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Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin

TODAY IN BERLIN: BERLINER BÄR GOES SOLO

On October 30, 1338 Berlin, whose sister-city of Cölln used an eagle as their emblem, put their bear-stamp on a council deed regulating securities in loans and pawning known as … Continue reading

October 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

BERLIN BRUSHES: LESSER URY

Is it still raining in Berlin today (I am asking from a tiny village hidden among the gentle hills of Lower Silesia)? Are the streets as beautiful and full of … Continue reading

October 26, 2016 · 2 Comments

HERR LEISTIKOW AND THE LAKE

Walter Leistikow, one of the leading Berlin painters of the late 19th century, was born on this day in 1865. Although not a Berliner by birth – he came from … Continue reading

October 25, 2016 · 2 Comments

PAPER BOYS AHOI or THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF BERLIN NEWSPAPERS IN THE 1920s

Did you know that in December 1926 Berlin´s newsagents sold as many as 147 newspapers – 120 of them dailies! – and 2,486 magazines? The majority of those publications were … Continue reading

October 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: THE TRAFFIC LIGHTS AT POTSDAMER PLATZ

The persistent rumour that the traffic light in Potsdamer Platz was the first such light in the world (or at least in Europe) is as unrelenting as it is incorrect. … Continue reading

October 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

WHERE DO HAPPY GERMANS GO? – THE HAPPINESS ATLAS OF GERMANY

The results of the latest survey known as “Glücksatlas” (Atlas of Happiness), published by the Deutsche Post – whose rapidly weltering quality of service is, not without a touch of … Continue reading

October 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

WASSER MARSCH! – THE VIKTORIAPARK WATERFALL

Viktoriapark Waterfall in today´s Kreuzberg, built – like the rest of the eastern part of the park – by Hermann Mächtig and first tested on October 14, 1893, exactly 123 … Continue reading

October 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SIEMENS!

The courtyard of the house in Schöneberger Straße 19 in Berlin-Kreuzberg where on October 12, 1847 Werner Siemens and Johann Georg Halske opened their first workshop as “Telegraphen Bau-Anstalt Siemens & … Continue reading

October 12, 2016 · 2 Comments

ICH WILL EIN´ BERLINER

A scene at a Berlin bakery: Client: “I´d like a Berliner, please.” Bakery shop-assistant (bored bordering on irritated): “Then turn around and just pick one…”   A doughnut is known … Continue reading

October 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

DREAM OF A BETTER LAND: THE BIRTH OF EAST GERMANY AS A STATE

On October 7, 1949 the Provisorische Volkskammer, or Provisional People´s Chamber, German political authority within the Soviet occupation zone, announced the constitution of the Deutsche Demokratische Republik, better known as East … Continue reading

October 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: “STAY SPECIAL” 

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

October 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

WHO´S THE BIRTHDAY KID or HAPPY BIRTHDAY BERLIN´S FERNSEHTURM

It seems that all that Re-Unification Day celebrations made us forget another very important event that took place on October 3: on that day in 1969 Berlin´s most recognisable symbol, … Continue reading

October 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

OLD BERLIN DEPARTMENT STORES: JANDORF´S IN ROSENTHALER VORSTADT

Warenhaus am Weinberg, or Kaufhaus Jandorf in Brunnenstraße as it is known today, was the third out of six department stores opened in Berlin by Abraham Adolf Jandorf (the last … Continue reading

October 1, 2016 · 1 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

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, NEPTUNE – BBC RADIO ON BERLIN CELESTIAL DISCOVERY

Trust the BBC Radio to provide you with the perfect thing to listen on a Saturday morning. Our last post about the discovery of the planet Neptune, first spotted on … Continue reading

September 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: NEPTUNE SEEN FROM KREUZBERG

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

September 23, 2016 · 1 Comment

EVERYTHING YOU NEVER KNEW YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT BERLIN

Get your little treasure-trove of Berlin facts, secrets and anecdotes, or everything you never knew you wanted to know about Berlin, now: Notmsparker´s Berlin Companion By Notmsparker, the author of … Continue reading

