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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

KREUZBERG ON FIRE or WHERE IT ALL BEGAN: MORITZPLATZ RIOTS OF 1863

Ask anyone in Berlin what they associate Kreuzberg with and they all – punks/hipsters (depending on the generation they represent), Turks/Poles/Spaniards, Schwaben, the French and Americans – are bound to name the following in … Continue reading

Apr 30, 2017 · 1 Comment

Protected: BUILDING THE SUSPENSE or WHY BERLIN HAS NO SCHWEBEBAHN

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

Protected: TWO CONCRETE CADILLACS, A MAJA AND THE PYRAMID: 30 YEARS OF THE SKULPTURENBOULEVARD AT KU´DAMM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Apr 13, 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

Apr 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.

Mar 29, 2017 · 2 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

Mar 22, 2017

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

Mar 10, 2017

Protected: THE KAISER IS DEAD, LONG LIVE THE KAISERS!

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Mar 9, 2017

Protected: TODAY IN BERLIN: MARCH 6th – HERMANN BLANKENSTEIN AND THE CITY OF STONE

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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

Feb 21, 2017

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

Feb 12, 2017

THE GHOST-TUNNEL UNDER THE SPREE

Did you know that an old street-tram tunnel under the River Spree still connects Treptower Park with the Stralau Penninsula? However, do not plan any excursions yet: the tunnel has … Continue reading

Dec 16, 2016 · 2 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

Dec 15, 2016 · 3 Comments

Protected: A LOST BERLIN BRIDGE: BROMMYBRÜCKE

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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

Nov 30, 2016 · 1 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

Nov 24, 2016

ROUND AND ROUND THE DOG´S HEAD

The opening of four new Ringbahn stations – Tempelhof, Wilmersdorf, Grunewald (since 1884 Halensee) and Charlottenburg (now Westend) – on November 15, 1877 as well as connecting the latter with … Continue reading

Nov 15, 2016

Protected: GOOD BYE, LENIN – THE MONUMENT FROM LENINPLATZ

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NOTES FROM THE SICKBED: TIME FOR A PODCAST

Being ill (after all, it´s November in Berlin) has one advantage – because you are hardly able to produce anything yourself and tend to slide off the chair at your … Continue reading

Nov 2, 2016

BERLIN PAST: KREUZBERG IN THE 1970s AND TODAY

Trust the “Berliner Morgenpost” to make your day: whether a chance reader or a subscriber; whether you prefer their paper edition (which finds its way into our mailbox each morning) … Continue reading

Nov 1, 2016 · 1 Comment

BERLIN BRUSHES: LESSER URY

Is it still raining in Berlin today (I am asking from a tiny village hidden among the gentle hills of Lower Silesia)? Are the streets as beautiful and full of … Continue reading

Oct 26, 2016 · 2 Comments

DREAM OF A BETTER LAND: THE BIRTH OF EAST GERMANY AS A STATE

On October 7 1949 the Provisorische Volkskammer, or Provisional People’s Chamber, German political authority within the Soviet occupation zone, announced the constitution of the Deutsche Demokratische Republik, better known as East … Continue reading

Oct 7, 2016

BERLIN BRUSH STROKES: THE ARTIST, HIS BIKE AND BERLIN

  Today´s Berlin Brushstrokes picture is “Gleisdreieck” (after a large inner-city Berlin railway junction and the scene of the 1908 railway accident described in our previous post) a lithographic print … Continue reading

Sep 28, 2016 · 2 Comments

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)      

Aug 25, 2016 · 1 Comment

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.)  

Aug 15, 2016 · 4 Comments

SPOTTED IN PASSING IN 1986 BERLIN

Good morning, Berlin and Beyond! Greetings from the city where life goes on regardless – as this fantastic series of 1986 photos taken by Patrick Piel along the Berlin Wall … Continue reading

Jul 11, 2016

SPOTTED IN PASSING: BEWARE OF SHARP OBJECTS IN BERLIN

Spotted in passing in Karl-Liebknecht-Straße in Berlin-Mitte.

