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DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: WHAT’S IN THE NAME?

Did you know that in German sign language Berlin is symbolised by a bear’s ear? Even though, contrary to popular belief, the city’s name was not inspired by any large … Continue reading

Sep 14, 2020 · 2 Comments

TODAY IN BERLIN: THE FIRST TO GO – DOROTHY THOMPSON’S EXPULSION FROM BERLIN AND NAZI GERMANY

She described him as “formless, almost faceless, a man whose countenance is a caricature, a man whose framework seems cartilaginous, without bones. He is inconsequent and voluble, ill poised and … Continue reading

Aug 26, 2020 · 7 Comments

TODAY IN BERLIN: THE LICHTERFELDE TRAM

On May 12th, 1881 the fast developing company originally registered under the name of Telegraphenbau Anstalt Siemens & Halske presented its latest and, for many one of their most important, invention to the … Continue reading

May 12, 2020 · 3 Comments

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

On November 2, 1973 Berlin witnessed the foundation-stone laying ceremony for what was to become one of the city’s most famous and, eventually, most disputable buildings. Three years later, on … Continue reading

Apr 23, 2020 · 4 Comments

Protected: DID YOU KNOW ABOUT BERLIN: THE KID IN TOWN

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Dec 6, 2019

CEMETERY GATES: LESSONS FROM THE DEAD

Everybody loves a holiday. For most people Christmas seems to be when their year “peaks” – it is their favourite time of all seasons. I belong to a much smaller … Continue reading

Nov 1, 2019 · 1 Comment

Protected: SOMETHING’S RISING IN THE EAST or LONG LIVE BERLIN’S FERNSEHTURM!

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Protected: TREES IN THE CITY

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Protected: BERLIN INVENTIONS: SAFELY AFLOAT

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Jun 17, 2019

NEITHER HEAVEN NOR HELL: EAST BERLIN EXHIBITION AT EPHRAIM PALAIS

How do you tell a story of a vanished city in thousand objects? Or in a thousand words? It seems impossible yet we always try. The task appears easier if … Continue reading

Jun 3, 2019 · 4 Comments

Protected: HOLDING ON: THE STORY BEHIND ONE BERLIN BALCONY RAILING

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May 18, 2019

THE LADY ON THE WALL: THE STORY OF BERLIN’S STATUE OF LIBERTY

After Checkpoint Charlie – a border crossing between East and West Berlin on the corner of Friedrichstraße and Kochstraße – was closed down in 1989, crowds of people from both … Continue reading

May 13, 2019

STOKING THE FIRE: THE BOOK BURNING OF 1817 AND 1933

On May 10 1933 in fifty German cities Nazi-supporting students burnt over 20,000 books picked up from university and public libraries – books they considered un-German and thus unwished. The … Continue reading

May 10, 2019 · 1 Comment

BLACK HOLES IN WIDE OPEN SPACES: 1933 MAY DAY ON TEMPELHOFER FELD

Anyone who enters Berlin’s Tempelhofer Feld, now the famous Berlin park and formerly an even more famous Berlin airport, knows this feeling well: the incredible vast space opening before you … Continue reading

May 7, 2019

Protected: DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: U5 TO PARADISE

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May 3, 2019

THE “DACHGARTEN”

Here is a typical Berlin Balkonia, little man’s and woman’s green paradise, in its rooftop edition: as a small garden and a chicken-pen.   This model example of self-sufficiency was … Continue reading

Apr 30, 2019

Protected: BEER AND WATER IN WEIßENSEE

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Protected: DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: LOVE LETTERS

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Mar 26, 2019

SICK CITY: BERLIN ON MARCH 11, 1933

On March 11th 1933 Jewish doctors and registrars (junior doctors) working at the 3rd Municipal Hospital Am Urban in Kreuzberg were attacked, beaten up and banned from ever returning to … Continue reading

Mar 11, 2019 · 4 Comments

Protected: DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: SECRET BOTANICAL GARDEN

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Mar 3, 2019

Protected: Did You Know That About Berlin: Of Ashes and Tunnels

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Protected: THE GODDESS RETURNS. BEROLINA’S COME-BACK TO ALEXANDERPLATZ

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IRMA’S CAMERA: BERLIN IN JULY 1953

Irma Luise was a well-to-do American and an amateur photographer who arrived in West Berlin in July 1953. Her camera, loaded with Kodachrome film, allowed her to capture street scenes … Continue reading

Dec 5, 2018 · 2 Comments

Protected: ELISABETH AND SHOTS IN THE HASENHEIDE

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BERLIN PAST: BORSIG IN MOABIT