September 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

BERLIN´S TWILIGHT, BERLIN´S DAWN

H.G. Wells, the author of “The Time Machine”, once said that “the past is the beginning of the beginning and all that is and has been is but the twilight … Continue reading

September 22, 2016 · 2 Comments

FROM GAS TO WATER

Englisches Gasanstalt, the first gasworks built and opened in Berlin in 1826 by Imperial-Continental-Gas-Association, captured in 1928 on a bird´s-view photo of Kreuzberg. After WWII the site became home to … Continue reading

September 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

BERLIN PAST: “KOTTBUSSER TOR” STATION IN 1904

  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

September 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: BRIGHT CITY (GAS) LIGHTS

Did you know that Berlin´s gas street illumination had its debut exactly 190 years ago today? On September 19, 1826 the English gasworks established south of Hallesches Tor in today´s … Continue reading

September 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

FLY BERLIN: ORVILLE GOES HIGHER

On September 18,1909 Orville Wright,  who like his brother Wilbur, flew their self-designed aircraft, Wright Model A biplane, beat the world altitude record at the airfield Tempelhofer Feld in Berlin.  … Continue reading

September 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

VOTE OR KEEP QUIET – IT IS TIME TO CHOOSE

  September 18 is the election day in Berlin. In fact, we are talking about two different votes that Berlin residence are called to participate in. Why two? Because Germany´s … Continue reading

September 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: KLOSTERKIRCHE 

The shadow of a hypnotising art installation at Berlin’s 13th-century Klosterkirche. You will find both the church and the rustling artwork in Klosterstraße, right opposite the northern exit of U2 … Continue reading

September 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

THE LUMINOUS COSMOS OF ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLDT

Here´s a man who needs no introduction. In fact, it would be far easier to name the things Alexander von Humboldt did NOT do than to properly quote all of … Continue reading

September 14, 2016 · 1 Comment

MAN AT THE WALL – WATCH MICHAEL CAINE DURING THE FILMING OF “FUNERAL IN BERLIN”

Here is a fascinating account of the experience that filming his Berlin spy movie was for Michael Caine in 1966. It will take you from the strangely prosperous and carefree … Continue reading

September 13, 2016 · 2 Comments

TODAY IN BERLIN: THE YOUNGEST GO TO SCHOOL

It is the Einschülungstag in Berlin today: all around the city all 6-year-olds and a handful of almost-7-year-olds, including my own wonderful twins, will officially join the primary-school pupils´ crew. … Continue reading

September 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

THE CITY FROM ABOVE: CHARLOTTENBURG

Although hardly anyone would admit it in public, Berlin´s twelve boroughs are often compared with each other and subsequently arranged into an (of course unofficial) ranking. Think of it as … Continue reading

September 8, 2016 · 2 Comments

BERLIN: LATE SUMMER SUN 

Good morning Berlin and Beyond! September means it well with us this year. If you’re planning to visit the city,  do it now to profit from the late summer vibe. … Continue reading

September 7, 2016 · 2 Comments

TODAY IN BERLIN: DEATH OF HANNS EISLER AND THE GDR NATIONAL ANTHEM

On September 6, 1962 East Berlin newspapers received the news of the death of Hanns Eisler, the composer of the East German national anthem. The artist, who worked with Bertold Brecht … Continue reading

September 6, 2016 · 1 Comment

SEPTEMBER ISSUE OF THE EXBERLINER: POLISH VIBE IN GERMAN CAPITAL

Today is a difficult day for Poland – September 1st marks the beginning of one of the most tragic chapters in the country´s history as well as in the history … Continue reading

September 1, 2016 · 5 Comments

NOTMSPARKER MEETS SHAKESPEARE AND SONS

We are thrilled to announce that our new book is now available at one of Berlin´s most popular English bookshops, “SHAKESPEARE AND SONS”, in Warschauer Straße 74 in Berlin-Friedrichshain. The … Continue reading

August 29, 2016 · 2 Comments

BOOKWORMS OF THE WORLD UNITE

We are proud to announce that as of now our book, “Notmsparker´s Berlin Companion or I Didn´t Know That About Berlin” is available through the following online shops: berlinarium.bicartel.com (shipping … Continue reading

