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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

April 24, 2017 · 3 Comments

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

On November 2, 1973 Berlin witnessed the foundation-stone laying ceremony for what was to become one of the city´s most famous and, eventually, most disputable buildings. Three years later, on April … Continue reading

April 23, 2017 · 2 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 · 2 Comments

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

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BAD LINDEN FROM UNTER DEN LINDEN

On September 5, 1874 an American daily “The Chicago Tribune” published a long article written by their special correspondent in Berlin whose name is only signalled as “J. M.” Here … Continue reading

April 11, 2017 · 1 Comment

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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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

THE LATE FLIGHT: TWO FLUGHÄFEN TEMPELHOF

Berlin´s most famous airport, Zentralflughafen Tempelhof, designed by Ernst Sagebiel (the architect of Görling´s Luftfahrtministerium in Wilhelmstraße, now the Federal Ministry of Finance) and built by the Nazis in 1936-1941, … Continue reading

February 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BERLINER HOCHBAHN!

Berlin’s first U-Bahn line, which was, perhaps a bit confusingly, an elevated railway line, built by Siemens and Halske, opened to the public on 18 February 1902 at 5:25 AM. … Continue reading

February 15, 2017 · 3 Comments

EVERYTHING IS SOMEWHERE: OLD CELLARS UNDER THE DEATH STRIP

While construction works for a new residential building on the corner of Luckauer Strasse and Sebastianstraße in Kreuzberg are picking up the pace, workers have unsealed the old cellars of … Continue reading

February 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

BERLIN QUOTE: JULES HURET

“In Munich it is customary to comment about those born in the Prussian capital: ‘One has to be born somewhere after all… that one is from Berlin…’ The Germans refuse, … Continue reading

February 9, 2017 · 4 Comments

SESAME OPEN or INSIDE THE SPREETUNNEL IN STRALAU

Now and then a miracle happens and your wish is granted without you having to sell your soul (or your kidney) for it. Having written about the old tram tunnel … Continue reading

February 7, 2017 · 1 Comment

BISMARCK IN KU´DAMM: BRIEF HISTORY OF BERLIN´S GREATEST WESTERN BOULEVARD

Next to Unter den Linden and Friedrichstraße, Kurfürstendamm, or Elector´s Causeway, is one of the best known streets in Germany´s capital. In fact, after 1961 and the division of Berlin, … Continue reading

February 6, 2017 · 4 Comments

ALTERNATIVE FACTS AD 1933

On January 30, 1933,  Reichspräsident Hindenburg signed the official document naming Adolf Hitler,  “that little Bohemian corporal”,  the new Chancellor of the German Reich.  To celebrate, a torch parade of … Continue reading

January 30, 2017 · 2 Comments

BERLIN BRUSHES: JULIUS GRAUMANN

One of the most cheerful 1920s paintings of Berlin, it is filled with a buttery-yellow light which turns the place into a fairy-tale it never was.

January 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

SHORT LIFE AND DEATH OF A BERLIN REVOLUTION: SPARTATAKUSAUFSTAND

On January 11, 1919 hell breaks loose in front of the building of Vorwärts, a newspaper run by SPD (Social Democratic Party) in Lindenstrasse 3 in Berlin-Kreuzberg. The building had … Continue reading

January 5, 2017 · 7 Comments

WELCOME TO 2017: BERLIN LAKES ARE WAITING

So, Dear Reader, you are awake. But are you really REALLY awake? As awake as 20 members of Berlin´s winter swimming club, Berliner Seehunde (Seals) from the borough of Lichtenberg? … Continue reading

January 1, 2017 · 1 Comment

STROLLING IN THE NEW SUN – NOTMSPARKER´S NEW YEAR WISHES

To all of my Readers, wherever they are, who were following this blog with patience, passion and an unceasing wave of encouragement – Kreuzberged says a most heartfelt thank you! … Continue reading

December 31, 2016 · 6 Comments

BERLIN BRUSHES: OF DOGS, BRIDGES AND CATHEDRALS IN THE GARDEN

Here´s an interesting view towards Berlin´s Lustgarten engraved in 1780 by Johann Georg Rosenberg: on the left, the Zeughaus (the Armoury; today it houses the German Historical Museum); in the … Continue reading

