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Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin

DÖBLIN OF ALEXANDERPLATZ

Today let us have a look at a wonderful poster for the 1931 film adaptation of Alfred Döblin´s “Berlin Alexanderplatz”, the first German “Großstadtroman” (urban novel) and still the leading … Continue reading

June 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

REQUIEM FOR GUSTAV WUNDERWALD

June 24 marks the day when Berlin lost one of its best painters of the pre-WWII era: in 1945 63-year-old Gustav Wunderwald died in the Hedwig-Krankenhaus in Charlottenburg as a … Continue reading

June 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

WHERE IS KARSTADT AM HERMANNPLATZ? or THE TALE OF TWO BOROUGHS

Contrary to common belief, Karstadt am Hermannplatz – or Karstadt Neukölln as it is sometimes called on old postcards – is not actually a part of Neukölln. It was originally … Continue reading

June 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KARSTADT AM HERMANNPLATZ! THE STORY OF ONCE THE BIGGEST DEPARTMENT STORE IN EUROPE

Built between 1927 and 1929 as the biggest department store in Europe, Karstadt designed by Philip Schaefer was a colossus and a beauty in one. With its 70,000 m2, seven … Continue reading

June 21, 2017 · 4 Comments

THE THIEF, THE SPY AND THE PRINTER: HERR DANNENBERGER´s ENGLISH AFFAIR

On June 19, 1816 a successful Berlin entrepreneur was granted a patent for a cylinder printing machine for textiles. Nothing special, you could say. After all, at the time Berliners … Continue reading

June 19, 2017 · 1 Comment

HITLER´S VOLKSHALLE AND THE AIR THAT WE BREATHE

79 years ago, on June 14 1938, Albert Speer, the court architect of the Nazi Führer, reported to his supervisor that the construction works on the site of Hitler´s future … Continue reading

June 14, 2017 · 2 Comments

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: THE POPE´S REVENGE

On this day, June 12, in 1987 the US President Ronald Reagan visited West Berlin and made his eponymous Berlin speech – one usually put on a par with JFK´s … Continue reading

June 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN BERLIN: HERR GALLE AND THE CELESTIAL MECHANICS

Did you know that nearly 171 years ago, on September 23, 1846, no other place on Earth was closer to stars than Berlin? It was here that Johann Gottfried Galle, … Continue reading

June 9, 2017 · 3 Comments

TODAY IN BERLIN: JUNE 7 1802 or LITTLE SPOTS IN HISTORY

Four years ago my eldest son had chicken pox. We did not need to take him to any of the so called “chicken pox parties” (not that it would have … Continue reading

June 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

BACK TO FRONT AT THE BERLINER STADTSCHLOß

Did you know that the original Berliner Stadtschloß, the Royal City-Palace which stood where the replica of the edifice is being erected at the moment, had approximately 1,210 rooms? However, … Continue reading

June 3, 2017 · 2 Comments

UNDER ANY OTHER NAME

Today a little teaser. Behold the 1788 painting by Carl Traugott Fechhelm called “Blick auf den Friedrichstädtischen Markt”. What is “Friedrichstätischer Markt”, you might wonder. And why does it look … Continue reading

June 1, 2017 · 2 Comments

TODAY IN BERLIN: 1725 THE OPENING OF BERLIN´S FRENCH ORPHANAGE

On this day in 1725 Berlin´s growing but impoverished Huguenot community – invited to settle in Brandenburg by the Great Elector´s 1685 Edict of Potsdam and then still called Réfugiés … Continue reading

May 31, 2017 · Leave a comment

HERKULESBRÜCKE: A TALE OF THREE BRIDGES AND FOUR STONE HEROES

Out the 36 bridges spanning Berlin´s Landwehrkanal today, Herkulesbrücke (Hercules Bridge) ranks pretty low on the beauty scale. German word schlicht – plain, unostentatious, unadorned – often used to describe … Continue reading

May 30, 2017 · 2 Comments

YOU ARE HERE: ROSENTHALER PLATZ, BERLIN-MITTE

Originally posted on KREUZBERGED BERLIN:
Here is a wonderful photo of the Platz vor dem Rosenthaler Thor (Rosenthaler Platz today) in Berlin-Mitte, photographed in 1890 by F.A. Schwartz. A careful…

May 27, 2017 · 2 Comments

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

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

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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

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

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May 16, 2017 · Enter your password to view comments.

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

Protected: TODAY IN BERLIN: FIRST ELECTRIC TRAM IN HISTORY

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

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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

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

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Protected: BUILDING THE SUSPENSE or WHY BERLIN HAS NO SCHWEBEBAHN

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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

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

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April 25, 2017 · Enter your password to view comments.

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

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April 24, 2017 · Enter your password to view comments.

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

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April 23, 2017 · Enter your password to view comments.

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 · 7 Comments

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

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Protected: BAD LINDEN FROM UNTER DEN LINDEN

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April 11, 2017 · Enter your password to view comments.

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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March 9, 2017 · Enter your password to view comments.

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

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