Jul 5, 2016 · 2 Comments

HISTORY IS A MAKE-BELIEVE THING

Following the posts published on this blog yesterday – they introduced “the mystery” of the broken columns lining the street between U-Bhf Hallesches Tor and today´s Mehringplatz – and a … Continue reading

May 19, 2016 · 4 Comments

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: THE LAKE VIEW

The Neuer See, a 10,000-m² large artificial lake built for the 1896 Great Industrial Exposition in Berlin, was located on top of the hippodrome-shaped playground designed for Berlin’s fourth public … Continue reading

May 3, 2016

Stunning lights designed by Bruno Möhring for Oranienplatz Brücke (his work as well) in Kreuzberg. In the mid-1920s both the bridge spanning the canal and all the decorative elements were … Continue reading

Apr 27, 2016

THE KREUZBERG OF MR OSTERKAMP

Imagine you open a drawer or a suitcase somebody left you and find a treasure: dozens of wonderful black-and-white photos of a place which, upon the first glance, is impossible … Continue reading

Apr 16, 2016

BERLIN NOW AND THEN: FRIEDRICHSTRASSE

Here is Friedrichstrasse in 1935 and the same spot (Friedrichstraße shortly before its junction with Kronenstrasse, looking north) a couple of years ago, captured for Google Streets.   The differences … Continue reading

Apr 7, 2016

EAST BERLIN STORY – IMAGES OF THE CITY NOW AND THEN

Here is the next goodie-bag from the “Berliner Morgenpost” photo series “Berlin Now and Then”. Our yesterday´s trip to “the East”, covering Mitte, Prenzlauer Berg and Lichtenberg, has just been … Continue reading

Mar 16, 2016 · 2 Comments

SPOTTED IN PASSING: ZILLE IN THE U-BAHN

Heinrich Zille’s photo of Berlin’s working-class children playing in the streets, taken between 1900 and 1910. It is only one of many wonderful Zille images decorating the walls of the … Continue reading

Mar 10, 2016

NOW AND THEN IN BERLIN

The two photographs above present the same street-corner in one of the most popular sections of Berlin´s City West: the junction of Hardenbergstrasse and Joachimsthaler Strasse at Bahnhof “Zoologischer Garten” … Continue reading

Mar 6, 2016 · 1 Comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: “WIE, KEIN PLATZ?”

  “What do you mean: no free space?” On a roof in the city where gentrification as well as misappropriation of accommodation led to a serious shortage of affordable housing. … Continue reading

Mar 2, 2016

SPOTTED IN PASSING: DOWN F-STRASSE AT NIGHT

Not something you will be able to do again any time soon: strolling down the middle of Friedrichstrasse at night:)

Feb 27, 2016 · 3 Comments

BACK TO THE PAST AND THEN BACK AGAIN

Berliner Morgenpost, our favourite local newspaper, did it again! Here is another chapter in the their absolutely unsurpassed visual chronicle of the city of Berlin. This time it is about pre-WWII … Continue reading

Feb 26, 2016

ALEXANDERPLATZ AD 1906

Hermann Mächtig´s Alexanderplatz in 1906: on the left, Berolina and a small section of the Tietz Warenhaus front facade. The elegant small spire on the right belonged to the Grand … Continue reading

Feb 20, 2016 · 3 Comments

HERE COMES THE DUTCH GUY or THE RESURRECTION OF BERLIN HISTORY MUSEUMS

  New wind is blowing through the dusty corridors and mock-gothic halls of the Märkisches Museum, an impressive 1908 edifice towering over the Köllnischer Park in Mitte.   The actual … Continue reading

Feb 4, 2016 · 1 Comment

YOU ARE HERE: YORCKSTRASSE

A beautiful building in Yorckstrasse housing the historic pub “Zum Umsteiger” (Umsteiger is someone who changes from one train to another – something that most people using the S-Bahnhof Yorckstrasse … Continue reading

Feb 1, 2016

TIME MACHINE ADVENTURES CONTINUED: BERLIN-PRENZLAUER BERG IN THE 1980s

Here is the next instalment of a brilliant image comparison series from Berlin “Then” and “Now”: this time Prenzlauer Berg. Thank you, Berliner Morgenpost!:) Please click the image to enter.

Jan 28, 2016

SPOTTED IN BERLIN: TAUENTZINSTRASSE/KU’DAMM BEFORE WWII

Window-shopping in Tauentzinstrasse shortly before Kurfürstendamm, Berlin, in 1936 .

Jan 21, 2016 · 3 Comments

BOOKWORM´S DELIGHT: “BERLIN THE THE 19th CENTURY”

It is difficult not to buy new books. It is even more difficult to find storage space for the books already bought and for those about to be purchased. But … Continue reading

Jan 19, 2016

GHOSTS OF BERLINS PAST

Here is another delicious visual “goodie” from a popular Berlin daily, “Der Tagesspiegel”: a series of photos of Berlin´s regular as well as U-Bahn and S-Bahn railway stations, including the … Continue reading

Jan 13, 2016

INSIDE – LOOKING OUT / OUTSIDE – LOOKING IN

At the Berlin Wall (on its Western side) shortly before its end.

Jan 11, 2016

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