KREUZBERGED: BERLIN COMPANION

Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin

CHANCE ENCOUNTERS: HIDDEN BERLIN

Contrary to what we hear all too often these days – more as a warning than as a fact, I believe – Berlin still has its little secrets and surprises. … Continue reading

April 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: BAD LINDEN

Did you know that in the nineteenth century trees growing along Berlin’s main boulevard, Unter den Linden, were in such bad condition that even foreign newspapers complained about the disappointment? … Continue reading

April 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

SPRING IN BERLIN: “NOTMSPARKER’S SECOND BERLIN COMPANION”

One and a half years after the publication of my “Berlin Companion” I am very happy and proud to introduce Part II of the collection of fascinating tales, facts and … Continue reading

April 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: FIRST REGULAR TV BROADCAST IN HISTORY

Did you know that the first ever regular TV broadcast in the world started in Berlin on 22 March 1935? In fact, the “regular” part did not begin until three days … Continue reading

March 22, 2018 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW IT ABOUT BERLIN: BERLIN TWILIGHT

Did you know that on March 20 1935 all Berliners were called upon to participate in the first ever complete blackout exercise organised by the Nazi authorities in preparation for … Continue reading

March 20, 2018 · 6 Comments

A QUESTION OF TIME

Berlin of the 1980s was a magnet attracting new people, new bands, new artists. The city’s imperfection, its messiness, its open ends juxtaposed against the ultimate barrier, the Wall, running … Continue reading

March 7, 2018 · Leave a comment

THE BERLIN OF HERMANN BLANKENSTEIN

Here to pay honours to one of Berlin’s most important yet perhaps least publicly cherished architects, Hermann Blankenstein – whose buildings are so much part of the city’s tapestry that … Continue reading

March 6, 2018 · 2 Comments

UNREADY IN BERLIN

According to Karl Scheffler – and what must be the most often used Berlin quotation ever – Germany’s capital is “dazu verdammt, immerfort zu werden und niemals zu sein” (cursed … Continue reading

March 1, 2018 · 6 Comments

A LONG WAY TO THE DOM

Berliner Dom, designed by Julius Raschdorff and consecrated #OTD – February 27 – 1905 in the presence of Kaiser Wilhelm II and his wife, Kaiserin Auguste Viktoria. The 98-metre high … Continue reading

February 27, 2018 · 2 Comments

WHEN TANTE JU CAME A-FLYING

At 6.30 PM on February 20 1935 a Lufthansa machine, a by now legendary Junkers Ju52/3m also known as “Tante Ju” (Auntie Ju), landed in Berlin-Tempelhof after a same-day flight … Continue reading

February 21, 2018 · 5 Comments

KREUZBERGED & BERLIN COMPANION PROUDLY PRESENT: NEW AUDIO-TOUR OF BERLIN’S FIRST SECTION OF TODAY’S U-BAHN NETWORK, “TAKE THE U1 TRAIN”

  On this day, February 18 1902 the first #Hochbahn line, now #U1, opened for public service in Berlin: #Berlin U-Bahn network, the heart of #BVG (Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe or “Berlin … Continue reading

February 18, 2018 · 5 Comments

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BERLINER HOCHBAHN!

Berlin’s first U-Bahn line, which was, perhaps a bit confusingly, an elevated railway line, built by Siemens and Halske, opened to the public on 18 February 1902 at 5:25 AM. … Continue reading

February 15, 2018 · 3 Comments

Protected: SCHLUSS MIT LUSTIG: NAZI REFURBISHMENT OF BERLIN’S LUSTGARTEN

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Protected: TODAY IN BERLIN: FIRE AND FURY AT THE KROLL-OPERA

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BERLIN COMPANION: THE MAN IN THE HIGH TOWER

Hermann Henselmann is probably best known as the architect of the legendary Alexanderplatz edifice, Haus des Lehrers (a twelve-storey high-rise with an incredible mosaic, known as Bauchbinde,  or “The Cummerbund”, created by Walther … Continue reading

