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AFTER TOTENSONNTAG: A CEMETARY WALK

Did you know that no fewer than 28 members of the Mendelssohn family are buried at one of the old cemeteries between Mehringdamm, Zossener Straße, Blücherstraße and Baruther Straße in … Continue reading

November 27, 2017 · 1 Comment

TODAY IN BERLIN: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BETHANIENHAUS AT MARIANNENPLATZ!

On October 10, 1847 – exactly 170 years ago today – one of Berlin´s oldest hospitals and Kreuzberg´s most famous squatter site (now an art and culture centre), Bethanien Krankenhaus, … Continue reading

October 10, 2017 · 3 Comments

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: TODAY IN BERLIN: MARCH 6th – HERMANN BLANKENSTEIN AND THE CITY OF STONE

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“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

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

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

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

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

SPOTTED IN PASSING: WINDCHILL

The frozen-over Landwehrkanal under the Thielenbrücke connecting Neukölln and Kreuzberg between Glogauer Strasse and Pannierstrasse. The name of the bridge commemorates Karl von Thielen, Prussian Secretary of State for Public … Continue reading

January 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

THE WHEELS SHOULD KEEP ON ROLLING: NEW CYCLE PATH UNDER THE U1 VIADUCT?

For the past two days the whole of Berlin has been enthusing about the latest street traffic project concerning the construction of a new cycling road under the viaduct of the … Continue reading

November 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

U-BAHNHOF PRINZENSTRASSE IN THE EARLY 1900s

U-Bahnhof  “Prinzenstrasse” shortly before its opening around 1902 with both original entrances – Wittig´s tower-like staircase and the ramp entering the house in Gitschiner Strasse 71 – as well as … Continue reading

November 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

YOU ARE HERE: U-BAHNHOF PRINZENSTRASSE

Here is a fascinating image of the “U-Bahnhof Prinzenstrasse” painted in 1986 by a wonderful Palestinian and Berlin-based artist, Ibrahim Hazimeh. The southern entrance to the station was replaced in … Continue reading

November 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

WAITING FOR THE BOMBS TO RAIN

Anti-air-raid drill carried out in Bergmannkiez in Kreuzberg in March 1935: here a photo taken at Marheinekeplatz, with Passionskirche belfry in the top-right corner. The corner house on the right … Continue reading

November 11, 2015 · 1 Comment

YOU ARE HERE: ORANIENPLATZ IN 1906

Here is a little more detailed description of the historic image included in our previous post – considering the great interest it awoke, it is very much worth explaining a … Continue reading

October 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN BERLIN: APRIL 28th, 1945 – THE RED ARMY AT HALLESCHES TOR

This original film recording was made outside the U-Bahn station Hallesches Tor and at Belle-Alliance-Platz (Mehringplatz today) most probably on April 28th, 1945 after the 7th Guards Tank Division fighting under … Continue reading

April 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

SO 36 YEARS AGO

This original 1979 film has already been featured on kreuzberged before but because of its immense historic as well as sentimental value we are going to present it again. It … Continue reading

February 19, 2015 · 1 Comment

YOU ARE HERE: WASCH- UND PLATTENANSTALT R. RÜDIGER

After a bit of research in the historic Berlin directories (available online on the Zentral Landesbibliothek web page), we were able to establish the address of Herr Rüdiger´s cleaning and … Continue reading

January 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

YOU ARE HERE: VIKTORIAPARK IN BERLIN-KREUZBERG

Here are Berlin´s fourth oldest City park, Viktoriapark in Berlin-Kreuzberg and the National Memorial on top of the Kreuzberg hill around which the park was built, in the last decade of the 19th century. … Continue reading

December 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

BITS AND PIECES OF BERLIN: PUMP IT UP

Berlin´s Street Water Fountains by Notmsparker Did you know that Berlin has 2,107 officially registered street water fountains (mostly hand pumps) which are regularly serviced and in running order? Berlin´s … Continue reading

September 17, 2014 · 2 Comments

IN ANOTHER SUMMER IN BERLIN

Here is a short melange of several amateur films made in Berlin between 1957 and 1960 before the construction of the Berlin Wall. It shows a city literally rising from … Continue reading

August 7, 2014 · 1 Comment

BERLIN RAIN

Haus Vaterland at the old Potsdamer Platz, looking towards today´s Stresemannstrasse, painted by Lesser Ury in the 1920s. A beautiful, rainy, old Kreuzberg picture for a beautiful rainy Kreuzberg day.

