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

McROOMS WITH A VIEW

If there is one reason why the Mall of Berlin “McDonald´s” in Mitte is worth visiting, then it is this incredible view.   Although the rest of the massive shopping … Continue reading

November 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

U-BAHNHOF PRINZENSTRASSE IN THE EARLY 1900s

U-Bahnhof  “Prinzenstrasse” shortly before its opening around 1902 with both original entrances – Wittig´s tower-like staircase and the ramp entering the house in Gitschiner Strasse 71 – as well as … Continue reading

November 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

YOU ARE HERE: U-BAHNHOF PRINZENSTRASSE

Here is a fascinating image of the “U-Bahnhof Prinzenstrasse” painted in 1986 by a wonderful Palestinian and Berlin-based artist, Ibrahim Hazimeh. The southern entrance to the station was replaced in … Continue reading

November 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

WAITING FOR THE BOMBS TO RAIN

Anti-air-raid drill carried out in Bergmannkiez in Kreuzberg in March 1935: here a photo taken at Marheinekeplatz, with Passionskirche belfry in the top-right corner. The corner house on the right … Continue reading

November 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: THE LIGHT BEHIND THE BORDER

The magnificent light-court of the historic main post office building in Szczecin (Stettin) in Poland. The building was designed by Carl Schwatlo, the architect of Berlin’s Reichspostmuseum (Museum of Communication … Continue reading

November 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

BERLIN AS IT WAS: WEINHAUS HUTH

And here is the answer to yesterday´s riddle: Weinhaus Huth, the lonely survivor from the old Potsdamer Platz, here captured in the 1990s.   To learn more about the fascinating … Continue reading

November 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

YOU ARE HERE: POTSDAMER STRASSE IN OCTOBER 1945

Today´s photo, made just off Potsdamer Platz in the old Potsdamer Strasse – today´s Potsdamer Strasse was built anew to fit into the modernised grid of the PoPla – was … Continue reading

November 5, 2015 · 2 Comments

WILDERNESS YEARS AT POSTDAMER PLATZ

The photo above shows the throbbing Potsdamer Platz some time around 19023-1924. In the top right corner stands one of the famous Schinkel Gatehouses, two small Doric buildings designed by Karl … Continue reading

November 2, 2015 · 1 Comment

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: RADIO DAYS

Did you know that exactly 92 years ago, on October 29th, 1923 at 8 PM Berlin witnessed the birth of German public radio? On that day the first regular radio … Continue reading

October 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

THROUGH OLD LENSES: MOLTKEBRÜCKE

“Moltkebrücke (Moltke Bridge) under construction in 1889” (photo by Hermann Rückwardt). Moltkebrücke, named after General Field Marshall Helmuth von Moltke (Chief of Staff of the Prussian Army) spans the river … Continue reading

October 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: TO THE LAND OF OZ

Spotted in Fontanepromenade, Berlin.

October 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

THREE BEFORE THE SIEGESSÄULE

This wonderful vintage photo, taken some time in the 1920s, captured the building of Reichstag, the German Parliament, in the background and the Siegessäule, the Victory Column, at its pre-1938 … Continue reading

October 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: A KARSTADT MOMENT

Looking from the top of the Karstadt The restaurant floor of the large department store at Hermannplatz in Berlin-Kreuzberg offers one of the best views in central Berlin (the food’s … Continue reading

October 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

LOOKING FROM THE TOP OF MY DESK

In his unforgettable role as a college teacher, John Keating, in the 1989 film “Dead Poets Society”, the actor Robin Williams tells his students watching him climb on top of … Continue reading

October 15, 2015 · 3 Comments

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: THE CONVERTIBLE UNDERGROUND

Did you know that 80% of Berlin´s U–Bahn network, which covers over 146 km of tunnels, viaducts and stations, runs underground? And that you can see 35 kilometres of that … Continue reading

October 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

YOU ARE HERE: SAVIGNYPLATZ

The plaza, named in 1887 after a 19th-century German jurist and historian, Friedrich Carl von Savigny, was included in the so called Hobrecht Plan – a master-plan for urban development … Continue reading