December 27, 2016 · 2 Comments

LIGHT UP THE LIGHTS: IT´S CHRISTMAS IN BERLIN AND BEYOND

It´s Christmas Eve of 2016, one of the most difficult, confusing and hateful years Europe has lived through since the end of the Second World War. Certainly the most frightening, … Continue reading

December 24, 2016 · 3 Comments

SCHLEIERMACHERSTRAßE: THE MYSTERY OF THE MISSING HOUSE

Our street is a regular Kreuzberg 61 street, connecting two bigger thoroughfares: Gneisenaustraße and Blücherstraße. Technically seen. Seen practically, it joins Urbanstraße with Blücherstraße as well but that is another … Continue reading

December 22, 2016 · 5 Comments

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SCHLEIERMACHERSTRASSE!

Schleiermacherstrasse seen from Gneisenaustrasse around 1899 Schleiermacherstrasse some 112 years later The street, officially named on December 22, 1875 (you can read more about it in one of the previous … Continue reading

December 22, 2016 · 3 Comments

BERLIN PAST: BLECHBAHN AT SÜDSTERN

Blechbahn (literally “tin train”) or tram Line 3 (Model T-24), here east of Südstern in Hasenheide Street (image through Drehscheibe Forum). The photo must have been taken before November 15, … Continue reading

December 15, 2016 · 3 Comments

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, U-BAHNHOF SÜDSTERN!

There it is: our favourite – since very much homebound – section of Berlin´s underground network is celebrating its 92nd birthday today. On December 14, 1924 the municipal subterranean line … Continue reading

December 14, 2016 · 1 Comment

“TEMPLARS, BUNKERS AND PRUSSIAN GLORY”: A DIGITAL WALK WITH KREUZBERGED THROUGH HER NEIGHOURHOOD

Dear Berlin Fans in Berlin and Beyond! The deed is done: yours truly decided it was time for her to jump onto the digital wave so successfully ridden by others. … Continue reading

December 9, 2016 · 2 Comments

TODAY IN BERLIN: DECEMBER 8th – THE TINY GIANT, ADOLPH VON MENZEL

1815 On December 8th, 1815 Carl Erdmann Menzel, a stone printer from Breslau (today Wroclaw) and his wife welcome their new born son. The boy shall be named Adolph Friedrich … Continue reading

December 9, 2016 · 3 Comments

UP AND DOWN ON BERLIN´S HISTORY TIMELINE: CUTTING THROUGH THE CITY WITH AN AXIS

Here´s a little series of images showing Potsdamer Bahnhof and its environs between 1936 and 1946. So great was the damage suffered during WWII by the Potsdam Railway Station as … Continue reading

December 6, 2016 · 2 Comments

ALL THE BEAUTIFUL BRANDENBURGER GATES

Here´s another online treasure trove full of images of #Berlin´s best known historical site, #BrandenburgGate. The project is part of the Open Educational Resources platform whose aim it is to … Continue reading

November 30, 2016 · 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

November 28, 2016 · 8 Comments

WHICH WAY TO BELLE-ALLIANCE-STRASSE?

Mehringdamm, one of the best known and busiest streets of central Berlin as well as of the locality of Kreuzberg counts at the same time among very few Berlin streets with 99% of … Continue reading

November 27, 2016 · 1 Comment

A SHELFFUL OF CHRISTMAS: GET YOUR ULTIMATE BERLIN BOOK NOW

Friends, Followers and Occasional Visitors! Don´t forget: Xmas is nigh and finding a present ain´t an easy task. So if you know someone whose interest in All Things Berlin matches … Continue reading

November 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

BERLIN 1933: THE HUMILIATION OF CARL HERZ

1933 was an ugly year. Open almost any edition of Vossische Zeitung from that time – Tante Voss was among the most popular German newspapers and the most widely read Berlin … Continue reading

November 25, 2016 · 4 Comments

HUMILIATION OF CARL HERZ – NAZI TERROR IN KREUZBERG´S TOWN HALL

On that day in 1933 the then Mayor of Kreuzberg, Carl Herz, was removed from his office, physically abused and humiliated in public – the Nazi terror began in full … Continue reading

November 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

ON TOP OF BERLIN´S REICHSTAG AD 1895

The photo above shows Reichstag building in 1895 (view from north-west). Originally, the glass used by Paul Wallot to build the cupola roof had dull surface – necessary to allow … Continue reading

November 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

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