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Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin And Kreuzberg

​GARDENS GNOMES GO GREEN

Almost everyone in Berlin knows Kreuzberg’s Prinzessinnengarten: a community garden open to all those who are keen on planting and harvesting to their heart’s content but lack a private piece … Continue reading

August 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

BERLIN PAST: THE LAZY SUNBATHERS FROM KADEWE

Because it is such a beautiful sunny day in Berlin today: sunbathers enjoying the relaxed atmosphere and the view from the top of the KaDeWe (Kaufhaus des Westens) in Tauentzienstraße … Continue reading

August 26, 2016 · 2 Comments

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: THE HORSE-THIEF OF PARIS

Did you know that Brandenburger Tor, Berlin´s most famous sight and feature, admired by the majority of the 12 million guests visiting the city in a year (!), was once … Continue reading

August 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

BERLIN QUOTE

“A travelling Australian feels disappointed in Paris and Rome but in Berlin he finds the Melbourne of the continent.” (from the “Imperial Review”, 1883)      

August 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

KREUZBERGED´S FIRST BERLIN BOOK OUT NOW!

Dear Readers, the day has come at last – it might be a small step for the world of publishing (so small, in fact, it wouldn´t even budge) but a … Continue reading

August 24, 2016 · 2 Comments

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, PAUL NIPKOW or THE MAN WITH THE MAGIC DISC

August 22 marks the 156th birthday of Paul Julius Gottlieb Nipkow, one of the fathers of television and the inventor of a spiral-perforated disk which helped divide an image into … Continue reading

August 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

DAS IST MARLENE

Apart from being a cinema legend as well as the goddess of cool, the heroine of our one-but-last post happened to be a brilliant chanteuse, too. Here’s one of her … Continue reading

August 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

HOW TO KILL THE FÜHRER IN NUDE or YOU MUST REMEMBER MARLENE DIETRICH

The golden radio days might be over but the medium itself seems to be far from extinction. And what keeps it alive is, as with everything in our world, the … Continue reading

August 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

ABOUT (AND ROUND) THE LIFT: GERMAN PATERNOSTER LIFT

One of the best British newspapers, “The Guardian”, a daily with a soft spot for Berlin, has published an interesting article about Germany´s undying love of the paternoster.   The … Continue reading

August 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: FROM KREUZBERG WITH LOVE;-)

A little comment on the current mood in the city, spotted in Bergmannstraße in Kreuzberg:

August 17, 2016 · 1 Comment

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: Play It Again, Fritz

Did you known that the first tape recorder in history was a Berliner? Magnetophon K1, produced by the local company AEG, makers of many revolutionary pieces of electric equipment, made … Continue reading

August 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

“NOTMSPARKER´S BERLIN COMPANION or I DIDN´T KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN”

There have been many great books written about Berlin… but if you’ve been wanting to know more about the world’s greatest indoor helicopter flight, the time they built a second … Continue reading

August 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: DON´T SHOOT!

Bullet holes in the facade of a Mietshaus (rental block) spotted in passing in Zossener Straße, still visible 71 years after the end of the Second World War.)  

August 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

PACK DIE BADEHOSE EIN

Summer has just returned to Berlin and it is time to pack your swimming trunks, your bathing suit or whatever garments it is that you prefer when taking a dip … Continue reading

August 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: THE CITY GREEN

Did you know that after the Second World War many public spaces in Berlin such as parks (for example, the Tiergarten) or mid-strips of bigger thoroughfares were converted into small … Continue reading

August 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

HIGH IN HALENSEE

  The legendary Lunapark (Amusement Park) Halensee in Berlin photographed from above in the late 1920s.   The Lunapark was closed down by the Nazis, who despised its carefree atmosphere … Continue reading

August 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN BERLIN: VATER ZILLE IS DEAD

Heinrich Zille, the legendary Berlin character, illustrator and photographer, died on August 9, 1929. His works documenting the life of the poorest and of the lower classes in general, with … Continue reading

August 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

BERLIN IN 1936: From the archives of Lady Allen of Hurtwood

The images presented on the web page of the Modern Records Centre of the British University of Warwick are invaluable in that they show a much broader picture of the … Continue reading

