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THE DAYS OF THE HIDDEN CITY

Once a year, usually in autumn, Berlin turns into a historic-site paradise: closed doors open to reveal places not accessible to the public; stories are told of long forgotten people … Continue reading

Sep 13, 2015

BERLIN PAST PERFECT: HERE´S WHERE THE STORY ENDS

Two East German girls standing at the border post in Unter den Linden / Pariser Platz before the Brandenburg Gate, with the West Berlin Siegessäule visible in the background (1960s … Continue reading

Aug 31, 2015

SUMMER IN THE CITY: SPLASHING IN THE TIERGARTEN

Hot summer in the city and Berlin’s oldest park, the Tiergarten, in the 1950s: people did with what they had and they obviously made the best of it. Sometimes with … Continue reading

Aug 26, 2015

BERLIN BRUSHES: LIEBERMANN´S BEER GARDEN AT THE HAVEL

Sotheby´s, the world-famous auction house in London where Liebermann´s painting was sold in 2011 for almost a million pounds described it on their page as follows:”According to Dr Matthias Eberle, … Continue reading

Jul 22, 2015 · 2 Comments

YOU ARE HERE: ALEXANDERPLATZ IN 1903

Berlin electric and horse-drawn trams as well as a horse-drawn omnibus at Alexanderplatz in 1903. The square changed a lot since the day this photo was taken: none of the … Continue reading

Jul 1, 2015 · 2 Comments

THE BERLIN WEEKEND CINEMA: THE MURDERERS ARE AMONG US

Released in 1946 as “Mörder Sind Unter Uns”, it was the first German film made in Germany after WW2. Its director, Wolfgang Staude, gave the main part – that of … Continue reading

Jun 27, 2015

WHEN THE QUEEN COMES TO TOWN

On May 18th, 1965 – twenty years after the end of WW2 – Queen Elisabeth II visited Berlin and took a short ride around the western part. For obvious reasons … Continue reading

Jun 10, 2015

BERLIN BRUSHES: LUDWIG SÜTTERLIN

Göttin des Lichtes: an illustration used in the 1897 book “Die Berliner Elektrizitätswerke bis Ende 1896” by Gustav Kemmann, published to chronicle and celebrate the history of one of the … Continue reading

Jun 4, 2015 · 2 Comments

TRIPPING THE LIGHT FANTASTIC: MAX MISSMANN´S SAUSAGE SELLER

Today one of our favourite old Berlin photos made by the excellent Berlin photographer Max Missmann in the Lustgarten next to the old Royal Palace. It shows a little travelling … Continue reading

May 26, 2015 · 1 Comment

CELLULOID BERLIN: TOMORROW AT THE ZEUGHAUSKINO

Tomorrow on May 20th at 8pm the “Zeughauskino” at the German Historic Museum will be showing the 1962 Franz Harnack´s film adaptation of a classic of German literature: Hans Fallada´s … Continue reading

May 19, 2015 · 4 Comments

BERLIN BRUSHES: EDUARD GAERTNER

The Opernhaus, in 1742 still known as the “Hofoper” (Court Opera House), was re-named “Königliches Opernhaus” (Royal Opera House) in 1844 , only to become the “Staatsoper unter den Linden” … Continue reading

May 5, 2015 · 1 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

Apr 28, 2015

WALKING BERLIN

Nothing like a wonderful old amateur film made in the city in the 1930s to make you feel like walking around Berlin for a bit longer than necessary. Forget the … Continue reading

Apr 20, 2015 · 1 Comment

THE YOM HA-SHOAH SIREN

A single is siren was sounded in Israel yesterday on Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, bringing the whole country to a halt. That day commemorates and honours the victims of … Continue reading

Apr 17, 2015

70 YEARS AFTER THE BATTLE OF BERLIN

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of one of the most bitter battles of modern times which took place inside the European cities and which brought an end to the six … Continue reading

Apr 17, 2015

YOU ARE HERE: SPRINGTIME IN SAARLANDSTRASSE

Between 1935 and 1947 today´s Stresemannstrasse was known as Saarlandstrasse –  the photo was most probably taken either in 1945 or perhaps a year later, before the Nazi name of … Continue reading

Apr 13, 2015

YOU ARE HERE: SPRINGTIME IN LUSTGARTEN

With spring literally clasping us tighter and tighter in her warm, sunny hug, here is a photo of a similar day in Berlin a hundred and nine years ago: a … Continue reading

Mar 18, 2015

PHOTOGRAPHY ON A SILVER PLATE

Organised by the Europeana in co-operation with the excellent Daguerrobase Project, this fantastic virtual exhibition “shows the faces, places and histories of the nineteenth century and looks at the revolution made by photography … Continue reading

Feb 25, 2015

TINY WORDS

Possibly the smallest Berlinerisch dictionary ever – tiny but ho-ho!

