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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

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

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: BERLIN´S MÜHLENDAMM – OF MILLS, LOCKS AND BRIDGES

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BERLIN QUOTE

“A travelling Australian feels disappointed in Paris and Rome but in Berlin he finds the Melbourne of the continent.” (from the “Imperial Review”, 1883)      

Aug 25, 2016 · 1 Comment

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

BERLIN PAST: THE SCISSORS GRINDER

One of the lost and long-forgotten professions – an itinerant scissors (or knife) grinder – in the streets of Berlin in 1904.

Jun 9, 2016

BERLIN NOW AND THEN

Berlin´s best local daily, “Berliner Morgenpost“, continue their fascinating photo-series “Berlin Now and Then”. Here are some wonderful colour images of well-known Berlin spots: as they were and as they are. … Continue reading

Mar 24, 2016

SOMEWHERE ALONG THE LINE

Until now “Berliner Straßenszene” by Karl Holtz, a picture owned by Berlin´s Stiftung Stadtmuseum and painted in the early 1920s, has been dated for 1920-1923. However, the tram line No. 21 … Continue reading

Dec 11, 2015

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

THE TIME MACHINE KEEPS ON GOING

A feast for the eyes, all yer Berlin fans! A series of interactive photos – historic and current – of some of the city´s best known spots. Published by one … Continue reading

Dec 5, 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

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

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

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

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

SPOTTED IN PASSING: BERLIN IN 1973

It could be 1873, really…

May 9, 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

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

Mar 23, 2014

YOU ARE HERE: THE VIEW FROM JANNOWITZBRÜCKE

Old Berlin image: the view from Jannowitzbrücke towards the old Waisenbrücke (built 1892–1894 and blown up by the Wermacht troops, the repaired bridge was finally dismantled in 1960 as no … Continue reading

Nov 21, 2013

SPOTTED IN PASSING: WINTERGARTEN CIRCUS BY UMBO

Umbo (Otto Umbehr) took this picture of the acrobats at Berlin Winter Garden show somewhere around 1932. Umbehr, a former Bauhaus student and a follower of Johannes Ittens became interested … Continue reading

Nov 6, 2013

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: OCTOBER 27th – KIRCHE ZUM HEILIGEN KREUZ VOR DEM HALLESCHEN THORE IN BERLIN

Should you have been looking for His Majesty Kaiser Wilhelm II and his lovely spouse, Kaiserin Auguste Viktoria on October 27th 1888, then the surest way to find them would … Continue reading

Oct 28, 2013

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: MARLENE DIETRICH “IN DEN RUINEN VON BERLIN”

This wonderful piece was written by Friedrich (later also Frederick) Hollaender, an extremely talented Jewish musician and composer born in the UK but with the peak of his career in … Continue reading

Oct 27, 2013 · 5 Comments

YOU ARE HERE: IG-METALL-HAUS

This impressive house on the corner of Linden- and Alte Jakobstrasse was designed by Erich Mendelsohn and Rudolph Reichel and built between 1929 and 1930 for the powerful Industriegewerkschaft Metall … Continue reading

Sep 12, 2013

YOU ARE HERE: URBANHAFEN

Urbanhafen under construction in 1892-1895.

Sep 10, 2013

RE-PLAY: THE AMAZING STORY OF JOHANN FRIEDRICH DANNENBERG FROM KÖPENICKER STRASSE

This is a re-posted text from last year and part of the series Today in Kreuzberg. Because it is April again and because the story is very much worth knowing … Continue reading

Apr 4, 2013

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: APRIL 22nd – THE SYNAGOGUE IN FRAENKELUFER

1959 On the eve of one of the most important Jewish holidays, Pessach (Passover), in the afternoon, the orthodox synagogue in Fraenkelufer holds its re-opening ceremony. Designed by Alexander Beer … Continue reading

Apr 23, 2012 · 3 Comments

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: MARCH 22 – THE SUICIDE OF LITTLE PAUL

1912 The local newspaper BZ am Mittag prints the following short note: “In Urbanstrasse 65 today in the morning the 12-year-old son of Widow Luchterhand, Paul, jumped out of the … Continue reading

Mar 23, 2012 · 2 Comments

SYNCHRONIZED IN KREUZBERG

Carl Gustav Jung, for some the psychoanalytical Rib to Sigmund Freud´s Adam, developed the idea of synchronicity in an attempt to understand and explain the magic of Coincidence. According to … Continue reading

Oct 24, 2011

HERR SIMOSSEK SAYS HELLO

Sometime back in June I visited the house in Fontanepromenade 15 (a full account of the experience was presented in the following post: The Road to Coincidence). The short call … Continue reading

Sep 14, 2011

SPOTTED IN PASSING: THE GREEN WALL OF KREUZBERG

Inspired by Mr Whitlam´s recent series of pics about Nature taking back what´s hers (jonnywhitlamphotography.com), I´ve decided to present this photo taken at the back of the Gesundheitsamt Kreuzberg in … Continue reading

Sep 7, 2011 · 1 Comment

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