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Category Archives: SO 36

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

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

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

THE WHEELS SHOULD KEEP ON ROLLING: NEW CYCLE PATH UNDER THE U1 VIADUCT?

For the past two days the whole of Berlin has been enthusing about the latest street traffic project concerning the construction of a new cycling road under the viaduct of the … Continue reading

Nov 23, 2015

EMPTY CORNERS

The – rather sparse – architecture between Reichenberger Straße and Kottbusser Straße right before Kottbusser Tor in the 1970s. Today, it is one of the busiest corners of Berlin within … Continue reading

Jun 21, 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

SO 36 YEARS AGO

This original 1979 film has already been featured on kreuzberged before but because of its immense historic as well as sentimental value we are going to present it again. It … Continue reading

Feb 19, 2015 · 1 Comment

NO-BAG LADIES: FIRST WRAPPING-FREE SUPERMARKET OPENS IN THE KIEZ

With each of us producing some 250 kg of plastic wrapping rubbish a year, it might sound like a good idea to stop. But how do you do this if … Continue reading

Sep 12, 2014 · 3 Comments

SPOTTED IN PASSING: RE-PRE-SENT

Spotted in Reichenberger Strasse in SO36.

Aug 13, 2014 · 1 Comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: THE LANDING OF THE SPACE INVADER

Spotted in Mariannenstrasse, Berlin-Kreuzberg.

Jul 17, 2014

SPOTTED IN PASSING: GOATS STARING AT BOYS

Spotted at the Streichelzoo (City Farm) in Görlitzer Park, Berlin-Kreuzberg. Opening hours in summer: Mon/Tue/Thur/Fri 10am – 7pm and Sat/Sun 11am – 6pm.

Jul 13, 2014

THINKING PERSON´S LAST REFUGE

After what feels like months but in fact lasted just over one week, the occupation of the Gerhardt-Hauptmann-Schule in Ohlauer Strasse in Kreuzberg is over. A group of mostly African … Continue reading

Jul 3, 2014 · 1 Comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: SWEET SINS

” CHOCOLATE IS GOD´S ANSWER TO BROCCOLI” Spotted at Chocolateria Sünde in Heinrichplatz in Berlin-Kreuzberg.

Jun 30, 2014

SPOTTED IN PASSING: DRIVING MISS DAISY

The 1950s petrol station in Muskauer Strasse in Berlin-Kreuzberg. Pay in DM, please.

Jun 11, 2014

THOMAS-KIRCHE AT MARIANENNPLATZ

Here is a photo of St Thomas Church in SO36 seen from Mariannenplatz in the 1920s. The church, beautifully renovated after WW2, is still part of the landscape in the … Continue reading

Jun 5, 2014

SPOTTED IN PASSING: MARKTHALLE IX

Slow Travel Berlin have just published our text about the prettiest old market hall in Berlin – here is another photo of that magical place taken on a quiet afternoon … Continue reading

Jun 4, 2014

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: MAY 22nd – EISENBAHNSTRASSE

1852 Between 1849 and 1852 this street located in SO36 (Eastern Kreuzberg), now probably most famous for its fantastic people´s market hall Martkhalle IX, was called Lübbener Strasse after a … Continue reading

May 26, 2014

SPOTTED IN PASSING: THE ONLY WAY IS UP

Spotted in Adalbertstrasse in Berlin-Kreuzberg.

May 26, 2014

ROLLING THROUGH GÖRLI

Since the latest measures to curb drug-dealing kicked in and the policemen and policewomen can be seen doing their beat through the park on regular basis, Görlitzer Park looks astoundingly … Continue reading

May 24, 2014 · 3 Comments

BERLIN-KREUZBERG STREET CLOUD

Inspired by and drunk on the recent success of our 100 Favourite German Words cloud published on Slow Travel Berlin, we have decided to make a street-name cloud for Berlin-Kreuzberg. The … Continue reading

May 9, 2014

SPOTTED IN PASSING: SECRET GARDEN

Spotted in passing in Reichenberger Strasse in Kreuzberg SO 36.

