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

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

SPOTTED IN PASSING: ON THE SUNNY SIDE OF THE STRASSE

December 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: COKE IN THE CITY

Nacht! Tauentzin! Kokain! Das ist Berlin!i (Andrej Belyj, a 1920s´ Russian writer living in Berlin) Did you know that by the mid-1920s Berlin became the cocaine capital of the world … Continue reading

December 16, 2014 · 3 Comments

YOU ARE HERE: VIKTORIAPARK IN BERLIN-KREUZBERG

Here are Berlin´s fourth oldest City park, Viktoriapark in Berlin-Kreuzberg and the National Memorial on top of the Kreuzberg hill around which the park was built, in the last decade of the 19th century. … Continue reading

December 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

OUT AND ABOUT IN BERLIN: “J´Accuse” by Abel Gance at the Zeughauskino

J´Accuse by Abel Gance, one of the most powerful statements against World War I and against the military’s, politicians’ and society’s shared responsibility for its horrors, was first screened in April … Continue reading

December 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

ZEITUNGSVIERTEL BERLIN: THE MAIN PUBLISHING HOUSES

The photos below present the three main press houses in Berlin in the pre-WW2 Berlin, with Mossehaus in both its old (built 1901-1903 by Wolfenstein & Kremer) and the new … Continue reading

December 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN?

BERLIN PRESS IN THE 1920s Did you know that in December 1926 Berlin´s newsagents offered their customers as many as 147 newspapers – 120 of them dailies! – and 2,486 … Continue reading

December 9, 2014 · 2 Comments

TODAY IN BERLIN: DECEMBER 3rd – GENERAL PFUEL AND HIS SWIMMING SCHOOL

On December 3rd, 1866, a cold and damp Berlin winter day, the country and the king were in mourning: General Ernst von Pfuel was dead. Gone was the man who … Continue reading

December 6, 2014 · 2 Comments

GOING DEEPER UNDERGROUND – BERLINER U-BAHN

For all those upset by the nasty weather conditions outside and looking forward to a warm&cosy weekend spent indoors, please remember that there is another place in Berlin that will … Continue reading

December 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

YOU ARE HERE: U-BAHNHOF HERMANNPLATZ

  The underground station Hermannplatz in Berlin – Kreuzberg (the U7 line) was designed by Alfred Grenander and Alfred Fehse, it opened on April 11th, 1926. The line U8, placed … Continue reading

December 5, 2014 · 3 Comments

THE 1924 POTSDAMER PLATZ TRAFFIC LIGHTS “LIVE”

The short film entitled “Berlin in the 20´s” published by Alfruna on YouTube is in fact a mix of very well known film recordings from the first quarter of the … Continue reading

December 4, 2014 · 2 Comments

DID KNOW KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: THE POTSDAMER PLATZ TRAFFIC-LIGHTS

Did you know that despite the popular and wide-spread belief – one actively perpetuated by many books and web pages, too – the traffic-lights installed in Berlin at Potsdamer Platz … Continue reading

December 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN BERLIN: KARSTADT AM HERMANNPLATZ, KREUZBERG

December 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN BERLIN: WILD WILD WEST

Spotted this morning in Gneisenaustrasse, Berlin – Kreuzberg.

December 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

Drawn by Light – Historic Photography Exhibition in London

Lieutenant Colonel Mervyn O´Gorman, an Irish born British photographer, took this picture of his daughter Christina 101 years ago. It was made using the Autochrome process, an early colour process, … Continue reading

December 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

BERLIN 1937

A street scene in the 1937 Berlin: Kaiser-Wilhelm-Strasse (today Rosa-Luxemburg-Strasse) corner Dircksenstrasse in Berlin-Mitte with the Volksbühne Theatre in the background. At the moment when this photo was being taken … Continue reading

December 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN BERLIN: NOVEMBER 27th – BELLE-ALLIANCE-STRASSE

Mehringdamm, one of the best known and busiest streets of Berlin and Berlin-Kreuzberg is also one of the very few streets in this city with 99% of its numbers belonging … Continue reading

December 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

YOU ARE HERE: BERLIN-ALEXANDERPLATZ

  The photo above shows one of the best known plazas in germany’s capital – Alexanderplatz – as it was in the summer of 1925. None of the buildings or … Continue reading

November 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

YOU ARE HERE: U-BAHNHOF ORANIENPLATZ

This photo shows the construction works on the new – and never opened – underground station Oranienplatz in Berlin-Kreuzberg. The place was later used as a substation for the city power … Continue reading

November 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: HERR MESSTER AND THE MOVING PICTURES

Did you know that between the 1890s and the late 1920s Berlin had over 50 large professional film studios and that those would be only the registered ones – there were … Continue reading

November 25, 2014 · 2 Comments

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: MARIENFELDE REFUGEE CAMP

Even before 1949 when it became clear that the tension between the Western Allied Zones of Berlin and the Soviet Occupational Zone in the east of the city would only … Continue reading

November 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

THE OLD CITY PALACE OF BERLIN

Here is a 1920s aerial image of the Berliner Stadtschloss, the City (Royal) Palace, whose replica is being erected at almost exactly the same spot today. However, not all of … Continue reading

November 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: THE POTATO FIELDS IN TIERGARTEN

After WW2 the Tiergarten, the oldest city park in Berlin stretching between Brandenburg Gate, Potsdamer Platz, the River Spree and the Berlin Zoo, was almost entirely tree-free: out of the … Continue reading

November 18, 2014 · 2 Comments

TODAY IN BERLIN: NOVEMBER 14 – KONRAD BIESALSKI AND THE DISABLED CHILDREN

1868 It is difficult to imagine that at the beginning of the 20th century more than every third child in the streets of Berlin suffered some form of physical deformity. Tuberculosis … Continue reading

November 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: MONDAY MORNING RUSH-HOUR

November 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

OUT AND ABOUT IN BERLIN: “Mythos Germania – Shadows and Traces of the Imperial Capital”

When in the mid-1930s Adolf Hitler first dreamt of Germania, the future Capital of The World, Berlin was already doomed – if it had not been for the air-raids, the … Continue reading

November 14, 2014 · 2 Comments

YOU ARE HERE: BAERWALDBAD

Baerwaldbad in Baerwaldstrasse,  Berlin-Kreuzberg. Designed by the famous Berlin architect, Ludwig Hoffmann, it was built in 1901 to relieve the problem of poor personal hygiene among the residents of the … Continue reading

November 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

NOVEMBER 9th – MORE THAN JUST THE FALL OF THE WALL

With the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall and the impressive celebrations thereof already behind us, it is worth remembering that November 9th is a very particular … Continue reading

November 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

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