July 8, 2014 · 1 Comment

BECAUSE I ALWAYS TALK TO STRANGERS

Passing through the Friedhöfe Vor Dem Halleschen Tor (cemeteries between Mehringdamm, Zossener-, Blücher- and Baruther Strasse, I was stopped by a happily round gentleman who was keen on telling me … Continue reading

June 27, 2014 · 1 Comment

THOMAS-KIRCHE AT MARIANENNPLATZ

Here is a photo of St Thomas Church in SO36 seen from Mariannenplatz in the 1920s. The church, beautifully renovated after WW2, is still part of the landscape in the … Continue reading

June 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: MARKTHALLE IX

Slow Travel Berlin have just published our text about the prettiest old market hall in Berlin – here is another photo of that magical place taken on a quiet afternoon … Continue reading

June 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: MAY 22nd – EISENBAHNSTRASSE

1852 Between 1849 and 1852 this street located in SO36 (Eastern Kreuzberg), now probably most famous for its fantastic people´s market hall Martkhalle IX, was called Lübbener Strasse after a … Continue reading

May 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

FROM BERLIN HISTORY WORKSHOP – NEW HISTORY APP FOR BERLIN

BERLINER GESCHICHTSWERKSTATT (Berlin History Workshop), established in 1981 in Berlin-Schöneberg, is a historic society with focus on oral and micro history: both fields often neglected by the academic historians whose … Continue reading

May 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN HISTORY: MARTIN GROPIUS BAU

1988: MARTIN GROPIUS BAU AND THE AREA OF TODAY´S TOPOGRAPHIE DES TERRORS BETWEEN WILHELMSTRASSE AND STRESEMANNSTRASSE IN KREUZBERG (WHERE THE NAZI GOVERNMENTAL BUILDINGS STOOD BEFORE WW2). Photo by the great … Continue reading

May 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

THE GIANT’S END: THE BLOWING UP OF KARSTADT AT HERMANNPLATZ

  On April 25, 1945 the Schlacht um Berlin (the Battle for Berlin) was in full swing and its outcome more or less clear. With the allied armies pushing relentlessly into … Continue reading

April 28, 2014 · 3 Comments

YOU ARE HERE: UNDER THE U1

This photo was taken today under the freshly renovated U1 viaduct in Gitschiner Strasse. The place looks again like a long, long time ago: The difference between these two images is some … Continue reading

April 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

SLOW TRAVELS THROUGH VIKTORIAPARK

We have been featured on one of our favourite Berlin web pages, the befriended Slow Travel Berlin. Here is a short introduction to Viktoriapark, one of the most enchanting places … Continue reading

April 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: APRIL 25th – SCHÖNEBERGER STRASSE

1843 The street connecting Anhalter Strasse Askanischer Platz and Luckenwalder Strasse (next to Gleisdreieck) is given its official, “grown-up” name: Schöneberger Strasse. The name was actually older than the street … Continue reading

April 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: APRIL 14th – FLOOD IN YORCKSTRASSE

Here is another older post about an event that is worth mentioning again. On April 14th, 1902 Berlin lived through one of the worst bouts of bad weather and floodings … Continue reading

April 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

YOU ARE HERE: ONE NIGHT AT HALLESCHES TOR

Here is a rare photo of the Hochbahn (elevated U-Bahn line) viaduct in Berlin-Kreuzberg used by the line U1 today. It was taken late at night on October 11th, 1928 … Continue reading