May 8, 2014

DER WOLF WITH A CAMERA

Oh, we do know a good photo when we see one and here we saw a-plenty of them: Martin Wolf´s photo series from May 1st celebrations in Kreuzberg. Found through … Continue reading

May 5, 2014

FUNKLOCH IN THE DUDELSACK or 100 FAVOURITE GERMAN WORDS

We´ve done some German learning with Slow Travel Berlin and here are the results: 100 Favourite German Words submitted by the readers and translated by Paul Sullivan and yours truly. … Continue reading

May 2, 2014

LADRI DI BICICLETTE – BICYCLE THIEVES

The title of Vittorio de Sicca´s 1948 film sounds so romantic and melodious that it´s hard to believe that it means the same as Fahrraddiebe. While German as a language … Continue reading

Apr 29, 2014

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: APRIL 7th – THE TWELVE STREETS OF KREUZBERG

Here´s a little repetition for our new readers (especially those living in one of the mentioned streets)- a text just as true today as it was exactly a year ago. … Continue reading

Apr 16, 2014

REEDS or KOTTI NATURALLY

If you could design Kottbusser Tor anew what would your design be like? If you were Dali, you´d most likely chop the viaduct in half, put a giraffe in the … Continue reading

Apr 15, 2014

YOU ARE HERE: “ZUR LINDE” AT KOTTBUSSER TOR

This small restaurant or rather an inn used to stand on the corner of Skalitzer- and Admiralsstrasse 38 in SO36 at the old Kottbusser Tor. It was an important meeting point … Continue reading

Apr 14, 2014 · 1 Comment

STAYING IN THE DARK

You like to listen? You like the radio? You like adventure? Then it is time to get In The Dark at their next event at “Madame Claude” in Lübbener Straße … Continue reading

Apr 14, 2014 · 2 Comments

KREUZBERGED ON TV

A couple of months ago, in the bleakest of the bleak Berlin midwinter when the temperatures fell seriously below “Friendly” (or during those only two weeks when it actually got … Continue reading

Apr 9, 2014 · 4 Comments

AS TIME GOES BY – HISTORIC IMAGES OF KREUZBERG

Sometimes one photo says more than a hundred books. And although often it is impossible to “read” the image – to recognise what or whom it presents – without living … Continue reading

Mar 4, 2014

KREUZBERG – THE SCENE OF CRIME

It´s official. The most popular German crime series, Tatort (The Scene of Crime) – a Sunday evening TV affair sweeping the streets of the Republic empty as if by magic, … Continue reading

Feb 28, 2014 · 1 Comment

GÖRLI, DRUGS AND NO ROCK`N`ROLL

Well, it seems that the story of Görlitzer Park´s “Untergang” has entered another chapter. And if you thought the situation was bad in summer then, well, think again. As “Tagesspiegel” … Continue reading

Feb 1, 2014 · 1 Comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: WINTER EVENING IN LIEGNITZER STRASSE

Brightly lit windows of USCHI NATION bar on the corner of Reichenberger Strasse 111 and Liegnitzer Strasse 12.

Jan 27, 2014 · 4 Comments

KREUZBERGED´S 3rd BIRTHDAY

WordPress, our mother-ship carrying us through the Deep Space of Blogging, has just informed us that exactly three years ago, on January 21st 2011 kreuzberged.com published its very first post:-) … Continue reading

Jan 21, 2014 · 10 Comments

LOVE YOUR KIEZ: KEVIN RUMLEY CROPS THE SCHLESICHE STRASSE BLOCK

From Kevin Rumley for Crop The Block project: a short film about Schlesische Strasse and the importance of being one with the place where you live. Well made, witty and … Continue reading

Jan 20, 2014

WHY EVERYBODY LOVES (AND HATES) GÖRLI

It is easy to forget that there is so much more to Görlitzer Park that only drug dealers and the tsunami of rubbish washing over it on daily basis in … Continue reading

