News and views from Germany's federal capital in easily-digestible blog format.
It seems like it's vintage transport season: after the buses last
Saturday, this time it's trams, up in Pankow where the
Denkmalpflege-Verein Nahverkehr Berlin is having an open day at the Straßenbahnhof Niederschönhausen.
Posted at 2007-05-13 14:05:00
The U8 has always had a bit of a dodgy reputation, linking as it does some
of Berlin's more, err, working class districts such as Neukölln,Kreuzberg and Wedding. Particularly the stations
on the southern section between Moritzplatz andHermannstraße have become notorious as a meeting point for
dealers and their customers. Now, official statistics have revealed that it's the line with the most
stations which are regularly used for dealing drugs, with every station south ofOsloer Straße affected.
Posted at 2007-05-11 09:38:00
If you're using public transport, Schienenersatzverkehr - often written as SEV for short,
or as you can see from the photo, shortened to Ersatzverkehr - is not
a word you want to see or hear too often. It literally means "track replacement traffic", i.e. replacement
buses running instead of the normal S-Bahn, U-Bahn
or Tram services.
Posted at 2007-05-10 13:29:00
The section of U-Bahn line U2 between
Schönhauser Allee will be
closed from May 14 until June 14 for much-needed maintenance work.
(Schienenersatzverkehr) will be running along the closed section of line, calling atRosa-Luxemburg-Platz,Senefelderplatz, Eberswalder Straße and Schönhauser Allee. Bicycles cannot be carried.
Posted at 2007-05-10 08:03:00
The two Sundays on which shops can open in Berlin (verkaufsoffene Sonntage)
for the second half of the year have been announced: September 2nd
(in conjunction with the IFA) and
October 7th (in conjunction with the Art Forum / Kunstherbst).
There are now three remaining Sunday shopping days in 2007:
- May 20th
- September 2nd
- October 7th
Shops are also generally open on the four Advent Sundays before Christmas.
See Shopping in Berlin for general information on shop opening hours in Berlin.
Posted at 2007-05-10 07:47:00
One for transport fans and afficionados of vintage buses: on May 12th (Saturday) theBVG is running old-timers on the M45 route betweenZoo Station and Spandau. Around a dozen
historical omnibuses will be running between 9am and 6pm - the normal BVG fares are valid, no extra
payment required. (This is an annual event, which takes place on the Saturday before Muttertag
Posted at 2007-05-10 01:17:00
A Backshop is not somewhere you could buy, say, a back-scratcher. You will
however find a large range of bread and pastries, for "Back" derives from
"Backwaren", aka "bakery products". And as "shop" is a direct
equivalent of der Laden, it's "der Backshop".
This word has become common in Berlin since the late 1990's; I'm not sure why, or
what advantage it has over the more prosaic Bäckerei.
Posted at 2007-05-08 16:16:00
on Berlin's U-Bahn
system caused by problems with the newest
"H-Series" trains have now been lifted, and as of today services have
been restored to the normal timetable.
Posted at 2007-05-02 09:16:00
'twas the night before May Day, when all through the inner city
not a street was silent, not even a house
The Molotov cocktails were prepared with care
In hopes that the police would soon be there
(With apologies to Clement Clarke Moore.)
Yes, Walpurgisnacht - Walpurgis Night, April 30th, is upon us
once more. It's a festival is named after Saint Walburga, apparently a
niece of Saint Boniface if you really must know, and whatever the
precise historical details, in parts of Central and Northern Europe
it's a jolly good opportunity for a bit of a knees-up to celebrate the
arrival of Spring. And maybe light some whopping great fires.
Posted at 2007-04-30 12:08:00
Over the past couple of days temperatures have been around
25°C - lovely, almost summer-like weather, which is set to continue
over the holiday weekend (Tuesday, May 1, is a public holiday, so many
people will be taking Monday off too).
This was the Mauerpark yesterday, late afternoon.
Posted at 2007-04-27 10:10:00
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