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Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin

Protected: DO NOT BLAME IT ON THE EAST: THE METAMORPHOSES OF ALEXANDERPLATZ

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Protected: EVERYBODY KNOWS ALEX – THE NOW AND THEN OF ALEXANDERPLATZ

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BERLIN 1928: SIX GENTLEMEN GET ON STAGE

In August 1928 an unknown but promising Berlin sextet, Melody Makers, signed a contract for performing at the Großes Schauspielhaus, a grand revue theatre on Schiffbauerdamm (after the Second World … Continue reading

Sep 28, 2020

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: WHAT’S IN THE NAME?

Did you know that in German sign language Berlin is symbolised by a bear’s ear? Even though, contrary to popular belief, the city’s name was not inspired by any large … Continue reading

Sep 14, 2020 · 2 Comments

Protected: TODAY IN BERLIN: THE FIRST TO GO – DOROTHY THOMPSON’S EXPULSION FROM BERLIN AND NAZI GERMANY

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BEES IN THE CITY

Did you know that Berlin is home to as many as 11,000 different bee colonies comprising some 500 million honeybees (mostly two sorts: Carnica and Buckfast)? Over 1,200 Imker or … Continue reading

May 20, 2020

TODAY IN BERLIN: THE LICHTERFELDE TRAM

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, 2020 · 3 Comments

Protected: TODAY IN BERLIN: THE 1962 DYSENTERY EPIDEMIC OR RUHRGEBIET AT THE SPREE

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, VIKTORIAPARK MEMORIAL!

On March 30, 1821 – the seventh anniversary of the Prussian charge of Montmartre and the conquest of Paris, which unavoidably triggered Napoleon’s demise – King Friedrich Wilhelm III arrived … Continue reading

Mar 30, 2020 · 1 Comment

Protected: DID YOU KNOW ABOUT BERLIN: THE KID IN TOWN

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Dec 6, 2019

CEMETERY GATES: LESSONS FROM THE DEAD

Everybody loves a holiday. For most people Christmas seems to be when their year “peaks” – it is their favourite time of all seasons. I belong to a much smaller … Continue reading

Nov 1, 2019 · 1 Comment

Protected: SOMETHING’S RISING IN THE EAST or LONG LIVE BERLIN’S FERNSEHTURM!

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BERLIN PAST: ALEXANDERPLATZ 1931

Alexanderplatz in September 1931, seen from the top of Georgenkirche (damaged during the Second World War and demolished later).Friedrich Seidenstücker, the photographer, captured Peter Behrens’s Alexanderhaus (left) and Berolinahaus (right) … Continue reading

Sep 22, 2019

Protected: TREES IN THE CITY

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Protected: BERLIN INVENTIONS: SAFELY AFLOAT

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Jun 17, 2019

NEITHER HEAVEN NOR HELL: EAST BERLIN EXHIBITION AT EPHRAIM PALAIS

How do you tell a story of a vanished city in thousand objects? Or in a thousand words? It seems impossible yet we always try. The task appears easier if … Continue reading

Jun 3, 2019 · 4 Comments

Protected: HOLDING ON: THE STORY BEHIND ONE BERLIN BALCONY RAILING

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May 18, 2019

THE LADY ON THE WALL: THE STORY OF BERLIN’S STATUE OF LIBERTY

After Checkpoint Charlie – a border crossing between East and West Berlin on the corner of Friedrichstraße and Kochstraße – was closed down in 1989, crowds of people from both … Continue reading

May 13, 2019

STOKING THE FIRE: THE BOOK BURNING OF 1817 AND 1933

On May 10 1933 in fifty German cities Nazi-supporting students burnt over 20,000 books picked up from university and public libraries – books they considered un-German and thus unwished. The … Continue reading

May 10, 2019 · 1 Comment

BLACK HOLES IN WIDE OPEN SPACES: 1933 MAY DAY ON TEMPELHOFER FELD

Anyone who enters Berlin’s Tempelhofer Feld, now the famous Berlin park and formerly an even more famous Berlin airport, knows this feeling well: the incredible vast space opening before you … Continue reading

