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
Spotted at Mehringplatz in Berlin-Kreuzberg: a photo cut-out of for the guests of 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Spotted in Waterloo Ufer in Berlin-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
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
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
Spotted in the middle of Moritzplatz in Berlin-Kreuzberg.
Spotted in Rahel-Varnhagen-Promenade in Berlin-Kreuzberg.
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
Spotted at the Luisenstaedtischer Friedhof (Bergmannstrasse cemeteries) in Bergmannstrasse, Berlin – Kreuzberg.
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