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Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin And Kreuzberg

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

TODAY IN BERLIN: MAY 23, 1910 – HERR FREY FLIES AROUND

On May 23, 1910, shortly after the 2nd Great Berlin Air Show Week in Johannisthal came to an end, one Alfred Frey, a German pilot from Württemberg, became the first … Continue reading

May 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN BERLIN: THE CHURCH IN THE RIDING HOUSE

On May 22, 1699 Prussian Elector Friedrich III – the future King Friedrich I – gave his royal consent to the new French Reformed Church parish to build their own … Continue reading

May 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

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

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: The Broken Columns at Hallesches Tor

  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

May 18, 2016 · 2 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

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: THE FIRST BERLIN AQUARIUM

Did you know that the Aquarium in Budapester Straße in Charlottenburg was not the original Berlin Aquarium? The first Berlin Aquarium opened on the corner of Unter den Linden and … Continue reading

May 11, 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

QUOTE OF THE DAY: MARK TWAIN´S “TRAVEL LETTERS”

  “The next feature that strikes one is the spaciousness, the roominess of the city. There is no other city, in any country, whose streets are so generally wide. Berlin … Continue reading

May 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

YOU ARE HERE: TREPTOWER PARK

Neuer See, a 10,000-m² large artificial lake built for the 1896 Great Industrial Exposition in Berlin, was located on top of the hippodrome-shaped playground designed for Berlin´s fourth public park … Continue reading

May 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

PER TREPTOWER PARK AD ASTRA

The Great Industrial Exposition of Berlin, which went down in history as “Verhinderte Weltausstellung” (The Precluded World Exhibition), opened exactly 120 years ago, on May 1, 1896. Led by Kaiser … Continue reading

May 2, 2016 · 2 Comments

TODAY IN BERLIN: MAX SKLADANOWSKY

MAX SKLADANOWSKY, BIOSKOP’S INVENTOR AND EARLY FILM-MAKER, BORN IN BERLIN-PANKOW APRIL 30, 1863. Together with his brother, Emil Skladanowsky, he performed the first public film screening in history – thanks … Continue reading

April 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

BOMBS ON BERLIN: APRIL 29th, 1944 AIR-RAID

It is 11.11 AM in Berlin right now. Only 31 minutes earlier on April 29th, 1944 – exactly 72 years ago – Berlin heard the first Luftgefahr (Air-raid threat) signal, … Continue reading

April 29, 2016 · 2 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

SPOTTED IN PASSING: TREE-NO-TREE

Spotted in Schleiermacherstraße in Kreuzberg.

April 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

ZENTRALMARKTHALLE BERLIN IN 1900

Another busy day at Zentralmarkthalle (Central-Markthalle) at Alexanderplatz in Berlin, in 1900. The market hall, designed – as almost all the other city market halls in Berlin – by Hermann … Continue reading

April 17, 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

BERLIN NOW AND THEN – SPANDAU

Lest we forget that Berlin is much more than just Prenzlauer Berg, Kreuzberg or Mitte, here is a next instalment in the weekly photo-series of the “Berliner Morgenpost”, introducing images … Continue reading

April 15, 2016 · 4 Comments

BERLIN PAST: KOTTBUSSER TOR IN JULY 1928

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

April 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

COMFY CHAIR AT U-BAHNHOF HERMANNPLATZ

  To celebrate the station´s 90th birthday yesterday, its fans and admirers put a little comfy chair on the platform for all those wishing to spend a moment soaking in … Continue reading

April 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN BERLIN: APRIL 11th – U-BAHNHOF HERMANNPLATZ

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

April 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

KREUZBERG NOW AND THEN

Berliner Morgenpost, we salute you! Here is Kreuzberg in historical photos matched against those of today.   Welcome to our “barrio”!:-) (Please, click the image to enter)

April 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

BERLIN NOW AND THEN: FRIEDRICHSTRASSE

Here is Friedrichstrasse in 1935 and the same spot (Friedrichstraße shortly before its junction with Kronenstrasse, looking north) a couple of years ago, captured for Google Streets.   The differences … Continue reading

April 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

BERLIN PAST: BATHING IN THE TIERGARTEN

  In 1947 the city´s oldest public park, the Tiergarten, was still used for farming: horticulture instead of “amusemang” (Berlinerisch-French word). In fact, the site was divided into 3,000 allotments … Continue reading

April 7, 2016 · 2 Comments

ALFRED FLATOW, THE OLYMPIC CHAMPION FROM KREUZBERG

Today, April 6th, marks not only the 88th birthday of Berlin´s “Ubahnhof Moritzplatz”, but it is also the date of another important anniversary: exactly 120 years ago the First Olympic … Continue reading

April 6, 2016 · 1 Comment

TODAY IN BERLIN: APRIL 1 – HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CHARLOTTENBURG!

311 years ago, on April 1st 1705, Prussian King Friedrich I, who had just lost his beloved wife, Sophie Charlotte, announced that a small village seven kilometres west of Berlin … Continue reading

April 1, 2016 · 1 Comment

BERLIN PAST: FIVE O´CLOCK AT THE EDEN

A five-o´clock tea and dance at the Eden Hotel in the 1930s´ Berlin. Daily tea parties organised by the hotel were among the most popular events in the city at … Continue reading

March 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

BALLS OVER KURFÜRSTENDAMM

Mini golf course on the top floor of the Eden Hotel, Kurfürstendamm 246/247 (after the street was re-named, it became Budapester Strasse 18) in 1930.

