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    1. The first Miss Germany came from Berlin. Hildegard Quandt, then 21 years old, won the title in 1927 in a “Night of Women” in the Berlin Sports Palace. Max Schmeling was also present at the award ceremony.
    2. The winner of the first worldwide contest was also a Berliner. The cigarette seller Gertrud Dopieralski was elected Miss Universum in Hamburg in 1909 and received 20 marks and a certificate.

    3. If the citizens of Berlin had to jointly pay for the city's debts, each would have to pay just under 18,000 euros.

    4. Berlin had the highest population in 1942. At that time, almost 4.5 million people lived in the city. Today there are 3.5 million.

    5. At 49 years old, she is the oldest pony in Germany. Madame Nou lives in the children's and youth, riding and driving club Zehlendorf. Over 3,000 children are said to have already sat down on their backs.

    6. They are legendary: photos of euphoric people who hug each other when the wall came down and drink champagne together. Many of the champagne bottles, however, came from CNN, which had distributed them in order to be able to capture better pictures.

    7. Angela Merkel literally sweaty when the Wall came down. When the wall came down, today's Chancellor was sitting in the sauna in the Thälmann-Bad and was not aware of the incidents.

    8. The SOS Morse code comes from Berlin. At the International Radiocommunication Conference in 1906, the participants agreed on the combination as a globally valid emergency call sign.

    9. The total volume of Berlin's waters is around 228 million cubic meters. That corresponds to around 284,750,000 bathtubs full of water.

    10. Berlin was a Hanseatic city from 1359 to 1451.

    11. The Charité was originally a plague house. It was built in 1710 to prevent an epidemic that had broken out in Eastern Europe and threatened the Mark Brandenburg and Berlin. The feared emergency never happened.

    12. Prenzlauer Berg by no means has the highest birth rate in Germany. Not even Berlin. At a rate of 1.25, the district is below the average. It is highest in Reinickendorf with 1.4.

    13. Speaking of Prenzlauer Berg: Even if the district is characterized by old buildings, no house in the district is more than 164 years old. The oldest house was built in 1848. It is located at Kastanienallee 77 - and is now legally occupied.

    14. The "Burgsdorfer Lärche" in the Tegel Forest is the tallest tree in Berlin at around 43 meters. It is one of the so-called European larches - in technical jargon Larix decidua, which are mainly native to the Alps and the Carpathian Mountains.

    15. Berlin is the only European city with more museums than rainy days. There are around 180 museums and collections here. The rainy days averages 106 per year.

    16. The area around Biesdorf, Kaulsdorf, Mahlsdorf is home to the largest contiguous one and two-family house area in Germany.

    17. In 1934, the world's first regular TV program went on air in the Charlottenburg House of Broadcasting. Initially sporadically, the station "Paul Nipkow" broadcast a regular program as early as 1935.

    18. Reagan's sentence "Mister Gorbachev - tear down this wall!" Should be prevented. Shortly before the speech began, the US State Department sent amended drafts in which the sentence was deleted for fear of annoying the Russians. Reagan laughed and said, "I know the boys at the State Department will kill me for it, but it's just the right thing to do."

    19. When Kennedy uttered his famous words, he stuck to his notes, on which he had handwritten: "Ish am a Bearleener". In addition, his piece of paper said, without actually pronouncing the sentence: "Lusd z nach Bearleen comen" - Let them come to Berlin!

    20. They were the preliminary stage to the darkrooms in Berghain, noble sex parties in the Grunewald hunting lodge. For example, on the second Sunday in January 1891 there was a celebration at which 15 well-known members of the imperial court met in the idyllic Renaissance castle. There should have been sex in every conceivable constellation and position that night, this is documented in hundreds of letters.

    21. Speaking of darkrooms: when the hygiene traffic lights were introduced in Pankow, only one restaurant was rated “very good”. The gay club Stahlrohr 2.0.

    22. From May to September 1945 the clocks went two hours ahead in Berlin. It was Moscow time.

    23. At 114.7 meters, the large Müggelberg is the highest natural elevation in Berlin. The Teufelsberg is just as high, but emerged from the rubble of the Second World War. In Germany only one federal state has an even smaller highest mountain: Bremen. With the elevation at Friedehorstpark, which measures 32.5 meters.

    24. Teufelsberg again: on December 28, 1986, the first and only Berlin Ski World Cup took place there. The discipline: parallel slalom. Around 15,000 spectators were there when the Austrian Leonhard Stock won the race in pouring rain.

