KREUZBERGED: BERLIN COMPANION

Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: THE VANISHED WIENER BRÜCKE

Did you know that Kreuzberg’s Wiener Straße, a long street connecting Skalitzer Straße with Görlitzer Ufer running along Berlin’s Landwehrkanal used to end with a bridge? For nearly 50 years … Continue reading

Jul 9, 2020 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN BERLIN: GIANTS IN THE SKY

#OTD, June 23 1930, two flying giants, the magnificent airship LZ127 also known as “Graf Zeppelin” and the then largest transport aircraft worldwide, the 1929 Junkers G38, both arrived and … Continue reading

Jun 23, 2020 · 1 Comment

1:0 FOR BERLIN or HOW KONRAD ZUSE BUILT WORLD’S FIRST COMPUTER

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

Jun 22, 2020 · 1 Comment

HORCH!

“Whole Berlin Drives a Horch“, a 1920s advertisement for a Horch 8, a beautiful automobile produced by a car-manufacturer company established in 1899 in Köln-Ehrenfeld. In 1904, its founder and … Continue reading

Jun 4, 2020 · 2 Comments

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: RAISING GLASSES

Schönedel. Rehfall, Rüßling and Rot-Welsch. Or Schillernder Traminer, if you wish something different. What sounds like names of Berliner Kneipen (a Kneipe is what Germans call their local pub or … Continue reading

Jun 3, 2020

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

FLIGHT FROM HELL: BERLIN IN APRIL 1945

In March 1945 the Third Reich authorities issued an order that turned a section of the Nazi-built Ost-West-Achse – an impressive Tiergarten boulevard known as Charlottenburger Chaussee before and as … Continue reading

May 1, 2020 · 2 Comments

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: TRUTH BE TOLD

Did you know that when on 26 April 1945 the Red Army reached UFA film studios in Oberlandstraße in Tempelhof, the crew busy filming the comedy “Sag die Wahrheit” (Tell … Continue reading

Apr 27, 2020 · 2 Comments

SKATING WITH ERICH or WHATEVER HAPPENED TO PALAST DER REPUBLIK

Did you know that a popular skate park at the south-eastern end of Tempelhofer Feld was built using the original granite steps that led to the entrance to the Palastder … Continue reading

Apr 23, 2020 · 3 Comments

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

There is currently but one piece of news that circumvents the world at what feels like the speed of light: the latest update on the pandemic situation. Whether we want … Continue reading

Apr 3, 2020 · 3 Comments

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

BERLIN PAST: THE GHOSTS OF AM WEIDENDAMM

Today’s photo was taken around 1870 by one of Berlin’s best visual chroniclers, F.A.Schwartz, at the time when he himself lived nearby in Friedrichstraße. The view is practically impossible to … Continue reading

Mar 8, 2020

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

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