May 7, 2019

Protected: DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: U5 TO PARADISE

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May 3, 2019

THE “DACHGARTEN”

Here is a typical Berlin Balkonia, little man’s and woman’s green paradise, in its rooftop edition: as a small garden and a chicken-pen.   This model example of self-sufficiency was … Continue reading

Apr 30, 2019

Protected: BEER AND WATER IN WEIßENSEE

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Protected: DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: LOVE LETTERS

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Mar 26, 2019

SICK CITY: BERLIN ON MARCH 11, 1933

On March 11th 1933 Jewish doctors and registrars (junior doctors) working at the 3rd Municipal Hospital Am Urban in Kreuzberg were attacked, beaten up and banned from ever returning to … Continue reading

Mar 11, 2019 · 4 Comments

Protected: DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: SECRET BOTANICAL GARDEN

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Mar 3, 2019

Protected: Did You Know That About Berlin: Of Ashes and Tunnels

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Protected: THE GODDESS RETURNS. BEROLINA’S COME-BACK TO ALEXANDERPLATZ

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IRMA’S CAMERA: BERLIN IN JULY 1953

Irma Luise was a well-to-do American and an amateur photographer who arrived in West Berlin in July 1953. Her camera, loaded with Kodachrome film, allowed her to capture street scenes … Continue reading

Dec 5, 2018 · 2 Comments

Protected: ELISABETH AND SHOTS IN THE HASENHEIDE

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BERLIN PAST: BORSIG IN MOABIT

Villa Borsig in Berlin-Moabit in a neighbourhood known as Westfälisches Viertel. Built in 1849 for August Borsig in what is now Elberfelder Straße, the grand mansion was erected on Borsig’s … Continue reading

Nov 19, 2018 · 1 Comment

Protected: ACHTUNG, ACHTUNG! HIER SPRICHT BERLIN! STORY OF THE FIRST GERMAN RADIO BROADCAST

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Oct 29, 2018

WHEN GÖRLI WAS A BAHNHOF: THE STORY OF A VANISHED STATION

Many places in Berlin continue to exist today in nothing but curious, often old-fashioned names. Gone is the ski-jump which was the namesake for Zehlendorf’s Sprungschanzestraße; gone the vineyards and … Continue reading

Sep 13, 2018 · 8 Comments

Protected: FIGHTING TOOTH AND NAIL or THE HINDENBURG FROM KÖNIGSPLATZ

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Protected: THE KAISER AND THE WIRELESS

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TAKE ME TO THE RIVER

  Here is a small section of a wonderful 1910 Straube’s Berlin map. As you can see today’s #Badeschiff – a popular river lido with an old sea-container submerged in … Continue reading

Aug 11, 2018 · 1 Comment

Protected: HAPPY BIRTHDAY KARSTADT AM HERMANNPLATZ!

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Jun 21, 2018

Protected: TODAY IN BERLIN: KAISERS IN THE STADIUM

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Jun 8, 2018

Protected: THE GOLDEN DAYS OF “MOKA EFTI”

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Protected: TODAY IN BERLIN: HAPPY BIRTHDAY LUISENSTÄDTISCHER KANAL!

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Protected: TODAY IN BERLIN: KARSTADT AM HERMANNPLATZ RETURNS

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Protected: DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: INGE WINS HANDS DOWN

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PANTA RHEI: OF MOVING AND RELOCATING IN BERLIN’S TIERGARTEN

  Wrangelbrunnen, a beautiful neo-classicist fountain designed by Hugo Hagen was unveiled in March 1877 at the no longer existing Kemperplatz in the Tiergarten (now more or less the large … Continue reading

Apr 23, 2018 · 3 Comments

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

Apr 13, 2018

Protected: DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: BAD LINDEN

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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

Apr 5, 2018

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

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Mar 22, 2018

Protected: DID YOU KNOW IT ABOUT BERLIN: BERLIN TWILIGHT

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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

Mar 7, 2018

Protected: THE BERLIN OF HERMANN BLANKENSTEIN

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