    25. And again: in 2007 the foundation stone was laid for an institution where it is difficult to decide which is more bizarre: its name or the location. It was the "University of Invincible Germany" that was to be built on the Teufelsberg. Mastermind: the Maharishi Foundation, in which Hollywood director David Lynch was also involved. Even if the eccentric director came in person to the laying of the foundation stone and was heavily involved, the project ultimately came to nothing.

    26. Things that were invented in Berlin: pipette-free eye dropper bottles, automatic dog leashes, prosthetic legs, the postage stamp machine, the bread slicer, the waffle iron, the computer, the currywurst, the electric train, the hair dryer, the cardiac catheter, instant food, ear plugs, the X-ray tube, the electricity meter , the flashlight, the tea light, the thermos bottle, the toilet flush, the universal wrench, the windshield.

    27. Another Berlin invention: the modern condom without annoying seams. The rubber manufacturer Julius Fromm brought it onto the market in 1916. The terms "Fromms" and "Frommser" for condoms were still used colloquially in Germany for decades.

    28. The Hansa studios were the Berlin equivalent of the English Abbey Road studios. In them - of course - David Bowie, Brian Eno and R.E.M produced, but also Johannes Heesters, Ivan Rebroff and: the New Kids On The Block.

    29. The Pfaueninsel provided the setting for six Edgar Wallace films, including “News from the Witcher” and “The Monk with the Whip”.

    30. The district of Rummelsburg is named after an inn. Rummelsburg was the name of a wine tavern that the merchant Johann Jakob Rummel opened around 1720 and which quickly enjoyed great popularity. The name was then carried over to the neighboring settlement.

    31. The oldest twin city of Berlin is Los Angeles. It was sealed on June 27, 1967 during the Berlin Film Festival.

    32. Other partner cities: Paris, Madrid, Istanbul, Warsaw, Moscow, Budapest, Brussels, Jakarta, Tashkent, Mexico City, Beijing, Tokyo, Buenos Aires, Prague, Windhoek, London.

    33. The first traffic light in Germany was 8.4 meters high, stood on Potsdamer Platz and was put into operation in 1924. A replica of the traffic light tower still stands there today.

    34. The largest seesaws in Europe are also located at Potsdamer Platz. Each 21 meters long, 3.5 tons in weight, price per unit 27,000 euros. But you can't rock on it. Since they were wrongly constructed and therefore too loud, they had to be chained.

    35. The largest amusement park in Europe was in Berlin at the beginning of the 19th century, on Halensee. One of the special attractions was the so-called “Negerdorf”, in which a dozen Somalis re-enacted the supposedly authentic life in the African bush, as well as a wave pool, which Berliners called the “hooker aquarium”.

    36. The entertainer Hans Rosenthal ("Dalli Dalli") was president of the football club Tennis Borussia Berlin from 1965 to 1973.

    37. The Berlin FC Germania, founded in 1888, is the oldest German football club still in existence. The Tempelhof club won the German championships, which were held for the first time in 1890, and now plays in the regional league.

    38. Don't worry Hertha, things can get worse. The SC Tasmania 1900 Berlin is considered the most unsuccessful club in the history of the Bundesliga. For only one year, in 1965, the team played in the 1st Bundesliga and was immediately relegated with a goal difference of 15:10 and 8:60 points. In 1973 the association was dissolved.

    39. The name "Hertha" comes from the early Germanic goddess Nerthus. Translated, the name means "the strong one".

    40. Hertha's biggest win in the Bundesliga was a 9-1 win against Dortmund in 1970.

    41. Why are the transport companies actually called BVG and not BVB? No, not because of Borussia Dortmund, but because they were merged into a stock corporation in 1928, with a single shareholder: the city of Berlin. The G for society has been retained to this day.

    42. With the Munich City Hall instead of the Red City Hall on top. In 2008, for example, the Berlin telephone directory came onto the market. Shortly before the editorial deadline, an employee exchanged two image files, and the publisher then printed 700,000 copies with the wrong cover image.

    43. The first Berlin telephone directory from 1881 contains eight names.

    44. Because it was difficult to get intestines, in GDR times in East Berlin currywurst was usually only available without. As a substitute, water hoses were sometimes used to shape the sausages.

    45. The largest new housing estate in Europe was built in Marzahn. The topping-out ceremony was held in September 1977, after which more than 100,000 people were to find space in the large prefabricated housing estate.

    46. The Landwehr Canal was built from the Landwehrgraben, a medieval protective ditch that the Prussian elector had built as a defensive border.

    47. The first angry Berliners! When a new sewer system was to be built in the 1850s, the residents of this city went to the barricades. Reason for your concern: too high costs and years of construction and traffic chaos.

