Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin
Between 1849 and 1852 this street located in SO36 (Eastern Kreuzberg), now probably most famous for its fantastic people´s market hall Martkhalle IX, was called Lübbener Strasse after a small town of Lübben south of Berlin in the Spreewald.
The name was supposed to match another thoroughfare running through the neighbourhood, with Manteuffelstrasse. Lübben happened to be a hometown of Otto von Manteuffel, the Secretary for Interior of the Prussian government 1848 and the Prussian Prime Minister for 10 long years later.
But by 1852 Manteuffel´s origins became of secondary importance. What mattered was the fact that by now the street was part of a large inner city train line known as Verbindungsbahn (more about the line in the following post). The trains running along it delivered, among others, the coal from Silesia (transported directly from Schlesische Bahnhof or Ostbahnhof today) to the municipal gasworks in Gitschiner Strasse in Kreuzberg.
It was for that reason on May 22nd, 1852 the street was re-named Eisenbahnstrasse or Train Street.
As for Lübbener Strasse, it returned onto the map of Berlin twenty years later again: on August 11th, 1872 the name was given to Die Straße Nr. 2, Abt. I des Bebauungsplanes (Hobrecht´s Plan of 1862). Today it connects Görlitzer Strasse with Skalitzer Strasse and Wrangelstrasse.
No. 19 Lübbener Strasse is house to the one and only Bar For Common People otherwise known Madame Claude: the former brothel and the only place in Berlin where you can lie down on the ceiling and look down on the floor.