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BERLIN 1928: SIX GENTLEMEN GET ON STAGE

In August 1928 an unknown but promising Berlin sextet, Melody Makers, signed a contract for performing at the Großes Schauspielhaus, a grand revue theatre on Schiffbauerdamm (after the Second World … Continue reading

Sep 28, 2020

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: WHAT’S IN THE NAME?

Did you know that in German sign language Berlin is symbolised by a bear’s ear? Even though, contrary to popular belief, the city’s name was not inspired by any large … Continue reading

Sep 14, 2020 · 2 Comments

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

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

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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

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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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

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

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

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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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: 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

Protected: DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: FIRST REGULAR TV BROADCAST IN HISTORY

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Mar 22, 2018

Protected: DID YOU KNOW IT ABOUT BERLIN: BERLIN TWILIGHT

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A QUESTION OF TIME

Berlin of the 1980s was a magnet attracting new people, new bands, new artists. The city’s imperfection, its messiness, its open ends juxtaposed against the ultimate barrier, the Wall, running … Continue reading

Mar 7, 2018

Protected: THE BERLIN OF HERMANN BLANKENSTEIN

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UNREADY IN BERLIN

According to Karl Scheffler – and what must be the most often used Berlin quotation ever – Germany’s capital is “dazu verdammt, immerfort zu werden und niemals zu sein” (cursed … Continue reading

Mar 1, 2018 · 6 Comments

Protected: WHEN TANTE JU CAME A-FLYING

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KREUZBERGED & BERLIN COMPANION PROUDLY PRESENT: NEW AUDIO-TOUR OF BERLIN’S FIRST SECTION OF TODAY’S U-BAHN NETWORK, “TAKE THE U1 TRAIN”

  On this day, February 18 1902 the first #Hochbahn line, now #U1, opened for public service in Berlin: #Berlin U-Bahn network, the heart of #BVG (Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe or “Berlin … Continue reading

Feb 18, 2018 · 5 Comments

Protected: SCHLUSS MIT LUSTIG: NAZI REFURBISHMENT OF BERLIN’S LUSTGARTEN

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Protected: TODAY IN BERLIN: FIRE AND FURY AT THE KROLL-OPERA

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Protected: BERLIN COMPANION: THE MAN IN THE HIGH TOWER

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CAMERA OBSCURA: OLDEST PHOTOS OF BERLIN

    Those are two oldest existing photographs of Berlin: both made around 1840 (no exact dating is possible) by Wilhelm Helffter. Perhaps unsurprisingly, neither of the places captured by … Continue reading

Jan 18, 2018

BERLIN BRUSHES: GUSTAV WUNDERWALD

On this grey and gloomy day, a splash of colour straight from 1927: Gustav Wunderwald’s painting of the entrance to U-Bahnhof “Schönhauser Tor”. The station, part of the old Linie … Continue reading

Jan 12, 2018 · 1 Comment

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KURT TUCHOLSKY! or IGNAZ WROBEL HATH SPOKEN

Happy birthday to Kurt Tucholsky, a brilliant writer, cabaret text author and critic! Born on January 9th 1890 in Lübecker Strasse 13 in Berlin-Moabit, he wrote under many interesting pen … Continue reading

Jan 9, 2018 · 1 Comment

Protected: OF THE RISE AND FALL OF “BERLINER ILLUSTRIRTE ZEITUNG”

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CHRISTMAS EVE 2017 – TRIP TO BERLIN 1925

As the Kulturabteilung (Department of Culture) of UFA, legendary German film-production company celebrating its 100th birthday this year, released this film little did they know that it would become one … Continue reading

Dec 23, 2017 · 3 Comments

​CHRISTMAS IN BERLIN: DAY 3

This little boy carrying a Christmas tree was photographed by Willy Römer in December 1920. Perhaps even in Kreuzberg where the photographer lived at the time in a small flat … Continue reading

Dec 20, 2017

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