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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

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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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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Feb 21, 2018 · Enter your password to view comments.

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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Jan 24, 2018 · Enter your password to view comments.

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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