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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

SICK CITY: BERLIN ON MARCH 11, 1933

On March 11th 1933 Jewish doctors and registrars (junior doctors) working at the 3rd Municipal Hospital Am Urban in Kreuzberg were attacked, beaten up and banned from ever returning to … Continue reading

Mar 11, 2019 · 4 Comments

Protected: ELISABETH AND SHOTS IN THE HASENHEIDE

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Nov 27, 2018 · Enter your password to view comments.

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

TAKE ME TO THE RIVER

  Here is a small section of a wonderful 1910 Straube’s Berlin map. As you can see today’s #Badeschiff – a popular river lido with an old sea-container submerged in … Continue reading

Aug 11, 2018 · 1 Comment

Protected: HAPPY BIRTHDAY KARSTADT AM HERMANNPLATZ!

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Jun 21, 2018

Protected: TODAY IN BERLIN: HAPPY BIRTHDAY LUISENSTÄDTISCHER KANAL!

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May 15, 2018 · Enter your password to view comments.

Protected: TODAY IN BERLIN: KARSTADT AM HERMANNPLATZ RETURNS

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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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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

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BERLINER HOCHBAHN!

Berlin’s first U-Bahn line, which was, perhaps a bit confusingly, an elevated railway line, built by Siemens and Halske, opened to the public on 18 February 1902 at 5:25 AM. … Continue reading

Feb 15, 2018 · 3 Comments

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

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​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

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

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

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

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

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Protected: BLITZ OVER KREUZBERG: ELECTOR JOACHIM AND THE FLOOD

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Protected: A STROLL THROUGH THE PARK WITH ERWIN BARTH

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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

SHAKE IT IN KREUZBERG: INTERNATIONAL DAY OF DANCE & MUSIC

For all those of you fond of prancing, swirling, jigging and skipping as well as learning what dancing means in other corners of the world and cultures – a treat. … Continue reading

Apr 26, 2017

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

BERLIN´S HOCHBAHN TURNS 115!

After nearly six years of construction and over a decade-long tug-of-war with various authorities, on February 18, 1902 Berlin´s first electric and predominantly elevated city railway opened for service. The … Continue reading

Feb 18, 2017 · 3 Comments

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

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

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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BERLIN 1933: THE HUMILIATION OF CARL HERZ

1933 was an ugly year. Open almost any edition of Vossische Zeitung from that time – Tante Voss was among the most popular German newspapers and the most widely read Berlin … Continue reading

Nov 25, 2016 · 4 Comments

HUMILIATION OF CARL HERZ – NAZI TERROR IN KREUZBERG´S TOWN HALL

On that day in 1933 the then Mayor of Kreuzberg, Carl Herz, was removed from his office, physically abused and humiliated in public – the Nazi terror began in full … Continue reading

Nov 25, 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 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: LATE SUMMER SUN 

Good morning Berlin and Beyond! September means it well with us this year. If you’re planning to visit the city,  do it now to profit from the late summer vibe. … Continue reading

Sep 7, 2016 · 2 Comments

SPOTTED IN PASSING: FROM KREUZBERG WITH LOVE;-)

A little comment on the current mood in the city, spotted in Bergmannstraße in Kreuzberg:

Aug 17, 2016 · 1 Comment

“NOTMSPARKER´S BERLIN COMPANION or I DIDN´T KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN”

There have been many great books written about Berlin… but if you’ve been wanting to know more about the world’s greatest indoor helicopter flight, the time they built a second … Continue reading

Aug 15, 2016 · 2 Comments

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: MEN IN TREES

Spotted at Oranienplatz in Berlin-Kreuzberg.

May 27, 2016

SPOTTED IN PASSING: THE GATE

A passage connecting two historical  cemeteries in Bergmannstraße in Kreuzberg was created by tearing down a section of an old family tomb. The cemeteries in Bergmannstraße are among the most … Continue reading

May 21, 2016 · 4 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

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

SPOTTED IN PASSING: TREE-NO-TREE

Spotted in Schleiermacherstraße in Kreuzberg.

Apr 21, 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

COMFY CHAIR AT U-BAHNHOF HERMANNPLATZ

  To celebrate the station´s 90th birthday yesterday, its fans and admirers put a little comfy chair on the platform for all those wishing to spend a moment soaking in … Continue reading

Apr 12, 2016

KREUZBERG NOW AND THEN

Berliner Morgenpost, we salute you! Here is Kreuzberg in historical photos matched against those of today.   Welcome to our “barrio”!:-) (Please, click the image to enter)

Apr 7, 2016

SPOTTED IN PASSING: THE NEW WORLD

Spotted by due Neue Welt, Hasenheide, Berlin

Mar 1, 2016

SPOTTED IN PASSING: HEADING FOR KOTTI

Spotted in Admiralstrasse, Berlin-Kreuzberg.

Feb 22, 2016

SPOTTED IN PASSING: THE SUN RISES OVER ORANIENSTRASSE

Feb 20, 2016

SPOTTED IN PASSING: NIGHT IN BERLIN

Spotted in Gitschiner Strasse, Kreuzberg.

Feb 17, 2016

SPOTTED IN PASSING: THE TOP OF THE HILL

Top of the Cross Hill: to of the Kreuzberg in the Viktoria Park, looking down towards Grossbeerenstrasse and the Landwehrkanal. The switched-off waterfall (in summer water is pumped uphill by … Continue reading

Feb 2, 2016

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

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