August 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

​GARDENS GNOMES GO GREEN

Almost everyone in Berlin knows Kreuzberg’s Prinzessinnengarten: a community garden open to all those who are keen on planting and harvesting to their heart’s content but lack a private piece … Continue reading

August 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

BERLIN PAST: THE LAZY SUNBATHERS FROM KADEWE

Because it is such a beautiful sunny day in Berlin today: sunbathers enjoying the relaxed atmosphere and the view from the top of the KaDeWe (Kaufhaus des Westens) in Tauentzienstraße … Continue reading

August 26, 2016 · 2 Comments

BERLIN QUOTE

“A travelling Australian feels disappointed in Paris and Rome but in Berlin he finds the Melbourne of the continent.” (from the “Imperial Review”, 1883)      

August 25, 2016 · 1 Comment

KREUZBERGED´S FIRST BERLIN BOOK OUT NOW!

Dear Readers, the day has come at last – it might be a small step for the world of publishing (so small, in fact, it wouldn´t even budge) but a … Continue reading

August 24, 2016 · 2 Comments

DAS IST MARLENE

Apart from being a cinema legend as well as the goddess of cool, the heroine of our one-but-last post happened to be a brilliant chanteuse, too. Here’s one of her … Continue reading

August 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

HOW TO KILL THE FÜHRER IN NUDE or YOU MUST REMEMBER MARLENE DIETRICH

The golden radio days might be over but the medium itself seems to be far from extinction. And what keeps it alive is, as with everything in our world, the … Continue reading

August 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: FROM KREUZBERG WITH LOVE;-)

A little comment on the current mood in the city, spotted in Bergmannstraße in Kreuzberg:

August 17, 2016 · 1 Comment

“NOTMSPARKER´S BERLIN COMPANION or I DIDN´T KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN”

There have been many great books written about Berlin… but if you’ve been wanting to know more about the world’s greatest indoor helicopter flight, the time they built a second … Continue reading

August 15, 2016 · 2 Comments

SPOTTED IN PASSING: DON´T SHOOT!

Bullet holes in the facade of a Mietshaus (rental block) spotted in passing in Zossener Straße, still visible 71 years after the end of the Second World War.)  

August 15, 2016 · 4 Comments

PACK DIE BADEHOSE EIN

Summer has just returned to Berlin and it is time to pack your swimming trunks, your bathing suit or whatever garments it is that you prefer when taking a dip … Continue reading

August 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

HIGH IN HALENSEE

  The legendary Lunapark (Amusement Park) Halensee in Berlin photographed from above in the late 1920s.   The Lunapark was closed down by the Nazis, who despised its carefree atmosphere … Continue reading

August 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN BERLIN: VATER ZILLE IS DEAD

Heinrich Zille, the legendary Berlin character, illustrator and photographer, died on August 9, 1929. His works documenting the life of the poorest and of the lower classes in general, with … Continue reading

August 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

BERLIN IN 1936: From the archives of Lady Allen of Hurtwood

The images presented on the web page of the Modern Records Centre of the British University of Warwick are invaluable in that they show a much broader picture of the … Continue reading

August 6, 2016 · 2 Comments

THOMAS WOLFE AND THE 1936 BERLIN

The 1936 Olympic Games which took place in Berlin exactly 80 years ago went down in history as not only one of the biggest sports events ever (as well as … Continue reading

August 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

HAPPY BIRTHDAY HERTHA BSC or HERTHA HITS THE WAVES

Hertha BSC, the biggest local football club whose heyday was in the 1930s, was born on a park bench in Arkonaplatz in the borough of Mitte. On July 25th, 1892 … Continue reading

July 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

HOT OVER THE COLLAR or HERR NIEMANN´S COOLING HAT

It´s a scorcher in Berlin today. By late afternoon the temperatures will reach around 31°C. You can either rely on air-conditioning, take a dip into one of Berlin´s numerous lakes … Continue reading

July 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

SIDE BY SIDE

Since the beginning of the 20th century, cycling has played a big part in the life of Berlin and Berliners. It still does: in Germany´s capital there are 721 bikes … Continue reading

July 21, 2016 · 1 Comment

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