October 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

THIS IS BERLIN: LOST IN RUMMELSBURGER BUCHT

October 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

YOU ARE HERE: ORANIENPLATZ IN 1906

Here is a little more detailed description of the historic image included in our previous post – considering the great interest it awoke, it is very much worth explaining a … Continue reading

October 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

PAST AND PRESENT

Here’s a little cartoon to celebrate today’s national holiday in Germany: German Unity Day (“Tag der Deutschen Einheit”). The Past can be good, the Past can be bad but you … Continue reading

October 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

THIS IS BERLIN: LOST IN KARLSHORST

September 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: AT THE ROLLKRUG

The legendary Rixdorf (since 1912 Neukölln) inn, the “Rollkrug”, used to stand on the corner of today´s Hermannstrasse and Karl-Marx-Strasse (then known as Berliner Strasse) on the south-eastern corner of … Continue reading

September 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: SMALL WORLD

A wooden model of the U-Bahnhof Görlitzer Bahnhof (originally called “Oranienstrasse”) on display at a small surgery in Liegnitzer Platz.

September 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

BERLIN BRUSHES: MORGENGRAUEN by HANS BALUSCHEK

The title of this 1930 painting by Hans Baluschek can be translated either as „At dawn“ or as “Morning Horrors”. It is one of the most moving documents of the … Continue reading

September 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

AT THE SAD END OF THE STREET

Beermanstrasse in Berlin-Treptow: demolition in progress, making space for the future A100 motorway. Those lovingly renovated and densely populated houses close to the Treptower Park were voted redundant and are … Continue reading

September 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

RÜTT-ARENA IN FLAMES

This brilliant historic film material shows the burning Rütt-Arena on May 3rd, 1931. An absolutely unique recording! Uploaded on You Tube by Becawaru.

September 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THIRD DEGREE

On Saturday, I participated in a fascinating tour of the old Wasserturm (Water/Pump Tower) on one of Berlin´s historic cemeteries, Friedhof Steglitz. During a private walk that followed the tour, … Continue reading

September 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

THE DAYS OF THE HIDDEN CITY

Once a year, usually in autumn, Berlin turns into a historic-site paradise: closed doors open to reveal places not accessible to the public; stories are told of long forgotten people … Continue reading

September 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

THINGS THAT FLOAT IN THE LANDWEHRKANAL

Ever wondered what sort of things float and swim in the Landwehrkanal – which, by the way, celebrated its 165th birthday a week ago? The answer is, of course, plenty … Continue reading

September 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

HELLO, LENIN!

Big news – 10-metre high, in fact – for Berlin! Although these days his name rings fewer and fewer bells, Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, better known as Lenin, will make us … Continue reading

September 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

BERLIN PAST PERFECT: HERE´S WHERE THE STORY ENDS

Two East German girls standing at the border post in Unter den Linden / Pariser Platz before the Brandenburg Gate, with the West Berlin Siegessäule visible in the background (1960s … Continue reading

August 31, 2015 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: THE CITY MUSE AND THE WINGED GODDESS

Spotted in passing at Mehringplatz, Berlin – Kreuzberg.

August 29, 2015 · 1 Comment

SUMMER IN THE CITY: SPLASHING IN THE TIERGARTEN

Hot summer in the city and Berlin’s oldest park, the Tiergarten, in the 1950s: people did with what they had and they obviously made the best of it. Sometimes with … Continue reading

August 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

THURSDAY DINNER A LA POLONAISE

There are two simple reasons why this event must be recommended: it´s in Berlin-Kreuzberg AND it´s about Polish food. For the author of this blog that means double-patriotism kicking in:) … Continue reading

August 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

BERLIN BRUSHES: DOWN THE RIVER WITH HERR JACOB

View over the river Spree between the river and Stralauer Strasse painted by Julius Jacob the Younger in 1886. On the right side the Rotes Rathaus and Nikolaikirche with its … Continue reading