August 6, 2016 · 2 Comments

THOMAS WOLFE AND THE 1936 BERLIN

The 1936 Olympic Games which took place in Berlin exactly 80 years ago went down in history as not only one of the biggest sports events ever (as well as … Continue reading

August 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: FROM MONUMENTENSTRASSE TO GROSSBEREENSTRASSE

Did you know that until August 2, 1864 Kreuzberg´s Großbeerenstraße, located north of Viktoriapark (there is another one in Mariendorf in Tempelhof-Schöneberg), was called Monumentenstraße? Confusing, if you consider the … Continue reading

August 3, 2016 · 2 Comments

HAPPY BIRTHDAY HERTHA BSC or HERTHA HITS THE WAVES

Hertha BSC, the biggest local football club whose heyday was in the 1930s, was born on a park bench in Arkonaplatz in the borough of Mitte. On July 25th, 1892 … Continue reading

July 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

HOT OVER THE COLLAR or HERR NIEMANN´S COOLING HAT

It´s a scorcher in Berlin today. By late afternoon the temperatures will reach around 31°C. You can either rely on air-conditioning, take a dip into one of Berlin´s numerous lakes … Continue reading

July 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

SIDE BY SIDE

Since the beginning of the 20th century, cycling has played a big part in the life of Berlin and Berliners. It still does: in Germany´s capital there are 721 bikes … Continue reading

July 21, 2016 · 1 Comment

TODAY IN BERLIN: OPERATION VALKYRIE FAILS

At around 7AM on July 20, 1944 Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg took off in a plane which was to take him from the military airfield in Rangsdorf to Hitler´s … Continue reading

July 20, 2016 · 2 Comments

BEST BIRTHDAY PRESENT EVER – KREUZBERGED GOES PAPER

Dear Readers,   We are proud to announce that after years of researching, months of writing and even more months of actually creating a physical book – a job done … Continue reading

July 18, 2016 · 6 Comments

TODAY IN BERLIN: JULY 18th, 1932 – THE AVIATRIX MARGA VON ETZDORF

On July 18th, 1932 Berlin´s old Flughafen Tempelhof (the new Zentralflughafen would only be built several years later) was filled with excited crowds awaiting the arrival of a very special … Continue reading

July 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: THE GHOST STATION FROM OBERBAUMBRÜCKE

Did you know that the old U-Bahnhof “Osthafen” at the northern end of Oberbaumbrücke in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg was the only Berlin U-Bahnhof never restored after 1945? Ironically, it was also one … Continue reading

July 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING IN 1986 BERLIN

Good morning, Berlin and Beyond! Greetings from the city where life goes on regardless – as this fantastic series of 1986 photos taken by Patrick Piel along the Berlin Wall … Continue reading

July 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN BERLIN: KÄTHE KOLLWITZ – THE ARTIST AND HER DEAD CHILDREN

Käthe Kollwitz, Berlin artist whose works like those of no other reflect the horrors and the suffering of the working-class families, especially mothers and children, in the so called “Golden … Continue reading

July 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN BERLIN: THE NAZI ATTACK ON JEWISH DOCTORS IN BERLIN

At 6 AM on July 7, 1933 – eighty three years ago – a group of Nazi-loyal Berlin physicians accompanied by members of Hitler´s secret police, Gestapo, entered the building … Continue reading

July 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

NOT ALL WAS GREY: EAST BERLIN THEN AND NOW

The “Berliner Morgenpost” continues its series of now-and-then photos of Berlin – this time it is East Berlin that gets its chance to compare the changes.   On a personal … Continue reading

July 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: BEWARE OF SHARP OBJECTS IN BERLIN

Spotted in passing in Karl-Liebknecht-Straße in Berlin-Mitte.