March 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

SYMPHONY OF A METROPOLIS

This unique film had its big première on September 23, 1927 in the city whose soul it attempted to describe: Walther Ruttmann´s “Symphonie der Großstadt” is a semi-documentary showing its subject … Continue reading

March 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

BERLIN NOW AND THEN

Berlin´s best local daily, “Berliner Morgenpost“, continue their fascinating photo-series “Berlin Now and Then”. Here are some wonderful colour images of well-known Berlin spots: as they were and as they are. … Continue reading

March 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

BERLIN QUOTES: FRANZ HESSEL ON STROLLOLOGY

“Tauentzienstraße and Kurfürstendamm have the high cultural mission of teaching Berliners to be flâneurs, assuming this urban pastime is still possible. Maybe it is not too late. To be a … Continue reading

March 24, 2016 · 2 Comments

OLD BERLIN: THE LUSTGARTEN IN 1889

  Berlin´s Lustgarten and the old Berliner Dom, designed by Schinkel and demolished in the early 1890s to make room for today´s cathedral.   Here seen from Kronprinzenpalais in Unter … Continue reading

March 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

PITCHING BERLIN

Good morning, Berlin and Beyond! What better way to face bleak Monday than to have a good laugh. The only thing that could possibly beat having a laugh is learning … Continue reading

March 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

WHEN THE TABLES TURNED: THE LAUREL LEAF MOSAIC FROM THE SOVIET WAR MEMORIAL IN TREPTOWER PARK

Unlike most elements of the Soviet War Memorial in Treptow, still believed by many to have been built using Hitler´s Chancellery marble, the beautiful laurel-leaf mosaic at the centre of … Continue reading

March 17, 2016 · 2 Comments

EAST BERLIN STORY – IMAGES OF THE CITY NOW AND THEN

Here is the next goodie-bag from the “Berliner Morgenpost” photo series “Berlin Now and Then”. Our yesterday´s trip to “the East”, covering Mitte, Prenzlauer Berg and Lichtenberg, has just been … Continue reading

March 16, 2016 · 2 Comments

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: THE OLDEST HOTEL IN TOWN

According to the records held by Berlin´s DEHOGA (German Hotel and Restaurant Association) the oldest hotel in Berlin stands in Zehlendorf in Fischerhüttenstraße 113.   “Haus Leopold”, the oldest still … Continue reading

March 15, 2016 · 2 Comments

TODAY IN BERLIN: WELCOME TO BERLINER STADTSCHLOSS!

On March 12th, 1451 Brandenburgian Elector, Friedrich II Eisenzahn (Iron Tooth) moved into his new residence: Schloß an der Spree, constructed in Cölln. The Elector´s new quarters incorporated part of … Continue reading

March 12, 2016 · 1 Comment

HE, MENZEL

The exhibition at Berlin´s Märkiches Museum in Mitte, “Ich, Menzel” – commemorating the life and artistic output of the “Little Giant” of the city´s art (Menzel was only 138 cm) … Continue reading

March 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

BERLIN BRUSHES: ADOLPH VON MENZEL

“Berliner Hinterhäuser im Schnee” (Berlin´s Rear Buildings in The Snow), painted by Adolph von Menzel in 1847, most probably captured the view from or towards Menzel´s house in Ritterstrasse in … Continue reading

March 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: ZILLE IN THE U-BAHN

Heinrich Zille’s photo of Berlin’s working-class children playing in the streets, taken between 1900 and 1910. It is only one of many wonderful Zille images decorating the walls of the … Continue reading

March 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

MAPPING BERLIN

A new map of Berlin arrived! Forget “Spandau”, forget “Reinickendorf”, do not worry if your spelling of “Schmargendorf” is correct – here is everything you need to know about Berlin´s … Continue reading

March 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

EPHEMERAL BERLIN: KAISER-WILHELM-BRÜCKE IN MITTE

Berlin´s Kaiser-Wilhelm-Brücke (Karl-Liebknecht-Brücke today) under construction (here its eastern side) – captured by Hermann Rückwardt in June 1887. The same bridge (its western end) in 1900.     Both images … Continue reading

March 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN BERLIN: MARCH 6th – HERMANN BLANKENSTEIN AND THE CITY OF STONE

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

March 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

NOW AND THEN IN BERLIN

The two photographs above present the same street-corner in one of the most popular sections of Berlin´s City West: the junction of Hardenbergstrasse and Joachimsthaler Strasse at Bahnhof “Zoologischer Garten” … Continue reading

March 6, 2016 · 1 Comment

TODAY IN BERLIN: TAKING FRENCH LEAVE or THE BALL IN THE  MILL

At the break of dawn on March 4th, 1813 French troops under Marshall Oudinot, part of the formerly invincible Napoleonic army, began their retreat from Berlin. As they were walking … Continue reading

March 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: “WIE, KEIN PLATZ?”

  “What do you mean: no free space?” On a roof in the city where gentrification as well as misappropriation of accommodation led to a serious shortage of affordable housing. … Continue reading

March 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

DRIVING MISS STASI

Here is an absolutely unique film from the days of East and West Berlin: original Stasi material created as part of their know-thy-enemy campaign and secretly filmed while driving through … Continue reading

March 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: THE NEW WORLD

Spotted by due Neue Welt, Hasenheide, Berlin

March 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

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