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

TODAY IN BERLIN: DECEMBER 13th, 1980 – THE BATTLE OF FRAENKELUFER

There are several events in the modern history of Kreuzberg which can be described as true milestones: the occupation of Bethanien Krankenhaus in 1971 (this beautiful old hospital by Theodor Stein … Continue reading

December 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: ON THE SUNNY SIDE OF THE STRASSE

December 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: COKE IN THE CITY

Nacht! Tauentzin! Kokain! Das ist Berlin!i (Andrej Belyj, a 1920s´ Russian writer living in Berlin) Did you know that by the mid-1920s Berlin became the cocaine capital of the world … Continue reading

December 16, 2014 · 3 Comments

YOU ARE HERE: VIKTORIAPARK IN BERLIN-KREUZBERG

Here are Berlin´s fourth oldest City park, Viktoriapark in Berlin-Kreuzberg and the National Memorial on top of the Kreuzberg hill around which the park was built, in the last decade of the 19th century. … Continue reading

December 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

OUT AND ABOUT IN BERLIN: “J´Accuse” by Abel Gance at the Zeughauskino

J´Accuse by Abel Gance, one of the most powerful statements against World War I and against the military’s, politicians’ and society’s shared responsibility for its horrors, was first screened in April … Continue reading

December 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

ZEITUNGSVIERTEL BERLIN: THE MAIN PUBLISHING HOUSES

The photos below present the three main press houses in Berlin in the pre-WW2 Berlin, with Mossehaus in both its old (built 1901-1903 by Wolfenstein & Kremer) and the new … Continue reading

December 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN?

BERLIN PRESS IN THE 1920s Did you know that in December 1926 Berlin´s newsagents offered their customers as many as 147 newspapers – 120 of them dailies! – and 2,486 … Continue reading

December 9, 2014 · 2 Comments

TODAY IN BERLIN: DECEMBER 3rd – GENERAL PFUEL AND HIS SWIMMING SCHOOL

On December 3rd, 1866, a cold and damp Berlin winter day, the country and the king were in mourning: General Ernst von Pfuel was dead. Gone was the man who … Continue reading

December 6, 2014 · 2 Comments

GOING DEEPER UNDERGROUND – BERLINER U-BAHN

For all those upset by the nasty weather conditions outside and looking forward to a warm&cosy weekend spent indoors, please remember that there is another place in Berlin that will … Continue reading

December 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

YOU ARE HERE: U-BAHNHOF HERMANNPLATZ

  The underground station Hermannplatz in Berlin – Kreuzberg (the U7 line) was designed by Alfred Grenander and Alfred Fehse, it opened on April 11th, 1926. The line U8, placed … Continue reading

December 5, 2014 · 3 Comments

THE 1924 POTSDAMER PLATZ TRAFFIC LIGHTS “LIVE”

The short film entitled “Berlin in the 20´s” published by Alfruna on YouTube is in fact a mix of very well known film recordings from the first quarter of the … Continue reading

December 4, 2014 · 2 Comments

DID KNOW KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: THE POTSDAMER PLATZ TRAFFIC-LIGHTS

Did you know that despite the popular and wide-spread belief – one actively perpetuated by many books and web pages, too – the traffic-lights installed in Berlin at Potsdamer Platz … Continue reading

December 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN BERLIN: KARSTADT AM HERMANNPLATZ, KREUZBERG

December 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN BERLIN: WILD WILD WEST

Spotted this morning in Gneisenaustrasse, Berlin – Kreuzberg.

December 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

Drawn by Light – Historic Photography Exhibition in London

Lieutenant Colonel Mervyn O´Gorman, an Irish born British photographer, took this picture of his daughter Christina 101 years ago. It was made using the Autochrome process, an early colour process, … Continue reading

December 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

BERLIN 1937

A street scene in the 1937 Berlin: Kaiser-Wilhelm-Strasse (today Rosa-Luxemburg-Strasse) corner Dircksenstrasse in Berlin-Mitte with the Volksbühne Theatre in the background. At the moment when this photo was being taken … Continue reading

December 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN BERLIN: NOVEMBER 27th – BELLE-ALLIANCE-STRASSE

Mehringdamm, one of the best known and busiest streets of Berlin and Berlin-Kreuzberg is also one of the very few streets in this city with 99% of its numbers belonging … Continue reading

December 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

YOU ARE HERE: BERLIN-ALEXANDERPLATZ

  The photo above shows one of the best known plazas in germany’s capital – Alexanderplatz – as it was in the summer of 1925. None of the buildings or … Continue reading