July 5, 2016 · 2 Comments

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: THE “OTHER” ZOO

Did you know that at 160 ha Berlin´s “other” zoo, Tierpark Berlin, which opened on July 2, 1955 in the former East Berlin, is the largest landscaped zoological garden in … Continue reading

July 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN BERLIN: THE 1922 BERLIN RINGBAHN CATASTROPHE

On Tuesday June 27, 1922 the whole of Berlin seemed to have been in turmoil: the German Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs in the Weimar Republic, who had been … Continue reading

June 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

KONRAD ZUSE BUILDS WORLD´S FIRST COMPUTER

Between 1936 and 1938 a young engineer named Konrad Zuse – who was born on this day in 1910 in Wilmersdorf and later lived with his family in Wrangelkiez in … Continue reading

June 22, 2016 · 4 Comments

TODAY IN BERLIN: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KARSTADT AM HERMANNPLATZ!

Exactly 87 years ago Rudolph Karstadt opened what was the largest in Europe department store in Berlin: a building so modern, so beautiful and so monumental that even almost 90 … Continue reading

June 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

FLY OVER BERLIN LIKE IT´S 1918: ON BOARD OF THE L35

The recent visit of the Uhrwerk-Ozean (Clockwork Ocean) Zeppelin in Berlin – which we announced on this blog three days ago with enough enthusiasm to keep the machine afloat in … Continue reading

June 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

FLY OVER BERLIN LIKE IT IS 1918: UP INT HE AIR ON BOARD OF THE L35

The recent visit of the Uhrwerk-Ozean (Clockwork Ocean) Zeppelin in Berlin – which we announced on this blog three days ago with enough enthusiasm to keep the machine afloat in … Continue reading

June 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

LAST MINUTE NEWS: ZEPPELIN OVER BERLIN

For those of you, lucky lucky readers, who happen to be in Berlin today, on June 16: brilliant news! If you look out of your window from more or less … Continue reading

June 16, 2016 · 1 Comment

TODAY IN BERLIN: THE DAY WHEN ANHALTER BAHNHOF OPENED

On June 15, 1880 crowds of Berliners made themselves on the way to Askanischer Platz in today´s Kreuzberg. They flocked in to witness the grand opening of one of the … Continue reading

June 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

RED ROSA´S LAST WALK

On June 1, 1919 a passer-by walking along Berlin´s Landwehrkanal discovers a corpse floating in the water: it is the body of Rosa Luxemburg, a famous communist activist and leader brutally … Continue reading

June 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

BERLNI BRUSHES: URY ON A RAINY DAY IN BERLIN

  Here is a perfect painting to go with this greyish and rather damp day in Berlin: Unter den Linden on a rainy day in the 1920s, painted by one … Continue reading

June 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

THE YOUNG HERR DOCTOR

  Two young doctors around 1910 at Krankenhaus am Urban, Alfred Döblin and Erna Reiss.   Their marriage meant that one of the two was obliged to give up their … Continue reading

June 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN BERLIN: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, URBAN KRANKENHAUS!

  The first patient checked in that day was a servant girl suffering from an unspecified lung condition. Her social position might have been low and herself insignificant but on … Continue reading

June 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

BERLIN PAST: THE SCISSORS GRINDER

One of the lost and long-forgotten professions – an itinerant scissors (or knife) grinder – in the streets of Berlin in 1904.

June 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

OF COWS AND KINGS – SHORT HISTORY OF VACCINATION IN BERLIN

King Friedrich Wilhelm III, who died exactly 176 years ago today, was the one to introduce smallpox inoculation (or “variolation” as it was known back then) to Prussia. Having lived … Continue reading

June 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: ROCK´N´ROLL IN THE SENATE

Did know that between 1979 and the end of the city´s division, West Berlin had a special senate commissioner for rock music, responsible for promoting young bands and musicians through … Continue reading

June 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: THE CORPSE TRAIN

Did you know that Waldfriedhof Stahnsdorf, located 35 kilometres south-west of Berlin´s centre and the biggest cemetery used by Germany´s capital is at the same time one of the biggest … Continue reading

June 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

TAMING OF THE STORM

  The heavy storm which hit Berlin yesterday evening left the city flooded, confused and forced to push trams in the streets, using their bare hands only. Perhaps you have … Continue reading

May 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

WHERE ON EARTH IS BLANKENFELDE?

If you are not from Berlin or are focused mainly on the city´s Western neighbourhoods (as, perhaps a bit sadly, often happens to be the case), you may very well find the … Continue reading

May 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

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