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Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin

“TEMPLARS, BUNKERS AND PRUSSIAN GLORY”: A DIGITAL WALK WITH KREUZBERGED THROUGH HER NEIGHOURHOOD

Dear Berlin Fans in Berlin and Beyond! The deed is done: yours truly decided it was time for her to jump onto the digital wave so successfully ridden by others. … Continue reading

December 9, 2016 · 2 Comments

TODAY IN BERLIN: DECEMBER 8th – THE TINY GIANT, ADOLPH VON MENZEL

1815 On December 8th, 1815 Carl Erdmann Menzel, a stone printer from Breslau (today Wroclaw) and his wife welcome their new born son. The boy shall be named Adolph Friedrich … Continue reading

December 9, 2016 · 3 Comments

UP AND DOWN ON BERLIN´S HISTORY TIMELINE: CUTTING THROUGH THE CITY WITH AN AXIS

Here´s a little series of images showing Potsdamer Bahnhof and its environs between 1936 and 1946. So great was the damage suffered during WWII by the Potsdam Railway Station as … Continue reading

December 6, 2016 · 2 Comments

A LOST BERLIN BRIDGE: BROMMYBRÜCKE

Named in June 1906, the 95-metre long Brommystraße is the 7th shortest street in Berlin-Kreuzberg – shorter even than the tiny and quaint lane known as Kleine Parkstraße, hidden between … Continue reading

December 4, 2016 · 5 Comments

ALL THE BEAUTIFUL BRANDENBURGER GATES

Here´s another online treasure trove full of images of #Berlin´s best known historical site, #BrandenburgGate. The project is part of the Open Educational Resources platform whose aim it is to … Continue reading

November 30, 2016 · 1 Comment

A STROLL THROUGH THE PARK WITH ERWIN BARTH

What makes a park a park? Is it the nature: the right sort of trees, bushes and lush green meadows? Is it the skilfully planned landscape with a clever arrangement … Continue reading

November 28, 2016 · 8 Comments

WHICH WAY TO BELLE-ALLIANCE-STRASSE?

Mehringdamm, one of the best known and busiest streets of central Berlin as well as of the locality of Kreuzberg counts at the same time among very few Berlin streets with 99% of … Continue reading

November 27, 2016 · 1 Comment

A SHELFFUL OF CHRISTMAS: GET YOUR ULTIMATE BERLIN BOOK NOW

Friends, Followers and Occasional Visitors! Don´t forget: Xmas is nigh and finding a present ain´t an easy task. So if you know someone whose interest in All Things Berlin matches … Continue reading

November 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

BERLIN 1933: THE HUMILIATION OF CARL HERZ

1933 was an ugly year. Open almost any edition of Vossische Zeitung from that time – Tante Voss was among the most popular German newspapers and the most widely read Berlin … Continue reading

November 25, 2016 · 4 Comments

HUMILIATION OF CARL HERZ – NAZI TERROR IN KREUZBERG´S TOWN HALL

On that day in 1933 the then Mayor of Kreuzberg, Carl Herz, was removed from his office, physically abused and humiliated in public – the Nazi terror began in full … Continue reading

November 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

ON TOP OF BERLIN´S REICHSTAG AD 1895

The photo above shows Reichstag building in 1895 (view from north-west). Originally, the glass used by Paul Wallot to build the cupola roof had dull surface – necessary to allow … Continue reading

November 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: BRINGING THE REICHSTAG ROOF DOWN

Did you know that Berlin´s Reichstag did not lose the steel frame of its remarkable arched roof either in the 1933 fire or in 1945 during the Battle of Berlin? It … Continue reading

November 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: IN THE PIPE or BERLINER ROHRPOST

Did you know that Berlin´s Rohrpost, Pneumatic Post Network, which opened for public use in December 1876, had its premiere on November 18, 1865? Designed, perhaps not surprisingly, by Siemens … Continue reading

November 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

ROUND AND ROUND THE DOG´S HEAD

The opening of four new Ringbahn stations – Tempelhof, Wilmersdorf, Grunewald (since 1884 Halensee) and Charlottenburg (now Westend) – on November 15, 1877 as well as connecting the latter with … Continue reading

November 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

THE SECRETS OF THE SOUP BOWL FROM BERLIN´S LUSTGARTEN

Johann Erdmann Hummel´s 1831 painting shows one of Berlin´s most famous sights, the enormous granite bowl from the Lustgarten in front of the city´s Altes Museum. The object is better … Continue reading

November 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

GOOD BYE, LENIN – THE MONUMENT FROM LENINPLATZ

For 21 years a 10-metre tall granite statue of Lenin, made by the Soviet sculptor Nikolai Tomski (who also created Lenin´s sarcophagus for the Moscow Mausoleum) and unveiled on Vladimir … Continue reading

