KREUZBERG´D

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

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 · Leave a comment

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 · 5 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

TODAY IN BERLIN: MARCH 24th – HAPPY BIRTHDAY O-STRASSE!

On March 24th, 1849 the following streets were named in Berlin-Kreuzberg: Mathieustrasse (used to connect today´s Lobeckstrasse with Alexandrinenstrasse) Wassertorstrasse Wassertorplatz Pücklerstrasse Mariannenstrasse Mariannenplatz Brandenburgstrasse (Lobeckstrasse today) Jakobikirchstrasse Mariannenufer (Bethaniendamm … Continue reading

March 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

YOU ARE HERE: BERLIN-MITTE IN 1931

Looking forward to much a balmy Wednesday (up to +18°C), here is a 1931 photo of two boys being served a cooling drink by a young street vendor in Berlin. … Continue reading

March 23, 2015 · 2 Comments

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: CHARITÉ PNEUMATIC POST

Did you know that Charité, the Berlin University Hospital and one of the biggest such establishments in Europe, uses an in-house Rohrpost (pneumatic post) that is 26 km long? The … Continue reading

March 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

YOU ARE HERE: YORCKSTRASSE IN 1977

The 1977 painting called “Zum Umsteiger” by Renate Döbler. “Zum Umsteiger” is a well-known old Berliner Kneipe in Yorckstrasse, directly at S-Bahnhof Yorckstrasse, opened in 1905 and still using its … Continue reading

March 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

NOTHING LIKE THE SUN

Here is a visual proof that the solar eclipse found place and that the super-simple home-made pinhole thingy did its job fabulously: Berlin on March 20th, 2015 at 10.32 AM.

March 20, 2015 · 2 Comments

WATCHING THE SOLAR ECLIPSE THROUGH A HOME-MADE THINGY

Here is a super-quick way to enjoy the eclipse: a cardboard paper tube (available at Modulor or any stationary products shop around the corner and those open right now:), a … Continue reading

March 20, 2015 · 1 Comment

HAPPY MARCH 20th, 2015!

The solar eclipse that is about to begin over the northern hemisphere has been keeping Berlin on its toes for the past couple of days. The eclipse-watching sunglasses (which, just … Continue reading

March 20, 2015 · 1 Comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED

Spotted at the U-Bahnhof Prinzenstrasse, U1 Line, Berlin.

March 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

YOU ARE HERE: SPRINGTIME IN LUSTGARTEN

With spring literally clasping us tighter and tighter in her warm, sunny hug, here is a photo of a similar day in Berlin a hundred and nine years ago: a … Continue reading

March 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: BERLIN BRIDGES

Did you know that it´s true what they say about Berlin trumping Venice as far as the number of bridges goes? While the most romantic city on Earth (Paris is, … Continue reading

March 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

BERLIN QUOTE OF THE DAY

Today a personal favourite: “Actually, before God we are all Berliners.” Theodor Fontane

March 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

YOU ARE HERE: U-BAHNHOF ORANIENSTRASSE

Here is a wonderful photo of the Hochbahn Bahnhof “Oranienstrasse” made around 1905 with the Hochbahn line running along Skalitzer Strasse, with Wiener Strasse on the right, Manteuffelstrasse cutting Skalitzer … Continue reading

March 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: HERMANNPLATZ

Hermannplatz in its full glory: Karstadt in Berlin-Kreuzberg on the right and the square itself plus the houses on the left in Berlin-Neukölln, with the entrance to the U8 station in the … Continue reading

March 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: U-BAHNHOF ORANIENSTRASSE

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN? Did you know that the U-Bahn station Görlitzer Bahnhof on today´s U1 Line in Berlin-Kreuzberg used to be called “Oranienstrasse” upon its opening on … Continue reading

March 12, 2015 · 3 Comments

DAILY BERLINERISCH

HECHTSUPPE – (lit. pike soup) strong draught or wind. “Dit zieht wie ne Hechtsuppe!” – there’s strong draught in here; it’s really windy. (Good and tasty soup needs time to … Continue reading

March 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

DAILY BERLINERISCH

MIESEPETA –  (from “mies” – grotty and Peter) somebody in bad mood, sourpuss.    

March 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

DAILY BERLINERISCH

BISKEN – Berlinerisch for “bisschen”, a little bit.

March 6, 2015 · 2 Comments

DAILY BERLINERISCH

BULLENTAXE – (from “Bulle”, a cop and “Taxe”, a taxi) a police car.

March 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

KEEP IT WARM WITH A BERLINER OFEN

Although winter seems to be on the retreat and heating our flats might not be such an important issue any more, let us pause for a moment and remember that … Continue reading

March 5, 2015 · 2 Comments

DAILY BERLINERISCH

BESUCHSBESEN – (lit. visiting broom) a bunch of flowers, a bouquet Boost Po

March 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

DAILY BERLINERISCH

PLÖRRE – thin, watery coffee or soup:-)

March 3, 2015 · 4 Comments

DAILY BERLINERISCH

PLEMPE – thin, watery soup  

March 2, 2015 · 2 Comments

YOU ARE HERE: KOTTBUSSER TOR IN 1901

On the 10th of September 1896 on the corner of Gitschiner Strasse and Alexandrinnenstrasse the construction workers employed to build a new Hochbahn – the elevated railway line which was, … Continue reading

March 2, 2015 · 3 Comments

DAILY BERLINERISCH

ALLALIEBST – (from: aller liebste(r) – dearest) great, nice, pleasant “Is ja allaliebst!” means “isn´t that just great/dandy!”

March 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

DAILY BERLINERISCH

QUALMTÜTE – a smoker (from Qualm – dense smoke, fume – and Tüte – a paper or plastic bag)  

February 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

HOW TO USE THE BERLINER SCHLÜßEL

Here is a wonderful short film explaining the idea behind and the technique of using the Berliner Schlüßel. Although it is in German, it is easy to understand both with … Continue reading

February 28, 2015 · 2 Comments

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: BERLINER SCHLÜSSEL

Did you know that Berlin was the birthplace of one of the most ingenious inventions in the field of home security? The “Berliner Schlüssel” has just turned 90 years old. … Continue reading

February 28, 2015 · 2 Comments

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