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Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin

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

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

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

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