April 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

THE BATTLE OF BERLIN – A STORY THAT NEVER ENDS

Between the 16th of April and the 2nd of May 1945 Berlin became the stage for the final act in the horrid spectacle of WW2. Whatever was left of this … Continue reading

April 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: APRIL 7th – THE TWELVE STREETS OF KREUZBERG

Here´s a little repetition for our new readers (especially those living in one of the mentioned streets)- a text just as true today as it was exactly a year ago. … Continue reading

April 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

REEDS or KOTTI NATURALLY

If you could design Kottbusser Tor anew what would your design be like? If you were Dali, you´d most likely chop the viaduct in half, put a giraffe in the … Continue reading

April 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

YOU ARE HERE: “ZUR LINDE” AT KOTTBUSSER TOR

This small restaurant or rather an inn used to stand on the corner of Skalitzer- and Admiralsstrasse 38 in SO36 at the old Kottbusser Tor. It was an important meeting point … Continue reading

April 14, 2014 · 1 Comment

THE CLASH OF THE TITANS: WASSERSCHLACHT 2013

Here´s a bit of a memory lane: the previous post about the coin flipping for the mayor´s seat for the new borough of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg reminded me of last year´s Battle … Continue reading

April 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: APRIL 4th – THE MAYOR´S NEW SEAT

On April 4th, 2000 representatives of two soon-to-be-one Berlin boroughs, Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg, met to discuss an important question: where should the future mayor of F´Hain-XBerg reside? As finding an … Continue reading

April 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

GO WEST! Kreuzberg tour this weekend

It is almost Sunday again – if you don´t know how to spend your day off, here´s an idea: join me and a small group of others at 11 AM … Continue reading

April 9, 2014 · 2 Comments

KREUZBERGED ON TV

A couple of months ago, in the bleakest of the bleak Berlin midwinter when the temperatures fell seriously below “Friendly” (or during those only two weeks when it actually got … Continue reading

April 9, 2014 · 4 Comments

YOU ARE HERE: WATERLOO UFER 5-7

When WW2 swept over Berlin in its final salto mortale in the early 1945 and when hurled tens of thousands of bombs onto the houses and their inhabitants, the old … Continue reading

April 4, 2014 · 4 Comments

BERLIN, THE CITY OF DREAMERS AND DICTATORS

Here´s something I´ve just read in Rory Maclean´s wonderful “Berlin – Imagine A City”- something I could not possibly express better myself: “Why are we drawn to certain cities? Perhaps … Continue reading

April 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW? or THERE´S LIFE OUTSIDE KREUZBERG

Did you know that before the beginning of the 1st World War in 1914 the military use of aeroplanes was so insignificant that with its three dozen planes France could … Continue reading

April 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

YOU ARE HERE: GROßBEERENSTRASSE 34

  Believe it or not: the courtyards of Berlin are often even more interesting than the “Vorderhaus” – the front house – itself. Not the least because those very same … Continue reading

March 31, 2014 · 2 Comments

STROLLING DOWN KREUZBERG – THE KIEZ TOUR SEASON RE-OPENS

Any plans for the upcoming Sunday? If not, join me on a tour of Kreuzberg 61 at 11 AM – spring is there so it is time to re-open the … Continue reading

March 27, 2014 · 1 Comment

YOU ARE HERE: SPITTELMARKT, BERLIN-MITTE

Spittelmarkt, Berlin-Mitte, 1909 (photo: Waldemar Titzenthaler) A stunning photo of one of the most interesting and most busy Berlin streets and squares before WW2 – gone entirely afterwards. Two elements … Continue reading

March 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: MARCH 15th – HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MARHEINEKE MARKTHALLE

Originally known as Markthalle XI and like all other 14 Berlin market halls designed by Hermann Blankenstein (more about him here), Marheineke-Halle between Zossener Strasse, Bergmannstrasse and Marheineke Platz in … Continue reading

March 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

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