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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: THE SPREE RETURNS

  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

August 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

KOSKO, MAO & Co.

On July 2 1955 East Berlin celebrated the opening of its new zoo, Tierpark Friedrichsfelde: having been separated from the western part of the city occupied by Western Allies meant … Continue reading

July 2, 2018 · Leave a comment

Protected: HAPPY BIRTHDAY KARSTADT AM HERMANNPLATZ!

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LOST BERLIN: AT KROLL’S

A quiet afternoon at the Krollscher Wintergarten, also known as Krollscher Etablissement, beer garden in 1904. The typical garden furniture is still in use today. Some of the one captured here might … Continue reading

June 18, 2018 · 3 Comments

Protected: TODAY IN BERLIN: KAISERS IN THE STADIUM

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Protected: TODAY IN BERLIN: FROM BATHS TO HIMMLER

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Protected: THE GOLDEN DAYS OF “MOKA EFTI”

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Protected: TODAY IN BERLIN: KARSTADT AM HERMANNPLATZ RETURNS

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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

CHANCE ENCOUNTERS: HIDDEN BERLIN

Contrary to what we hear all too often these days – more as a warning than as a fact, I believe – Berlin still has its little secrets and surprises. … Continue reading

April 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

Protected: DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: BAD LINDEN

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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

April 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

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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UNREADY IN BERLIN

According to Karl Scheffler – and what must be the most often used Berlin quotation ever – Germany’s capital is “dazu verdammt, immerfort zu werden und niemals zu sein” (cursed … Continue reading

March 1, 2018 · 6 Comments

Protected: WHEN TANTE JU CAME A-FLYING

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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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​CHRISTMAS IN BERLIN: DAY 3

This little boy carrying a Christmas tree was photographed by Willy Römer in December 1920. Perhaps even in Kreuzberg where the photographer lived at the time in a small flat … Continue reading

December 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

CHRISTMAS IN BERLIN: DAY 2 or BLOODY CHRISTMAS OF 1918

What should have been a truly Merry Christmas soon to be celebrated by the people gathered in front of Berlin’s Stadtschloß in 1918 became one of the bloodier chapters in … Continue reading

December 19, 2017 · 7 Comments

CHRISTMAS IN BERLIN: DAY 1

This week we will be presenting historical images of Berlin around and during Christmas time: how the city prepared for and celebrated the holiday, what traditions it followed and how … Continue reading

December 18, 2017 · 3 Comments

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 · 1 Comment

SPORT IM BILD

Although aimed primarily at the upper classes in Berlin and Vienna, German-Austrian magazine “Sport in Bild”, owned since 1909 by a Berlin press house August Scherl in what was known … Continue reading

December 5, 2017 · Leave a comment

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

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November 29, 2017 · Enter your password to view comments.

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: THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF STROUSBERG

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Protected: RINGBAHN: 140 AND STILL GOING STRONG

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THE KLINGELBRÜCKE OR WHY IT PAYS TO READ FONTANE

In November 1872 Theodor Fontane – journalist, author, glorious hypochondriac and Berlin´s most famous ex-apothecary (he worked, among others, in the hospital pharmacy at the Bethanien Hospital in Kreuzberg) – … Continue reading

November 14, 2017 · 4 Comments

BERLIN´S LA-LA-LAND or THE CITY´S OTHER OPERA HOUSES

Famously, Berlin has three renowned opera houses: the newly re-opened Staatsoper, the Deutsche Oper and the Komische Oper (there is also a wonderful vagabond phenomenon known of as the Kiez … Continue reading

November 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

Protected: HERR MENDELSSOHN IN LONDON OR SPRING IN CAMBERWELL GREEN

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Protected: BACK TO FRONT AT THE SCHLOßPLATZ: THE NEPTUNBRUNNEN

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BERLIN BRUSHES: PENNELL´S LEIPZIGER PLATZ

Behold Warenhaus Wertheim in Leipziger Platz – famous Berlin department store whose remains were removed after WWII – here on Joseph Pennell´s 1921 lithography. An interesting fact: the section of … Continue reading

October 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

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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September 19, 2017 · Enter your password to view comments.

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

Protected: YOU ARE HERE: BERLINER DOM

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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

NOTMSPARKER & BERLIN COMPANION RETURN

One of the best things about leaving Berlin and going on holidays is knowing that when those end, it is to Berlin that you will come back again – a … Continue reading

August 25, 2017 · 4 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

July 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Protected: REQUIEM FOR GUSTAV WUNDERWALD

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Protected: TODAY IN BERLIN June 7 1802 or LITTLE SPOTS IN HISTORY

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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

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