KREUZBERG´D

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

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

SPOTTED IN PASSING: BERLIN IN 1973

It could be 1873, really…

May 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

BERLIN-KREUZBERG STREET CLOUD

Inspired by and drunk on the recent success of our 100 Favourite German Words cloud published on Slow Travel Berlin, we have decided to make a street-name cloud for Berlin-Kreuzberg. The … Continue reading

May 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: MAY 4th – F.A. SCHWARZ

1906 On May 4th 1906 Friedrich Ferdinand Albert Schwartz, known as F.A. Schwartz – the man to whom we owe most of the fascinating images of old Berlin died in … Continue reading

May 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

END STATION NEW YORK

Daniel Arnold is a young street photographer from the West who came to New York only to discover he could Take Pictures. The city inspired him so much that even … Continue reading

May 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: SECRET GARDEN

Spotted in passing in Reichenberger Strasse in Kreuzberg SO 36.

May 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

DIPPING A BIRD – NEW SEASON AT PRINZENBAD

Just for the record, one of the best and definitely the most interesting outdoor swimming pool in Berlin has just opened for the season! Big “Yay!” to Prinzenbad, everybody! For … Continue reading

May 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: BIRDS ON A WIRE

Spotted in Dieffenbachstrasse in Berlin-Kreuzberg.

May 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

THAT WAS THE CITY THAT WAS – THE S-BAHN MAP OF DIVIDED BERLIN

A fantastic map of Berlin U and S-Bahn as it was in 1980 made by Max Roberts and published on the web page of the Atlantic Cities. Please notice the evident … Continue reading

May 7, 2014 · 2 Comments

SPOTTED IN HISTORY: MARTIN GROPIUS BAU

1988: MARTIN GROPIUS BAU AND THE AREA OF TODAY´S TOPOGRAPHIE DES TERRORS BETWEEN WILHELMSTRASSE AND STRESEMANNSTRASSE IN KREUZBERG (WHERE THE NAZI GOVERNMENTAL BUILDINGS STOOD BEFORE WW2). Photo by the great … Continue reading

May 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: MAY 4th – THE BOYS´BORSTAL SCHOOL BEFORE THE GATE TO HALLE

1825 On May 1st 1825 in Berlin, right outside the southern city gate known as Hallesches Thor (the Gate to Halle) and on the banks of the old Schafsgraben,which some … Continue reading

May 7, 2014 · 1 Comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: SCHRÖDER’S ANALBÜRSTE

SCHRÖDER’S ANALBUERSTE “WITH SCHRÖDER’S ANAL BRUSH YOU ARE SURE TO HAVE STH TO TALK ABOUT AT EVERY PARTY” Spotted in a brush shop in Heimstrasse, Berlin-Kreuzberg. There might be a … Continue reading

May 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW? – THE PLAGUE

That between 1900 and 1925 there were as many as 25 large plague (bubonic plague) outbreaks in Australia with Sydney´s residents having been hit the hardest? The Retronaut have just … Continue reading

May 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

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