KREUZBERGED: BERLIN COMPANION

Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin

NOTMSPARKER AT BERLIN´S U-BAHN MUSEUM

After months of planning and many failed attempts we finally managed to visit Berlin´s U-Bahn Museum located at U-Bhf Olympia-Stadion in Rossiter Weg 1, Berlin-Charlottenburg. The museum, opened in 1997 … Continue reading

March 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

GOOD FILM – BAD FILM or ONLY TIME CAN TELL

Today, a quote from a film review published by “Berliner Börsen-Courier” (the evening edition) on March 11, 1927: “Thea von Harbou invented an impossible plot over-stuffed with themes and stories … Continue reading

March 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Protected: THE KAISER IS DEAD, LONG LIVE THE KAISERS!

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March 9, 2017 · Enter your password to view comments.

HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN´S DAY!

The photo below was taken on March 19, 1911 in Berlin, on the eastern side of the Garnisonskirche in Berlin-Kreuzberg, at a roundabout known today as Südstern. The marching women … Continue reading

March 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

TAKE THE U1 TRAIN – SUNDAY AUDIO-JOURNEY WITH WALRUS AND I

I am very happy and proud to announce that the latest podcast from our friend at “Walrus and the Bear” – a podcast about our favourite Berlin U-Bahn line, U1 … Continue reading

March 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: MORTIZPLATZ in 1947/1948

A screenshot from Billy Wilder´s 1948 film “A Foreign Affair” showing an aerial image of Mortizplatz and the ruins of Wertheim Department Store where the popular city garden, Prinzessinnengarten, is … Continue reading

February 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

BERLIN TUNES: “ES MUßTE FRÜHLING SEIN” (1939)

“It ought to be spring”, composed in the 1930s by Franz Doelle and Bruno Balz, was featured in a 1939 film “Morgen werde ich verhaftet” (I´ll be arrested tomorrow) directed … Continue reading

February 20, 2017 · 1 Comment

BERLIN´S HOCHBAHN TURNS 115!

After nearly six years of construction and over a decade-long tug-of-war with various authorities, on February 18, 1902 Berlin´s first electric and predominantly elevated city railway opened for service. The … Continue reading

February 18, 2017 · 3 Comments

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BERLINER HOCHBAHN!

Berlin’s first U-Bahn line, which was, perhaps a bit confusingly, an elevated railway line, built by Siemens and Halske, opened to the public on 18 February 1902 at 5:25 AM. … Continue reading

February 15, 2017 · 3 Comments

EVERYTHING IS SOMEWHERE: OLD CELLARS UNDER THE DEATH STRIP

While construction works for a new residential building on the corner of Luckauer Strasse and Sebastianstraße in Kreuzberg are picking up the pace, workers have unsealed the old cellars of … Continue reading

February 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Protected: BISMARCK IN KU´DAMM: BRIEF HISTORY OF BERLIN´S GREATEST WESTERN BOULEVARD

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February 6, 2017 · Enter your password to view comments.

ALTERNATIVE FACTS AD 1933

On January 30, 1933,  Reichspräsident Hindenburg signed the official document naming Adolf Hitler,  “that little Bohemian corporal”,  the new Chancellor of the German Reich.  To celebrate, a torch parade of … Continue reading

January 30, 2017 · 2 Comments

BERLIN BRUSHES: JULIUS GRAUMANN

One of the most cheerful 1920s paintings of Berlin, it is filled with a buttery-yellow light which turns the place into a fairy-tale it never was.

