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

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: AUGUST 1st – THE XIth SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES BEGIN

Here´s an event that was important on a much bigger than only on the Kreuzberg scale – in the summer of 1936, three years before the outbreak of WW2, Berlin hosted … Continue reading

August 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

ÜBERLIN ÖPENING PARTY IN KREUZBERG

Big thank you to Überlin for their grand opening party last night at what must be the best looking co-working space in town. It is run by Zoe and James, … Continue reading

August 9, 2014 · 1 Comment

BERLIN: THE OBITUARY

Oh, we´re so over, so over here in Berlin. No longer cool, no longer sexy but still poor like hell. And while the competition around the Republic is blowing its … Continue reading

August 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

IN ANOTHER SUMMER IN BERLIN

Here is a short melange of several amateur films made in Berlin between 1957 and 1960 before the construction of the Berlin Wall. It shows a city literally rising from … Continue reading

August 7, 2014 · 1 Comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: RAIN OVER THE PLEASURE GARDENS

Here is a photo taken waiting for the rain at Berlin´s Lustgarten (Berlin-Mitte) where in the case of a real downpour one can seek shelter at Berliner Dom or alternatively get … Continue reading

August 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

A LAUGH A DAY: “S*** EXPAT BERLINERS SAY”

To continue the Berlin and comedy theme touched upon in the last post: here´s Nate Blanchard recapitulating the typical Berliner wanna-be paroles (filmed on location in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg and Neukölln). Open … Continue reading

August 6, 2014 · 2 Comments

EXPAT CHORTLES AT INTERNATIONAL COMEDY SHOW

When going gets tough and life´s no longer your oyster, there are two things you can do: lie down and mop or stand up and laugh. Go for the latter … Continue reading

August 6, 2014 · 1 Comment

THE WIZARD OF THE LENSES: GERD DANIGEL´S PHOTOS OF BERLIN

Depending on whose philosophy you follow, photography is there either to preserve or to change the reality it captures. A regular street scene – the walking people, the cars that … Continue reading

August 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: BACK IN BERLIN – KREUZBERG

Kreuzberg at its welcoming best and unfiltered:)

August 2, 2014 · 2 Comments

SPOTTED IN PASSING: CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF 3rd DEGREE

Spotted in Warsaw during a special police equipment show on July 26th, National Police Day in Poland.

July 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

AWAY

Sometimes it’s necessary to leave in order to see how amazing other places are and how fantastic it feels to go back home when the adventure comes to an end. … Continue reading

July 23, 2014 · 2 Comments

KARSTADT AM HERMANNPLATZ ON A SUNNY DAY IN JULY

Spotted from the roof terrace at Karstadt in Berlin-Kreuzberg.

July 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: THE LANDING OF THE SPACE INVADER

Spotted in Mariannenstrasse, Berlin-Kreuzberg.

July 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: JEDER FÜR SICH ALLEIN

JEDER FÜR SICH ALLEIN (Everyone for themselves) Spotted at the car park at Karstadt am Hermannplatz, Berlin-Kreuzberg.

July 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

ALFRED GRENANADER – THE U-BAHN MEISTER OF BERLIN

The chances are that if asked to name ten important Berliners, 95% of those enquired would fail to mention his name. Although his works fill the streets of Berlin both … Continue reading

July 14, 2014 · 4 Comments

SPOTTED IN PASSING: GOATS STARING AT BOYS

Spotted at the Streichelzoo (City Farm) in Görlitzer Park, Berlin-Kreuzberg. Opening hours in summer: Mon/Tue/Thur/Fri 10am – 7pm and Sat/Sun 11am – 6pm.

July 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

An Einem Sonntag Im Sommer 1942

The following film was made in Berlin in the beautiful summer of 1942. And it has everything that one would hope to see in such material: sunny streets, lovely sightseeing … Continue reading

July 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

BERLIN IN THE SUMMER OF 1930

Here is a short film – most likely a medley of different recordings made in Berlin around 1930 – showing the city during one of those wonderful summer days before … Continue reading

July 9, 2014 · 1 Comment

DID YOU KNOW: LUNAPARK HALENSEE

Did you know that between 1903 and 1933 Berlin could pride itself on being home to the biggest and most exquisite amusement park on the continent? Lunapark Halensee at the eastern shore … Continue reading

July 9, 2014 · 4 Comments

BERLIN RAIN

Haus Vaterland at the old Potsdamer Platz, looking towards today´s Stresemannstrasse, painted by Lesser Ury in the 1920s. A beautiful, rainy, old Kreuzberg picture for a beautiful rainy Kreuzberg day.

July 8, 2014 · 1 Comment

DON´T LOOK BACK IN ANGER

With Tempelhofer Feld aka Tempelhofer Freiheit secured as a recreational area also for the future generations, let us cast a glance at what the Tempelhofer Airport looked like in the … Continue reading

July 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

THINKING PERSON´S LAST REFUGE

After what feels like months but in fact lasted just over one week, the occupation of the Gerhardt-Hauptmann-Schule in Ohlauer Strasse in Kreuzberg is over. A group of mostly African … Continue reading

July 3, 2014 · 1 Comment

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

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