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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

CHRISTMAS IN BERLIN: DAY 2 or BLOODY CHRISTMAS OF 1918

What should have been a truly Merry Christmas soon to be celebrated by the people gathered in front of Berlin’s Stadtschloß in 1918 became one of the bloodier chapters in … Continue reading

Dec 19, 2017 · 7 Comments

CHRISTMAS IN BERLIN: DAY 1

This week we will be presenting historical images of Berlin around and during Christmas time: how the city prepared for and celebrated the holiday, what traditions it followed and how … Continue reading

Dec 18, 2017 · 3 Comments

FROM PICCADILLY TO VATERLAND: THE STORY OF ONE HAUS AND ITS MANY NAMES

Did you know that the legendary Berlin entertainment venue, Haus Vaterland, which used to stand on the corner of Köthener Straße and Stresemannstraße in the old borough of Berlin-Kreuzberg, was … Continue reading

Dec 14, 2017 · 3 Comments

BERLIN BRUSHES: FRANZ SKARBINA’S CHRISTMAS MARKET

The painting we would like to introduce today is the 1892 “Berlin’s Christmas Market” by Franz Skarbina. The Christmas Market painted by the artist eight years before the end of … Continue reading

Dec 11, 2017 · 1 Comment

SPORT IM BILD

Although aimed primarily at the upper classes in Berlin and Vienna, German-Austrian magazine “Sport in Bild”, owned since 1909 by a Berlin press house August Scherl in what was known … Continue reading

Dec 5, 2017

AFTER TOTENSONNTAG: A CEMETARY WALK

Did you know that no fewer than 28 members of the Mendelssohn family are buried at one of the old cemeteries between Mehringdamm, Zossener Straße, Blücherstraße and Baruther Straße in … Continue reading

Nov 27, 2017 · 1 Comment

Protected: THE GHOST OF “BERLIN”: THE OLD AEROPLANE FROM THE TEGEL AIRPORT

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Protected: RINGBAHN: 140 AND STILL GOING STRONG

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THE KLINGELBRÜCKE OR WHY IT PAYS TO READ FONTANE

In November 1872 Theodor Fontane – journalist, author, glorious hypochondriac and Berlin´s most famous ex-apothecary (he worked, among others, in the hospital pharmacy at the Bethanien Hospital in Kreuzberg) – … Continue reading

Nov 14, 2017 · 4 Comments

BERLIN´S LA-LA-LAND or THE CITY´S OTHER OPERA HOUSES

Famously, Berlin has three renowned opera houses: the newly re-opened Staatsoper, the Deutsche Oper and the Komische Oper (there is also a wonderful vagabond phenomenon known of as the Kiez … Continue reading

Nov 7, 2017

Protected: HERR MENDELSSOHN IN LONDON OR SPRING IN CAMBERWELL GREEN

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Protected: BACK TO FRONT AT THE SCHLOßPLATZ: THE NEPTUNBRUNNEN

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BERLIN BRUSHES: PENNELL´S LEIPZIGER PLATZ

Behold Warenhaus Wertheim in Leipziger Platz – famous Berlin department store whose remains were removed after WWII – here on Joseph Pennell´s 1921 lithography. An interesting fact: the section of … Continue reading

Oct 24, 2017

WHICH WAY TO SPITTELMARKT?

Welcome to Spittelmarkt, a central Berlin plaza in today´s Mitte, here seen from Leipziger Straße in 1904. #OTD 1900 traffic census carried out there rendered following results: between 6 AM … Continue reading

Oct 11, 2017

TODAY IN BERLIN: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BETHANIENHAUS AT MARIANNENPLATZ!