January 24, 2018 · 3 Comments

CAMERA OBSCURA: OLDEST PHOTOS OF BERLIN

    Those are two oldest existing photographs of Berlin: both made around 1840 (no exact dating is possible) by Wilhelm Helffter. Perhaps unsurprisingly, neither of the places captured by … Continue reading

January 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

BERLIN BRUSHES: GUSTAV WUNDERWALD

On this grey and gloomy day, a splash of colour straight from 1927: Gustav Wunderwald’s painting of the entrance to U-Bahnhof “Schönhauser Tor”. The station, part of the old Linie … Continue reading

January 12, 2018 · 1 Comment

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KURT TUCHOLSKY! or IGNAZ WROBEL HATH SPOKEN

  Happy birthday to Kurt Tucholsky, a brilliant writer, cabaret text author and critic! Born on January 9th 1890 in Lübecker Strasse 13 in Berlin-Moabit, he wrote under many interesting … Continue reading

January 9, 2018 · 1 Comment

Protected: OF THE RISE AND FALL OF “BERLINER ILLUSTRIRTE ZEITUNG”

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MEMORABLE THANKFULNESS – BERLIN’S DANKESKIRCHEN

  The image above presents the Dankeskirche (The Church of Thanks) designed by Berlin architect August Orth for Kaiser Wilhelm I and planned to be built on the border between … Continue reading

January 3, 2018 · 2 Comments

Protected: DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: HUT AB!

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December 31, 2017 · Enter your password to view comments.

CHRISTMAS EVE 2017 – TRIP TO BERLIN 1925

As the Kulturabteilung (Department of Culture) of UFA, legendary German film-production company celebrating its 100th birthday this year, released this film little did they know that it would become one … Continue reading

December 23, 2017 · 3 Comments

​CHRISTMAS IN BERLIN: DAY 3

This little boy carrying a Christmas tree was photographed by Willy Römer in December 1920. Perhaps even in Kreuzberg where the photographer lived at the time in a small flat … Continue reading

December 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

CHRISTMAS IN BERLIN: DAY 2 or BLOODY CHRISTMAS OF 1918

What should have been a truly Merry Christmas soon to be celebrated by the people gathered in front of Berlin’s Stadtschloß in 1918 became one of the bloodier chapters in … Continue reading

December 19, 2017 · 7 Comments

CHRISTMAS IN BERLIN: DAY 1

This week we will be presenting historical images of Berlin around and during Christmas time: how the city prepared for and celebrated the holiday, what traditions it followed and how … Continue reading

December 18, 2017 · 3 Comments

FROM PICCADILLY TO VATERLAND: THE STORY OF ONE HAUS AND ITS MANY NAMES

Did you know that the legendary Berlin entertainment venue, Haus Vaterland, which used to stand on the corner of Köthener Straße and Stresemannstraße in the old borough of Berlin-Kreuzberg, was … Continue reading

December 14, 2017 · 1 Comment

BERLIN BRUSHES: FRANZ SKARBINA’S CHRISTMAS MARKET

The painting we would like to introduce today is the 1892 “Berlin’s Christmas Market” by Franz Skarbina. The Christmas Market painted by the artist eight years before the end of … Continue reading

December 11, 2017 · 1 Comment

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: IMPRESSIONS FROM AN EXHIBITION AT BERLIN’S MUSEUM OF COMMUNICATION

 The latest results of research into our nightlife behaviour are merciless: around 40% of all Europeans, children included, suffer from some sort of sleep anomaly. Living in a world where … Continue reading

December 7, 2017 · 2 Comments

SPORT IM BILD

Although aimed primarily at the upper classes in Berlin and Vienna, German-Austrian magazine “Sport in Bild”, owned since 1909 by a Berlin press house August Scherl in what was known … Continue reading

December 5, 2017 · Leave a comment

Protected: TODAY IN BERLIN: THE THREE-WHEELED WONDER FROM SPANDAU

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AFTER TOTENSONNTAG: A CEMETARY WALK

Did you know that no fewer than 28 members of the Mendelssohn family are buried at one of the old cemeteries between Mehringdamm, Zossener Straße, Blücherstraße and Baruther Straße in … Continue reading

