KREUZBERGED: BERLIN COMPANION

Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin

DO YOU SPEAK BERLINERISCH or SAY IT LIKE A LOCAL

Berliners are known for several things: their alleged surliness, talent for speaking in an almost incomprehensible metrolect and shooting cheeky ripostes as fast as Oscar Wild on his best nights. Pity those … Continue reading

August 27, 2017 · 8 Comments

NOTMSPARKER & BERLIN COMPANION RETURN

One of the best things about leaving Berlin and going on holidays is knowing that when those end, it is to Berlin that you will come back again – a … Continue reading

August 25, 2017 · 4 Comments

TIME TO TAKE A BOW: KREUZBERGED´S OUT FOR SUMMER

Right in time for my birthday – your truly has just reached a respectable age of 250% eighteen – the Facebook edition of this blog has officially broken the 5,000-followers … Continue reading

July 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Protected: BERLIN´S VERBINDUNGSBAHN: LAST TRAIN TO THE PAST

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Protected: BLITZ OVER KREUZBERG: ELECTOR JOACHIM AND THE FLOOD

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Protected: A STROLL THROUGH THE PARK WITH ERWIN BARTH

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HERE COMES DICKE ICKE

Behold the new #BVG U-Bahn train which will join the city´s rolling stock in October 2017. And, as always with Berlin trains – whether #UBahn or #SBahn – you can … Continue reading

July 5, 2017 · 2 Comments

REQUIEM FOR GUSTAV WUNDERWALD

June 24 marks the day when Berlin lost one of its best painters of the pre-WWII era: in 1945 63-year-old Gustav Wunderwald died in the Hedwig-Krankenhaus in Charlottenburg as a … Continue reading

June 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

HITLER´S VOLKSHALLE AND THE AIR THAT WE BREATHE

79 years ago, on June 14 1938, Albert Speer, the court architect of the Nazi Führer, reported to his supervisor that the construction works on the site of Hitler´s future … Continue reading

June 14, 2017 · 2 Comments

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: THE POPE´S REVENGE

On this day, June 12, in 1987 the US President Ronald Reagan visited West Berlin and made his eponymous Berlin speech – one usually put on a par with JFK´s … Continue reading

June 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

BOATING ON THE SPREE IN AUGUST 1918

​The photo above is a 1918 view of the Spree and of the Treptower Park from the Abteilbrücke (Abbey Bridge), known today as the Bridge of Hearts (in the DDR … Continue reading

May 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

Protected: THE LAST MEETING OF THE TSAR, THE KING AND THE KAISER

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IS IT ART? NO, IT´S A POP-UP CHURCH! German Protestant Days 2017

Something is up right behind the remains of Berlin´s Anhalter Bahnhof in Kreuzberg. But what many people have been eyeing up suspiciously, half-expecting “something wicked this way to come” (and, honestly, can … Continue reading

May 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Protected: ​BALLAST OF A DIFFERENT SORT or WHAT ELSE LANDED NEAR OLD FLUGHAFEN TEMPELHOF 

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BLACK FRIDAY IN BERLIN: BERLIN STOCK EXCHANGE 

​The building of Berlin Stock Exchange designed by Friedrich Hitzig and built 1857-1863 at Bruderstraße 25-26, at the Friedrichsbrücke, was the scene of two serious market crashes: the 1873 property … Continue reading

May 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

Protected: TODAY IN BERLIN: FIRST ELECTRIC TRAM IN HISTORY

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Protected: DO YOU KNOW THE COUNTRY WHERE THE CANNONS BLOOM? ERICH KÄSTNER READS HIS 1928 POEM

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ONLY A PRELUDE: BOOK BURNING IN BERLIN

Little did Heinrich Heine know when in 1820 he penned the lines for his new play, Almansor: “That was but a prelude; where they burn books, they will burn people … Continue reading

May 10, 2017 · 4 Comments

Protected: KREUZBERG ON FIRE or WHERE IT ALL BEGAN: MAY 1 RIOTS ARE ABOUT TO HIT THE TOWN

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Protected: BUILDING THE SUSPENSE or WHY BERLIN HAS NO SCHWEBEBAHN

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SHAKE IT IN KREUZBERG: INTERNATIONAL DAY OF DANCE & MUSIC

For all those of you fond of prancing, swirling, jigging and skipping as well as learning what dancing means in other corners of the world and cultures – a treat. … Continue reading

April 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

Protected: TWO CONCRETE CADILLACS, A MAJA AND THE PYRAMID: 30 YEARS OF THE SKULPTURENBOULEVARD AT KU´DAMM

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Protected: SKATING WITH ERICH or WHATEVER HAPPENED TO PALAST DER REPUBLIK

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Protected: LIGHTS OUT AT ERICHS LAMPENLADEN: The story of East Berlin´s Palast der Republik

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Protected: THE POLISH COUNT, THE GERMAN REICHSTAG AND THE ITALIAN MADONNA

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Protected: BAD LINDEN FROM UNTER DEN LINDEN

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REACHING THE SKY OVER BERLIN: A REPORT FROM THE TOP OF SCHÖNEBERGER GASOMETER

Last Saturday, four months into 2017, it was finally time to unpack my Christmas present. As far as presents go, it was a big one. In fact, it was huge: … Continue reading

April 4, 2017 · 5 Comments

SPOTTED IN PASSING: I HEART U6

Declaration of love for Berlin´s north-south U-Bahn line shouted out lout on the windows of Max Taut´s 1933 Retail Co-op Department Store at Oranienplatz in Berlin-Kreuzberg SW61.

March 29, 2017 · 2 Comments

Protected: SPRING IN BERLIN: TREES IN THE CITY

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THE KAISER AND THE BAD SEEDS

Berlin is a city on the move. Like the people who live here it is permanently restless, forever going somewhere but never really getting there, its roots never reach deep … Continue reading

March 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN BERLIN: NIGHT IN KREUZBERG

March 19, 2017 · 4 Comments

Apothekes of Berlin

Originally posted on Berlin Typography:
Within each Berlin locality – those larger regions that give the city its basic administrative structure – one finds a series of less formally-defined Kieze.…

March 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

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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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 · 2 Comments

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 6, 2017 · 2 Comments

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

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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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

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, NEUKÖLLN! How Rixdorf got upgraded

On 27 January 1912, Rixdorf – a very popular Berlin borough today but then still a self-governing town – underwent a little PR adjustment to improve its ratings among business-people … Continue reading

January 27, 2017 · 1 Comment

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

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