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DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: URANIA TIME

Between 1892 and the First World War Berlin had some 50 intriguing cast-iron features installed in the main streets of the Prussian capital. Known as Urania-Säule or Wettersäule (they were, … Continue reading

Mar 27, 2020 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: NOT SEEING THE TIERGARTEN (F)OR THE TREES

Did you know that before the outbreak of the Second World Berlin’s Tiergarten, the oldest park in the city established in the 1840s west of Berlin but now enjoying a … Continue reading

Mar 17, 2020 · 1 Comment

Protected: TREES IN THE CITY

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Protected: BERLIN INVENTIONS: SAFELY AFLOAT

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Jun 17, 2019

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

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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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

Protected: ACHTUNG, ACHTUNG! HIER SPRICHT BERLIN! STORY OF THE FIRST GERMAN RADIO BROADCAST

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Oct 29, 2018

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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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: KAISERS IN THE STADIUM

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Jun 8, 2018

Protected: THE GOLDEN DAYS OF “MOKA EFTI”

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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

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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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: 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

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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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

Jan 3, 2018 · 2 Comments

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

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Dec 31, 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

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

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

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Nov 29, 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: 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

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: 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

Sep 16, 2017 · 1 Comment

Protected: ONCE UPON A TIME AT THE KADEWE

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Sep 13, 2017

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

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

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