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BERLIN PAST: THE GHOSTS OF AM WEIDENDAMM

Today’s photo was taken around 1870 by one of Berlin’s best visual chroniclers, F.A.Schwartz, at the time when he himself lived nearby in Friedrichstraße. The view is practically impossible to … Continue reading

Mar 8, 2020

Protected: DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: BAD LINDEN

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Apr 10, 2018 · Enter your password to view comments.

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

Protected: BACK TO FRONT AT THE SCHLOßPLATZ: THE NEPTUNBRUNNEN

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Oct 27, 2017 · Enter your password to view comments.

WHICH WAY TO SPITTELMARKT?

Welcome to Spittelmarkt, a central Berlin plaza in today´s Mitte, here seen from Leipziger Straße in 1904. #OTD 1900 traffic census carried out there rendered following results: between 6 AM … Continue reading

Oct 11, 2017

NIGHTS AT THE “CAFE NATIONAL”

“Cafe National” on the corner of Friedrichstraße No. 76 and Jägerstraße in Berlin-Mitte (quite obviously a collage, which explains an amusing proportion-ratio between various objects). The place was once famous … Continue reading

Sep 16, 2017 · 1 Comment

Protected: BAD LINDEN FROM UNTER DEN LINDEN

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BERLIN NOW AND THEN: FRIEDRICHSTRASSE

Here is Friedrichstrasse in 1935 and the same spot (Friedrichstraße shortly before its junction with Kronenstrasse, looking north) a couple of years ago, captured for Google Streets.   The differences … Continue reading

Apr 7, 2016

ROLLING UP

ROLLING UP The first Berlin escalator opened on December 22nd, 1925 in an elegant and popular department store in Leipziger Strasse 46-49 corner Dönhoffplatz. Tietz-Warenhaus invested not only in the … Continue reading

Feb 9, 2016 · 2 Comments

BERLIN BRUSHES: KARL HUBBUCH

A beautiful etching by Karl Hubbuch, contemporary and colleague of Otto Dix and Georg Grosz: corner Leipziger Strasse and Friedrichstrasse in 1922 during the construction of the U-Bahn line. Image … Continue reading

Dec 18, 2015

BERLIN BRUSHES: DOWN THE RIVER WITH HERR JACOB

View over the river Spree between the river and Stralauer Strasse painted by Julius Jacob the Younger in 1886. On the right side the Rotes Rathaus and Nikolaikirche with its … Continue reading

Aug 18, 2015

THE MOST HATED HOUSE IN BERLIN?

The house in Engeldamm 70 corner Michaelkirchplatz in Berlin-Mitte, regularly featured in the local news because of the attacks carried out by the stone-hurtling, self-proclaimed crusaders of the radical left, … Continue reading

Jan 14, 2015

YOU ARE HERE: JUNGFERN BRIDGE

The painting above, called JUNGFERNBRÜCKE, was created by Hans Baluschek, a famous Berlin artist and the author of some of the most impressive early 20th-century images of the city, between 1926 and … Continue reading

Dec 22, 2014

THE WAVES OF CHANGE – BERLIN´S PLANS FOR A NEW INNER-CITY RIVER POOL

Berlin does not need the replica of the “Stadtschloss” – Berlin needs that gorgeous new swimming pool that part of the inner-city section of the river Spree should be turned … Continue reading

Oct 21, 2014

LAST CALL FOR PERGAMON

An important message for all Berlin visitors and all locals planning to (finally!) go and see the world famous Altar of Pergamon at the Pergamonmuseum in Berlin-Mitte. With the next … Continue reading

Sep 19, 2014

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

SPOTTED IN PASSING: OST!

Spotted in Berlin-Mitte. The Volksbühne Theatre at Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz in Berlin-Mitte (orig. Bülowplatz) designed by Oskar Kaufmann and built in 1913-1914. The costs of construction were partly covered with the donations … Continue reading

Aug 19, 2014

SPOTTED IN PASSING: RAIN OVER THE PLEASURE GARDENS

Here is a photo taken waiting for the rain at Berlin´s Lustgarten (Berlin-Mitte) where in the case of a real downpour one can seek shelter at Berliner Dom or alternatively get … Continue reading

Aug 7, 2014

SPOTTED IN PASSING: MOTHER´S EYES:-)

Spotted in Unter den Linden in Berlin-Mitte.

Apr 24, 2014

SOME OF MY FAVOURITE THINGS

I have just received a parcel. Brought as always but the extremely surly, sweaty postman who said “hello” to anyone last time somewhere around 1988 and who is fond of … Continue reading

May 8, 2013

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