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
Spotted at the Streichelzoo (City Farm) in Görlitzer Park, Berlin-Kreuzberg. Opening hours in summer: Mon/Tue/Thur/Fri 10am – 7pm and Sat/Sun 11am – 6pm.
The following film was made in Berlin in the beautiful summer of 1942. And it has everything that one would hope to see in such material: sunny streets, lovely sightseeing … Continue reading
Here is a short film – most likely a medley of different recordings made in Berlin around 1930 – showing the city during one of those wonderful summer days before … Continue reading
Did you know that between 1903 and 1933 Berlin could pride itself on being home to the biggest and most exquisite amusement park on the continent? Lunapark Halensee at the eastern shore … Continue reading
Haus Vaterland at the old Potsdamer Platz, looking towards today´s Stresemannstrasse, painted by Lesser Ury in the 1920s. A beautiful, rainy, old Kreuzberg picture for a beautiful rainy Kreuzberg day.
With Tempelhofer Feld aka Tempelhofer Freiheit secured as a recreational area also for the future generations, let us cast a glance at what the Tempelhofer Airport looked like in the … Continue reading
After what feels like months but in fact lasted just over one week, the occupation of the Gerhardt-Hauptmann-Schule in Ohlauer Strasse in Kreuzberg is over. A group of mostly African … Continue reading
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
1836 What Elisabeth-Kinder-Krankenhaus (today KEH Krankenhaus Lichtenberg or Diakonissen Krankenhaus), the city historian and town registrar Johann Fidicin, writer Alfred Döblin (the author of the novel of the Weimar Republic era in Berlin, “Berlin Alexanderplatz”) and … Continue reading
” CHOCOLATE IS GOD´S ANSWER TO BROCCOLI” Spotted at Chocolateria Sünde in Heinrichplatz in Berlin-Kreuzberg.
The photo below, taken in the woods far out in Brandenburg inspired a little memory jog involving a truly great poem. And so while the whole world seemed to be … 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
According to many people who lived in Berlin in the 1930s, despite the official signs of adulation, Adolf Hitler was a very much unpopular character in Germany´s capital. Considered to … 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
1982 What the whole of Kreuzberg and the rest of Berlin were talking about that day were the three young Poles who arrived in West Berlin in an unorthodox and … Continue reading
Spotted in Grimmstrasse in Berlin-Kreuzberg.
Here are some lovely Tumblr blogs either related to Berlin or to German as a language. What they have in common is their authors ingenuity and wit. They are, however, … Continue reading
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
Jesse Simon, a friend and a neighbour, is not only an expert in all things opera as well as in antic Roman imagery, but he also happens to be a … 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.
Here´s an event to look forward to: Berlin Art Prize exhibition and awards ceremony at the historic Kühlhaus (cold store) at Gleisdreieck in Berlin-Kreuzberg. After the closed (sic!) opening ceremony on … Continue reading
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
Here is a photo of St Thomas Church in SO36 seen from Mariannenplatz in the 1920s. The church, beautifully renovated after WW2, is still part of the landscape in the … Continue reading
That the last execution by burning took place in Prussia on May 28th, 1813? Friederike Luise Delitz, who was only 19 at the time of her death, and Johann Peter … Continue reading
It´s been 25 years since that Poland I was born in disappeared for ever. Do I miss it? Of course – who doesn´t miss Home. Would I like to go … Continue reading
Slow Travel Berlin have just published our text about the prettiest old market hall in Berlin – here is another photo of that magical place taken on a quiet afternoon … Continue reading
1884 Touristenklub der Mark Brandenburg is officially born. Known today as the Landesgeschitlicher Vereinigung für die Mark Brandenburg, it is one of the oldest and biggest (800 paying members) historic … 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
Here are some things to do if in Berlin this week – check out our listings for this coming weekend and beyond. With a special recommendation: Max Missmann exhibition at … Continue reading
Spotted in Urbanstrasse in Berlin-Kreuzberg. Stadtaffe (lit. city ape) stands for someone whose natural habitat does not extend beyond the city limits.
Spotted in Lilienthalstrasse. The monument for the “German Air Pilots of 1914-1918″ and a personal favourite among all monuments of Berlin.