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Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, NEPTUNE – BBC RADIO ON BERLIN CELESTIAL DISCOVERY

Trust the BBC Radio to provide you with the perfect thing to listen on a Saturday morning. Our last post about the discovery of the planet Neptune, first spotted on … Continue reading

September 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: NEPTUNE SEEN FROM KREUZBERG

Did you know that exactly 170 years ago today no other place on Earth was closer to stars than Berlin? It was here that Johann Gottfried Galle, German astronomer who … Continue reading

September 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

EVERYTHING YOU NEVER KNEW YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT BERLIN

Get your little treasure-trove of Berlin facts, secrets and anecdotes, or everything you never knew you wanted to know about Berlin, now: Notmsparker´s Berlin Companion By Notmsparker, the author of … Continue reading

September 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

BERLIN´S TWILIGHT, BERLIN´S DAWN

H.G. Wells, the author of “The Time Machine”, once said that “the past is the beginning of the beginning and all that is and has been is but the twilight … Continue reading

September 22, 2016 · 2 Comments

FROM GAS TO WATER

Englisches Gasanstalt, the first gasworks built and opened in Berlin in 1826 by Imperial-Continental-Gas-Association, captured in 1928 on a bird´s-view photo of Kreuzberg. After WWII the site became home to … Continue reading

September 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

BERLIN PAST: “KOTTBUSSER TOR” STATION IN 1904

  The original Hochbahn (elevated railway) Station “Kottbusser Tor” in 1904. It was demolished in 1928 and built anew at its current location approximately 100 m further west of the original … Continue reading

September 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: BRIGHT CITY (GAS) LIGHTS

Did you know that Berlin´s gas street illumination had its debut exactly 190 years ago today? On September 19, 1826 the English gasworks established south of Hallesches Tor in today´s … Continue reading

September 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

FLY BERLIN: ORVILLE GOES HIGHER

On September 18,1909 Orville Wright,  who like his brother Wilbur, flew their self-designed aircraft, Wright Model A biplane, beat the world altitude record at the airfield Tempelhofer Feld in Berlin.  … Continue reading

September 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

VOTE OR KEEP QUIET – IT IS TIME TO CHOOSE

  September 18 is the election day in Berlin. In fact, we are talking about two different votes that Berlin residence are called to participate in. Why two? Because Germany´s … Continue reading

September 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN BERLIN: THE FIRST UNDERGROUND RAILWAY TUNNEL IN GERMANY

Berlin can boast many inventions and innovations so it should come as no surprise that the first public underground railway line in Germany – the Treptow-Stralau street-tram – was installed … Continue reading

September 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: KLOSTERKIRCHE 

The shadow of a hypnotising art installation at Berlin’s 13th-century Klosterkirche. You will find both the church and the rustling artwork in Klosterstraße, right opposite the northern exit of U2 … Continue reading

September 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

THE LUMINOUS COSMOS OF ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLDT

Here´s a man who needs no introduction. In fact, it would be far easier to name the things Alexander von Humboldt did NOT do than to properly quote all of … Continue reading

September 14, 2016 · 1 Comment

MAN AT THE WALL – WATCH MICHAEL CAINE DURING THE FILMING OF “FUNERAL IN BERLIN”

Here is a fascinating account of the experience that filming his Berlin spy movie was for Michael Caine in 1966. It will take you from the strangely prosperous and carefree … Continue reading

September 13, 2016 · 2 Comments

TODAY IN BERLIN: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GÖRLITZER BAHNHOF!

On September 13, 1866, after more less a year of construction, the first train departed from the freshly completed Görlitzer Bahnhof, a large terminus railway station built in Berlin´s south … Continue reading

September 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN BERLIN: THE YOUNGEST GO TO SCHOOL

It is the Einschülungstag in Berlin today: all around the city all 6-year-olds and a handful of almost-7-year-olds, including my own wonderful twins, will officially join the primary-school pupils´ crew. … Continue reading

September 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

CALLING ON ALL BERLIN and KREUZBERGED FANS

Do not forget: if you are interested in learning more about Berlin and in finding answers to such tricky questions as “Where in Berlin can you walk on pig bellies … Continue reading

September 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

BERLIN PAST: THE BELL TOWER FROM DÖNHOFFPLATZ

Today´s photo, taken by Willy Pragher, a famous Berlin photo-journalist who beautifully documented both the pre- but also the post-WWII Berlin, presents a curious edifice which used to stand in … Continue reading

September 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

THE CITY FROM ABOVE: CHARLOTTENBURG

Although hardly anyone would admit it in public, Berlin´s twelve boroughs are often compared with each other and subsequently arranged into an (of course unofficial) ranking. Think of it as … Continue reading

September 8, 2016 · 2 Comments

BERLIN: LATE SUMMER SUN 

Good morning Berlin and Beyond! September means it well with us this year. If you’re planning to visit the city,  do it now to profit from the late summer vibe. … Continue reading

September 7, 2016 · 2 Comments

TODAY IN BERLIN: DEATH OF HANNS EISLER AND THE GDR NATIONAL ANTHEM

On September 6, 1962 East Berlin newspapers received the news of the death of Hanns Eisler, the composer of the East German national anthem. The artist, who worked with Bertold Brecht … Continue reading

September 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

STORIES FROM THE U-NDERGROUND: U7

Unbeknownst to many Berlin visitors, the popular subterranean U7 train line is the longest underground railway line in Germany´s capital. Its forty stations are placed along a 31.8-kilometre long tunnel, … Continue reading

September 5, 2016 · 2 Comments

SEPTEMBER ISSUE OF THE EXBERLINER: POLISH VIBE IN GERMAN CAPITAL

Today is a difficult day for Poland – September 1st marks the beginning of one of the most tragic chapters in the country´s history as well as in the history … Continue reading

September 1, 2016 · 2 Comments

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: PUMP UP THE VOLUME or NOISE WARS IN DIVIDED BERLIN

Did you know that between 1961 and 1965, both East and West Berlin used noise as a weapon against their controversial neighbours on the other side of the Wall? In … Continue reading

September 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: THE DEAD FROM POTSDAMER BAHNHOF

Anybody living in or visiting Berlin can see it – this is a city of railways. Whether running over or under the ground, at the street level or along viaducts … Continue reading

August 30, 2016 · 2 Comments

NOTMSPARKER MEETS SHAKESPEARE AND SONS

We are thrilled to announce that our new book is now available at one of Berlin´s most popular English bookshops, “SHAKESPEARE AND SONS”, in Warschauer Straße 74 in Berlin-Friedrichshain. The … Continue reading

August 29, 2016 · 2 Comments

BOOKWORMS OF THE WORLD UNITE

We are proud to announce that as of now our book, “Notmsparker´s Berlin Companion or I Didn´t Know That About Berlin” is available through the following online shops: berlinarium.bicartel.com (shipping … Continue reading

August 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

​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

“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 · 2 Comments

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

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