KREUZBERGED: BERLIN COMPANION

Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin

THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF STROUSBERG

The 1868 Villa Strousberg in Wilhelmstraße 70, also known as Palais Strousberg, was designed by August Orth for the then most successful Berlin entrepreneur and one of the most powerful … Continue reading

November 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

RINGBAHN: 140 AND STILL GOING STRONG

#OTD 1877, exactly 140 years ago today, the circular railway line, Berlin´s “Ringbahn“, was completed by closing the circle. The first leg of the project, its eastern section from Moabit … Continue reading

November 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

THE KLINGELBRÜCKE OR WHY IT PAYS TO READ FONTANE

In November 1872 Theodor Fontane – journalist, author, glorious hypochondriac and Berlin´s most famous ex-apothecary (he worked, among others, in the hospital pharmacy at the Bethanien Hospital in Kreuzberg) – … Continue reading

November 14, 2017 · 4 Comments

BERLIN´S LA-LA-LAND or THE CITY´S OTHER OPERA HOUSES

Famously, Berlin has three renowned opera houses: the newly re-opened Staatsoper, the Deutsche Oper and the Komische Oper (there is also a wonderful vagabond phenomenon known of as the Kiez … Continue reading

November 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

HERR MENDELSSOHN IN LONDON OR SPRING IN CAMBERWELL GREEN

Did you know that an exquisite piece of music by one of Berlin´s most famous artists, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy – a grandson of the heavyweight of German history, philosopher Moses … Continue reading

November 4, 2017 · 1 Comment

BACK TO FRONT AT THE SCHLOßPLATZ: THE NEPTUNBRUNNEN

Created by Reinhold Begas for the Berlin City Council (Magistrat), the magnificent Italian-style fountain known as Neptunbrunnen was unveiled on November 1, 1891 at Berlin´s Schloßplatz south of the Royal … Continue reading

October 27, 2017 · 7 Comments

BERLIN BRUSHES: PENNELL´S LEIPZIGER PLATZ

Behold Warenhaus Wertheim in Leipziger Platz – famous Berlin department store whose remains were removed after WWII – here on Joseph Pennell´s 1921 lithography. An interesting fact: the section of … Continue reading

October 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

WHICH WAY TO SPITTELMARKT?

Welcome to Spittelmarkt, a central Berlin plaza in today´s Mitte, here seen from Leipziger Straße in 1904. #OTD 1900 traffic census carried out there rendered following results: between 6 AM … Continue reading

October 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN BERLIN: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BETHANIENHAUS AT MARIANNENPLATZ!

On October 10, 1847 – exactly 170 years ago today – one of Berlin´s oldest hospitals and Kreuzberg´s most famous squatter site (now an art and culture centre), Bethanien Krankenhaus, … Continue reading

October 10, 2017 · 3 Comments

LAST TRAM TO HAKENFELDE: THE END OF WEST BERLIN´S NETWORK

Depending on the criteria and personal preferences, the history of the electric street-tram began either in Russia in a small seaside town of Sestroretsk near Sankt Petersburg in 1880 or in … Continue reading

October 2, 2017 · 5 Comments

BERLIN´S MÜHLENDAMM – OF MILLS, LOCKS AND BRIDGES

On September 25, 1894 Berlin celebrated the opening of the new Mühlendamm, a bridge and a weir spanning the River Spree, designed by Hermann Blankenstein under the supervision of James … Continue reading

September 25, 2017 · 3 Comments

TODAY IN BERLIN: SEPTEMBER 19, 1826 – ENGLISCHE GASANSTALT IN GITSCHINER STRAßE

What would we be without electric power and regular gas supplies? Permanently freezing, underfed, helpless babes in Nature´s woods with very limited access to internet social networks. It is indeed … Continue reading

September 19, 2017 · 2 Comments

NO TRAINS GO BUT YOU DO – A WALKING MAP OF BERLIN PUBLIC TRANSPORT NETWORK

Everybody knows and dreads the moment: the loudspeaker voice on your U-Bahn or S-Bahn platform makes the announcement, “Due to technical problems/medical intervention/wild ponies rambling freely on the tracks, train … Continue reading

September 19, 2017 · 3 Comments

NIGHTS AT THE “CAFE NATIONAL”

