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Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin

TODAY IN BERLIN: JULY 18th, 1932 – THE AVIATRIX MARGA VON ETZDORF

On July 18th, 1932 Berlin´s old Flughafen Tempelhof (the new Zentralflughafen would only be built several years later) was filled with excited crowds awaiting the arrival of a very special … Continue reading

July 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: THE GHOST STATION FROM OBERBAUMBRÜCKE

Did you know that the old U-Bahnhof “Osthafen” at the northern end of Oberbaumbrücke in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg was the only Berlin U-Bahnhof never restored after 1945? Ironically, it was also one … Continue reading

July 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

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

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: THE “OTHER” ZOO

Did you know that at 160 ha Berlin´s “other” zoo, Tierpark Berlin, which opened on July 2, 1955 in the former East Berlin, is the largest landscaped zoological garden in … Continue reading

July 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN BERLIN: THE 1922 BERLIN RINGBAHN CATASTROPHE

On Tuesday June 27, 1922 the whole of Berlin seemed to have been in turmoil: the German Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs in the Weimar Republic, who had been … Continue reading

June 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

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

TODAY IN BERLIN: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KARSTADT AM HERMANNPLATZ!

Exactly 87 years ago Rudolph Karstadt opened what was the largest in Europe department store in Berlin: a building so modern, so beautiful and so monumental that even almost 90 … Continue reading

June 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

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

TODAY IN BERLIN: THE DAY WHEN ANHALTER BAHNHOF OPENED

On June 15, 1880 crowds of Berliners made themselves on the way to Askanischer Platz in today´s Kreuzberg. They flocked in to witness the grand opening of one of the … Continue reading

June 15, 2016 · Leave a 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

TODAY IN BERLIN: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, URBAN KRANKENHAUS!

  The first patient checked in that day was a servant girl suffering from an unspecified lung condition. Her social position might have been low and herself insignificant but on … 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

OF COWS AND KINGS – SHORT HISTORY OF VACCINATION IN BERLIN

King Friedrich Wilhelm III, who died exactly 176 years ago today, was the one to introduce smallpox inoculation (or “variolation” as it was known back then) to Prussia. Having lived … Continue reading

June 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: ROCK´N´ROLL IN THE SENATE

Did know that between 1979 and the end of the city´s division, West Berlin had a special senate commissioner for rock music, responsible for promoting young bands and musicians through … Continue reading

June 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: THE CORPSE TRAIN

Did you know that Waldfriedhof Stahnsdorf, located 35 kilometres south-west of Berlin´s centre and the biggest cemetery used by Germany´s capital is at the same time one of the biggest … Continue reading

June 3, 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

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: ROSE UNDER ANY OTHER NAME

  Did you know that Berlin´s Botanical Garden, whose full name is Botanischer Garten Berlin-Dahlem, is not located in Dahlem? The whole area, covering 43 hectares and home to 22,000 … Continue reading

May 28, 2016 · 2 Comments

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

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

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

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