On April 23rd, 1945 with the Red Army and the Polish 1st Army already in the north and the east of Berlin (in Frohnau, Niederschönhausen, Lichtenberg) and about to enter … Continue reading
Spotted in Gneisenaustrasse in Berlin – Kreuzberg.
The latest – 2014 – crime statistics for Berlin´s underground stations are there and they are already causing crowds of reckless tourists to hurry in the direction of the top … Continue reading
Nothing like a wonderful old amateur film made in the city in the 1930s to make you feel like walking around Berlin for a bit longer than necessary. Forget the … Continue reading
Spotted under the U1 elevated line in Gitschiner Strasse in Berlin – Kreuzberg.
To give you an insight into the kind of lengths I am quite prepared to go to in order to answer a burning Berlin research question, here is a little … Continue reading
A single is siren was sounded in Israel yesterday on Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, bringing the whole country to a halt. That day commemorates and honours the victims of … Continue reading
To commemorate the 70th anniversary of one of the most bitter battles of modern times which took place inside the European cities and which brought an end to the six … Continue reading
Did you know that looking from high above it is still possible to tell between the former East and West Berlin? Maybe not during the day, but after dark it … Continue reading
This photo taken by the LIFE magazine photographer, Nina Leen – a Russian-born American who studied and lived in Berlin until 1939, when she decided emigrate to the USA – … Continue reading
According to the article published in the Staatsbürger-Zeitung, it all began on Monday night at around 2.30 AM. The storm clouds reached Berlin from the north-east and by 3.00 AM … Continue reading
Spotted in Gitschiner Strasse in Berlin-Kreuzberg.
Between 1935 and 1947 today´s Stresemannstrasse was known as Saarlandstrasse – the photo was most probably taken either in 1945 or perhaps a year later, before the Nazi name of … Continue reading
1891 On Friday April 10th, 1891 not only did the Berliners have a chance to listen to Professor Rudolf Virchow himself present and discuss the case of a 17-year-old Indian boy … Continue reading
The grave of the great Post Master General of Berlin, Heinrich von Stephan, at the Dreifaltigskeitfriedhof I (Feld II) at the cemeteries between Zossener-, Baruther- and Blücherstrasse in Berlin-Kreuzberg. The … Continue reading
Heinrich von Stephan, the famous Prussian Post Master General and later the Secretary of State in Bismarck´s government, died exactly 118 years ago, on April 8th, 1897. Having suffered from … Continue reading
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
The photo above was taken at the terrace of the Romanisches Cafe in KuDamm (today Budapester Strasse) at Auguste-Viktoria-Platz in 1925. Das Romanische Cafe opened in 1916 in the Kaiserhof Hotel, … 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
The Berlin pneumatic post system – “Pneumatische Depechenbeförderung”, later simply “Rohrpost” (pipe mail) – was at its peak the largest public network of this kind in the world. Opened in … 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
Here is a photo taken in Marx-Engels-Platz (since 1994 again known as Schlossplatz) in the late 1980s /early 1990s, looking towards Fernsehturm with the Berliner Dom on the left and … 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
Did you know that almost exactly 80 years ago, on March 22nd, 1935, the first ever TV programme in the world was broadcasted and that it happened in Berlin? On … 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
Did you know that Charité, the Berlin University Hospital and one of the biggest such establishments in Europe, uses an in-house Rohrpost (pneumatic post) that is 26 km long? The … 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
Did you know that it´s true what they say about Berlin trumping Venice as far as the number of bridges goes? While the most romantic city on Earth (Paris is, … 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
DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN? Did you know that the U-Bahn station Görlitzer Bahnhof on today´s U1 Line in Berlin-Kreuzberg used to be called “Oranienstrasse” upon its opening on … 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.
Although winter seems to be on the retreat and heating our flats might not be such an important issue any more, let us pause for a moment and remember that … Continue reading
BESUCHSBESEN – (lit. visiting broom) a bunch of flowers, a bouquet Boost Po