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Category Archives: Berlin U-Bahn and S-Bahn

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

Protected: RINGBAHN: 140 AND STILL GOING STRONG

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Nov 15, 2017 · Enter your password to view comments.

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

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NO TRAINS GO BUT YOU DO – A WALKING MAP OF BERLIN PUBLIC TRANSPORT NETWORK

Everybody knows and dreads the moment: the loudspeaker voice on your U-Bahn or S-Bahn platform makes the announcement, “Due to technical problems/medical intervention/wild ponies rambling freely on the tracks, train … Continue reading

Sep 19, 2017 · 3 Comments

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

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HERE COMES DICKE ICKE

Behold the new #BVG U-Bahn train which will join the city´s rolling stock in October 2017. And, as always with Berlin trains – whether #UBahn or #SBahn – you can … Continue reading

Jul 5, 2017 · 2 Comments

Protected: BUILDING THE SUSPENSE or WHY BERLIN HAS NO SCHWEBEBAHN

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Apr 28, 2017 · Enter your password to view comments.

TAKE THE U1 TRAIN – SUNDAY AUDIO-JOURNEY WITH WALRUS AND I

I am very happy and proud to announce that the latest podcast from our friend at “Walrus and the Bear” – a podcast about our favourite Berlin U-Bahn line, U1 … Continue reading

Mar 3, 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

THE GHOST-TUNNEL UNDER THE SPREE

Did you know that an old street-tram tunnel under the River Spree still connects Treptower Park with the Stralau Penninsula? However, do not plan any excursions yet: the tunnel has … Continue reading

Dec 16, 2016 · 2 Comments

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

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

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

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

NOW AND THEN IN BERLIN

The two photographs above present the same street-corner in one of the most popular sections of Berlin´s City West: the junction of Hardenbergstrasse and Joachimsthaler Strasse at Bahnhof “Zoologischer Garten” … Continue reading

Mar 6, 2016 · 1 Comment

MONDAY MORNING IN BERLIN

The famous morning-trio from U-Bahnhof Alexanderplatz, captured by a brilliant East-Berlin photographer, Harald Hauswald, in 1986.

Feb 15, 2016 · 2 Comments

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

GHOSTS OF BERLINS PAST

Here is another delicious visual “goodie” from a popular Berlin daily, “Der Tagesspiegel”: a series of photos of Berlin´s regular as well as U-Bahn and S-Bahn railway stations, including the … Continue reading

Jan 13, 2016

SPOTTED IN PASSING: WINDCHILL

The frozen-over Landwehrkanal under the Thielenbrücke connecting Neukölln and Kreuzberg between Glogauer Strasse and Pannierstrasse. The name of the bridge commemorates Karl von Thielen, Prussian Secretary of State for Public … Continue reading

Jan 7, 2016

BERLIN BRUSHES: KARL HUBBUCH

A beautiful etching by Karl Hubbuch, contemporary and colleague of Otto Dix and Georg Grosz: corner Leipziger Strasse and Friedrichstrasse in 1922 during the construction of the U-Bahn line. Image … Continue reading

Dec 18, 2015

YOU ARE HERE: UNTER DEN LINDEN IN 1909

Here is a beautiful photo of the corner of the boulevard Unter den Linden and Friedrichstrasse taken in 1909 by a photographer from the famous Berlin photo atelier Zander & … Continue reading

Dec 9, 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

TRAINSPOTTING IN BERLIN

Here is a little gem of a web page for all fans of Berlin´s public transport system – which, as we know, despite all the persistent rumours and occasional complaints, … Continue reading

Nov 24, 2015

U-BAHNHOF PRINZENSTRASSE IN THE EARLY 1900s

U-Bahnhof  “Prinzenstrasse” shortly before its opening around 1902 with both original entrances – Wittig´s tower-like staircase and the ramp entering the house in Gitschiner Strasse 71 – as well as … Continue reading

Nov 18, 2015

YOU ARE HERE: U-BAHNHOF PRINZENSTRASSE

Here is a fascinating image of the “U-Bahnhof Prinzenstrasse” painted in 1986 by a wonderful Palestinian and Berlin-based artist, Ibrahim Hazimeh. The southern entrance to the station was replaced in … Continue reading

Nov 18, 2015

YOU ARE HERE: SAVIGNYPLATZ

The plaza, named in 1887 after a 19th-century German jurist and historian, Friedrich Carl von Savigny, was included in the so called Hobrecht Plan – a master-plan for urban development … Continue reading

Oct 12, 2015

YOU ARE HERE: ORANIENPLATZ IN 1906

Here is a little more detailed description of the historic image included in our previous post – considering the great interest it awoke, it is very much worth explaining a … Continue reading

Oct 8, 2015

SPOTTED IN PASSING: SMALL WORLD

A wooden model of the U-Bahnhof Görlitzer Bahnhof (originally called “Oranienstrasse”) on display at a small surgery in Liegnitzer Platz.