Jan 20, 2014

BIO HAZARD IN THE KIEZ – PART 2: No longer bio but still risky as hell

Almost exactly two months have passed since our last report about the problems faced by the small local cleaner´s in Skalitzer Strasse 70 (the post available here). Frau Scheffler, the … Continue reading

Jan 16, 2014

GÖRLITZER BAHN BRÜCKE TODAY

Here is a little follow-up to the last text in the YOU ARE HERE series – the one about Hermann Rückwardt´s 1896 photo of Görlitz Railway Bridge spanning the banks … Continue reading

Jan 16, 2014

YOU ARE HERE: GÖRLITZER BAHN BRÜCKE

Hard to believe but this rather sparsely furnished landscape is one of the busiest Berlin neighbourhoods today. According to the statistics, at the end of 2010 there were some 12,164 … Continue reading

Jan 14, 2014 · 4 Comments

SPOTTED IN PASSING: STREET-ART IN SO36

Spotted on the corner of Oranienstrasse and Manteuffelstrasse in Kreuzberg 36 (SO 36). One of several current personal favourites and a direct neighbour to the famous “Hanging Animals”. Painted by … Continue reading

Dec 30, 2013 · 1 Comment

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: DECEMBER 3rd – PFUELSCHE SCHWIMMANSTALT

On December 3rd, 1866, a cold and damp Berlin winter day, the country and the king were in mourning: General Ernst von Pfuel was dead. Gone was the man who … Continue reading

Dec 9, 2013

SPOTTED IN PASSING: ICE-LIGHTS

Spotted in Admiralstrasse in SO36.

Dec 5, 2013

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: NOVEMBER 18th – “FEUERWEHRDENKMAL” AT MARIANNENPLATZ

1960 At Mariannenplatz in SO 36 a “new” memorial for Berlin fire-fighters who lost their lives while on duty is revealed . “New” because it replaced the original memorial placed … Continue reading

Nov 26, 2013

BIO-HAZARD IN THE KIEZ or PEELING KREUZBERG ONION

It is the nature of cities to change. Like snakes they shed their skin regularly and grow new one – one that makes them prettier, tougher, more resistant and better … Continue reading

Nov 20, 2013 · 3 Comments

TODAY IN BERLIN AND KREUZBERG: THE WORLD ON FIRE – KRISTALLNACHT

Exactly 75 years in the night 9/10 November 1938 Hitler and Goebbels unleashed the beast that was to devour millions of human lives and prove yet again that nothing can … Continue reading

Nov 9, 2013 · 6 Comments

SPOTTED IN PASSING: FULL METAL JACKET

Spotted in Oberbaumstrasse right before the beginning of the Battle of Oberbaumbrücke aka Wasser-/Gemüseschlacht today. And she fought like a lioness, too!:-)  

Sep 22, 2013

IT WAS THE DAY THAT WAS: THE BATTLE OF OBERBAUMBRÜCKE

At 12.00 PM sharp first celery roots and tomatoes cut quick arches through the air, swiftly followed by billowing clouds of flour and a battery of water-bombs. Dozens of eggs … Continue reading

Sep 22, 2013 · 3 Comments

SPOTTED IN PASSING: MONA WAS IN KREUZBERG

Spotted in Fraenkelufer in SO36.

Sep 20, 2013 · 2 Comments

GÖRLI NEEDS YOU or BATMAN, WHERE ART THOU?

The portal BerlinOnline informs that on September 14th – this Saturday – all fans and supporters of Görlitzer Park are invited to help out with the cleaning of the park … Continue reading

Sep 10, 2013

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: AUGUST 23rd – THE SURGERY STOOL OF DR TOBOLD

1860 Every time you turn on your laptop, get on the street-tram or dry your hair with a blow-dryer you owe this comfort to Berlin. Well, indirectly, of course. You … Continue reading

Sep 4, 2013

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