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WHEN HEROES GO DOWN: LÜTZOWPLATZ HERKULESBRUNNEN

Herkulesbrunnen, a magnificent – if slightly overwhelming – fountain which dominated Lützowplatz in Berlin-Tiergarten until the Second World War. Made by two great names of Berlin art and architecture, Ludwig … Continue reading

October 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

RISEN FROM RUINS, SUNK IN THE PAST: EAST GERMAN NATIONAL ANTHEM

Regardless of political views and personal sentiments many people would openly admit that in terms of their national anthem, the former German Democratic Republic definitely managed to do something right. … Continue reading

October 2, 2018 · 3 Comments

BERLIN’S CRUSADERS or THE STORY OF THE TEMPELHOFER FEUD

Berlin might be one of the youngest European metropolises and its fame encompassing mostly the past century or so but in reality its history is much older, much richer, much … Continue reading

September 24, 2018 · 4 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

September 13, 2018 · 8 Comments

FIGHTING TOOTH AND NAIL or THE HINDENBURG FROM KÖNIGSPLATZ

On September 4 1915 a giant Nagelmann (Nailman) figure of Hindenburg was unveiled on Königsplatz (now Platz der Republik) in front of the German Reichstag. Such wooden statues, Nagelmänner, were made … Continue reading

September 5, 2018 · 2 Comments

Protected: THE KAISER AND THE WIRELESS

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WEST IS EAST

Contrary to popular belief, the border between East and West Berlin did not run directly along the western face of the Berlin Wall. In fact, the westernmost edge of the … Continue reading

August 13, 2018 · 1 Comment

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

August 11, 2018 · 1 Comment

UP AND DOWN THE RIVER FLOWS: WHEN THE SPREE GOES HOME

  Pororoca is a phenomenon observed on the Amazon River in which a wave of up to 5 m rolls up the river from the Atlantic, devastating the river banks … Continue reading

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Protected: HAPPY BIRTHDAY KARSTADT AM HERMANNPLATZ!

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Protected: TODAY IN BERLIN: KAISERS IN THE STADIUM

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Protected: THE GOLDEN DAYS OF “MOKA EFTI”

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DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: INGE WINS HANDS DOWN

Did you know that the youngest individual Olympic medal winner* in history gained her title during the 1936 Olympics in Berlin? In August 1936 Inge Sørensen, born on July 18, … Continue reading

May 2, 2018 · 3 Comments

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

April 23, 2018 · 3 Comments

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

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

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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

March 7, 2018 · Leave a comment

Protected: THE BERLIN OF HERMANN BLANKENSTEIN

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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

February 15, 2018 · 3 Comments

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

January 18, 2018 · Leave a 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 … Continue reading

January 9, 2018 · 1 Comment

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

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MEMORABLE THANKFULNESS – BERLIN’S DANKESKIRCHEN

  The image above presents the Dankeskirche (The Church of Thanks) designed by Berlin architect August Orth for Kaiser Wilhelm I and planned to be built on the border between … Continue reading

January 3, 2018 · 2 Comments

Protected: DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: HUT AB!

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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

December 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

December 11, 2017 · 1 Comment

Protected: TODAY IN BERLIN: THE THREE-WHEELED WONDER FROM SPANDAU

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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

November 27, 2017 · 1 Comment

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

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Protected: HERR MENDELSSOHN IN LONDON OR SPRING IN CAMBERWELL GREEN

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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

October 11, 2017 · Leave a 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

October 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

October 2, 2017 · 5 Comments

Protected: BERLIN´S MÜHLENDAMM – OF MILLS, LOCKS AND BRIDGES

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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

September 16, 2017 · 1 Comment

Protected: ONCE UPON A TIME AT THE KADEWE

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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

September 11, 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

August 27, 2017 · 8 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

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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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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

June 14, 2017 · 2 Comments

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

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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 · Leave a comment

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

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

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