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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: 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

Jun 14, 2017 · 2 Comments

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

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Jun 12, 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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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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Protected: SKATING WITH ERICH or WHATEVER HAPPENED TO PALAST DER REPUBLIK

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Protected: THE POLISH COUNT, THE GERMAN REICHSTAG AND THE ITALIAN MADONNA

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Protected: BAD LINDEN FROM UNTER DEN LINDEN

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Protected: SPRING IN BERLIN: TREES IN THE CITY

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THE KAISER AND THE BAD SEEDS

Berlin is a city on the move. Like the people who live here it is permanently restless, forever going somewhere but never really getting there, its roots never reach deep … Continue reading

Mar 22, 2017

Protected: THE KAISER IS DEAD, LONG LIVE THE KAISERS!

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Mar 9, 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 TUNES: “ES MUßTE FRÜHLING SEIN” (1939)

“It ought to be spring”, composed in the 1930s by Franz Doelle and Bruno Balz, was featured in a 1939 film “Morgen werde ich verhaftet” (I´ll be arrested tomorrow) directed … Continue reading

Feb 20, 2017 · 1 Comment

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

WELCOME TO 2017: BERLIN LAKES ARE WAITING

So, Dear Reader, you are awake. But are you really REALLY awake? As awake as 20 members of Berlin´s winter swimming club, Berliner Seehunde (Seals) from the borough of Lichtenberg? … Continue reading

Jan 1, 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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A SHELFFUL OF CHRISTMAS: GET YOUR ULTIMATE BERLIN BOOK NOW

Friends, Followers and Occasional Visitors! Don´t forget: Xmas is nigh and finding a present ain´t an easy task. So if you know someone whose interest in All Things Berlin matches … Continue reading

Nov 26, 2016

ON TOP OF BERLIN´S REICHSTAG AD 1895

The photo above shows Reichstag building in 1895 (view from north-west). Originally, the glass used by Paul Wallot to build the cupola roof had dull surface – necessary to allow … Continue reading

Nov 24, 2016

ROUND AND ROUND THE DOG´S HEAD

The opening of four new Ringbahn stations – Tempelhof, Wilmersdorf, Grunewald (since 1884 Halensee) and Charlottenburg (now Westend) – on November 15, 1877 as well as connecting the latter with … Continue reading

Nov 15, 2016

Protected: GOOD BYE, LENIN – THE MONUMENT FROM LENINPLATZ

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HERR LEISTIKOW AND THE LAKE

Walter Leistikow, one of the leading Berlin painters of the late 19th century, was born on this day in 1865. Although not a Berliner by birth – he came from … Continue reading

Oct 25, 2016 · 2 Comments

WHERE DO HAPPY GERMANS GO? – THE HAPPINESS ATLAS OF GERMANY

The results of the latest survey known as “Glücksatlas” (Atlas of Happiness), published by the Deutsche Post – whose rapidly weltering quality of service is, not without a touch of … Continue reading

Oct 18, 2016

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, NEPTUNE – BBC RADIO ON BERLIN CELESTIAL DISCOVERY

Trust the BBC Radio to provide you with the perfect thing to listen on a Saturday morning. Our last post about the discovery of the planet Neptune, first spotted on … Continue reading

Sep 23, 2016

BERLIN´S TWILIGHT, BERLIN´S DAWN

H.G. Wells, the author of “The Time Machine”, once said that “the past is the beginning of the beginning and all that is and has been is but the twilight … Continue reading

Sep 22, 2016 · 2 Comments

TODAY IN BERLIN: THE YOUNGEST GO TO SCHOOL

It is the Einschülungstag in Berlin today: all around the city all 6-year-olds and a handful of almost-7-year-olds, including my own wonderful twins, will officially join the primary-school pupils´ crew. … Continue reading

Sep 10, 2016

NOTMSPARKER MEETS SHAKESPEARE AND SONS

We are thrilled to announce that our new book is now available at one of Berlin´s most popular English bookshops, “SHAKESPEARE AND SONS”, in Warschauer Straße 74 in Berlin-Friedrichshain. The … Continue reading

Aug 29, 2016 · 2 Comments

BOOKWORMS OF THE WORLD UNITE

We are proud to announce that as of now our book, “Notmsparker´s Berlin Companion or I Didn´t Know That About Berlin” is available through the following online shops: berlinarium.bicartel.com (shipping … Continue reading

Aug 28, 2016

KREUZBERGED´S FIRST BERLIN BOOK OUT NOW!