January 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

WELCOME TO 2017: BERLIN LAKES ARE WAITING

So, Dear Reader, you are awake. But are you really REALLY awake? As awake as 20 members of Berlin´s winter swimming club, Berliner Seehunde (Seals) from the borough of Lichtenberg? … Continue reading

January 1, 2017 · 1 Comment

STROLLING IN THE NEW SUN – NOTMSPARKER´S NEW YEAR WISHES

To all of my Readers, wherever they are, who were following this blog with patience, passion and an unceasing wave of encouragement – Kreuzberged says a most heartfelt thank you! … Continue reading

December 31, 2016 · 6 Comments

LIGHT UP THE LIGHTS: IT´S CHRISTMAS IN BERLIN AND BEYOND

It´s Christmas Eve of 2016, one of the most difficult, confusing and hateful years Europe has lived through since the end of the Second World War. Certainly the most frightening, … Continue reading

December 24, 2016 · 3 Comments

BERLIN PAST: BLECHBAHN AT SÜDSTERN

Blechbahn (literally “tin train”) or tram Line 3 (Model T-24), here east of Südstern in Hasenheide Street (image through Drehscheibe Forum). The photo must have been taken before November 15, … Continue reading

December 15, 2016 · 3 Comments

“TEMPLARS, BUNKERS AND PRUSSIAN GLORY”: A DIGITAL WALK WITH KREUZBERGED THROUGH HER NEIGHOURHOOD

Dear Berlin Fans in Berlin and Beyond! The deed is done: yours truly decided it was time for her to jump onto the digital wave so successfully ridden by others. … Continue reading

December 9, 2016 · 2 Comments

ALL THE BEAUTIFUL BRANDENBURGER GATES

Here´s another online treasure trove full of images of #Berlin´s best known historical site, #BrandenburgGate. The project is part of the Open Educational Resources platform whose aim it is to … Continue reading

November 30, 2016 · 1 Comment

A SHELFFUL OF CHRISTMAS: GET YOUR ULTIMATE BERLIN BOOK NOW

Friends, Followers and Occasional Visitors! Don´t forget: Xmas is nigh and finding a present ain´t an easy task. So if you know someone whose interest in All Things Berlin matches … Continue reading

November 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

BERLIN 1933: THE HUMILIATION OF CARL HERZ

1933 was an ugly year. Open almost any edition of Vossische Zeitung from that time – Tante Voss was among the most popular German newspapers and the most widely read Berlin … Continue reading

November 25, 2016 · 4 Comments

HUMILIATION OF CARL HERZ – NAZI TERROR IN KREUZBERG´S TOWN HALL

On that day in 1933 the then Mayor of Kreuzberg, Carl Herz, was removed from his office, physically abused and humiliated in public – the Nazi terror began in full … Continue reading

November 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

ON TOP OF BERLIN´S REICHSTAG AD 1895

The photo above shows Reichstag building in 1895 (view from north-west). Originally, the glass used by Paul Wallot to build the cupola roof had dull surface – necessary to allow … Continue reading

November 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

ROUND AND ROUND THE DOG´S HEAD

The opening of four new Ringbahn stations – Tempelhof, Wilmersdorf, Grunewald (since 1884 Halensee) and Charlottenburg (now Westend) – on November 15, 1877 as well as connecting the latter with … Continue reading

November 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

GOOD BYE, LENIN – THE MONUMENT FROM LENINPLATZ

For 21 years a 10-metre tall granite statue of Lenin, made by the Soviet sculptor Nikolai Tomski (who also created Lenin´s sarcophagus for the Moscow Mausoleum) and unveiled on Vladimir … Continue reading

November 8, 2016 · 5 Comments

NOTES FROM THE SICKBED: TIME FOR A PODCAST

Being ill (after all, it´s November in Berlin) has one advantage – because you are hardly able to produce anything yourself and tend to slide off the chair at your … Continue reading

November 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

BERLIN PAST: KREUZBERG IN THE 1970s AND TODAY

Trust the “Berliner Morgenpost” to make your day: whether a chance reader or a subscriber; whether you prefer their paper edition (which finds its way into our mailbox each morning) … Continue reading

November 1, 2016 · 1 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

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

PROFESSOR VIRCHOW AND THE DAY OF THE TRICHINES

Prof. Rudolf Virchow, who was born on October 13, 1821 in Schivelbein (today Świdwin in Poland), was a renowned physician, pathologist, biologist, anthropologist, writer as well as a highly respected … Continue reading

October 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

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

SPOTTED IN PASSING: “STAY SPECIAL” 

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

October 6, 2016 · Leave a 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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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