August 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

EMIL AND THE NON-BELIEVERS

Our today’s visit to the German old-timer museum in the Bavarian Amarang – a little exciting stop-over on the way back to Berlin – reminded us of a comment somebody … Continue reading

August 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

KREUZBERGED´S OFF FOR SUMMER

There is no doubt about the fact that high summer finally reached Berlin: it is 28 degrees outside, confused tourists and angry drivers are trying to find their way around … Continue reading

July 23, 2015 · 2 Comments

BERLIN BRUSHES: LIEBERMANN´S BEER GARDEN AT THE HAVEL

Sotheby´s, the world-famous auction house in London where Liebermann´s painting was sold in 2011 for almost a million pounds described it on their page as follows:”According to Dr Matthias Eberle, … Continue reading

July 22, 2015 · 2 Comments

RIDDLE ME THIS, RIDDLE ME THAT

Released in July 1983 the single “Everything Counts” was also featured on Depeche Mode´s brilliant album “Construction Time Again”. It´s not only a great song by all standards but it … Continue reading

July 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

BERLIN BRUSHES: WALTER LEISTIKOW

Here is a wonderful summer painting by one of Berlin´s great artists, Walter Leistikow, “Abendstimmung am Schlachtensee” (“Evening at the Schlachtensee”). Another personal favourite, looked at with particularly great fondness … Continue reading

July 9, 2015 · 2 Comments

THERE´S NO BUSINESS LIKE HONEYBEESNESS

Here is a short video presenting some of Berlin bee-locations – Berliner Dom and the Haus der Kulturen der Welt – as well as sharing some invaluable tips with those … Continue reading

July 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: GEIL GEPARKT!

Spotted last summer in Graefestrasse next to Kottbusser Brücke. Clearly, somebody cares after all and makes sure that the hare-brained drivers get the message (loosely translated as “Awesome parking skills, … Continue reading

July 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

YOU ARE HERE: ALEXANDERPLATZ IN 1903

Berlin electric and horse-drawn trams as well as a horse-drawn omnibus at Alexanderplatz in 1903. The square changed a lot since the day this photo was taken: none of the … Continue reading

July 1, 2015 · 2 Comments

MEET ST LUKAS

St. Lukas Kirche in Bernburger Straße, Berlin – Kreuzberg. One of the oldest original street -front churches in Berlin. This sort of architecture was introduced after the property / land … Continue reading

June 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

THE BERLIN WEEKEND CINEMA: THE MURDERERS ARE AMONG US

Released in 1946 as “Mörder Sind Unter Uns”, it was the first German film made in Germany after WW2. Its director, Wolfgang Staude, gave the main part – that of … Continue reading

June 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

THE KIEZ MASTERS: THE WINNING FORMULA

Whether you live in Neukölln or not, here is the big news from Berlin´s (second:-)) most popular Kiez: the local online magazine neuköllner.net won the most prestigious German award in its … Continue reading

June 23, 2015 · 2 Comments

THERE SHE GOES AGAIN: ROOM FOR THE QUEEN

Hardly anyone in Berlin is not aware of the big news: the Queen is coming! The real-est, the truest and the most royal of them all (or “die Richtige Königin” … Continue reading

June 23, 2015 · 1 Comment

EMPTY CORNERS

The – rather sparse – architecture between Reichenberger Straße and Kottbusser Straße right before Kottbusser Tor in the 1970s. Today, it is one of the busiest corners of Berlin within … Continue reading

June 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

A FUNNY THING THAT HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO PRENZLAUER BERG

One of our alert readers spotted an interesting spelling mistake in our last post about the rules concerning the naming and (out of all things) the spelling of the Berlin … Continue reading

June 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING. LAST AUTUMN AT THE LANDWEHRKANAL

It might Canoe and Boat Season again but wait until the summer is over:-)  

June 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

OF MEN AND HORSES: THE NAZI ART UND WEISE

Like all regimes in need of self-affirmation the Nazis made sure that Art is on their side: today, the unmistakable style of the Nazi artwork produces a queasy feeling in … Continue reading

June 15, 2015 · 3 Comments

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