Feb 24, 2015

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

Feb 19, 2015 · 1 Comment

DIY FOR BERLIN-FANS

Since many Berliners and Berlin-fans seem to miss the good old “Cafes Achteck” for both sentimental and practical reasons, this is where they could seek possible comfort. Presented by John-H, … Continue reading

Jan 23, 2015

KEMPERPLATZ IN BERLIN-TIERGARTEN

  This beautiful plaza on the southern edge of the park of Tiergarten, once of the finest and most frequented places in Berlin, is completely gone today. What remains is … Continue reading

Jan 21, 2015

YOU ARE HERE: FRIEDRICHSTRASSE IN 1926

Here is Friedrichstrasse at night in 1926 with the U-Bahn station Französische Straße, looking south towards Stadtmitte. The Kaiser Hotel, visible here on the right side of the street, opened … Continue reading

Jan 20, 2015 · 2 Comments

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: HILDEGARD´S FRECKLES

We are officially in love with three deceased persons: with Mark Twain, with Bette Davis and with Hildegard Knef. What they all shared was unbelievable if unlikely talent, class, a … Continue reading

Jan 16, 2015 · 3 Comments

Protected: BERLINERISMS RELOADED: BERLIN GLOSSARY FROM A TO Z

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Jan 9, 2015

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

Jan 6, 2015

TEUFELSBERG SLEDGING PARTY

Sledging crowds on the sides of the Teufelsberg in the Grunewald Forest in Berlin in 1978. Next to Müggelberge in Berlin-Köpenick it is the highest elevation in Berlin (both are … Continue reading

Dec 27, 2014

Drawn by Light – Historic Photography Exhibition in London

Lieutenant Colonel Mervyn O´Gorman, an Irish born British photographer, took this picture of his daughter Christina 101 years ago. It was made using the Autochrome process, an early colour process, … Continue reading

Dec 2, 2014

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

Sep 17, 2014 · 3 Comments

WHEN WOWI DAYS ARE OVER

He won the post, came out as gay before the gutter press did the outing for him, turned the city into an undisputable Hub of Coolness and spent 13 years … Continue reading

Aug 28, 2014 · 2 Comments

SPOTTED IN PASSING: UP!

  Fernsehturm or the TV Tower built in the former East Berlin between 1965 and 1969 (official opening on October 3, 1969). At 368.03 metre it is still the highest … Continue reading

Aug 21, 2014

Protected: DID YOU KNOW: LUNAPARK HALENSEE

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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.

Jul 8, 2014 · 1 Comment

THINKING PERSON´S LAST REFUGE

After what feels like months but in fact lasted just over one week, the occupation of the Gerhardt-Hauptmann-Schule in Ohlauer Strasse in Kreuzberg is over. A group of mostly African … Continue reading

Jul 3, 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

Jun 27, 2014 · 1 Comment

JUTEN TACH BERLIN

According to many people who lived in Berlin in the 1930s, despite the official signs of adulation, Adolf Hitler was a very much unpopular character in Germany´s capital. Considered to … Continue reading

Jun 25, 2014 · 3 Comments

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

Jun 4, 2014

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: APRIL 30th – RUDI-DUTSCHKE-STRASSE

Prior to its re-naming this street used to be known as Kochstrasse. In 2008 and after some bitter court wrestling the eastern end of the almost 300-year-old thoroughfare (it was named after … Continue reading

Apr 30, 2014

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

Apr 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

Apr 28, 2014

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

Apr 27, 2014

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

Apr 9, 2014 · 2 Comments

YOU ARE HERE: CHECKPOINT CHARLIE

Did you know that despite the rumours the famous East-West German inner-city crossing in Berlin known as Checkpoint Charlie is NOT placed in the borough of Mitte? It cannot be … Continue reading

Apr 7, 2014 · 2 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

Apr 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

Apr 3, 2014

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

Apr 1, 2014

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

Mar 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

Mar 27, 2014 · 1 Comment

WHAT GOES AROUND, COMES AROUND – THE STORY OF THE TIN

The best thing about the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, is the multitude of its interests: from fossils to aeroplanes, from Persian manuscripts to the ruby slippers worn by Dorothy … Continue reading

Mar 4, 2014

AS TIME GOES BY – HISTORIC IMAGES OF KREUZBERG

Sometimes one photo says more than a hundred books. And although often it is impossible to “read” the image – to recognise what or whom it presents – without living … Continue reading

Mar 4, 2014

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