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Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin

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 · Leave a comment

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

KING FRIEDRICH´S POTATOES

Born on this day in 1712 Prussian king Friedrich II went down in history as Friedrich der Große, or Frederick the Great. Many of his deeds were memorable, some of … Continue reading

January 24, 2017 · 3 Comments

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

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SCHLEIERMACHERSTRASSE!

Schleiermacherstrasse seen from Gneisenaustrasse around 1899 Schleiermacherstrasse some 112 years later The street, officially named on December 22, 1875 (you can read more about it in one of the previous … Continue reading

December 22, 2016 · 3 Comments

BERLIN PAST: BLECHBAHN AT SÜDSTERN

Blechbahn (literally “tin train”) or tram Line 3 (Model T-24), here east of Südstern in Hasenheide Street (image through Drehscheibe Forum). The photo must have been taken before November 15, … Continue reading

December 15, 2016 · 3 Comments

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, U-BAHNHOF SÜDSTERN!

There it is: our favourite – since very much homebound – section of Berlin´s underground network is celebrating its 92nd birthday today. On December 14, 1924 the municipal subterranean line … Continue reading

December 14, 2016 · 1 Comment

“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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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