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

TODAY IN BERLIN: FEBRURY 8th – THE STASI

65 years ago and less than half a year after the birth of the DDR – German Democratic Republic or East Germany – the new state moved on to secure … Continue reading

February 10, 2015 · 5 Comments

JANDORF DEPARTMENT STORES IN BERLIN

Warenhaus Jandorf, Spittelmarkt (corner Leipziger Straße) opened in 1892 as “A. Jandorf & Co., Hamburger Engros Lager” – the name “Jandorf” was added without consulting the actual investor and owner … Continue reading

February 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

YOU ARE HERE: Kaufhaus Jandorf in Kottbusser Damm

Bought by Abraham Adolf Jandorf as a ready house for 3.35 million Mark, it is was the first privately owned ferro concrete building in Berlin and the second department store … Continue reading

February 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

WAR GAMES

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

February 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

FERBUARY 3rd, 1945 IN BERLIN

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

February 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN BERLIN: FEBRUARY 3rd – THE AIR-RAID IN THE HEART OF BERLIN

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

February 3, 2015 · 9 Comments

The Summer of 1935 with the Spree-Revellers

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

February 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

DIE KNEF

There is hardly any greater honour in Germany than to have Der or Die added before one´s name when people talk about you. It is a public equivalent of “von”, … Continue reading

February 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

BERLIN IN 1880: ANHALTER BAHNHOF

Upon its opening in 1880, Franz Schwechten´s magnificent building was the biggest railway station in Europe. With the steel roof construction for the main hall planned by Heinrich Seidel (an … Continue reading

January 31, 2015 · Leave a comment

YOU ARE HERE: AROUND THE OLD ANHALTER BAHNHOF

This aerial photo of Anhalter Bahnhof in Berlin-Kreuzberg and close to today´s Potsdamer Platz was taken some time in the 1920s. Since neither the Europahaus nor the Deutschlandhaus, two important buildings … Continue reading

January 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

YOU ARE HERE: MORITZPLATZ

Wertheim Department Store at Moritzplatz in Berlin – Kreuzberg. The crossing in front it – today a roundabout -is an intersection of Oranienstrasse with Prinzenstrasse. The site of the old … Continue reading

January 30, 2015 · 1 Comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: THE LIGHT OF SÜDSTERN

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

January 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: A. HENTSCHEL´S STREET CLEANING MACHINE

Did you know that one of the first multi-purpose street cleaning machines was invented in the 19th century in Berlin? But because it failed to impress Councillor Gustav Schlosky, the … Continue reading

January 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: FROM RIXDORF TO NEUKÖLLN

Did you know that on January 27th, 1912 a popular Berlin borough underwent a little PR adjustment to improve its ratings among the business partners of its residents as well … Continue reading

January 27, 2015 · 1 Comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: GNEISENAUSTRASSE

January 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: BERLIN AD 1244

Did you know that today marks the 771st anniversary of the first public appearance of the name “Berlin” in writing? The first time that name was mentioned in a written … Continue reading

January 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

AT THE FOOT OF THE GIANT: THE BISMARCK MEMORIAL

  This photo was taken by a great Berlin photographer, Friedrich Seidenstücker in the summer of 1930 at the foot (literally:-) of the Bismarck-Nationaldenkmal in Berlin. The National Memorial to … Continue reading

January 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

RIDDLE ME THIS, RIDDLE ME THAT

This particular model, although not a “Cafe Achteck” is another Berlin WC classic. This expanded version of a public lavatory, designed to accommodate 8 guests, was meant to provide relief … Continue reading

January 23, 2015 · 4 Comments

DIY FOR BERLIN-FANS

Since many Berliners and Berlin-fans seem to miss the good old “Cafes Achteck” for both sentimental and practical reasons, this is where they could seek possible comfort. Presented by John-H, … Continue reading

