Did you know that in 1843 the streets of Berlin were patrolled by 160 Nachtwächter (night watchmen) and 10 Nachtwachmeister who were their direct superiors? At the time London had … Continue reading
LANGER LULATSCH (The Lanky Lad) The Funkturm or Berlin Radio Tower built at the Messegelände (Berlin Trade Fair Grounds) in 1924-1926 right in time for the Great German Radio Exhibition … Continue reading
ALEX (Alexanderplatz) Stands for Alexanderplatz and not the Fernsehturm (TV Tower) – the name is often mistakenly used to talk about Berlin´s long-limbed post-GDR symbol. In fact, it applies to … Continue reading
Berliners are known for several things: their grumpy air, their talent for lightning-fast repartees and their talent for coining humorous names for any piece of architecture that stands out in … Continue reading
In Berlin everything smells of coal smoke and fallen leaves – some of the best scents in the world. So have a beautiful autumn Friday and remember: time to get … Continue reading
Spotted in passing in Ritterstrasse, Berlin – Kreuzberg.
She´s 60, she´s hot and she´s just been lifted to perfection: Amerika Gedenkbibliothek or American Memorial Library re-opened after one year of renovations just in time to celebrate her on … Continue reading
An important message for all Berlin visitors and all locals planning to (finally!) go and see the world famous Altar of Pergamon at the Pergamonmuseum in Berlin-Mitte. With the next … Continue reading
Spotted in Carl-Herz-Ufer, Berlin-Kreuzberg.
Spotted in Moritzstrasse in Berlin-Kreuzberg.
Berlin´s Street Water Fountains by Notmsparker Did you know that Berlin has 2,107 officially registered street water fountains (mostly hand pumps) which are regularly serviced and in running order? Berlin´s … Continue reading
BERLIN SHELF “Why is Berlin special? Certainly not for its beauty or its state of preservation. Berlin in fascinating, rather, as a city of bold gestures and startling incongruities, of … Continue reading
With each of us producing some 250 kg of plastic wrapping rubbish a year, it might sound like a good idea to stop. But how do you do this if … Continue reading
1896 Siemens & Halske, probably the most famous German electrical engineering company in the history of cables, glow tubes and telecommunications, known today as Siemens AG, begin the construction of the first … Continue reading
Spotted in passing on the corner Waldemar- and Adalberstrasse, Berlin – Kreuzberg.
He won the post, came out as gay before the gutter press did the outing for him, turned the city into an undisputable Hub of Coolness and spent 13 years … Continue reading
What do you do with “´ne jeschminkte Laura” or “´ne Knacker und ´ne Molle” and does being “Dreikäsehoch” help you in your everyday life in Berlin? It seems that like … Continue reading
Betahaus, possibly the most innovative, friendly and inspiring co-working space in Berlin, is celebrating its 5th birthday this weekend. You can join the party and meet a crowd of equally … Continue reading
Billy Wilder’s 1950 Sunset Boulevard starring the inimitable Gloria Swanson as the faded silent movie star Norma Desmond and William Holden as the unsuccessful scriptwriter Joe Gillis, is one of the … Continue reading
A PALACE FOR ALL THE PEOPLE Bright, modern and open to all (10am-midnight daily), East Berlin’s Palast der Republik was an immediate sensation when it opened on April 25th, 1976 … Continue reading
Fernsehturm or the TV Tower built in the former East Berlin between 1965 and 1969 (official opening on October 3, 1969). At 368.03 metre it is still the highest … Continue reading
Here is a tongue-in-cheek area gentrification test designed for the city of San Francisco in 1985 we found through the excellent page of City Lab. Funnily enough, if you take … Continue reading
Spotted in Berlin-Mitte. The Volksbühne Theatre at Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz in Berlin-Mitte (orig. Bülowplatz) designed by Oskar Kaufmann and built in 1913-1914. The costs of construction were partly covered with the donations … Continue reading
1950 Surprising as it might sound, Columbiadamm, usually associated with Neukölln or Tempelhof, is part of Berlin-Kreuzberg, too. In fact as of August 12, 2014 – only a week ago … Continue reading
1858 Did you know that Cuvrystrasse is one of the oldest streets in today´s Wrangelkiez and Kreuzberg in general and that when built in 1852 it used to stretch from … Continue reading
Spotted in passing in Gleisdreieckpark, Berlin – Kreuzberg.
How about a fantastic little video of a little bus tour through West Berlin in the 1960s with the music by Gerd Wilden? See the wonderful lady who steps out … Continue reading
Spotted in the courtyard of the Höfe in Alte Jakobstrasse.
Spotted under Fernsehturm in Berlin – Mitte.
Spotted in Reichenberger Strasse in SO36.
Did you know that almost all of the so called “Ansagen” or recorded messages heard inside Berlin S-Bahn trains are spoken by one and the same person? The well-known voice … Continue reading
Yesterday, August 11th marked the 190th birthday of Martin Gropius, one of the leading architects of the 19th century Berlin and the great-uncle of Walter Gropius of the Bauhaus fame. Most … Continue reading
Spotted in passing in Schleiermacherstrasse in Berlin – Kreuzberg.
Here´s an event that was important on a much bigger than only on the Kreuzberg scale – in the summer of 1936, three years before the outbreak of WW2, Berlin hosted … Continue reading
Big thank you to Überlin for their grand opening party last night at what must be the best looking co-working space in town. It is run by Zoe and James, … Continue reading
Oh, we´re so over, so over here in Berlin. No longer cool, no longer sexy but still poor like hell. And while the competition around the Republic is blowing its … Continue reading
Here is a short melange of several amateur films made in Berlin between 1957 and 1960 before the construction of the Berlin Wall. It shows a city literally rising from … Continue reading
Here is a photo taken waiting for the rain at Berlin´s Lustgarten (Berlin-Mitte) where in the case of a real downpour one can seek shelter at Berliner Dom or alternatively get … Continue reading
To continue the Berlin and comedy theme touched upon in the last post: here´s Nate Blanchard recapitulating the typical Berliner wanna-be paroles (filmed on location in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg and Neukölln). Open … Continue reading
When going gets tough and life´s no longer your oyster, there are two things you can do: lie down and mop or stand up and laugh. Go for the latter … Continue reading
Depending on whose philosophy you follow, photography is there either to preserve or to change the reality it captures. A regular street scene – the walking people, the cars that … Continue reading
Kreuzberg at its welcoming best and unfiltered:)
Spotted in Warsaw during a special police equipment show on July 26th, National Police Day in Poland.
Sometimes it’s necessary to leave in order to see how amazing other places are and how fantastic it feels to go back home when the adventure comes to an end. … Continue reading
Spotted from the roof terrace at Karstadt in Berlin-Kreuzberg.
Spotted in Mariannenstrasse, Berlin-Kreuzberg.
JEDER FÜR SICH ALLEIN (Everyone for themselves) Spotted at the car park at Karstadt am Hermannplatz, Berlin-Kreuzberg.
The chances are that if asked to name ten important Berliners, 95% of those enquired would fail to mention his name. Although his works fill the streets of Berlin both … Continue reading