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Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin

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 · 2 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

TODAY IN BERLIN: OPERATION VALKYRIE FAILS

At around 7AM on July 20, 1944 Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg took off in a plane which was to take him from the military airfield in Rangsdorf to Hitler´s … Continue reading

July 20, 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

SPOTTED IN PASSING IN 1986 BERLIN

Good morning, Berlin and Beyond! Greetings from the city where life goes on regardless – as this fantastic series of 1986 photos taken by Patrick Piel along the Berlin Wall … Continue reading

July 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN BERLIN: KÄTHE KOLLWITZ – THE ARTIST AND HER DEAD CHILDREN

Käthe Kollwitz, Berlin artist whose works like those of no other reflect the horrors and the suffering of the working-class families, especially mothers and children, in the so called “Golden … Continue reading

July 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN BERLIN: THE NAZI ATTACK ON JEWISH DOCTORS IN BERLIN

At 6 AM on July 7, 1933 – eighty three years ago – a group of Nazi-loyal Berlin physicians accompanied by members of Hitler´s secret police, Gestapo, entered the building … Continue reading

July 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

NOT ALL WAS GREY: EAST BERLIN THEN AND NOW

The “Berliner Morgenpost” continues its series of now-and-then photos of Berlin – this time it is East Berlin that gets its chance to compare the changes.   On a personal … Continue reading

July 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: BEWARE OF SHARP OBJECTS IN BERLIN

Spotted in passing in Karl-Liebknecht-Straße in Berlin-Mitte.

July 5, 2016 · 2 Comments

KONRAD ZUSE BUILDS WORLD´S FIRST COMPUTER

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

June 22, 2016 · 4 Comments

FLY OVER BERLIN LIKE IT´S 1918: ON BOARD OF THE L35

The recent visit of the Uhrwerk-Ozean (Clockwork Ocean) Zeppelin in Berlin – which we announced on this blog three days ago with enough enthusiasm to keep the machine afloat in … Continue reading

June 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

FLY OVER BERLIN LIKE IT IS 1918: UP INT HE AIR ON BOARD OF THE L35

The recent visit of the Uhrwerk-Ozean (Clockwork Ocean) Zeppelin in Berlin – which we announced on this blog three days ago with enough enthusiasm to keep the machine afloat in … Continue reading

June 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

LAST MINUTE NEWS: ZEPPELIN OVER BERLIN

For those of you, lucky lucky readers, who happen to be in Berlin today, on June 16: brilliant news! If you look out of your window from more or less … Continue reading

June 16, 2016 · 1 Comment

RED ROSA´S LAST WALK

On June 1, 1919 a passer-by walking along Berlin´s Landwehrkanal discovers a corpse floating in the water: it is the body of Rosa Luxemburg, a famous communist activist and leader brutally … Continue reading

June 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

BERLNI BRUSHES: URY ON A RAINY DAY IN BERLIN

  Here is a perfect painting to go with this greyish and rather damp day in Berlin: Unter den Linden on a rainy day in the 1920s, painted by one … Continue reading

June 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

THE YOUNG HERR DOCTOR

  Two young doctors around 1910 at Krankenhaus am Urban, Alfred Döblin and Erna Reiss.   Their marriage meant that one of the two was obliged to give up their … Continue reading

June 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

BERLIN PAST: THE SCISSORS GRINDER

One of the lost and long-forgotten professions – an itinerant scissors (or knife) grinder – in the streets of Berlin in 1904.

June 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

TAMING OF THE STORM

  The heavy storm which hit Berlin yesterday evening left the city flooded, confused and forced to push trams in the streets, using their bare hands only. Perhaps you have … Continue reading

May 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

WHERE ON EARTH IS BLANKENFELDE?

If you are not from Berlin or are focused mainly on the city´s Western neighbourhoods (as, perhaps a bit sadly, often happens to be the case), you may very well find the … Continue reading

May 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: MEN IN TREES

Spotted at Oranienplatz in Berlin-Kreuzberg.

May 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

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 · 3 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

THE SCENT OF BERLIN

90 Years of Harry Lehmann’s Hand-made Perfumes and Artificial Flowers Shop: from Potsdamer Strasse in 1926, to Friedrichstrasse in 1939 and to Kantrasse soon after 1946. Artificial flowers sold at … Continue reading

May 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

THE DAY TO TAKE THE TRAM

  The first electric tram in the world, built by Siemens & Halske, had its last official test run  on May 12, 1881 in Berlin-Lichterfelde, between Lichterfelde Railway Station and the Main Military … Continue reading

May 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN BERLIN: MAY 9th 1935 and 1945 or Historical Irony of War

A short browse through Berlin´s historical calendars for May 9th reveals the following interesting facts, which, although undoubtedly fascinating on their own, develop an additional layer of sad irony if … Continue reading

May 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

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