BAMMELIG – ill-fitted, baggy (usu. of clothes) or anything that is worn hanging and swinging around BAMMELAGE – ill-fitting garments that are hanging and flapping around one´s body; anything that … Continue reading
Did you know that almost exactly 80 years ago, on March 22nd, 1935, the first ever TV programme in the world was broadcasted and that it happened in Berlin? On … Continue reading
On March 24th, 1849 the following streets were named in Berlin-Kreuzberg: Mathieustrasse (used to connect today´s Lobeckstrasse with Alexandrinenstrasse) Wassertorstrasse Wassertorplatz Pücklerstrasse Mariannenstrasse Mariannenplatz Brandenburgstrasse (Lobeckstrasse today) Jakobikirchstrasse Mariannenufer (Bethaniendamm … Continue reading
Looking forward to much a balmy Wednesday (up to +18°C), here is a 1931 photo of two boys being served a cooling drink by a young street vendor in Berlin. … Continue reading
Did you know that Charité, the Berlin University Hospital and one of the biggest such establishments in Europe, uses an in-house Rohrpost (pneumatic post) that is 26 km long? The … Continue reading
The 1977 painting called “Zum Umsteiger” by Renate Döbler. “Zum Umsteiger” is a well-known old Berliner Kneipe in Yorckstrasse, directly at S-Bahnhof Yorckstrasse, opened in 1905 and still using its … Continue reading
Here is a visual proof that the solar eclipse found place and that the super-simple home-made pinhole thingy did its job fabulously: Berlin on March 20th, 2015 at 10.32 AM.
Here is a super-quick way to enjoy the eclipse: a cardboard paper tube (available at Modulor or any stationary products shop around the corner and those open right now:), a … Continue reading
The solar eclipse that is about to begin over the northern hemisphere has been keeping Berlin on its toes for the past couple of days. The eclipse-watching sunglasses (which, just … Continue reading
Spotted at the U-Bahnhof Prinzenstrasse, U1 Line, Berlin.
With spring literally clasping us tighter and tighter in her warm, sunny hug, here is a photo of a similar day in Berlin a hundred and nine years ago: a … Continue reading
Did you know that it´s true what they say about Berlin trumping Venice as far as the number of bridges goes? While the most romantic city on Earth (Paris is, … Continue reading
Today a personal favourite: “Actually, before God we are all Berliners.” Theodor Fontane
Here is a wonderful photo of the Hochbahn Bahnhof “Oranienstrasse” made around 1905 with the Hochbahn line running along Skalitzer Strasse, with Wiener Strasse on the right, Manteuffelstrasse cutting Skalitzer … Continue reading
Hermannplatz in its full glory: Karstadt in Berlin-Kreuzberg on the right and the square itself plus the houses on the left in Berlin-Neukölln, with the entrance to the U8 station in the … Continue reading
DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN? Did you know that the U-Bahn station Görlitzer Bahnhof on today´s U1 Line in Berlin-Kreuzberg used to be called “Oranienstrasse” upon its opening on … Continue reading
HECHTSUPPE – (lit. pike soup) strong draught or wind. “Dit zieht wie ne Hechtsuppe!” – there’s strong draught in here; it’s really windy. (Good and tasty soup needs time to … Continue reading
MIESEPETA – (from “mies” – grotty and Peter) somebody in bad mood, sourpuss.
BULLENTAXE – (from “Bulle”, a cop and “Taxe”, a taxi) a police car.
Although winter seems to be on the retreat and heating our flats might not be such an important issue any more, let us pause for a moment and remember that … Continue reading
BESUCHSBESEN – (lit. visiting broom) a bunch of flowers, a bouquet Boost Po
On the 10th of September 1896 on the corner of Gitschiner Strasse and Alexandrinnenstrasse the construction workers employed to build a new Hochbahn – the elevated railway line which was, … Continue reading
ALLALIEBST – (from: aller liebste(r) – dearest) great, nice, pleasant “Is ja allaliebst!” means “isn´t that just great/dandy!”
QUALMTÜTE – a smoker (from Qualm – dense smoke, fume – and Tüte – a paper or plastic bag)
Here is a wonderful short film explaining the idea behind and the technique of using the Berliner Schlüßel. Although it is in German, it is easy to understand both with … Continue reading
Did you know that Berlin was the birthplace of one of the most ingenious inventions in the field of home security? The “Berliner Schlüssel” has just turned 90 years old. … Continue reading
GRUNDRISSAPOSTEL – (literally: ground plan apostel) architect
Thinking about gentrification and the nature of the city as such, here is what August Endell says about The Great City in his 1908 work “Die Schönheit der großen Start”: … Continue reading
To spread the word and give Berlinerisch the popularity and audience it deserves, we are starting a new daily series on our blog. We will be presenting one word, phrase … Continue reading
Organised by the Europeana in co-operation with the excellent Daguerrobase Project, this fantastic virtual exhibition “shows the faces, places and histories of the nineteenth century and looks at the revolution made by photography … Continue reading
Possibly the smallest Berlinerisch dictionary ever – tiny but ho-ho!
Did you know that in August of 1987 an upturned war train engine was planted right where the old main hall of the demolished Anhalter Bahnhof used to stand between … Continue reading
On the shore of a still frozen lake in Blossin in Brandenburg.
Did you know that Berlin has its own language that is neither a dialect nor an accent and is still spoken or at least understood by around 20% of the … Continue reading
Eric Fischer´s digital visualisation project based on processing photographic images from the world metropoles and sorting them into two groups: made by locals and made by non-locals (tourists), has produced … Continue reading
This original 1979 film has already been featured on kreuzberged before but because of its immense historic as well as sentimental value we are going to present it again. It … Continue reading
Here is another fascinating photo of the Siegesäule – Victory Column – at its original spot in Königsplatz (Platz der Republik today) in front of the Reichstag. The basin and … Continue reading
Here is a lovely image of a lady relaxing in an inflatable boat on a little lake in Berlin´s oldest park, the Tiergarten, some time in the early 1950s. With … Continue reading
Did you know that the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival – the Berlinale– which has been taking place annually since 1951 and ended less than 24h ago, was the first … Continue reading
The large round construction behind the Baerwaldbrücke is the gasometer of the so called English Gasworks in Gitschiner Strasse (originally known as the Imperial-Continental-Gas-Association whose gas was used to light … Continue reading
Did you know that the so called Markthalle IX in Berlin-Kreuzberg is one of the only three remaining original – and virtually unchanged – old Berlin market halls designed by … Continue reading
My, my… Look who´s going to be on the radio tonight;-) Talking about this blog, Berlin and why curiosity not only doesn´t kill the cat but instead makes it go … Continue reading
Did you know that the underground rolling stock of the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, consists mainly of old East Berlin trains? To so called “Dora” (for Baureihe, or model, D) … Continue reading