“Cafe National” on the corner of Friedrichstraße No. 76 and Jägerstraße in Berlin-Mitte (quite obviously a collage, which explains an amusing proportion-ratio between various objects). The place was once famous … Continue reading

September 16, 2017 · 1 Comment

ONCE UPON A TIME AT THE KADEWE

Last night #RBB (Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg) – for obvious reasons our favourite German TV station – treated its viewers to another episode of its highly appreciated documentary series Geheimnisvolle Orte (Secret, or … Continue reading

September 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

A BRIDGE BETWEEN TWO WORLDS

The 138-metre long and 27-metre wide Hindenburgbrücke – first steel-arch bridge in Berlin, designed by Friedrich Krause and his colleagues Behner, Wolffenstein and Kalb, opened on 11 September 1916, exactly … Continue reading

September 11, 2017 · 3 Comments

YOU ARE HERE: BERLINER DOM

On September 6, 1750 – exactly 267 years ago – the second Berliner Dom building was consecrated in Berlin´s Lustgarten: the building – ordered by King Friedrich II (Friedrich the … Continue reading

September 6, 2017 · 2 Comments

BERLIN QUOTE: ADOLF HEILBORN

“And I am thinking about how each return to Berlin made my heart beat faster. How blessed I felt as a child when after four weeks of holidays I finally … Continue reading

August 30, 2017 · 3 Comments

DO YOU SPEAK BERLINERISCH or SAY IT LIKE A LOCAL

Berliners are known for several things: their alleged surliness, talent for speaking in an almost incomprehensible metrolect and shooting cheeky ripostes as fast as Oscar Wild on his best nights. Pity those … Continue reading

August 27, 2017 · 8 Comments

NOTMSPARKER & BERLIN COMPANION RETURN

One of the best things about leaving Berlin and going on holidays is knowing that when those end, it is to Berlin that you will come back again – a … Continue reading

August 25, 2017 · 4 Comments

TIME TO TAKE A BOW: KREUZBERGED´S OUT FOR SUMMER

Right in time for my birthday – your truly has just reached a respectable age of 250% eighteen – the Facebook edition of this blog has officially broken the 5,000-followers … Continue reading

July 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

BERLIN´S VERBINDUNGSBAHN: LAST TRAIN TO THE PAST

Verbindungsbahn, a junction line connecting the main terminus railway stations of the Prussian capital, opened on September 15, 1851 as a product of desperate necessity. Berlin´s five main railway stations … Continue reading

July 17, 2017 · 2 Comments

BLITZ OVER KREUZBERG: ELECTOR JOACHIM AND THE FLOOD

Did you know that on July 15, 1525 – exactly 492 years ago – Brandenburg´s Elector Joachim I Nestor managed to make a complete fool of himself as well as … Continue reading

July 15, 2017 · 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

July 10, 2017 · 8 Comments

HERE COMES DICKE ICKE

Behold the new #BVG U-Bahn train which will join the city´s rolling stock in October 2017. And, as always with Berlin trains – whether #UBahn or #SBahn – you can … Continue reading

July 5, 2017 · 2 Comments

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

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

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

There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.

May 21, 2017 · Enter your password to view comments.

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 

There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.

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

There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.

May 12, 2017 · Enter your password to view comments.

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

There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.

May 10, 2017 · Enter your password to view comments.

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

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

There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.

April 30, 2017 · Enter your password to view comments.

Protected: BUILDING THE SUSPENSE or WHY BERLIN HAS NO SCHWEBEBAHN

There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.

April 28, 2017 · Enter your password to view comments.

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

There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.

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

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

There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.

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

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

There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.

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

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

There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.

April 13, 2017 · Enter your password to view comments.

Protected: BAD LINDEN FROM UNTER DEN LINDEN

There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.

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

REACHING THE SKY OVER BERLIN: A REPORT FROM THE TOP OF SCHÖNEBERGER GASOMETER

Last Saturday, four months into 2017, it was finally time to unpack my Christmas present. As far as presents go, it was a big one. In fact, it was huge: … Continue reading

April 4, 2017 · 5 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

Protected: SPRING IN BERLIN: TREES IN THE CITY

There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.

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

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 4,495 other followers

Archives