Betahaus, possibly the most innovative, friendly and inspiring co-working space in Berlin, is celebrating its 5th birthday this weekend. You can join the party and meet a crowd of equally … Continue reading
Billy Wilder’s 1950 Sunset Boulevard starring the inimitable Gloria Swanson as the faded silent movie star Norma Desmond and William Holden as the unsuccessful scriptwriter Joe Gillis, is one of the … Continue reading
A PALACE FOR ALL THE PEOPLE Bright, modern and open to all (10am-midnight daily), East Berlin’s Palast der Republik was an immediate sensation when it opened on April 25th, 1976 … Continue reading
Fernsehturm or the TV Tower built in the former East Berlin between 1965 and 1969 (official opening on October 3, 1969). At 368.03 metre it is still the highest … Continue reading
Here is a tongue-in-cheek area gentrification test designed for the city of San Francisco in 1985 we found through the excellent page of City Lab. Funnily enough, if you take … Continue reading
Spotted in Berlin-Mitte. The Volksbühne Theatre at Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz in Berlin-Mitte (orig. Bülowplatz) designed by Oskar Kaufmann and built in 1913-1914. The costs of construction were partly covered with the donations … Continue reading
1950 Surprising as it might sound, Columbiadamm, usually associated with Neukölln or Tempelhof, is part of Berlin-Kreuzberg, too. In fact as of August 12, 2014 – only a week ago … Continue reading
1858 Did you know that Cuvrystrasse is one of the oldest streets in today´s Wrangelkiez and Kreuzberg in general and that when built in 1852 it used to stretch from … Continue reading
Spotted in passing in Gleisdreieckpark, Berlin – Kreuzberg.
How about a fantastic little video of a little bus tour through West Berlin in the 1960s with the music by Gerd Wilden? See the wonderful lady who steps out … Continue reading
Spotted in the courtyard of the Höfe in Alte Jakobstrasse.
Spotted under Fernsehturm in Berlin – Mitte.
Spotted in Reichenberger Strasse in SO36.
Did you know that almost all of the so called “Ansagen” or recorded messages heard inside Berlin S-Bahn trains are spoken by one and the same person? The well-known voice … Continue reading
Yesterday, August 11th marked the 190th birthday of Martin Gropius, one of the leading architects of the 19th century Berlin and the great-uncle of Walter Gropius of the Bauhaus fame. Most … Continue reading
Spotted in passing in Schleiermacherstrasse in Berlin – Kreuzberg.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Kreuzberg at its welcoming best and unfiltered:)
Spotted in Warsaw during a special police equipment show on July 26th, National Police Day in Poland.
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
Spotted from the roof terrace at Karstadt in Berlin-Kreuzberg.
Spotted in Mariannenstrasse, Berlin-Kreuzberg.
JEDER FÜR SICH ALLEIN (Everyone for themselves) Spotted at the car park at Karstadt am Hermannplatz, Berlin-Kreuzberg.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
” CHOCOLATE IS GOD´S ANSWER TO BROCCOLI” Spotted at Chocolateria Sünde in Heinrichplatz in 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
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
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
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
Spotted in Urbanstrasse, Berlin-Kreuzberg.
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
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
Spotted in Grimmstrasse in Berlin-Kreuzberg.
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