Here is the famous opening scene for the 1972 “Cabaret” – spot the Sylvia von Harden character sitting at her desk. By the way, should you be interested in the … Continue reading
It might not be attractive, it might not be elegant and it definitely ain´t pretty but here is to West Berlin´s most beloved – by some, if not by many … Continue reading
With the snowfall and the wintry weather outside the windows, let us a have look at one of the most beautiful images of the early 20th-century Berlin: the “Tiefer Schnee” … Continue reading
(Potentially) Good news for all U2 Line users in Berlin: the vocal experiment conducted by the BVG, the city transportation company, which involved having the regular, next-station announcements replaced by … Continue reading
What makes us locals? What turns us into part of a new environment? And is it at all possible to become a Berliner not having been born in the city? … Continue reading
Berlin takes the idea of hospitality to entirely new levels; ) Berlin – Kreuzberg
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
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
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
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
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.
BESUCHSBESEN – (lit. visiting broom) a bunch of flowers, a bouquet Boost Po
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)
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!
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 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
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
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
As if not enough has been lost in Berlin so far, it seems it is time to say good bye to yet another historic building. Despite the initial vows of … Continue reading
War Games The US forces stationed in West Berlin practising their “street guerilla” skills in Wrangelkiez in SO 36 (East Kreuzberg) in 1980. The “soldier” is standing in front of … Continue reading
Here are a couple of paragraphs from the biography of an US pilot Lewis Wells, in charge of a B-17 (“Flying Fortress”) sent to bomb Berlin on that day.Years after … Continue reading
1945 Shortly past 11 AM on February 3rd, 1945 the 937 bombers of the 8th USA-Airforce – the 1st and 3rd divisions – drop 2,264 tonnes of explosives on Berlin. … Continue reading
Here is a little nightcap of a song. Sang by the Spree-Revellers and accompanied by the Deutsche Gramophon Orchester under James Kok, this lovely swinging piece was recorded before May … Continue reading
Südstern, a church in Berlin-Kreuzberg, standing on what became an island in the middle of heavy traffic. Despite the traffic, it is pretty obvious it´s one of our favourite spots in … Continue reading