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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: 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

December 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

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

December 3, 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

WILDERNESS YEARS AT POSTDAMER PLATZ

The photo above shows the throbbing Potsdamer Platz some time around 19023-1924. In the top right corner stands one of the famous Schinkel Gatehouses, two small Doric buildings designed by Karl … Continue reading

November 2, 2015 · 1 Comment

YOU ARE HERE: ALEXANDERPLATZ IN 1903

Berlin electric and horse-drawn trams as well as a horse-drawn omnibus at Alexanderplatz in 1903. The square changed a lot since the day this photo was taken: none of the … Continue reading

July 1, 2015 · 2 Comments

MEET ST LUKAS

St. Lukas Kirche in Bernburger Straße, Berlin – Kreuzberg. One of the oldest original street -front churches in Berlin. This sort of architecture was introduced after the property / land … Continue reading

June 30, 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

YOU ARE HERE: SPRINGTIME IN SAARLANDSTRASSE

Between 1935 and 1947 today´s Stresemannstrasse was known as Saarlandstrasse –  the photo was most probably taken either in 1945 or perhaps a year later, before the Nazi name of … Continue reading

April 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

YOU ARE HERE: SPRINGTIME IN LUSTGARTEN

With spring literally clasping us tighter and tighter in her warm, sunny hug, here is a photo of a similar day in Berlin a hundred and nine years ago: a … Continue reading

March 18, 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

YOU ARE HERE: FLOATING IN TIERGARTEN

Here is a lovely image of a lady relaxing in an inflatable boat on a little lake in Berlin´s oldest park, the Tiergarten, some time in the early 1950s. With … Continue reading

February 17, 2015 · 1 Comment

YOU ARE HERE: FRIEDRICHSTRASSE IN 1926

Here is Friedrichstrasse at night in 1926 with the U-Bahn station Französische Straße, looking south towards Stadtmitte. The Kaiser Hotel, visible here on the right side of the street, opened … Continue reading

January 20, 2015 · 2 Comments

YOU ARE HERE: WASCH- UND PLATTENANSTALT R. RÜDIGER

After a bit of research in the historic Berlin directories (available online on the Zentral Landesbibliothek web page), we were able to establish the address of Herr Rüdiger´s cleaning and … Continue reading

January 6, 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

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

YOU ARE HERE: THE WESTERN STAIRCASE OF KARSTADT AM HERMANNPLATZ

Here’s the only original part of the 1929 Karstadt department store at Hermannplatz (but although Hermannplatz belongs to Neukölln, the shop stands in  Berlin – Kreuzberg) that is still available … Continue reading

May 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

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

April 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

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

April 14, 2014 · 1 Comment

YOU ARE HERE: CHECKPOINT CHARLIE

Did you know that despite the rumours the famous East-West German inner-city crossing in Berlin known as Checkpoint Charlie is NOT placed in the borough of Mitte? It cannot be … Continue reading

April 7, 2014 · 2 Comments

YOU ARE HERE: WATERLOO UFER 5-7

When WW2 swept over Berlin in its final salto mortale in the early 1945 and when hurled tens of thousands of bombs onto the houses and their inhabitants, the old … Continue reading

April 4, 2014 · 4 Comments

YOU ARE HERE: GROßBEERENSTRASSE 34

  Believe it or not: the courtyards of Berlin are often even more interesting than the “Vorderhaus” – the front house – itself. Not the least because those very same … Continue reading

March 31, 2014 · 2 Comments

YOU ARE HERE: SPITTELMARKT, BERLIN-MITTE

Spittelmarkt, Berlin-Mitte, 1909 (photo: Waldemar Titzenthaler) A stunning photo of one of the most interesting and most busy Berlin streets and squares before WW2 – gone entirely afterwards. Two elements … Continue reading

March 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

YOU ARE HERE: THE WATERFALL IN VIKTORIAPARK

The so called Bengal lights, in this case a colour-changing electric illumination, was switched on for the first time in 1898 after an electric dynamo generator was installed in the … Continue reading

March 19, 2014 · 2 Comments

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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

January 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

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

January 14, 2014 · 4 Comments

YOU ARE HERE: MORITZPLATZ IN 1909

Until the 2nd World War Moritzplatz was an extremely busy and lively place: crossed by several tram lines, a U-Bahn station of U8, plenty of regular city traffic and tens … Continue reading

December 22, 2013 · 1 Comment

YOU ARE HERE: THE VIEW FROM JANNOWITZBRÜCKE

Old Berlin image: the view from Jannowitzbrücke towards the old Waisenbrücke (built 1892–1894 and blown up by the Wermacht troops, the repaired bridge was finally dismantled in 1960 as no … Continue reading

November 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

YOU ARE HERE: THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY

Königliche Sternwarte (Royal Observatory) built “am Halleschen Thor” (at the Gate to Halle) in 1832-1835 and designed by Berlin´s über-architect, Karl Friedrich Schinkel. The building was demolished in August 1913 … Continue reading

September 26, 2013 · 3 Comments

YOU ARE HERE: WIENER STRASSE 10

The former Sturmlokal (regular meeting point in a pub or restaurant) of the SA Assault Division 27 was known before the war as “Wiener Garten”. The house survived the war … Continue reading

September 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

YOU ARE (STILL) HERE: GITSCHINER STRASSE CORNER ZOSSENER BRÜCKE

This photo – which some of our readers already know – was taken on October 20th, 2012 from almost the same spot as the one in the previous post. What … Continue reading

September 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

YOU ARE HERE: IG-METALL-HAUS

This impressive house on the corner of Linden- and Alte Jakobstrasse was designed by Erich Mendelsohn and Rudolph Reichel and built between 1929 and 1930 for the powerful Industriegewerkschaft Metall … Continue reading

September 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

YOU ARE HERE: URBANHAFEN

Urbanhafen under construction in 1892-1895.

September 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

YOU ARE HERE: YORCKSTRASSE CORNER MEHRINGDAMM

Kreuzberg Tempelhofer Vorstadt: view from Mehringdamm towards Yorckstrasse and St. Bonifatius Church (gorgeous red-brick facade with 75-metre-high towers, built in 1907). All the houses seen on this postcard are still … Continue reading

August 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

HUGGING NEUKÖLLN – FROM KARSTADT WITH LOVE

Our dear friend, Berlioz1935 (of berlioz1935.wordpress.com) made us aware of the details of the curious deal between the boroughs of Kreuzberg and Neukölln regarding Karstadt. Here´s a translation of the … Continue reading

August 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

As a response to many questions and comments about Karstadt at Hermannplatz which this blog introduced last week in the Today in Kreuzberg series, I would like to do away … Continue reading

August 26, 2013 · 2 Comments

YOU ARE HERE: KRANKENHAUS AM URBAN THE ADMINISTRATION BUILDING

Here are three images of the Verwaltungsgebäude of the old hospital Am Urban. Today it is a residential building which can be seen from the garden of the new Urban … Continue reading

June 24, 2013 · 2 Comments

YOU ARE HERE: BELLE-ALLIANCE-PLATZ

Belle-Alliance-Platz or Rondell is today´s Mehringplatz. (you can read more about its history in another post here). The name of the old plaza built at the behest of King Friedrich … Continue reading

June 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

YOU ARE HERE: VIKTORIAPARK WATERFALL

The waterfall in Viktoriapark around 1900 – a man-made “piece of nature” with originally (it is a bit less today) 13,000 litres of water pumped to the top of the … Continue reading

June 13, 2013 · 1 Comment

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