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



Prof. Konrad Zuse

Prof. Konrad Zuse

Prof. Konrad Zuse, German engineer and the inventor of the first working programmable computer in the world is born in Berlin.

All of the four computers designed and made by Zuse were built in Kreuzberg: the first three in Methfesselstrasse next to Viktoriapark while the last one, Zuse 4, in his big workshop in Oranienstrasse where he moved his workplace after the great success that Zuse 3 was.

To find out more about Konrad Zuse and his work read one of the previous posts here and here. Or join one of the Sunday tours through Kreuzberg and Tempelhofer Vorstadt organised by us together with Slow Travel Berlin :-)

3 comments on “TODAY IN KREUZBERG: JUNE 22

  1. berlioz1935
    June 22, 2013

    I hope you had a good start with the tour. It could become the ultimate pilgrimage for all computer buffs. I feel like a living fossil, having been going in in out of the building without having a clue. In fact the whole world did not have a clue in 1941 / 42 what time changing events took place in Methfesselstrasse.

  2. berlioz1935
    June 23, 2013

    Another thing that strikes me about Zuse’s story is, that the building is still a ruin. Why hasn’t the building rebuild or replaced? Perhaps it is better this way. It becomes a reminder that nothing we humans do is permanent.

    • notmsparker
      June 23, 2013

      Well, I guess it´s because that wall is the only original element of Zuse´s Werkstatt that´s left. They must want to keep it this way, otherwise the house in Mehringdamm which is on the opposite end of the courtyard would have got itself a proper fence and maybe even a small garden a long time ago.


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