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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 · Leave a comment

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

THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF STROUSBERG

The 1868 Villa Strousberg in Wilhelmstraße 70, also known as Palais Strousberg, was designed by August Orth for the then most successful Berlin entrepreneur and one of the most powerful … Continue reading

November 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

BLITZ OVER KREUZBERG: ELECTOR JOACHIM AND THE FLOOD

Did you know that on July 15, 1525 – exactly 492 years ago – Brandenburg´s Elector Joachim I Nestor managed to make a complete fool of himself as well as … Continue reading

July 15, 2017 · 1 Comment

Protected: KREUZBERG ON FIRE or WHERE IT ALL BEGAN: MAY 1 RIOTS ARE ABOUT TO HIT THE TOWN

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SPOTTED IN PASSING: I HEART U6

Declaration of love for Berlin´s north-south U-Bahn line shouted out lout on the windows of Max Taut´s 1933 Retail Co-op Department Store at Oranienplatz in Berlin-Kreuzberg SW61.

March 29, 2017 · 2 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

March 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BERLINER HOCHBAHN!

Berlin’s first U-Bahn line, which was, perhaps a bit confusingly, an elevated railway line, built by Siemens and Halske, opened to the public on 18 February 1902 at 5:25 AM. … Continue reading

February 15, 2017 · 3 Comments

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

February 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

“TEMPLARS, BUNKERS AND PRUSSIAN GLORY”: A DIGITAL WALK WITH KREUZBERGED THROUGH HER NEIGHOURHOOD

Dear Berlin Fans in Berlin and Beyond! The deed is done: yours truly decided it was time for her to jump onto the digital wave so successfully ridden by others. … Continue reading

December 9, 2016 · 2 Comments

SPOTTED IN PASSING: “STAY SPECIAL” 

Spotted on the northern facade of Marheineke Markthalle in Zossener Straße in Kreuzberg. 

October 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

BERLIN BRUSH STROKES: THE ARTIST, HIS BIKE AND BERLIN

  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

September 28, 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

July 18, 2016 · 6 Comments

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

SPOTTED IN PASSING: THE GATE

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

May 21, 2016 · 4 Comments

HISTORY IS A MAKE-BELIEVE THING

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

May 19, 2016 · 4 Comments

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

April 27, 2016 · Leave a 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

April 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: HEADING FOR KOTTI

Spotted in Admiralstrasse, Berlin-Kreuzberg.

February 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: THE TOP OF THE HILL

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

February 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

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

February 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

YOU ARE HERE: CHRISTMAS AT THE WALL IN 1961

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

December 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

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

November 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: A KARSTADT MOMENT

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

October 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

LOOKING FROM THE TOP OF MY DESK

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

October 15, 2015 · 3 Comments

THINGS THAT FLOAT IN THE LANDWEHRKANAL

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

September 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

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

June 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

CRUISING IN THE CITY – THE NEXT TOUR OF KREUZBERG IS NIGH

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

April 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN KREUZBERG

Spotted in Gneisenaustrasse in Berlin – Kreuzberg.

April 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED

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

March 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

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

March 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

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

February 19, 2015 · 1 Comment

WAR GAMES

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

February 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

DIY FOR BERLIN-FANS

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

January 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

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

January 21, 2015 · 10 Comments

THE MOST HATED HOUSE IN BERLIN?

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

January 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

YOU ARE HERE: JUNGFERN BRIDGE

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

December 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

YOU ARE HERE: VIKTORIAPARK IN BERLIN-KREUZBERG

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

December 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN BERLIN: WILD WILD WEST

Spotted this morning in Gneisenaustrasse, Berlin – Kreuzberg.

December 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

KARSTADT AM HERMANNPLATZ ON A SUNNY DAY IN JULY

Spotted from the roof terrace at Karstadt in Berlin-Kreuzberg.

July 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: THE LANDING OF THE SPACE INVADER

Spotted in Mariannenstrasse, Berlin-Kreuzberg.

July 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

BECAUSE I ALWAYS TALK TO STRANGERS

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

June 27, 2014 · 1 Comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: No. 9

Spotted in Urbanstrasse, Berlin-Kreuzberg.

June 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT’S INSIDE ANOTHER

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

June 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: IT´S ALL SO QUIET

Spotted in Grimmstrasse in Berlin-Kreuzberg.

June 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

YOU ARE HERE: BRACHVOGELSTRASSE AT THE CANAL

  Here´s the path at Landwehrkanal running along the dead “arm” of Brachvogelstrasse in the direction of Waterloo Brücke. It was only after the WW2 that this small section of … Continue reading

June 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

MR LEE´S BERLIN DIARY

In the summer of 2012 Vic Lee, a London-based illustrator and typographer visited Berlin. Here is the diary of his journey: hand-drawn and made without any prior sketching. To visit … Continue reading

June 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: DRIVING MISS DAISY

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

June 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: THE OLD TIMES

Cafe Galander in Großbeerenstrasse in Kreuzberg.

May 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB

Spotted in passing in Bergmannstrasse in Berlin – Kreuzberg.

May 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

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