On October 10, 1847 – exactly 170 years ago today – one of Berlin´s oldest hospitals and Kreuzberg´s most famous squatter site (now an art and culture centre), Bethanien Krankenhaus, … Continue reading

Oct 10, 2017 · 3 Comments

LAST TRAM TO HAKENFELDE: THE END OF WEST BERLIN´S NETWORK

Depending on the criteria and personal preferences, the history of the electric street-tram began either in Russia in a small seaside town of Sestroretsk near Sankt Petersburg in 1880 or in … Continue reading

Oct 2, 2017 · 5 Comments

Protected: TODAY IN BERLIN: SEPTEMBER 19, 1826 – ENGLISCHE GASANSTALT IN GITSCHINER STRAßE

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NIGHTS AT THE “CAFE NATIONAL”

“Cafe National” on the corner of Friedrichstraße No. 76 and Jägerstraße in Berlin-Mitte (quite obviously a collage, which explains an amusing proportion-ratio between various objects). The place was once famous … Continue reading

Sep 16, 2017 · 1 Comment

A BRIDGE BETWEEN TWO WORLDS

The 138-metre long and 27-metre wide Hindenburgbrücke – first steel-arch bridge in Berlin, designed by Friedrich Krause and his colleagues Behner, Wolffenstein and Kalb, opened on 11 September 1916, exactly … Continue reading

Sep 11, 2017 · 3 Comments

Protected: YOU ARE HERE: BERLINER DOM

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BERLIN QUOTE: ADOLF HEILBORN

“And I am thinking about how each return to Berlin made my heart beat faster. How blessed I felt as a child when after four weeks of holidays I finally … Continue reading

Aug 30, 2017 · 3 Comments

DO YOU SPEAK BERLINERISCH or SAY IT LIKE A LOCAL

Berliners are known for several things: their alleged surliness, talent for speaking in an almost incomprehensible metrolect and shooting cheeky ripostes as fast as Oscar Wild on his best nights. Pity those … Continue reading

Aug 27, 2017 · 8 Comments

NOTMSPARKER & BERLIN COMPANION RETURN

One of the best things about leaving Berlin and going on holidays is knowing that when those end, it is to Berlin that you will come back again – a … Continue reading

Aug 25, 2017 · 4 Comments

TIME TO TAKE A BOW: KREUZBERGED´S OUT FOR SUMMER

Right in time for my birthday – your truly has just reached a respectable age of 250% eighteen – the Facebook edition of this blog has officially broken the 5,000-followers … Continue reading

Jul 18, 2017

Protected: BERLIN’S VERBINDUNGSBAHN: LAST TRAIN TO THE PAST

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Protected: BLITZ OVER KREUZBERG: ELECTOR JOACHIM AND THE FLOOD

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Protected: REQUIEM FOR GUSTAV WUNDERWALD

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Jun 24, 2017

HITLER´S VOLKSHALLE AND THE AIR THAT WE BREATHE

79 years ago, on June 14 1938, Albert Speer, the court architect of the Nazi Führer, reported to his supervisor that the construction works on the site of Hitler´s future … Continue reading

Jun 14, 2017 · 2 Comments

Protected: DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: THE POPE’S REVENGE

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Jun 12, 2017

Protected: TODAY IN BERLIN June 7 1802 or LITTLE SPOTS IN HISTORY

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Jun 8, 2017

BOATING ON THE SPREE IN AUGUST 1918

​The photo above is a 1918 view of the Spree and of the Treptower Park from the Abteilbrücke (Abbey Bridge), known today as the Bridge of Hearts (in the DDR … Continue reading

May 25, 2017

Protected: THE LAST MEETING OF THE TSAR, THE KING AND THE KAISER

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IS IT ART? NO, IT´S A POP-UP CHURCH! German Protestant Days 2017

Something is up right behind the remains of Berlin´s Anhalter Bahnhof in Kreuzberg. But what many people have been eyeing up suspiciously, half-expecting “something wicked this way to come” (and, honestly, can … Continue reading

May 19, 2017

Protected: ​BALLAST OF A DIFFERENT SORT or WHAT ELSE LANDED NEAR OLD FLUGHAFEN TEMPELHOF 

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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

Protected: TODAY IN BERLIN: FIRST ELECTRIC TRAM IN HISTORY

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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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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

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, NEUKÖLLN! How Rixdorf got upgraded

On 27 January 1912, Rixdorf – a very popular Berlin borough today but then still a self-governing town – underwent a little PR adjustment to improve its ratings among business-people … Continue reading

Jan 27, 2017 · 1 Comment

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