Today´s Berlin Brushstrokes picture is “Gleisdreieck” (after a large inner-city Berlin railway junction and the scene of the 1908 railway accident described in our previous post) a lithographic print … Continue reading
Did you know that exactly 170 years ago today no other place on Earth was closer to stars than Berlin? It was here that Johann Gottfried Galle, German astronomer who … Continue reading
The original Hochbahn (elevated railway) Station “Kottbusser Tor” in 1904. It was demolished in 1928 and built anew at its current location approximately 100 m further west of the original … Continue reading
On September 13, 1866, after more less a year of construction, the first train departed from the freshly completed Görlitzer Bahnhof, a large terminus railway station built in Berlin´s south … Continue reading
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
Between 1936 and 1938 a young engineer named Konrad Zuse – who was born on this day in 1910 in Wilmersdorf and later lived with his family in Wrangelkiez in … Continue reading
The first patient checked in that day was a servant girl suffering from an unspecified lung condition. Her social position might have been low and herself insignificant but on … Continue reading
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
A passage connecting two historical cemeteries in Bergmannstraße in Kreuzberg was created by tearing down a section of an old family tomb. The cemeteries in Bergmannstraße are among the most … Continue reading
Following the posts published on this blog yesterday – they introduced “the mystery” of the broken columns lining the street between U-Bhf Hallesches Tor and today´s Mehringplatz – and a … Continue reading
Did you know that the four (by now broken) columns, looking lost and out of place lining the pavement between U-Bahnhof “Hallesches Tor” and Mehringplatz, have been standing there … Continue reading
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
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
Berlin photo-journalist Willy Pragher, who took this amazing picture in July 1928, managed to capture one of chief transition moments in the history of Kottbusser Tor. With Kotti being currently … Continue reading
A big round of applause, please: today marks another important Berlin anniversary. It has been exactly 90 years since one of our favourite Berlin underground stations, U-Bahnhof “Hermannplatz”, opened for … Continue reading
In the late 1870s, Berlin authorities commissioned Hermann Blankenstein – an excellent if, according to some, slightly conservative City Councillor for Building and Construction – with the refurbishment and modification … Continue reading
Spotted in Admiralstrasse, Berlin-Kreuzberg.
Top of the Cross Hill: to of the Kreuzberg in the Viktoria Park, looking down towards Grossbeerenstrasse and the Landwehrkanal. The switched-off waterfall (in summer water is pumped uphill by … Continue reading
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
An illuminated Christmas tree on the corner of Zimmer Strasse and Lindenstrasse in December 1961. The corner building will soon be demolished along with the rest of the block to make … Continue reading
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
Looking from the top of the Karstadt The restaurant floor of the large department store at Hermannplatz in Berlin-Kreuzberg offers one of the best views in central Berlin (the food’s … Continue reading
In his unforgettable role as a college teacher, John Keating, in the 1989 film “Dead Poets Society”, the actor Robin Williams tells his students watching him climb on top of … Continue reading
Ever wondered what sort of things float and swim in the Landwehrkanal – which, by the way, celebrated its 165th birthday a week ago? The answer is, of course, plenty … Continue reading
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
The sun is shining, the trees are getting green, it is time to go out there and explore again without having to risk frostbite and/or developing an uncomely blueish tint … Continue reading
Spotted in Gneisenaustrasse in Berlin – Kreuzberg.
The grave of the great Post Master General of Berlin, Heinrich von Stephan, at the Dreifaltigskeitfriedhof I (Feld II) at the cemeteries between Zossener-, Baruther- and Blücherstrasse in Berlin-Kreuzberg. The … Continue reading
On March 24th, 1849 the following streets were named in Berlin-Kreuzberg: Mathieustrasse (used to connect today´s Lobeckstrasse with Alexandrinenstrasse) Wassertorstrasse Wassertorplatz Pücklerstrasse Mariannenstrasse Mariannenplatz Brandenburgstrasse (Lobeckstrasse today) Jakobikirchstrasse Mariannenufer (Bethaniendamm … Continue reading
Spotted at the U-Bahnhof Prinzenstrasse, U1 Line, Berlin.
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
Hermannplatz in its full glory: Karstadt in Berlin-Kreuzberg on the right and the square itself plus the houses on the left in Berlin-Neukölln, with the entrance to the U8 station in the … Continue reading
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
War Games The US forces stationed in West Berlin practising their “street guerilla” skills in Wrangelkiez in SO 36 (East Kreuzberg) in 1980. The “soldier” is standing in front of … Continue reading
Since many Berliners and Berlin-fans seem to miss the good old “Cafes Achteck” for both sentimental and practical reasons, this is where they could seek possible comfort. Presented by John-H, … Continue reading
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
The house in Engeldamm 70 corner Michaelkirchplatz in Berlin-Mitte, regularly featured in the local news because of the attacks carried out by the stone-hurtling, self-proclaimed crusaders of the radical left, … Continue reading
The painting above, called JUNGFERNBRÜCKE, was created by Hans Baluschek, a famous Berlin artist and the author of some of the most impressive early 20th-century images of the city, between 1926 and … Continue reading
Here are Berlin´s fourth oldest City park, Viktoriapark in Berlin-Kreuzberg and the National Memorial on top of the Kreuzberg hill around which the park was built, in the last decade of the 19th century. … Continue reading
Spotted this morning in Gneisenaustrasse, Berlin – Kreuzberg.
Mehringdamm, one of the best known and busiest streets of Berlin and Berlin-Kreuzberg is also one of the very few streets in this city with 99% of its numbers belonging … Continue reading
Baerwaldbad in Baerwaldstrasse, Berlin-Kreuzberg. Designed by the famous Berlin architect, Ludwig Hoffmann, it was built in 1901 to relieve the problem of poor personal hygiene among the residents of the … Continue reading
Yesterday, August 11th marked the 190th birthday of Martin Gropius, one of the leading architects of the 19th century Berlin and the great-uncle of Walter Gropius of the Bauhaus fame. Most … Continue reading
Spotted from the roof terrace at Karstadt in Berlin-Kreuzberg.
Spotted in Mariannenstrasse, Berlin-Kreuzberg.
Passing through the Friedhöfe Vor Dem Halleschen Tor (cemeteries between Mehringdamm, Zossener-, Blücher- and Baruther Strasse, I was stopped by a happily round gentleman who was keen on telling me … Continue reading
Spotted in Urbanstrasse, Berlin-Kreuzberg.
Beautiful new graffiti is being born at Mehringplatz in Berlin – Kreuzberg. Soon the wall opposite this one will become home to a work by another artist. Sadly, we were … Continue reading
Spotted in Grimmstrasse in Berlin-Kreuzberg.