January 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

CAFÉ ACHTECK

The “Café Octagon” is a Berlin classic; a green cast-iron public toilet or rather pissoir (for men only) dating back to 1878 and with an official name of “Model Waidmannslust”. … Continue reading

January 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

YOU ARE HERE: WRANGELBRUNNEN

In life, like in offshore tax evasion, nothing should be taken for granted. Not even architecture. For instance: what you pass on your daily way to work (or leisure) and … Continue reading

January 22, 2015 · 2 Comments

STREETCAR NAMED SENSUCHT

Great news: the new Berlin authorities are planning to reintroduce street-trams to what used to be West Berlin – since the late 1960s trams can only be found in the … Continue reading

January 21, 2015 · 10 Comments

KEMPERPLATZ IN BERLIN-TIERGARTEN

  This beautiful plaza on the southern edge of the park of Tiergarten, once of the finest and most frequented places in Berlin, is completely gone today. What remains is … Continue reading

January 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

YOU ARE HERE: ALEXANDERPLATZ 1936

Here is a marvellous 1936 photo of Alexanderplatz with the famous Peter Behrens´ houses known as Alexander- and Berolinahaus as well as with the statue of Berolina in front of … Continue reading

January 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

YOU ARE HERE: FRIEDRICHSTRASSE IN 1926

Here is Friedrichstrasse at night in 1926 with the U-Bahn station Französische Straße, looking south towards Stadtmitte. The Kaiser Hotel, visible here on the right side of the street, opened … Continue reading

January 20, 2015 · 2 Comments

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: THE ELECTOR´S GIANT ATLAS

Did you know that Berlin´s oldest library, the Staatsbibliothek (better known as the Stabi) counts the biggest bound atlas in the world as part of its maps collection? The giant, … Continue reading

January 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

THE WEEKEND CINEMA

As a little sequel to the previous post, here is “The Golem´s” prequel from 1920 with music background by Hans Landsberger. It is worth knowing that the scenography for the … Continue reading

January 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN BERLIN: JANUARY 15th, 1915 – “THE GOLEM”

Paul Wegener´s and Heinrich Galeen´s “The Golem”, a silent movie and one of the last films made in the Imperial Germany, has its première in Berlin. It took place at … Continue reading

January 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: HILDEGARD´S FRECKLES

We are officially in love with three deceased persons: with Mark Twain, with Bette Davis and with Hildegard Knef. What they all shared was unbelievable if unlikely talent, class, a … Continue reading

January 16, 2015 · 3 Comments

CRUISING WITH NO BRUISING – THE TOUR OF WEST KREUZBERG NEXT SUNDAY

Dear Readers, it´s wet mid-January and the elements might be against us but we are determined not to allow the external circumstances dampen our spirits and shall open the next, … Continue reading

January 15, 2015 · 2 Comments

THE MOST HATED HOUSE IN BERLIN?

The house in Engeldamm 70 corner Michaelkirchplatz in Berlin-Mitte, regularly featured in the local news because of the attacks carried out by the stone-hurtling, self-proclaimed crusaders of the radical left, … Continue reading

January 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: HOUSE OF PAIN

Spotted in passing in Engeldamm, Berlin – Kreuzberg. The house, an original Bruno Taut design, is a target of regular attacks from the radical left scene. The plaster covers actual … Continue reading

January 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: NIKOLAIKIRCHE

Nikolaikirche – St Nicolas Church – first built between around 1230 as a three-nave basilica and then further expanded, counts as the oldest church in Berlin and one of the … Continue reading

January 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: MOST COMMON BERLIN NAMES

Did you know that the most common surname in Berlin is Schmidt? It is followed by Müller, Schulz, Schneider, Lange, Meyer, Fischer, Hermann, Weber, Schröder, Krüger and Bauer. All of … Continue reading

January 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

BERLINERISMS RELOADED: BERLIN GLOSSARY FROM A TO Z

Berliners are known for several things: their grumpy air, their talent for lightning-fast repartees and their talent for coining humorous names for any piece of architecture that stands out in … Continue reading

