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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: TODAY IN BERLIN: KAISERS IN THE STADIUM

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Jun 8, 2018

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

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Feb 1, 2018 · Enter your password to view comments.

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

Nov 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

Oct 10, 2017 · 3 Comments

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

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Jul 17, 2017 · Enter your password to view comments.

Protected: BLITZ OVER KREUZBERG: ELECTOR JOACHIM AND THE FLOOD

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Jul 15, 2017 · Enter your password to view comments.

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

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

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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

Jan 27, 2017 · 1 Comment

“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

Dec 9, 2016 · 2 Comments

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

Nov 26, 2016

BEST BIRTHDAY PRESENT EVER – KREUZBERGED GOES PAPER

Dear Readers,   We are proud to announce that after years of researching, months of writing and even more months of actually creating a physical book – a job done … Continue reading

Jul 18, 2016 · 6 Comments

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

Jun 19, 2016

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

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 LAKE VIEW

The 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 … Continue reading

May 3, 2016

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

Apr 16, 2016

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

Apr 12, 2016

SPOTTED IN PASSING: ZILLE IN THE U-BAHN

Heinrich Zille’s photo of Berlin’s working-class children playing in the streets, taken between 1900 and 1910. It is only one of many wonderful Zille images decorating the walls of the … Continue reading

Mar 10, 2016

HERE COMES THE DUTCH GUY or THE RESURRECTION OF BERLIN HISTORY MUSEUMS

  New wind is blowing through the dusty corridors and mock-gothic halls of the Märkisches Museum, an impressive 1908 edifice towering over the Köllnischer Park in Mitte.   The actual … Continue reading

Feb 4, 2016 · 1 Comment

TIME MACHINE ADVENTURES CONTINUED: BERLIN-PRENZLAUER BERG IN THE 1980s

Here is the next instalment of a brilliant image comparison series from Berlin “Then” and “Now”: this time Prenzlauer Berg. Thank you, Berliner Morgenpost!:) Please click the image to enter.

Jan 28, 2016

BOOKWORM´S DELIGHT: “BERLIN THE THE 19th CENTURY”

It is difficult not to buy new books. It is even more difficult to find storage space for the books already bought and for those about to be purchased. But … Continue reading

Jan 19, 2016

GHOSTS OF BERLINS PAST

Here is another delicious visual “goodie” from a popular Berlin daily, “Der Tagesspiegel”: a series of photos of Berlin´s regular as well as U-Bahn and S-Bahn railway stations, including the … Continue reading

Jan 13, 2016

INSIDE – LOOKING OUT / OUTSIDE – LOOKING IN

At the Berlin Wall (on its Western side) shortly before its end.

Jan 11, 2016

PROTECTION

One of the most moving and most expressive sculptures which can be found in Berlin: “Mutter und Kind” by Theo Balden (real name: Otto Koehler). Made by the artist in … Continue reading

Jan 11, 2016

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

Jan 7, 2016

BERLIN BRUSHES: MAX LIEBERMANN

To celebrate the first proper snowfall this winter here is another wonderful Berlin painting: “Snow in the Tiergarten” – view from Max Liebermann´s studio at Pariser Platz as seen by … Continue reading

Jan 6, 2016

WHEN CHRISTMAS COMES TO TOWN

The timing could not be any better: after several days of forced internet abstinence – hereby we would like to thank our phone and net provider for finally fixing what … Continue reading

Dec 24, 2015 · 2 Comments

GET ON THE SLOW TRAIN

Let us take a pause from the fast-paced day and enjoy another wonderful film about the old Berlin. This time, courtesy of the Stadtmuseum Berlin, we have a unique chance … Continue reading

Dec 17, 2015 · 4 Comments

YOU ARE HERE: UNTER DEN LINDEN IN 1909

Here is a beautiful photo of the corner of the boulevard Unter den Linden and Friedrichstrasse taken in 1909 by a photographer from the famous Berlin photo atelier Zander & … Continue reading

Dec 9, 2015

YOU ARE HERE: SCHÖNHAUSER ALLEE BEFORE WWII

Today´s photo presents the junction of Schönhauser Allee, Wisbyer Strasse and Bornholmer Strasse (invisible behind the viaduct of the U2 elevated railway line) in Prenzlauer Berg in what must be … Continue reading

Dec 3, 2015

TODAY IN BERLIN: NOVEMBER 29th

  A big day, if a little spine-chilling one: on November 29th, 1713 Berlin witnessed its first public human autopsy history. The procedure, which until then had often been performed … Continue reading

Nov 30, 2015

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

Nov 23, 2015

THE LOST WORLDS

What happened in Europe in the late 1980s – the fall of the Berlin Wall, the end of communism in Poland, perestroika in the former Soviet Union as well as … Continue reading

Nov 21, 2015 · 7 Comments

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

Nov 18, 2015

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

Nov 18, 2015

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

Nov 11, 2015 · 1 Comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: THE LIGHT BEHIND THE BORDER

The magnificent light-court of the historic main post office building in Szczecin (Stettin) in Poland. The building was designed by Carl Schwatlo, the architect of Berlin’s Reichspostmuseum (Museum of Communication … Continue reading

Nov 10, 2015

BERLIN AS IT WAS: WEINHAUS HUTH

And here is the answer to yesterday´s riddle: Weinhaus Huth, the lonely survivor from the old Potsdamer Platz, here captured in the 1990s.   To learn more about the fascinating … Continue reading

Nov 6, 2015

YOU ARE HERE: POTSDAMER STRASSE IN OCTOBER 1945

Today´s photo, made just off Potsdamer Platz in the old Potsdamer Strasse – today´s Potsdamer Strasse was built anew to fit into the modernised grid of the PoPla – was … Continue reading

Nov 5, 2015 · 2 Comments

WILDERNESS YEARS AT POSTDAMER PLATZ

The photo above shows the throbbing Potsdamer Platz some time around 19023-1924. In the top right corner stands one of the famous Schinkel Gatehouses, two small Doric buildings designed by Karl … Continue reading

Nov 2, 2015 · 1 Comment

THROUGH OLD LENSES: MOLTKEBRÜCKE

“Moltkebrücke (Moltke Bridge) under construction in 1889” (photo by Hermann Rückwardt). Moltkebrücke, named after General Field Marshall Helmuth von Moltke (Chief of Staff of the Prussian Army) spans the river … Continue reading

Oct 26, 2015

THREE BEFORE THE SIEGESSÄULE

This wonderful vintage photo, taken some time in the 1920s, captured the building of Reichstag, the German Parliament, in the background and the Siegessäule, the Victory Column, at its pre-1938 … Continue reading

Oct 20, 2015

LOOKING FROM THE TOP OF MY DESK

In his unforgettable role as a college teacher, John Keating, in the 1989 film “Dead Poets Society”, the actor Robin Williams tells his students watching him climb on top of … Continue reading

Oct 15, 2015 · 3 Comments

YOU ARE HERE: SAVIGNYPLATZ

The plaza, named in 1887 after a 19th-century German jurist and historian, Friedrich Carl von Savigny, was included in the so called Hobrecht Plan – a master-plan for urban development … Continue reading

Oct 12, 2015

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

Oct 8, 2015

BERLIN BRUSHES: MORGENGRAUEN by HANS BALUSCHEK

The title of this 1930 painting by Hans Baluschek can be translated either as „At dawn“ or as “Morning Horrors”. It is one of the most moving documents of the … Continue reading

Sep 18, 2015

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