Villa Borsig in Berlin-Moabit in a neighbourhood known as Westfälisches Viertel. Built in 1849 for August Borsig in what is now Elberfelder Straße, the grand mansion was erected on Borsig’s … Continue reading

Nov 19, 2018 · 1 Comment

Protected: ACHTUNG, ACHTUNG! HIER SPRICHT BERLIN! STORY OF THE FIRST GERMAN RADIO BROADCAST

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Oct 29, 2018

WHEN GÖRLI WAS A BAHNHOF: THE STORY OF A VANISHED STATION

Many places in Berlin continue to exist today in nothing but curious, often old-fashioned names. Gone is the ski-jump which was the namesake for Zehlendorf’s Sprungschanzestraße; gone the vineyards and … Continue reading

Sep 13, 2018 · 8 Comments

Protected: FIGHTING TOOTH AND NAIL or THE HINDENBURG FROM KÖNIGSPLATZ

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Protected: THE KAISER AND THE WIRELESS

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TAKE ME TO THE RIVER

  Here is a small section of a wonderful 1910 Straube’s Berlin map. As you can see today’s #Badeschiff – a popular river lido with an old sea-container submerged in … Continue reading

Aug 11, 2018 · 1 Comment

Protected: HAPPY BIRTHDAY KARSTADT AM HERMANNPLATZ!

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Jun 21, 2018

Protected: TODAY IN BERLIN: KAISERS IN THE STADIUM

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Jun 8, 2018

Protected: THE GOLDEN DAYS OF “MOKA EFTI”

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Protected: TODAY IN BERLIN: HAPPY BIRTHDAY LUISENSTÄDTISCHER KANAL!

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Protected: TODAY IN BERLIN: KARSTADT AM HERMANNPLATZ RETURNS

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Protected: DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: INGE WINS HANDS DOWN

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PANTA RHEI: OF MOVING AND RELOCATING IN BERLIN’S TIERGARTEN

  Wrangelbrunnen, a beautiful neo-classicist fountain designed by Hugo Hagen was unveiled in March 1877 at the no longer existing Kemperplatz in the Tiergarten (now more or less the large … Continue reading

Apr 23, 2018 · 3 Comments

CHANCE ENCOUNTERS: HIDDEN BERLIN

Contrary to what we hear all too often these days – more as a warning than as a fact, I believe – Berlin still has its little secrets and surprises. … Continue reading

Apr 13, 2018

Protected: DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: BAD LINDEN

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SPRING IN BERLIN: “NOTMSPARKER’S SECOND BERLIN COMPANION”

One and a half years after the publication of my “Berlin Companion” I am very happy and proud to introduce Part II of the collection of fascinating tales, facts and … Continue reading

Apr 5, 2018

A QUESTION OF TIME

Berlin of the 1980s was a magnet attracting new people, new bands, new artists. The city’s imperfection, its messiness, its open ends juxtaposed against the ultimate barrier, the Wall, running … Continue reading

Mar 7, 2018

Protected: THE BERLIN OF HERMANN BLANKENSTEIN

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UNREADY IN BERLIN

According to Karl Scheffler – and what must be the most often used Berlin quotation ever – Germany’s capital is “dazu verdammt, immerfort zu werden und niemals zu sein” (cursed … Continue reading

Mar 1, 2018 · 6 Comments

Protected: WHEN TANTE JU CAME A-FLYING

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KREUZBERGED & BERLIN COMPANION PROUDLY PRESENT: NEW AUDIO-TOUR OF BERLIN’S FIRST SECTION OF TODAY’S U-BAHN NETWORK, “TAKE THE U1 TRAIN”

  On this day, February 18 1902 the first #Hochbahn line, now #U1, opened for public service in Berlin: #Berlin U-Bahn network, the heart of #BVG (Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe or “Berlin … Continue reading

Feb 18, 2018 · 5 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

Feb 15, 2018 · 3 Comments

Protected: SCHLUSS MIT LUSTIG: NAZI REFURBISHMENT OF BERLIN’S LUSTGARTEN

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Protected: TODAY IN BERLIN: FIRE AND FURY AT THE KROLL-OPERA

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Protected: BERLIN COMPANION: THE MAN IN THE HIGH TOWER

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CAMERA OBSCURA: OLDEST PHOTOS OF BERLIN

    Those are two oldest existing photographs of Berlin: both made around 1840 (no exact dating is possible) by Wilhelm Helffter. Perhaps unsurprisingly, neither of the places captured by … Continue reading

Jan 18, 2018

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