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Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin

BOATING ON THE SPREE IN AUGUST 1918

​The photo above is a 1918 view of the Spree and of the Treptower Park from the Abteilbrücke (Abbey Bridge), known today as the Bridge of Hearts (in the DDR … Continue reading

May 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

THE LAST MEETING OF THE TSAR, THE KING AND THE KAISER

The no longer exisiting Anhalter Bahnhof, whose crippled front entrance still holds eerie sway over Stresemannstrasse (former Königgratzer Strasse and then Saarlandstrasse) – looking quite Harry Potter-esque, as if magic … Continue reading

May 21, 2017 · 5 Comments

IS IT ART? NO, IT´S A POP-UP CHURCH! German Protestant Days 2017

Something is up right behind the remains of Berlin´s Anhalter Bahnhof in Kreuzberg. But what many people have been eyeing up suspiciously, half-expecting “something wicked this way to come” (and, honestly, can … Continue reading

May 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

​BALLAST OF A DIFFERENT SORT or WHAT ELSE LANDED NEAR OLD FLUGHAFEN TEMPELHOF 

Did you know that by 1937 almost 90 flights started and landed at the old Flughafen Tempelhof? Daily?  By then the only problem were noise and occasional crashing of a … Continue reading

May 16, 2017 · 1 Comment

BLACK FRIDAY IN BERLIN: BERLIN STOCK EXCHANGE 

​The building of Berlin Stock Exchange designed by Friedrich Hitzig and built 1857-1863 at Bruderstraße 25-26, at the Friedrichsbrücke, was the scene of two serious market crashes: the 1873 property … Continue reading

May 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN BERLIN: FIRST ELECTRIC TRAM IN HISTORY

On May 12th, 1881 the fast developing company originally registered under the name of Telegraphenbau Anstalt Siemens & Halske presented its latest and, for many one of their most important, invention to the … Continue reading

May 12, 2017 · 1 Comment

DO YOU KNOW THE COUNTRY WHERE THE CANNONS BLOOM? ERICH KÄSTNER READS HIS 1928 POEM

Erich Kästner, the only writer whose works were banned by the Nazis and who then witnessed the books being burnt during the May 10, 1933 Bücherverbrennung at Opernplatz in Berlin, … Continue reading

May 10, 2017 · 7 Comments

ONLY A PRELUDE: BOOK BURNING IN BERLIN

Little did Heinrich Heine know when in 1820 he penned the lines for his new play, Almansor: “That was but a prelude; where they burn books, they will burn people … Continue reading

May 10, 2017 · 4 Comments

DIE FESCHE MARLENE: DIETRICH´S CONCERT TOUR IN BERLIN MAY 3-6, 1960

The photo above, taken by a photo-journalist Harry Croner and now part of the Stadtmuseum Berlin image collection, shows the legendary Marlene Dietrich leaving the Titania-Palast in Berlin-Steglitz through the … Continue reading

May 3, 2017 · 4 Comments

KREUZBERG ON FIRE or WHERE IT ALL BEGAN: MAY 1 RIOTS ARE ABOUT TO HIT THE TOWN

Ask anyone in Berlin what they associate Kreuzberg with and they all – punks/hipsters (depending on the generation they represent), Turks/Poles/Spaniards, Schwaben, the French and Americans – are practically bound to name the following … Continue reading

April 30, 2017 · 1 Comment

BUILDING THE SUSPENSE or WHY BERLIN HAS NO SCHWEBEBAHN

Today, Berlin is known for its U-Bahn and S-Bahn network as well as its highly efficient system of buses, trams and ferries. But between 1907 and 1913 Berlin tested yet … Continue reading

April 28, 2017 · 1 Comment

SHAKE IT IN KREUZBERG: INTERNATIONAL DAY OF DANCE & MUSIC

For all those of you fond of prancing, swirling, jigging and skipping as well as learning what dancing means in other corners of the world and cultures – a treat. … Continue reading

April 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

TWO CONCRETE CADILLACS, A MAJA AND THE PYRAMID: 30 YEARS OF THE SKULPTURENBOULEVARD AT KU´DAMM

“The street is not a museum. It does not belong to a special group of art-experts. It belongs to all people.” This statement ended a 2011 Berliner Zeitung article about … Continue reading

April 25, 2017 · 1 Comment

Protected: SKATING WITH ERICH or WHATEVER HAPPENED TO PALAST DER REPUBLIK

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Protected: LIGHTS OUT AT ERICHS LAMPENLADEN: The story of East Berlin´s Palast der Republik