November 27, 2017 · 1 Comment

Protected: THE GHOST OF “BERLIN”: THE OLD AEROPLANE FROM THE TEGEL AIRPORT

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Protected: THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF STROUSBERG

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RINGBAHN: 140 AND STILL GOING STRONG

#OTD 1877, exactly 140 years ago today, the circular railway line, Berlin´s “Ringbahn“, was completed by closing the circle. The first leg of the project, its eastern section from Moabit … Continue reading

November 15, 2017 · 3 Comments

THE KLINGELBRÜCKE OR WHY IT PAYS TO READ FONTANE

In November 1872 Theodor Fontane – journalist, author, glorious hypochondriac and Berlin´s most famous ex-apothecary (he worked, among others, in the hospital pharmacy at the Bethanien Hospital in Kreuzberg) – … Continue reading

November 14, 2017 · 4 Comments

BERLIN´S LA-LA-LAND or THE CITY´S OTHER OPERA HOUSES

Famously, Berlin has three renowned opera houses: the newly re-opened Staatsoper, the Deutsche Oper and the Komische Oper (there is also a wonderful vagabond phenomenon known of as the Kiez … Continue reading

November 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

Protected: HERR MENDELSSOHN IN LONDON OR SPRING IN CAMBERWELL GREEN

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Protected: BACK TO FRONT AT THE SCHLOßPLATZ: THE NEPTUNBRUNNEN

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BERLIN BRUSHES: PENNELL´S LEIPZIGER PLATZ

Behold Warenhaus Wertheim in Leipziger Platz – famous Berlin department store whose remains were removed after WWII – here on Joseph Pennell´s 1921 lithography. An interesting fact: the section of … Continue reading

October 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

WHICH WAY TO SPITTELMARKT?

Welcome to Spittelmarkt, a central Berlin plaza in today´s Mitte, here seen from Leipziger Straße in 1904. #OTD 1900 traffic census carried out there rendered following results: between 6 AM … Continue reading

October 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN BERLIN: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BETHANIENHAUS AT MARIANNENPLATZ!

On October 10, 1847 – exactly 170 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, 2017 · 3 Comments

LAST TRAM TO HAKENFELDE: THE END OF WEST BERLIN´S NETWORK

Depending on the criteria and personal preferences, the history of the electric street-tram began either in Russia in a small seaside town of Sestroretsk near Sankt Petersburg in 1880 or in … Continue reading

October 2, 2017 · 5 Comments

Protected: BERLIN´S MÜHLENDAMM – OF MILLS, LOCKS AND BRIDGES

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Protected: TODAY IN BERLIN: SEPTEMBER 19, 1826 – ENGLISCHE GASANSTALT IN GITSCHINER STRAßE

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NO TRAINS GO BUT YOU DO – A WALKING MAP OF BERLIN PUBLIC TRANSPORT NETWORK

Everybody knows and dreads the moment: the loudspeaker voice on your U-Bahn or S-Bahn platform makes the announcement, “Due to technical problems/medical intervention/wild ponies rambling freely on the tracks, train … Continue reading

September 19, 2017 · 3 Comments

NIGHTS AT THE “CAFE NATIONAL”

“Cafe National” on the corner of Friedrichstraße No. 76 and Jägerstraße in Berlin-Mitte (quite obviously a collage, which explains an amusing proportion-ratio between various objects). The place was once famous … Continue reading

September 16, 2017 · 1 Comment

Protected: ONCE UPON A TIME AT THE KADEWE

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A BRIDGE BETWEEN TWO WORLDS

The 138-metre long and 27-metre wide Hindenburgbrücke – first steel-arch bridge in Berlin, designed by Friedrich Krause and his colleagues Behner, Wolffenstein and Kalb, opened on 11 September 1916, exactly … Continue reading

September 11, 2017 · 3 Comments

Protected: YOU ARE HERE: BERLINER DOM

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BERLIN QUOTE: ADOLF HEILBORN

“And I am thinking about how each return to Berlin made my heart beat faster. How blessed I felt as a child when after four weeks of holidays I finally … Continue reading

August 30, 2017 · 3 Comments

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