November 8, 2016 · 3 Comments

MOTHER AND THE WAR: KÄTHE KOLLWITZ´S STATUE AT BERLIN´S NEUE WACHE

Mutter mit dem Toten Sohn (Mother with a dead Son), an enlarged replica of a statue made by Käthe Kollwitz after WWI, standing in the Neue Wache at Unter den … Continue reading

November 4, 2016 · 1 Comment

NOTES FROM THE SICKBED: TIME FOR A PODCAST

Being ill (after all, it´s November in Berlin) has one advantage – because you are hardly able to produce anything yourself and tend to slide off the chair at your … Continue reading

November 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

BERLIN PAST: KREUZBERG IN THE 1970s AND TODAY

Trust the “Berliner Morgenpost” to make your day: whether a chance reader or a subscriber; whether you prefer their paper edition (which finds its way into our mailbox each morning) … Continue reading

November 1, 2016 · 1 Comment

LAST STATION BERLIN or DEATH IN THE CITY

All Saints´ Day and All Souls´ Day, on November 1st and 2nd respectively, are nigh. However, although the author refuses to look at Halloween as anything but an aggressively commercialised … Continue reading

October 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN BERLIN: BERLINER BÄR GOES SOLO

On October 30, 1338 Berlin, whose sister-city of Cölln used an eagle as their emblem, put their bear-stamp on a council deed regulating securities in loans and pawning known as … Continue reading

October 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

BERLIN BRUSHES: LESSER URY

Is it still raining in Berlin today (I am asking from a tiny village hidden among the gentle hills of Lower Silesia)? Are the streets as beautiful and full of … Continue reading

October 26, 2016 · 2 Comments

HERR LEISTIKOW AND THE LAKE

Walter Leistikow, one of the leading Berlin painters of the late 19th century, was born on this day in 1865. Although not a Berliner by birth – he came from … Continue reading

October 25, 2016 · 2 Comments

PAPER BOYS AHOI or THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF BERLIN NEWSPAPERS IN THE 1920s

Did you know that in December 1926 Berlin´s newsagents sold as many as 147 newspapers – 120 of them dailies! – and 2,486 magazines? The majority of those publications were … Continue reading

October 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: THE TRAFFIC LIGHTS AT POTSDAMER PLATZ

The persistent rumour that the traffic light in Potsdamer Platz was the first such light in the world (or at least in Europe) is as unrelenting as it is incorrect. … Continue reading

October 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

WHERE DO HAPPY GERMANS GO? – THE HAPPINESS ATLAS OF GERMANY

The results of the latest survey known as “Glücksatlas” (Atlas of Happiness), published by the Deutsche Post – whose rapidly weltering quality of service is, not without a touch of … Continue reading

October 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

WASSER MARSCH! – THE VIKTORIAPARK WATERFALL

Viktoriapark Waterfall in today´s Kreuzberg, built – like the rest of the eastern part of the park – by Hermann Mächtig and first tested on October 14, 1893, exactly 123 … Continue reading

October 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

PROFESSOR VIRCHOW AND THE DAY OF THE TRICHINES

Prof. Rudolf Virchow, who was born on October 13, 1821 in Schivelbein (today Świdwin in Poland), was a renowned physician, pathologist, biologist, anthropologist, writer as well as a highly respected … Continue reading

October 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SIEMENS!

The courtyard of the house in Schöneberger Straße 19 in Berlin-Kreuzberg where on October 12, 1847 Werner Siemens and Johann Georg Halske opened their first workshop as “Telegraphen Bau-Anstalt Siemens & … Continue reading

October 12, 2016 · 2 Comments

WITTENBERGPLATZ GOES JUNCTION – WILMERSDORF GOES UNDERGROUND

The image below presents U-Bahnhof Wittenbergplatz in its second, improved version (the original one dated back to 1902) – first created and then re-designed by the master architect of Berlin´s … Continue reading

October 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN BERLIN: CENTRAL-DIAKONISSENHAUS-BETHANIEN

On October 10, 1847 – exactly 169 years ago today – one of Berlin´s oldest hospitals and Kreuzberg´s most famous squatter site (now an art and culture centre), Bethanien Krankenhaus, … Continue reading

October 10, 2016 · 3 Comments

ICH WILL EIN´ BERLINER

A scene at a Berlin bakery: Client: “I´d like a Berliner, please.” Bakery shop-assistant (bored bordering on irritated): “Then turn around and just pick one…”   A doughnut is known … Continue reading

October 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

DREAM OF A BETTER LAND: THE BIRTH OF EAST GERMANY AS A STATE

On October 7, 1949 the Provisorische Volkskammer, or Provisional People´s Chamber, German political authority within the Soviet occupation zone, announced the constitution of the Deutsche Demokratische Republik, better known as East … Continue reading

October 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: “STAY SPECIAL” 

Spotted on the northern facade of Marheineke Markthalle in Zossener Straße in Kreuzberg. 