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SCHÖNHAUSER CORNER HISTORY

Today´s photo shows one of the best known junctions in the former East Berlin borough of Prenzlauer Berg (now a locality in Pankow) as it was in 1960. With Kastanienallee … Continue reading

April 19, 2017 · 4 Comments

Protected: THE POLISH COUNT, THE GERMAN REICHSTAG AND THE ITALIAN MADONNA

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BAD LINDEN FROM UNTER DEN LINDEN

On September 5, 1874 an American daily “The Chicago Tribune” published a long article written by their special correspondent in Berlin whose name is only signalled as “J. M.” Here … Continue reading

April 11, 2017 · 1 Comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: I HEART U6

Declaration of love for Berlin´s north-south U-Bahn line shouted out lout on the windows of Max Taut´s 1933 Retail Co-op Department Store at Oranienplatz in Berlin-Kreuzberg SW61.

March 29, 2017 · 2 Comments

Street Signs of Berlin

Originally posted on Berlin Typography:
Is there anything that defines a city more comprehensively – and more subtly – than the simple street sign? As essential way-finding artefacts for pedestrians…

March 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

Protected: SPRING IN BERLIN: TREES IN THE CITY

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March 27, 2017 · Enter your password to view comments.

THE KAISER AND THE BAD SEEDS

Berlin is a city on the move. Like the people who live here it is permanently restless, forever going somewhere but never really getting there, its roots never reach deep … Continue reading

March 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN BERLIN: NIGHT IN KREUZBERG

March 19, 2017 · 4 Comments

Apothekes of Berlin

Originally posted on Berlin Typography:
Within each Berlin locality – those larger regions that give the city its basic administrative structure – one finds a series of less formally-defined Kieze.…

March 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

NOTMSPARKER AT BERLIN´S U-BAHN MUSEUM

After months of planning and many failed attempts we finally managed to visit Berlin´s U-Bahn Museum located at U-Bhf Olympia-Stadion in Rossiter Weg 1, Berlin-Charlottenburg. The museum, opened in 1997 … Continue reading

March 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

GOOD FILM – BAD FILM or ONLY TIME CAN TELL

Today, a quote from a film review published by “Berliner Börsen-Courier” (the evening edition) on March 11, 1927: “Thea von Harbou invented an impossible plot over-stuffed with themes and stories … Continue reading

March 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Protected: THE KAISER IS DEAD, LONG LIVE THE KAISERS!

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HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN´S DAY!

The photo below was taken on March 19, 1911 in Berlin, on the eastern side of the Garnisonskirche in Berlin-Kreuzberg, at a roundabout known today as Südstern. The marching women … Continue reading

March 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

TAKE THE U1 TRAIN – SUNDAY AUDIO-JOURNEY WITH WALRUS AND I

I am very happy and proud to announce that the latest podcast from our friend at “Walrus and the Bear” – a podcast about our favourite Berlin U-Bahn line, U1 … Continue reading

March 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

HISTORY THAT MAKES YOU STUMBLE: FABRIKAKTION AND OSTTRANSPORTE IN 1943

February 27, 1943 in Berlin marked the beginning of what came to be known as Fabrikaktion (Großaktion Juden was the name implemented by the Nazi administration and its minions). This … Continue reading

February 27, 2017 · 4 Comments

GLEISDREIECK: WHERE DREAMS COME TRUE

Most of our regular readers would probably know that next to peace on Earth, democracy and education for all, we have only one wish that falls into the same “Nice-but-Unlikely” … Continue reading

February 25, 2017 · 1 Comment

SAFE HARBOUR: URBANHAFEN

On February 23, 1888 Berlin´s “Magistrat”, the city administration, decided to build a new inner harbour to take in an increasingly big volume of traffic on the city´s waterways. The … Continue reading

February 23, 2017 · 2 Comments

SPOTTED IN PASSING: MORTIZPLATZ in 1947/1948

A screenshot from Billy Wilder´s 1948 film “A Foreign Affair” showing an aerial image of Mortizplatz and the ruins of Wertheim Department Store where the popular city garden, Prinzessinnengarten, is … Continue reading

February 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

BERLIN TUNES: “ES MUßTE FRÜHLING SEIN” (1939)

“It ought to be spring”, composed in the 1930s by Franz Doelle and Bruno Balz, was featured in a 1939 film “Morgen werde ich verhaftet” (I´ll be arrested tomorrow) directed … Continue reading

February 20, 2017 · 1 Comment

THE TRAIN, THE CHURCH AND THE BRIDGE: BERLIN’S WESTERN ELEVATED RAILWAY CORE LINE

Hochbahn (Elevated Railway) viaduct on the Westliche Stammstrecke, the western section of Berlin’s original elevated and underground line, opened in March 1902 (line U2 today). The Eastern Core Line opened … Continue reading

February 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

BERLIN´S HOCHBAHN TURNS 115!

