KREUZBERG´D

Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Kreuzberg

Category Archives: sightseeing in Kreuzberg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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: SPRING SHOTS

Spotted in Waterloo Ufer in Berlin-Kreuzberg.

March 6, 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: 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

SPOTTED IN PASSING: MY LITTLE PONY

Spotted in the middle of Moritzplatz in Berlin-Kreuzberg.

February 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: BLING-BLING

Spotted in Rahel-Varnhagen-Promenade in Berlin-Kreuzberg.

February 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

THE FAKE POETS: UHLAND AND KLEIST FROM VIKTORIAPARK

Here are several photos of two famous sculptures from Viktoriapark in Berlin-Kreuzberg. Out of six original and over 2-metre-tall hermas (sculptures with a head and torso as if growing out … Continue reading

February 12, 2014 · 1 Comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: WINGS OVER SUEDSTERN

Spotted at the Luisenstaedtischer Friedhof (Bergmannstrasse cemeteries) in Bergmannstrasse, Berlin – Kreuzberg.

February 11, 2014 · 2 Comments

WHY EVERYBODY LOVES (AND HATES) GÖRLI

It is easy to forget that there is so much more to Görlitzer Park that only drug dealers and the tsunami of rubbish washing over it on daily basis in … Continue reading

January 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: AXEL-SPRINGER-HAUS

Spotted in Linden- corner Rudi-Dutschke-Strasse (formerly known as Kochstrasse) in Berlin-Kreuzberg.  

January 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

THE GHOST STATIONS OF KREUZBERG: ORANIENPLATZ

What a coincidence, meine Damen und Herren :-) Only yesterday the best local TV news programme, RBB Abendschau, in its new and as always fascinating series about the little secrets … Continue reading

January 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

YOU ARE HERE: GÖRLITZER BAHN BRÜCKE

Hard to believe but this rather sparsely furnished landscape is one of the busiest Berlin neighbourhoods today. According to the statistics, at the end of 2010 there were some 12,164 … Continue reading

January 14, 2014 · 4 Comments

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: JANUARY 1st – LITTLE HOUSE ON THE HILL

When on September 19th, 1818 the corner stone for the future Nationaldenkmal für Befreiungskreige (National Memorial for The Wars of Liberation) was laid on top of Tempelhofer Berg in today´s … Continue reading

January 8, 2014 · 4 Comments

SPOTTED IN PASSING: STREET-ART IN SO36

Spotted on the corner of Oranienstrasse and Manteuffelstrasse in Kreuzberg 36 (SO 36). One of several current personal favourites and a direct neighbour to the famous “Hanging Animals”. Painted by … Continue reading

December 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

YOU ARE HERE: MORITZPLATZ IN 1909

Until the 2nd World War Moritzplatz was an extremely busy and lively place: crossed by several tram lines, a U-Bahn station of U8, plenty of regular city traffic and tens … Continue reading

December 22, 2013 · 1 Comment

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: DECEMBER 8th – THE TINY GIANT, ADOLPH VON MENZEL

1815 On December 8th, 1815 Carl Erdmann Menzel, a stone printer from Breslau (today Wroclaw) and his wife welcome their new born son. The boy shall be named Adolph Friedrich … Continue reading

December 15, 2013 · 1 Comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: CEST N´EST PAS UNE AFFICHE

Spotted in Yorckstrasse, SW61, Berlin: a three-dimensional inflatable scuplture.

December 13, 2013 · 1 Comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: A VERY RARE CATCH

Here is a new interpretation of Ernst Herter´s famous scuplture Der Seltener Fang (A Rare Catch) standing since 1896 at the foot of Kreuzberg in Viktoria Park in Berlin-Kreuzberg. The … Continue reading

December 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: LOW SUN AT HALLESCHES TOR

Spotted from Tempelhofer Ufer, SW 61.

December 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: DECEMBER 3rd – PFUELSCHE SCHWIMMANSTALT

1866 On December 3rd 1866, a cold 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 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: ICE-LIGHTS

Spotted in Admiralstrasse in SO36.