October 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW ABOUT BERLIN: EAST GERMANY IN CALIFORNIA

Did you know that the longest stretch of the original Berlin Wall outside of Germany can be found in California? Ten authentic wall segments were placed along Wilshire Boulevard in … Continue reading

October 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

WHO´S THE BIRTHDAY KID or HAPPY BIRTHDAY BERLIN´S FERNSEHTURM

It seems that all that Re-Unification Day celebrations made us forget another very important event that took place on October 3: on that day in 1969 Berlin´s most recognisable symbol, … Continue reading

October 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

WHY IS OCTOBER 3 A NATIONAL HOLIDAY IN GERMANY?

On August 22, 1990 the Volkskammer, East German Parliament with its seat in the Palast der Republik, a forever-mourned masterpiece of East-German architecture demolished in 2006-2008 (its site is currently … Continue reading

October 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

OLD BERLIN DEPARTMENT STORES: JANDORF´S IN ROSENTHALER VORSTADT

Warenhaus am Weinberg, or Kaufhaus Jandorf in Brunnenstraße as it is known today, was the third out of six department stores opened in Berlin by Abraham Adolf Jandorf (the last … Continue reading

October 1, 2016 · 1 Comment

BERLIN BRUSH STROKES: THE ARTIST, HIS BIKE AND BERLIN

  Today´s Berlin Brushstrokes picture is “Gleisdreieck” (after a large inner-city Berlin railway junction and the scene of the 1908 railway accident described in our previous post) a lithographic print … Continue reading

September 28, 2016 · 2 Comments

HERR TIETZ AND HIS GLOBE WAR

Warenhaus Tietz in Leipziger Straße 46-49 opened on September 26, 1900 (exactly 116 years ago) as the first Tietz department store in Berlin. Designed by the architect bureau of Lachmann … Continue reading

September 26, 2016 · 3 Comments

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, NEPTUNE – BBC RADIO ON BERLIN CELESTIAL DISCOVERY

Trust the BBC Radio to provide you with the perfect thing to listen on a Saturday morning. Our last post about the discovery of the planet Neptune, first spotted on … Continue reading

September 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: NEPTUNE SEEN FROM KREUZBERG

Did you know that exactly 170 years ago today no other place on Earth was closer to stars than Berlin? It was here that Johann Gottfried Galle, German astronomer who … Continue reading

September 23, 2016 · 1 Comment

EVERYTHING YOU NEVER KNEW YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT BERLIN

Get your little treasure-trove of Berlin facts, secrets and anecdotes, or everything you never knew you wanted to know about Berlin, now: Notmsparker´s Berlin Companion By Notmsparker, the author of … Continue reading

September 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

BERLIN´S TWILIGHT, BERLIN´S DAWN

H.G. Wells, the author of “The Time Machine”, once said that “the past is the beginning of the beginning and all that is and has been is but the twilight … Continue reading

September 22, 2016 · 2 Comments

FROM GAS TO WATER

Englisches Gasanstalt, the first gasworks built and opened in Berlin in 1826 by Imperial-Continental-Gas-Association, captured in 1928 on a bird´s-view photo of Kreuzberg. After WWII the site became home to … Continue reading

September 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

BERLIN PAST: “KOTTBUSSER TOR” STATION IN 1904

  The original Hochbahn (elevated railway) Station “Kottbusser Tor” in 1904. It was demolished in 1928 and built anew at its current location approximately 100 m further west of the original … Continue reading

September 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: BRIGHT CITY (GAS) LIGHTS

Did you know that Berlin´s gas street illumination had its debut exactly 190 years ago today? On September 19, 1826 the English gasworks established south of Hallesches Tor in today´s … Continue reading

September 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

FLY BERLIN: ORVILLE GOES HIGHER

On September 18,1909 Orville Wright,  who like his brother Wilbur, flew their self-designed aircraft, Wright Model A biplane, beat the world altitude record at the airfield Tempelhofer Feld in Berlin.  … Continue reading

September 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

VOTE OR KEEP QUIET – IT IS TIME TO CHOOSE

  September 18 is the election day in Berlin. In fact, we are talking about two different votes that Berlin residence are called to participate in. Why two? Because Germany´s … Continue reading

September 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: KLOSTERKIRCHE 

The shadow of a hypnotising art installation at Berlin’s 13th-century Klosterkirche. You will find both the church and the rustling artwork in Klosterstraße, right opposite the northern exit of U2 … Continue reading

September 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

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