January 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

YOU ARE HERE: STRESEMANNSTRASSE AROUND 1945

Life among ruins somewhere in Saarlandstrasse (since 1947 known as Stresemannstrasse), possibly at No. 18, in Berlin – Kreuzberg after the end of WW2. One did with what one had and … Continue reading

January 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

YOU ARE HERE: WASCH- UND PLATTENANSTALT R. RÜDIGER

After a bit of research in the historic Berlin directories (available online on the Zentral Landesbibliothek web page), we were able to establish the address of Herr Rüdiger´s cleaning and … Continue reading

January 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

THE UNDERGROUND HERMANNPLATZ

Even though it obviously changed a lot since 1929, Hermannplatz still presents itself quite impressive above the ground, However, it is its underground self that truly makes a difference. Here … Continue reading

January 3, 2015 · 4 Comments

THE END OF THE KARSTADT AM HERMANNPLATZ

Continuing the topic of our favourite department store in Berlin – which even today, despite of its clear lack of KaDeWe´s flair or Kaufhaus am Alexanderplatze´s upbeat interior design, possesses … Continue reading

January 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: KARSTADT AM HERMANNPLATZ

Did you know that when finished in June 1929 Karstadt am Hermannplatz was the largest department store in Europe? In matters of construction, size, engineering of the building as well … Continue reading

January 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

YOU ARE HERE: BACK TO KARSTADT AM HERMANNPLATZ

Karstadt at Hermannplatz in Berlin-Kreuzberg in the 1930s. Upon its opening in June 1929 it was the biggest and most modern department store in Europe as well as a tremendously popular … Continue reading

January 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

THAT WAS THE YEAR THAT WAS – BERLIN STATISTICS GALORE

Some time in the 1950s or 1960s a brilliant Polish poet and playwright, Konstanty Ildefons Galczynski, as famous for his literary talent as he was for his wicked sense of … Continue reading

December 31, 2014 · 2 Comments

YOU ARE HERE: ROSENTHALER PLATZ, BERLIN-MITTE

Here is a wonderful photo of the Platz vor dem Rosenthaler Thor (Rosenthaler Platz today) in Berlin-Mitte, photographed in 1890 by F.A. Schwartz. A careful inspection of the image will … Continue reading

December 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: TEUFELSBERG IN DECEMBER

       

December 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

TEUFELSBERG SLEDGING PARTY

Sledging crowds on the sides of the Teufelsberg in the Grunewald Forest in Berlin in 1978. Next to Müggelberge in Berlin-Köpenick it is the highest elevation in Berlin (both are … Continue reading

December 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: “M” and the Berliner Ring

Did you know that Fritz Lang, the über-famous German film director and the maker of such cinematic treasures as “Metropolis” and “Dr. Mabuse”, who also wrote the script (together with … Continue reading

December 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

BERLIN MOTAX D-RAD DROSCHKE IN ACTION

To further illustrate the last post about Berlin´s most unusual and charming taxi service ever, here is the original British Pathé newsreel from December 17, 1925 presenting the D-Rad Taxi … Continue reading

December 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: MOTORCYCLE TAXIS

Did you know that between 1925 and the end of 1927 Berlin had a fleet of motorcycle taxis which almost completely replaced the regular car taxi service in many parts … Continue reading

December 23, 2014 · 4 Comments

YOU ARE HERE: JUNGFERN BRIDGE

The painting above, called JUNGFERNBRÜCKE, was created by Hans Baluschek, a famous Berlin artist and the author of some of the most impressive early 20th-century images of the city, between 1926 and … Continue reading

December 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN BERLIN: DECEMBER 13th, 1980 – THE BATTLE OF FRAENKELUFER

There are several events in the modern history of Kreuzberg which can be described as true milestones: the occupation of Bethanien Krankenhaus in 1971 (this beautiful old hospital by Theodor Stein … Continue reading

December 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

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