Since many Berliners and Berlin-fans seem to miss the good old “Cafes Achteck” for both sentimental and practical reasons, this is where they could seek possible comfort. Presented by John-H, … Continue reading
The “Café Octagon” is a Berlin classic; a green cast-iron public toilet or rather pissoir (for men only) dating back to 1878 and with an official name of “Model Waidmannslust”. … Continue reading
In life, like in offshore tax evasion, nothing should be taken for granted. Not even architecture. For instance: what you pass on your daily way to work (or leisure) and … Continue reading
Great news: the new Berlin authorities are planning to reintroduce street-trams to what used to be West Berlin – since the late 1960s trams can only be found in the … Continue reading
The house in Engeldamm 70 corner Michaelkirchplatz in Berlin-Mitte, regularly featured in the local news because of the attacks carried out by the stone-hurtling, self-proclaimed crusaders of the radical left, … Continue reading
Even though it obviously changed a lot since 1929, Hermannplatz still presents itself quite impressive above the ground, However, it is its underground self that truly makes a difference. Here … Continue reading
Continuing the topic of our favourite department store in Berlin – which even today, despite of its clear lack of KaDeWe´s flair or Kaufhaus am Alexanderplatze´s upbeat interior design, possesses … Continue reading
Did you know that when finished in June 1929 Karstadt am Hermannplatz was the largest department store in Europe? In matters of construction, size, engineering of the building as well … Continue reading
Karstadt at Hermannplatz in Berlin-Kreuzberg in the 1930s. Upon its opening in June 1929 it was the biggest and most modern department store in Europe as well as a tremendously popular … Continue reading
The painting above, called JUNGFERNBRÜCKE, was created by Hans Baluschek, a famous Berlin artist and the author of some of the most impressive early 20th-century images of the city, between 1926 and … Continue reading
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
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
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
Spotted this morning in Gneisenaustrasse, Berlin – Kreuzberg.
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
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
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
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 from the roof terrace at Karstadt in Berlin-Kreuzberg.
Spotted in Mariannenstrasse, Berlin-Kreuzberg.
DID YOU KNOW that out of 842km² that Berlin covers today 14.9% of all space are the so called “traffic areas” (streets, motorways, bike roads, etc.) That might seem like a … Continue reading
Passing through the Friedhöfe Vor Dem Halleschen Tor (cemeteries between Mehringdamm, Zossener-, Blücher- and Baruther Strasse, I was stopped by a happily round gentleman who was keen on telling me … Continue reading
1906 At 95 metres Brommystrasse is the 7th shortest street in Berlin-Kreuzberg – shorter even the tiny and quaint lane known as Kleine Parkstrasse, hidden between the numbers 77 and … Continue reading
Spotted in Urbanstrasse, Berlin-Kreuzberg.
Beautiful new graffiti is being born at Mehringplatz in Berlin – Kreuzberg. Soon the wall opposite this one will become home to a work by another artist. Sadly, we were … Continue reading
Spotted in Grimmstrasse in Berlin-Kreuzberg.
Here´s the path at Landwehrkanal running along the dead “arm” of Brachvogelstrasse in the direction of Waterloo Brücke. It was only after the WW2 that this small section of … Continue reading
In the summer of 2012 Vic Lee, a London-based illustrator and typographer visited Berlin. Here is the diary of his journey: hand-drawn and made without any prior sketching. To visit … Continue reading
The 1950s petrol station in Muskauer Strasse in Berlin-Kreuzberg. Pay in DM, please.
1890 At 9:oo AM sharp the newly opened 3rd municipal hospital in Berlin, Krankenhaus Am Urban, checks in its very first patient: a Dienstmädchen (a maid, a female servant) suffering from an unspecified … Continue reading
Where do you go in Berlin when hungry? The answer is simple: take your pick! Posh or simple; lavish meal or a bargain of a snack; Thai, Caribbean, Turkish, Russian … Continue reading
Cafe Galander in Großbeerenstrasse in Kreuzberg.
Spotted in passing in Bergmannstrasse in Berlin – Kreuzberg.
1996 After Checkpoint Charlie – a border crossing between East and West Berlin on the corner of Friedrichstrasse and Kochstrasse (you can read more about it here) – was closed … Continue reading
EAST BERLIN / WEST BERLIN DIVIDE STILL VISIBLE DUE TO DIFFERENT TYPE OF LIGHT-BULBS AND STREET LIGHTS USED. AMAZING!
IN THE MIDDLE OF A BIG CITY A historic windmill at the Museum of Technology in Berlin-Kreuzberg.
1906 On May 4th 1906 Friedrich Ferdinand Albert Schwartz, known as F.A. Schwartz – the man to whom we owe most of the fascinating images of old Berlin died in … Continue reading
Spotted in Dieffenbachstrasse in Berlin-Kreuzberg.
1988: MARTIN GROPIUS BAU AND THE AREA OF TODAY´S TOPOGRAPHIE DES TERRORS BETWEEN WILHELMSTRASSE AND STRESEMANNSTRASSE IN KREUZBERG (WHERE THE NAZI GOVERNMENTAL BUILDINGS STOOD BEFORE WW2). Photo by the great … Continue reading
1825 On May 1st 1825 in Berlin, right outside the southern city gate known as Hallesches Thor (the Gate to Halle) and on the banks of the old Schafsgraben,which some … Continue reading
SCHRÖDER’S ANALBUERSTE “WITH SCHRÖDER’S ANAL BRUSH YOU ARE SURE TO HAVE STH TO TALK ABOUT AT EVERY PARTY” Spotted in a brush shop in Heimstrasse, Berlin-Kreuzberg. There might be a … Continue reading
In a borough where almost 25% of residents are immigrants and who knows how many more come from all possible ends and corners of the republic, you are bound to encounter a … Continue reading
She is back! The 171-year-old statue of the Goddess of Victory, Viktoria, whom Berliners also call Friedensengel (The Angel of Peace) returned to where she belongs: to the top of … Continue reading
Here´s a little thing I´ve been having with Facebook on the side. Hope you will like it. https://www.facebook.com/TheFlaneuse
We have been featured on one of our favourite Berlin web pages, the befriended Slow Travel Berlin. Here is a short introduction to Viktoriapark, one of the most enchanting places … Continue reading
Spotted in Grimmstrasse in Berlin-Kreuzberg.
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
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