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.
Spotted in Marheinekeplatz, Berlin-Kreuzberg.
Spotted at Moritzplatz, Berlin – Kreuzberg.
Exactly 40 years ago, in May 1974 Kreuzberg gained one of its most recognisable (although definitely not the most attractive) buildings: Neues Kreuzberger Zentrum at Kottbusser Tor. After 5 years … Continue reading
1852 Between 1849 and 1852 this street located in SO36 (Eastern Kreuzberg), now probably most famous for its fantastic people´s market hall Martkhalle IX, was called Lübbener Strasse after a … Continue reading
Spotted in Adalbertstrasse in Berlin-Kreuzberg.
Here’s the only original part of the 1929 Karstadt department store at Hermannplatz (but although Hermannplatz belongs to Neukölln, the shop stands in Berlin – Kreuzberg) that is still available … Continue reading
Since the latest measures to curb drug-dealing kicked in and the policemen and policewomen can be seen doing their beat through the park on regular basis, Görlitzer Park looks astoundingly … Continue reading
Any online search for images of old Berlin is bound to produce mostly works of four photographers: F.A. Schwartz, Waldemar Titzenthaler, Hermann Rückwardt and Max Missmann. Even in a typical Google-storm … Continue reading
That streets may sometimes have many names is no secret to anyone. But some of the choices, although worth knowing about, are better forgotten. Please burn after reading. 1937 First … Continue reading
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York – The Met – has just released 394,233 of its records for digital perusal. For free! This mind-boggling collection of images includes … Continue reading
Cafe Galander in Großbeerenstrasse in Kreuzberg.
Here´s your potential explanation for much too low temperatures in Berlin lately:-) And just like the geographical centre of Berlin, this special spot can be found in Berlin-Kreuzberg, too.
BERLINER GESCHICHTSWERKSTATT (Berlin History Workshop), established in 1981 in Berlin-Schöneberg, is a historic society with focus on oral and micro history: both fields often neglected by the academic historians whose … Continue reading
Spotted in passing in Bergmannstrasse in Berlin – Kreuzberg.
Here is a new version of an old post about the history of the old Luisenstädtischer Kanal. The canal which used to connect Urbanhafen with the River Spree and was spanned … Continue reading
Originally posted on die bergmannstrasse:
Recht hat der oder die Bestohlene…
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!
Thanks to Robin, who not only runs a great new tour following the story and the imperial moustache of Kaiser Wilhelm II but also seems to know what the international … Continue reading
1881 On May 12th, 1881 the fast developing company originally registered under the name of Telegraphenbau Anstalt Siemens & Halske presents its latest and, for many one of the most important, work … Continue reading
Gitschiner Strasse in Berlin – Kreuzberg
IN THE MIDDLE OF A BIG CITY A historic windmill at the Museum of Technology in Berlin-Kreuzberg.