November 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

YOU ARE HERE: U-BAHNHOF ORANIENPLATZ

This photo shows the construction works on the new – and never opened – underground station Oranienplatz in Berlin-Kreuzberg. The place was later used as a substation for the city power … Continue reading

November 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: HERR MESSTER AND THE MOVING PICTURES

Did you know that between the 1890s and the late 1920s Berlin had over 50 large professional film studios and that those would be only the registered ones – there were … Continue reading

November 25, 2014 · 2 Comments

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: MARIENFELDE REFUGEE CAMP

Even before 1949 when it became clear that the tension between the Western Allied Zones of Berlin and the Soviet Occupational Zone in the east of the city would only … Continue reading

November 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

THE OLD CITY PALACE OF BERLIN

Here is a 1920s aerial image of the Berliner Stadtschloss, the City (Royal) Palace, whose replica is being erected at almost exactly the same spot today. However, not all of … Continue reading

November 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: THE POTATO FIELDS IN TIERGARTEN

After WW2 the Tiergarten, the oldest city park in Berlin stretching between Brandenburg Gate, Potsdamer Platz, the River Spree and the Berlin Zoo, was almost entirely tree-free: out of the … Continue reading

November 18, 2014 · 2 Comments

TODAY IN BERLIN: NOVEMBER 14 – KONRAD BIESALSKI AND THE DISABLED CHILDREN

1868 It is difficult to imagine that at the beginning of the 20th century more than every third child in the streets of Berlin suffered some form of physical deformity. Tuberculosis … Continue reading

November 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: MONDAY MORNING RUSH-HOUR

November 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

OUT AND ABOUT IN BERLIN: “Mythos Germania – Shadows and Traces of the Imperial Capital”

When in the mid-1930s Adolf Hitler first dreamt of Germania, the future Capital of The World, Berlin was already doomed – if it had not been for the air-raids, the … Continue reading

November 14, 2014 · 2 Comments

YOU ARE HERE: BAERWALDBAD

Baerwaldbad in Baerwaldstrasse,  Berlin-Kreuzberg. Designed by the famous Berlin architect, Ludwig Hoffmann, it was built in 1901 to relieve the problem of poor personal hygiene among the residents of the … Continue reading

November 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

NOVEMBER 9th – MORE THAN JUST THE FALL OF THE WALL

With the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall and the impressive celebrations thereof already behind us, it is worth remembering that November 9th is a very particular … Continue reading

November 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: EAST GERMAN NATIONAL ANTHEM

Regardless of political views and personal sentiments many people would openly admit that in terms of their national anthem, the former German Democratic Republic definitely managed to do something right. … Continue reading

November 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

BERLINERISMS PART 16: THE CIRCUS, THE SINKING CHURCH AND THE POINTY LEGS

From Berlin-Dreilinden to Hansaviertel, you will find them everywhere. Berlinerisms continued. ANHALTER BAHNHOF (Anhalt Railway Station) A jocular name for the former DDR – West Berlin / West Germany border … Continue reading

November 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

BERLINERISMS PART 15: UNKNOWN KNITTERS AND TIN GIRAFFES

In matters of taste there might be no disputes but there might be a laugh or two. Despite the artist´s creative efforts to bestow their work with a profoundly meaningful … Continue reading

November 4, 2014 · 1 Comment

MEMHARDT-PLAN – BERLIN IN 1652

Here is the oldest city map of Berlin-Cölln from 1652, made by Johann Gregor Memhardt, a military engineer and expert in city fortifications. Memhardt was appointed the court engineer to … Continue reading

October 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

BEAR IN THE MIDDLE

On October 30th, 1338 the two neighbouring and closely co-operating cities in Brandenburg, Berlin and Coelln, issued a council deed known as the “Ratsurkunde ueber Pfandegelder” which became the first … Continue reading

October 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW: WHERE STREETS HAVE MANY NAMES

Did you know that in many streets of Berlin the cobble stone used for their paving or for the necessary reparations came from recycled gravestones from the local cemeteries? One … Continue reading

October 28, 2014 · 1 Comment

BERLINERISMS PART 14: HOLY HOLY HOLY or X-RAYS, NAIL FILES AND OUR LORD´S POWER PLANTS

In Berlin, probably no other type of architecture is as likely to be re-christened and provided with a passing Berlinerism as the city churches. This long tradition, which gave us the … Continue reading

October 24, 2014 · 1 Comment

THE WAVES OF CHANGE – BERLIN´S PLANS FOR A NEW INNER-CITY RIVER POOL

Berlin does not need the replica of the “Stadtschloss” – Berlin needs that gorgeous new swimming pool that part of the inner-city section of the river Spree should be turned … Continue reading