After nearly six years of construction and over a decade-long tug-of-war with various authorities, on February 18, 1902 Berlin´s first electric and predominantly elevated city railway opened for service. The … Continue reading

February 18, 2017 · 3 Comments

THE LATE FLIGHT: TWO FLUGHÄFEN TEMPELHOF

Berlin´s most famous airport, Zentralflughafen Tempelhof, designed by Ernst Sagebiel (the architect of Görling´s Luftfahrtministerium in Wilhelmstraße, now the Federal Ministry of Finance) and built by the Nazis in 1936-1941, … Continue reading

February 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

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, 2017 · 3 Comments

EVERYTHING IS SOMEWHERE: OLD CELLARS UNDER THE DEATH STRIP

While construction works for a new residential building on the corner of Luckauer Strasse and Sebastianstraße in Kreuzberg are picking up the pace, workers have unsealed the old cellars of … Continue reading

February 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

BERLIN QUOTE: JULES HURET

“In Munich it is customary to comment about those born in the Prussian capital: ‘One has to be born somewhere after all… that one is from Berlin…’ The Germans refuse, … Continue reading

February 9, 2017 · 4 Comments

SESAME OPEN or INSIDE THE SPREETUNNEL IN STRALAU

Now and then a miracle happens and your wish is granted without you having to sell your soul (or your kidney) for it. Having written about the old tram tunnel … Continue reading

February 7, 2017 · 1 Comment

BISMARCK IN KU´DAMM: BRIEF HISTORY OF BERLIN´S GREATEST WESTERN BOULEVARD

Next to Unter den Linden and Friedrichstraße, Kurfürstendamm, or Elector´s Causeway, is one of the best known streets in Germany´s capital. In fact, after 1961 and the division of Berlin, … Continue reading

February 6, 2017 · 4 Comments

ALTERNATIVE FACTS AD 1933

On January 30, 1933,  Reichspräsident Hindenburg signed the official document naming Adolf Hitler,  “that little Bohemian corporal”,  the new Chancellor of the German Reich.  To celebrate, a torch parade of … Continue reading

January 30, 2017 · 2 Comments

BERLIN BRUSHES: JULIUS GRAUMANN

One of the most cheerful 1920s paintings of Berlin, it is filled with a buttery-yellow light which turns the place into a fairy-tale it never was.

January 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

SHORT LIFE AND DEATH OF A BERLIN REVOLUTION: SPARTATAKUSAUFSTAND

On January 11, 1919 hell breaks loose in front of the building of Vorwärts, a newspaper run by SPD (Social Democratic Party) in Lindenstrasse 3 in Berlin-Kreuzberg. The building had … Continue reading

January 5, 2017 · 7 Comments

WELCOME TO 2017: BERLIN LAKES ARE WAITING

So, Dear Reader, you are awake. But are you really REALLY awake? As awake as 20 members of Berlin´s winter swimming club, Berliner Seehunde (Seals) from the borough of Lichtenberg? … Continue reading

January 1, 2017 · 1 Comment

STROLLING IN THE NEW SUN – NOTMSPARKER´S NEW YEAR WISHES

To all of my Readers, wherever they are, who were following this blog with patience, passion and an unceasing wave of encouragement – Kreuzberged says a most heartfelt thank you! … Continue reading

December 31, 2016 · 6 Comments

BERLIN BRUSHES: OF DOGS, BRIDGES AND CATHEDRALS IN THE GARDEN

Here´s an interesting view towards Berlin´s Lustgarten engraved in 1780 by Johann Georg Rosenberg: on the left, the Zeughaus (the Armoury; today it houses the German Historical Museum); in the … Continue reading

December 27, 2016 · 2 Comments

LIGHT UP THE LIGHTS: IT´S CHRISTMAS IN BERLIN AND BEYOND

It´s Christmas Eve of 2016, one of the most difficult, confusing and hateful years Europe has lived through since the end of the Second World War. Certainly the most frightening, … Continue reading

December 24, 2016 · 3 Comments

SCHLEIERMACHERSTRAßE: THE MYSTERY OF THE MISSING HOUSE

Our street is a regular Kreuzberg 61 street, connecting two bigger thoroughfares: Gneisenaustraße and Blücherstraße. Technically seen. Seen practically, it joins Urbanstraße with Blücherstraße as well but that is another … Continue reading

December 22, 2016 · 5 Comments

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