Dear Readers, the day has come at last – it might be a small step for the world of publishing (so small, in fact, it wouldn´t even budge) but a … Continue reading

Aug 24, 2016 · 2 Comments

“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

BEST BIRTHDAY PRESENT EVER – KREUZBERGED GOES PAPER

Dear Readers,   We are proud to announce that after years of researching, months of writing and even more months of actually creating a physical book – a job done … Continue reading

Jul 18, 2016 · 6 Comments

TAMING OF THE STORM

  The heavy storm which hit Berlin yesterday evening left the city flooded, confused and forced to push trams in the streets, using their bare hands only. Perhaps you have … Continue reading

May 31, 2016

WE ARE MANY!

This post is to thank all of you for reading our posts and following the blog´s cheerfully meandering way through Berlin´s past and present. As of yesterday, “Kreuzberged” has over … Continue reading

May 26, 2016 · 2 Comments

THE DAY TO TAKE THE TRAM

  The first electric tram in the world, built by Siemens & Halske, had its last official test run  on May 12, 1881 in Berlin-Lichterfelde, between Lichterfelde Railway Station and the Main Military … Continue reading

May 12, 2016

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: THE LAKE VIEW

The Neuer See, a 10,000-m² large artificial lake built for the 1896 Great Industrial Exposition in Berlin, was located on top of the hippodrome-shaped playground designed for Berlin’s fourth public … Continue reading

May 3, 2016

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

BERLIN PAST: BATHING IN THE TIERGARTEN

  In 1947 the city´s oldest public park, the Tiergarten, was still used for farming: horticulture instead of “amusemang” (Berlinerisch-French word). In fact, the site was divided into 3,000 allotments … Continue reading

Apr 7, 2016 · 3 Comments

BERLIN PAST: FIVE O´CLOCK AT THE EDEN

A five-o´clock tea and dance at the Eden Hotel in the 1930s´ Berlin. Daily tea parties organised by the hotel were among the most popular events in the city at … Continue reading

Mar 30, 2016

ROLLING UP

ROLLING UP The first Berlin escalator opened on December 22nd, 1925 in an elegant and popular department store in Leipziger Strasse 46-49 corner Dönhoffplatz. Tietz-Warenhaus invested not only in the … Continue reading

Feb 9, 2016 · 2 Comments

QUOTE OF THE DAY

  “Berlin streets are the city´s and not the state´s responsibility. Such is the rule. But to this rule there are endless exceptions. Since the Kaiser stands above the Town … Continue reading

Dec 17, 2015

THE TREES OUTSIDE BERLIN WINDOWS

The oldest tree in my street is a linden – not surprising considering that we are in Berlin. Germans love their linden even though historically speaking, a linden tree is … Continue reading

Dec 14, 2015 · 2 Comments

SOMEWHERE ALONG THE LINE

Until now “Berliner Straßenszene” by Karl Holtz, a picture owned by Berlin´s Stiftung Stadtmuseum and painted in the early 1920s, has been dated for 1920-1923. However, the tram line No. 21 … Continue reading

Dec 11, 2015

YOU ARE HERE: SCHÖNHAUSER ALLEE BEFORE WWII

Today´s photo presents the junction of Schönhauser Allee, Wisbyer Strasse and Bornholmer Strasse (invisible behind the viaduct of the U2 elevated railway line) in Prenzlauer Berg in what must be … Continue reading

Dec 3, 2015

TODAY IN BERLIN: NOVEMBER 29th

  A big day, if a little spine-chilling one: on November 29th, 1713 Berlin witnessed its first public human autopsy history. The procedure, which until then had often been performed … Continue reading

Nov 30, 2015

YOU ARE HERE: POTSDAMER STRASSE IN OCTOBER 1945

Today´s photo, made just off Potsdamer Platz in the old Potsdamer Strasse – today´s Potsdamer Strasse was built anew to fit into the modernised grid of the PoPla – was … Continue reading

Nov 5, 2015 · 2 Comments

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