October 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

BERLINERISMS PART 13: OF TEARS AND CELLS

PLÖTZE (THE ROACH) Short for the Plötzensee Justizvollzugsanstalt – the infamous prison in the borough of Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, built in 1879 on the edge of Tegeler Forst (the Tegel Forest) and … Continue reading

October 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

BERLINER SPORTPALAST 1948

Here, as a little piece of historic background for the previous post: the ruins of the Berliner Sportpalast and the intact (as it still is) bunker Pallasstrasse to its left. … Continue reading

October 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

BERLINERISMS PART 12: FROM THE MICE BUNKER TO THE PALLASEUM

ROST & SILBERLAUBE (Red and Silver Bower/Arbour) Two university buildings within the Freie Universität campus in Berlin-Dahlem. The Rostlaube, the seat of the humanities built at the beginning of the … Continue reading

October 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

BERLINERISMS PART 11: OF BERLIN BRIDGES AND CURVES

MILLIONENBRÜCKE (One Million Bridge) A 228-metre-long bridge spanning Swinemünder- and Bellermanstrasse over the railway tracks outside the Station Berlin-Gesundbrunnen was designed by Bruno Möhring and Friedrich Krause. When finished in … Continue reading

October 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN BERLIN: OCTOBER 15th, 1924 – LZ 126

1924 Exactly 90 years ago to the day the famous LZ 126, a Zeppelin better known as ZR-3 USS “Los Angeles” landed in Lakehurst, USA, after 81 hours of a … Continue reading

October 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

BERLINERISMS 10: ANIMAL INSTINCTS or OF SNAKES, ARMADILLOS AND BLACK CATS

TSK (Short for Tote Schwarze Katze or a Dead Black Cat) This wonderful Berlinerism is a tribute (of sorts) to a famous physicist and a Nobel Prize Winner of 1933, … Continue reading

October 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT KOTTI?

Did you know that the U-Bhf Kottbusser Tor, where the lines U1 and U8 cross on their respective overground and underground routes through the city, is not the same station … Continue reading

October 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

BERLINERISMS PART 9: OF SLUTS, BELTS AND PINS

NUTTENBROSCHE Trollop´s brooch/pin The distinctive fountain, Brunenn der Völkerfreundschaft (The Fountain of Friendship Between Nations) at Alexanderplatz designed by Walter Womacka and unveiled in October 1970. Made of copper repoussé, glass, … Continue reading

October 10, 2014 · 1 Comment

BERLINERISMS PART 8: OF WASHING MACHINES, BEER BRUSHES and THE CIVIL SERVANTS ON TOP

WASCHMACHINE / KOHLLOSSEUM / ELEFANTENKLO (The Washing Machine / Kohl´s* Colosseum / The Elephant Loo) Bundeskanzleramt (The Federal Chancellery) in Willy-Brandt-Strasse 1 in Tiergarten. Angela Merkel´s – current Chancellor´s – office … Continue reading

October 9, 2014 · 1 Comment

BERLINERISMS PART 7: MISERY TEETH IN A POWDER BOX

LANGER JAMMER Misery Mile Literally “long sorrow” or “long complaint”, it is mostly used to talk about two buildings in Berlin: Otto Bartning´s 500-metre-long house in the Ringsiedlung in Siemensstadt … Continue reading

October 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

BERLINERISMS PART 6: ON THE WAY TO CAFE ACHTECK

MAGISTRATSKLAVIERE City Council´s Pianos The no longer existing twin buildings flanking the southern end of Friedrichstrasse at the old Belle-Alliance-Platz (Mehringplatz today), designed by Schinkel´s model pupil, Johann Heinrich Strack (his … Continue reading

October 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

BERLINERISMS PART 5: FROM GOLDEN LIZZIE TO THE SOUP TUREE – TIERGARTEN TO UNTER DEN LINDEN

GOLDELSE (Golden Lizzy) The golden figure of a be-winged angel on top of the Victory Column (Siegessäule) at the Großer Stern (Big Star), a massive roundabout in Tiergarten. Today hardly … Continue reading

October 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

BITS AND PIECES OF BERLIN: THE BERLIN WALL

Despite its demise, the Berlin Wall´s presence in the city is so powerful that the division it once marked still feels much more than just implied. On the other hand, the … Continue reading

October 3, 2014 · 1 Comment

BERLINERISMS PART 4: FROM THE MEATLOAF TO THE RANCH

WASSERKLOPS (Water-meatloaf) The Weltkugelbrunnen (The Globe Fountain) at Breitscheidplatz in front of the old West-Berlin shopping centre Europa-Centrum right off Ku-Damm. The red granite sculpture designed by Joachim Schmettau and … Continue reading

October 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

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