December 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

THE MAN BEHIND THE CAMERA – FRED STEIN EXHIBITION AT THE JEWISH MUSEUM

Storm is brewing over Berlin today. With wind blowing down its streets at up to 100 km/h possibly even for the next couple of days, it might be a good … Continue reading

December 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

STROLLING DOWN THE LANE – THE SLOW BERLIN GUIDE BOOK

In his 10 Rules for Writing Fiction published in the UK by “The Guardian” Jonathan Franzen, a brilliant and by now super-successful and super-famous American novelist, tells aspiring authors: “You … Continue reading

December 3, 2013 · 3 Comments

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: NOVEMBER 18th – “FEUERWEHRDENKMAL” AT MARIANNENPLATZ

1960 At Mariannenplatz in SO 36 a “new” memorial for Berlin fire-fighters who lost their lives while on duty is revealed . “New” because it replaced the original memorial placed … Continue reading

November 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: LONELY SMOKE

Spotted in Tempelhofer Ufer (seen from U-Bahn Station Hallesches Tor) in Kreuzberg 61.

November 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

U-BAHN FAHREN: AN ALTERNATIVE UNDERGOUND MAP OF BERLIN

An alternative Berlin Underground map by Redfern Jon Barrett and found through ÜBerlin blog. Things you should know before you get onto that U-Bahn train:-)

November 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: RAIN IN GITSCHINER STRASSE

Courtesy of the author Mortimer Slomo.

November 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

THERE IS ALWAYS A TRACE – ZVI HECKER MEMORIAL IN AXEL-SPRINGER-STRASSE (OLD LIDENSTRASSE)

“The memorial, designed by Zvi Hecker together with Eyal Weizman and the artist Micha Ullman, is made of rows of concrete benches built in the exact location of the benches … Continue reading

November 9, 2013 · 2 Comments

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: OCTOBER 29th – A DAY AT THE PICTURES

1910 During the first decade of the 20th century Berlin-Kreuzberg saw the opening of its first eight proper (read: used mostly and entirely for presenting films) cinemas. In fact, it … Continue reading

November 6, 2013 · 5 Comments

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: OCTOBER 27th – KIRCHE ZUM HEILIGEN KREUZ VOR DEM HALLESCHEN THORE IN BERLIN

Should you have been looking for His Majesty Kaiser Wilhelm II and his lovely spouse, Kaiserin Auguste Viktoria on October 27th 1888, then the surest way to find them would … Continue reading

October 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: FROM KREUZBERG WITH LOVE

Spotted in Böcklerpark in Kreuzberg 61.

October 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: SEPTEMBER 23rd – ENCKE

As a sequel to the two previous posts (here and here) about the Königliche Sternwarte in Berlin-Kreuzberg, here is one more piece of information that came as surprise after a … Continue reading

September 26, 2013 · 2 Comments

YOU ARE HERE: THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY

Königliche Sternwarte (Royal Observatory) built “am Halleschen Thor” (at the Gate to Halle) in 1832-1835 and designed by Berlin´s über-architect, Karl Friedrich Schinkel. The building was demolished in August 1913 … Continue reading

September 26, 2013 · 3 Comments

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: SEPTMEBER 23rd – GALLE AND NEPTUNE

1846 Johann Gottfried Galle, a German astronomer born in Radis, a small village in Saxony-Anhalt, who at the beginning of 1835 joined the team working at Berlin observatory in today´s … Continue reading

September 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

IT WAS THE DAY THAT WAS: THE BATTLE OF OBERBAUMBRÜCKE

At 12.00 PM sharp first celery roots and tomatoes cut quick arches through the air, swiftly followed by billowing clouds of flour and a battery of water-bombs. Dozens of eggs … Continue reading

September 22, 2013 · 3 Comments

YOU ARE HERE: GITSCHINER STRASSE CORNER SEDAN UFER

My absolutely favourite historic photo of the old U1 line (Hochbahn) in Berlin-Kreuzberg: very dynamic, very alive image created some time between 1905 and 1910. Since the building to the … Continue reading

September 18, 2013 · 1 Comment

YOU ARE HERE: IG-METALL-HAUS

This impressive house on the corner of Linden- and Alte Jakobstrasse was designed by Erich Mendelsohn and Rudolph Reichel and built between 1929 and 1930 for the powerful Industriegewerkschaft Metall … Continue reading

September 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

YOU ARE HERE: URBANHAFEN

Urbanhafen under construction in 1892-1895.

September 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

THE ART OF SAINT AGNES – KREUZBERG CHURCH TURNED GALLERY

St Agnes Kirche in Alexandrinenstrasse in Kreuzberg 61 is possibly the ugliest church you have ever encountered. Representative of the so called Brutal Architecture it looks anything but inviting or … Continue reading

August 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 319 other followers

Archives

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 319 other followers