes France could … Continue reading

April 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

YOU ARE HERE: GROßBEERENSTRASSE 34

  Believe it or not: the courtyards of Berlin are often even more interesting than the “Vorderhaus” – the front house – itself. Not the least because those very same … Continue reading

March 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: THE CITY UNDERNEATH

Spotted in passing in Kreuzbergstrasse in Berlin- Kreuzberg.

March 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: DESIGN

Spotted in Am Tempelhofer Berg in Berlin-Kreuzberg.

March 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

STROLLING DOWN KREUZBERG – THE KIEZ TOUR SEASON RE-OPENS

Any plans for the upcoming Sunday? If not, join me on a tour of Kreuzberg 61 at 11 AM – spring is there so it is time to re-open the … Continue reading

March 27, 2014 · 1 Comment

YOU ARE HERE: SPITTELMARKT, BERLIN-MITTE

Spittelmarkt, Berlin-Mitte, 1909 (photo: Waldemar Titzenthaler) A stunning photo of one of the most interesting and most busy Berlin streets and squares before WW2 – gone entirely afterwards. Two elements … Continue reading

March 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: MARCH 15th – HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MARHEINEKE MARKTHALLE

Originally known as Markthalle XI and like all other 14 Berlin market halls designed by Hermann Blankenstein (more about him here), Marheineke-Halle between Zossener Strasse, Bergmannstrasse and Marheineke Platz in … Continue reading

March 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

YOU ARE HERE: THE WATERFALL IN VIKTORIAPARK

The so called Bengal lights, in this case a colour-changing electric illumination, was switched on for the first time in 1898 after an electric dynamo generator was installed in the … Continue reading

March 19, 2014 · 2 Comments

SPOTTED IN PASSING: BERLIN AIR-LIFT

Spotted in Boeckhstrasse,  Berlin – Kreuzberg.

March 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: MUTTI-KREUZBERG

Spotted in Schleiermacherstrasse,  Berlin – Kreuzberg.

March 16, 2014 · 1 Comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: THE MOON OVER KREUZBERG

Spotted on Baerwaldbruecke in Berlin-Kreuzberg.

March 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: MARCH 11 – THE NAZIS TAKE OVER KRANKENHAUS AM URBAN

Another day worth re-commemorating on this blog: on March 11th, 1933 the Nazi regime forcefully removes the whole Jewish and non-Nazi staff of the biggest local hospital (and one of … Continue reading

March 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: MARCH 10th – NAZI TERROR IN RATHAUS KREUZBERG

On that day in 1933 the then Mayor of Kreuzberg Carl Herz was removed from his office, physically abused and humiliated in public – the Nazi terror began in full … Continue reading

March 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

HOW DO YOU KNOW IT IS SPRING IN BERLIN

It´s simple: either you step outside and get drunk on the beautiful warm fresh air OR you look at the pictures below – a foolproof sign that it is Springtime … Continue reading

March 11, 2014 · 1 Comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: MONDAY MORNING IN GNEISENAUSTRASSE

Here´s what Gneisenaustrasse feels like at 9 AM on a beautiful Monday morning – it might not be the prettiest street any more but it is definitely as charming as … Continue reading

March 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: IN THE FOG OF THE MORNING

Spotted this morning in Schleiermacherstrasse in Berlin-Kreuzberg.

March 7, 2014 · 2 Comments

SPOTTED IN PASSING: SPRING SHOTS

Spotted in Waterloo Ufer in Berlin-Kreuzberg.

March 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

GOING TO THE PICTURES

What kreuzberged.com is looking forward to this week: A great film by a great director with great actors AND made in Berlin-Brandenburg and Görlitz. At the cinemas in Berlin and beyond from … Continue reading

March 5, 2014 · 2 Comments

WHAT GOES AROUND, COMES AROUND – THE STORY OF THE TIN

The best thing about the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, is the multitude of its interests: from fossils to aeroplanes, from Persian manuscripts to the ruby slippers worn by Dorothy … Continue reading

March 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

AS TIME GOES BY – HISTORIC IMAGES OF KREUZBERG

Sometimes one photo says more than a hundred books. And although often it is impossible to “read” the image – to recognise what or whom it presents – without living … Continue reading

March 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: THE HIGH-FLYER

THE HIGH-FLYER (spotted in Heinrich-Heine-Platz in Kreuzberg SO 36)

March 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: SHARON JONES AND THE DAP-KINGS

She´s a lady, she´s a diva and, lord, can she sing! Sharon Jones´s concert at the Neue Welt in Hasenheide in Ferbuary 2012 left me with trembling knees and an … Continue reading

March 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

Frau Gericke and the Villa Urbig

Originally posted on Traces of a Border:
In the conservatory of a hotel in Berlin-Mitte, Frau Gericke sits in front of a group of travellers from   around the world, ready…

February 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

KREUZBERG – THE SCENE OF CRIME

It´s official. The most popular German crime series, Tatort (The Scene of Crime) – a Sunday evening TV affair sweeping the streets of the Republic empty as if by magic, … Continue reading

February 28, 2014 · 1 Comment

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: FEBRUARY 19th – THE HOLY WATER

Today´s entry refers not so much to Kreuzberg only as to the whole of the late 19th-century Germany and is an answer to the question that must have been asked … Continue reading

February 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: BALKON VORM SOMMER

Although these balconies in Blücherstrasse in Berlin-Kreuzberg still need to be made fit for the summer, they are a fascinating and pretty obsolete view in the new, well-polished Berlin. I … Continue reading

February 25, 2014 · 2 Comments

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: FEBRUARY 18th – THE DEATH OF EDUARD LÜRSSEN

1891 Some time between 5 and 6 PM on February 18th, 1891 in Berlin a famous and widely respected sculptor Professor Eduard Lürssen fails to go on his daily walk. … Continue reading

February 19, 2014 · 1 Comment

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: ERIK SATIE

Today probably best known as part of the soundtrack for Wes Anderson´s “The Royal Tenenbaums” the dream-like Gymnopédies of Erik Satie are among the most beautiful small piano music pieces … Continue reading

February 19, 2014 · 1 Comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: MY LITTLE PONY

Spotted in the middle of Moritzplatz in Berlin-Kreuzberg.

February 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

THE YING-YANG OF BERLIN: SCHWARZPLAN MAPS OF THE CITY

Here is an excellent text by Gareth Davis (for Schlur Magazine) about the so called Schwarzplan maps of Germany´capital and what they tell us about its history. So worth reading!

February 18, 2014 · 1 Comment

SEEN ON TV: THE STORY OF THE STATUE OF LIBERTY

Did you know that the man thanks to whom it was finally possible to put Frederic Bartholdi´s Statue of Liberty on her today´s spot on Liberty Island (former Bedloe´s Island) … Continue reading

February 16, 2014 · 5 Comments

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