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

DID YOU KNOW: HOW GREEN IS BERLIN?

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

July 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: JUNE 30th – FROM PIONIERWEG TO BLÜCHERSTRASSE

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

July 1, 2014 · 3 Comments

SPOTTED IN PASSING: SWEET SINS

” CHOCOLATE IS GOD´S ANSWER TO BROCCOLI” Spotted at Chocolateria Sünde in Heinrichplatz in Berlin-Kreuzberg.

June 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

POETRY CORNER or UPON RETURNING TO 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

June 28, 2014 · 2 Comments

BECAUSE I ALWAYS TALK TO STRANGERS

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

June 27, 2014 · 1 Comment

JUTEN TACH BERLIN

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

June 25, 2014 · 3 Comments

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: JUNE 5th – BROMMYSTRASSE

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

June 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: No. 9

Spotted in Urbanstrasse, Berlin-Kreuzberg.

June 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT’S INSIDE ANOTHER

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

June 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: JUNE 12th – POLES LANDING IN WEST BERLIN

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

June 18, 2014 · 2 Comments

SPOTTED IN PASSING: IT´S ALL SO QUIET

Spotted in Grimmstrasse in Berlin-Kreuzberg.

June 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

S-TUMBLR´ED UPON – TUMBLR BLOGS ABOUT BERLIN AND GERMAN

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

June 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

YOU ARE HERE: BRACHVOGELSTRASSE AT THE CANAL

  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

June 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

HERR DR SIMON’S EMPORIUM OF CARTOGRAPHIC DELIGHTS

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

June 16, 2014 · 5 Comments

MR LEE´S BERLIN DIARY

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

June 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: DRIVING MISS DAISY

The 1950s petrol station in Muskauer Strasse in Berlin-Kreuzberg. Pay in DM, please.

June 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

SAVE THE DATE FOR KREUZBERG: JUNE 14th – BERLIN ART PRIZE

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

June 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: JUNE 10th – THE OPENING OF THE KRANKENHAUS AM URBAN

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

June 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

THOMAS-KIRCHE AT MARIANENNPLATZ

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

June 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW…

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

June 5, 2014 · 4 Comments

ONCE A POLE, ALWAYS A POLE – 25 YEARS OF POLAND´S DEMOCRACY

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

June 4, 2014 · 3 Comments

SPOTTED IN PASSING: MARKTHALLE IX

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

June 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: MAY 27th – THE MARCH OF BRANDENBURG TOURIST CLUB

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

June 3, 2014 · 2 Comments

STILL FRESH AFTER ALL THESE YEARS – MARKTHALLE IX IN KREUZBERG

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

May 30, 2014 · 2 Comments

THINGS TO DO WHILE IN BIG B

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

May 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: STADTAFFE

Spotted in Urbanstrasse in Berlin-Kreuzberg. Stadtaffe (lit. city ape) stands for someone whose natural habitat does not extend beyond the city limits.

May 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: MEN IN THE AIR

Spotted in Lilienthalstrasse. The monument for the “German Air Pilots of 1914-1918″ and a personal favourite among all monuments of Berlin.

May 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: GONE WITH THE WIND

Spotted in Marheinekeplatz, Berlin-Kreuzberg.

May 28, 2014 · 2 Comments

SPOTTED IN PASSING: STILL WAITING

Spotted at Moritzplatz,  Berlin – Kreuzberg.

May 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

KOTTI MON AMOUR – KREUZBERGER ZENTRUM TURNS 40

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

May 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: MAY 22nd – EISENBAHNSTRASSE

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

May 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: THE ONLY WAY IS UP

Spotted in Adalbertstrasse in Berlin-Kreuzberg.

May 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

YOU ARE HERE: THE WESTERN STAIRCASE OF KARSTADT AM HERMANNPLATZ

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

May 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

ROLLING THROUGH GÖRLI

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

May 24, 2014 · 3 Comments

MAX MISSMANN: THE GLASS PLATE GAME

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

May 22, 2014 · 1 Comment

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: MAY 20th – FELSENDAMM

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

May 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

THE GODS OF THE MET – ART DIGITAL

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

May 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: THE OLD TIMES

Cafe Galander in Großbeerenstrasse in Kreuzberg.

May 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: BIG CHILL

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.

May 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

FROM BERLIN HISTORY WORKSHOP – NEW HISTORY APP FOR BERLIN

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

May 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB

Spotted in passing in Bergmannstrasse in Berlin – Kreuzberg.

May 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: MAY 15th – THE GRAND OPENING OF THE LUISENSTÄDTISCHER KANAL

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

May 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

Gezettelt im Bergmannkiez

Originally posted on die bergmannstrasse:
Recht hat der oder die Bestohlene…

May 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: MAY 13th – THE BERLIN STATUE OF LIBERTY

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

May 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

BRIGHT CITY LIGHTS: EAST BERLIN / WEST BERLIN

EAST BERLIN / WEST BERLIN DIVIDE STILL VISIBLE DUE TO DIFFERENT TYPE OF LIGHT-BULBS AND STREET LIGHTS USED. AMAZING!

May 13, 2014 · 1 Comment

THE BUNTE VÖGEL OF KREUZBERG – STRAIGHT FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES

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

May 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: MAY 12th – SIEMENS´FIRST ELECTRIC TRAM

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

May 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

Spotted in passing: CLOUD BUSTING

Gitschiner Strasse in Berlin – Kreuzberg

May 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: WINDY CITY

IN THE MIDDLE OF A BIG CITY A historic windmill at the Museum of Technology in  Berlin-Kreuzberg.

May 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: FRYDERYK CHOPIN

I have been watching Sesame Street with my two younger boys when Elmo played a piece of music that made me want to pack up my rucksack, take the first … Continue reading

May 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

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