Sep 19, 2015

RIDDLE ME THIS, RIDDLE ME THAT

Released in July 1983 the single “Everything Counts” was also featured on Depeche Modes’ brilliant album “Construction Time Again”. It’s not only a great song by all standards but it … Continue reading

Jul 22, 2015 · 2 Comments

WALKING BERLIN

Nothing like a wonderful old amateur film made in the city in the 1930s to make you feel like walking around Berlin for a bit longer than necessary. Forget the … Continue reading

Apr 20, 2015 · 1 Comment

FROM THE DIARY OF A MAD RESEARCHER

To give you an insight into the kind of lengths I am quite prepared to go to in order to answer a burning Berlin research question, here is a little … Continue reading

Apr 17, 2015

HEARING VOICES

(Potentially) Good news for all U2 Line users in Berlin: the vocal experiment conducted by the BVG, the city transportation company, which involved having the regular, next-station announcements replaced by … Continue reading

Mar 30, 2015

SPOTTED IN PASSING: EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED

Spotted at the U-Bahnhof Prinzenstrasse, U1 Line, Berlin.

Mar 19, 2015

YOU ARE HERE: U-BAHNHOF ORANIENSTRASSE

Here is a wonderful photo of the Hochbahn Bahnhof “Oranienstrasse” made around 1905 with the Hochbahn line running along Skalitzer Strasse, with Wiener Strasse on the right, Manteuffelstrasse cutting Skalitzer … Continue reading

Mar 14, 2015

STREETCAR NAMED SENSUCHT

Great news: the new Berlin authorities are planning to reintroduce street-trams to what used to be West Berlin – since the late 1960s trams can only be found in the … Continue reading

Jan 21, 2015 · 10 Comments

DIPPING A BIRD – NEW SEASON AT PRINZENBAD

Just for the record, one of the best and definitely the most interesting outdoor swimming pool in Berlin has just opened for the season! Big “Yay!” to Prinzenbad, everybody! For … Continue reading

May 7, 2014

THAT WAS THE CITY THAT WAS – THE S-BAHN MAP OF DIVIDED BERLIN

A fantastic map of Berlin U and S-Bahn as it was in 1980 made by Max Roberts and published on the web page of the Atlantic Cities. Please notice the evident … Continue reading

May 7, 2014 · 2 Comments

SPOTTED IN PASSING: SCHRÖDER’S ANALBÜRSTE

SCHRÖDER’S ANALBUERSTE “WITH SCHRÖDER’S ANAL BRUSH YOU ARE SURE TO HAVE STH TO TALK ABOUT AT EVERY PARTY” Spotted in a brush shop in Heimstrasse, Berlin-Kreuzberg. There might be a … Continue reading

May 6, 2014

YOU ARE HERE: UNDER THE U1

This photo was taken today under the freshly renovated U1 viaduct in Gitschiner Strasse. The place looks again like a long, long time ago: The difference between these two images is some … Continue reading

Apr 28, 2014

YOU ARE HERE: ONE NIGHT AT HALLESCHES TOR

Here is a rare photo of the Hochbahn (elevated U-Bahn line) viaduct in Berlin-Kreuzberg used by the line U1 today. It was taken late at night on October 11th, 1928 … Continue reading

Apr 22, 2014

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: APRIL 4th – THE MAYOR´S NEW SEAT

On April 4th, 2000 representatives of two soon-to-be-one Berlin boroughs, Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg, met to discuss an important question: where should the future mayor of F´Hain-XBerg reside? As finding an … Continue reading

Apr 11, 2014

SPOTTED IN PASSING: WAITING

Spotted at the U1 station at Hallesches Tor in Berlin-Kreuzberg.

Apr 9, 2014

GO WEST! Kreuzberg tour this weekend

It is almost Sunday again – if you don´t know how to spend your day off, here´s an idea: join me and a small group of others at 11 AM … Continue reading

Apr 9, 2014 · 2 Comments

SPOTTED IN PASSING: SPRING SHOTS

Spotted in Waterloo Ufer in Berlin-Kreuzberg.

Mar 6, 2014

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: FEBRUARY 18th – THE DEATH OF EDUARD LÜRSSEN

1891 Some time between 5 and 6 PM on February 18th, 1891 in Berlin a famous and widely respected sculptor Professor Eduard Lürssen fails to go on his daily walk. … Continue reading

Feb 19, 2014 · 1 Comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: MY LITTLE PONY

Spotted in the middle of Moritzplatz in Berlin-Kreuzberg.

Feb 18, 2014

Protected: ABOAG IN BARUTHER STRAßE 14

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THE GHOST STATIONS OF KREUZBERG: ORANIENPLATZ

What a coincidence, meine Damen und Herren🙂 Only yesterday the best local TV news programme, RBB Abendschau, in its new and as always fascinating series about the little secrets of … Continue reading

Jan 16, 2014

GHOSTS OF THE STATIONS PAST

A fascinating series of photos from the dead underground stations under Berlin – most of them were resurrected only after Berlin Wall disappeared. In the days of West and East … Continue reading

Jan 16, 2014

SPOTTED IN PASSING: LONELY SMOKE

Spotted in Tempelhofer Ufer (seen from U-Bahn Station Hallesches Tor) in Kreuzberg 61.

Nov 14, 2013

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