    48. 200 years ago Berlin was an official spa and medicinal bath. In 1784 a spring with a special iron content was discovered in the north of the city, where a bath was built. Today only the name of the S-Bahn station Gesundbrunnen reminds of it. In 1882 the spring was inadvertently filled in during the construction of the sewerage system - yes, exactly.

    49. In Berlin, on Krausnickstrasse in Mitte, there is the world's only Ramones Museum.

    50. The Kino International was one of the most important in the GDR. Erich Honecker had a permanent seat: Row 8, Seat 15. On the evening of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the first GDR feature film with a gay theme was premiered at International, Heiner Carow's “Coming Out”. When news of the opening of the border spread, the screening was interrupted to inform visitors of the events. Then the film continued at the request of the audience.

    51. Gay tradition: Incidentally, Berlin was home to the world's first homosexual association. On May 15, 1897, a sexologist, a publisher, a lawyer and a former officer met in Charlottenburg to demonstrate through research and personal experience that same-sex sexuality is neither a vice nor a crime, but quite natural. A resolution they wrote later was signed by Gerhard Hauptmann, Rainer Maria Rilke, August Bebel and Thomas Mann, among others. But when the Nazis came to power at the latest, all attempts at emancipation had failed.

    52. Speaking of Gerhard Hauptmann: Because the German Theater performed Hauptmann's play “Die Weber” on September 25, 1894, Wilhelm II demonstratively canceled the subscription for his box.

    53. A myth that is often claimed is: Berlin is the third largest city with a Turkish population after Istanbul and Ankara. But not true. A good 100,000 people of Turkish origin are registered in Berlin. There are around 70 cities with more inhabitants in Turkey. However, Berlin is actually the city with the most Turks outside of Turkey.

    54. Another myth: Contrary to all rumors to the contrary, the Quadriga was always facing east towards the old town center. In 1806, on the instructions of Napoleon, it was taken to Paris as a catch for booty. In 1814 it returned to its original location. The Berliners then spoke of the Quadriga as a “return coach”.

    55. Anna Schnasing is the proverbial milkmaid. At the end of the 19th century, she sold milk to housewives in the city center for the Bolle dairy in Berlin. But since she could not calculate well, she was often betrayed. Until she suddenly learned an infallible finger calculation, the secret of which was discovered by one of her customers, a mathematician.

    56. Europe's largest frozen pizza factory is located in Wittenau. Up to a million pizzas are produced there every day. Also for export to Italy.

    57. Mozzarella is also exported from Berlin to the south. In Tempelhof, 160,000 liters of Brandenburg milk are processed into mozzarella every day. Half of it goes to Italy.

    58. Before starting her career, Nena worked as a secretary for the Berlin star photographer Jim Rakete. It was he who finally discovered her talent and promoted her career.

    59. The Potsdamer Chaussee between Berlin and Potsdam was the first paved street in Prussia. It was completed in 1792.

    60. With an area of ​​892 square kilometers, Berlin is nine times larger than Paris. Berlin also has more bridges than Venice. The Italian lagoon city only has around 400 to 500, while Berlin has around 1,000.

    61. But Berlin is by no means the city with the most bridges in Europe, as can sometimes be heard. Hamburg has around 2,500 bridges, which is more than Venice, Amsterdam and Stockholm combined.

    62. He was the Udo Walz of the imperial era. Berlin's first celebrity hairdresser was called François Haby, who made a name for himself as an entrepreneur early on. His best-known product was the mustache wax "It is achieved" for the mustache in the style of Kaiser Wilhelm II. Around 1890, Haby was finally appointed the official court hairdresser, who had to take care of the emperor's beard and hair every morning.

    63. Berlin was first mentioned in a document in 1251, but the area has been inhabited for much longer. Excavation finds at the Schmöckwitzer Werder point to Mesolithic settlement forms that are more than 9,000 years old.

    64. The three only free parking spaces in City-West are on a traffic island on Ku’damm, diagonally across from the Memorial Church.

    65. Kurfürstendamm does not have a house number from 1 to 9.

    66. The most famous and notorious executioner in German history was a Berliner. Between 1878 and 1889 Julius Krautz dropped his ax and rolled heads 53 times on behalf of the state. However, when he smashed the skull of one of his assistants in a bar fight, the court decided on self-defense, but in future he waived his services.

    67. Two thirds of all marriages concluded in Berlin on 9.9.1999 have meanwhile been divorced.

    68. There are 118 places in the world called Berlin. Including the 3,148 meter high Mount Berlin in the Antarctic, a mud hut village in Argentina and 31 Berlins in the USA

    69. The gold else on the Victory Column is size 92.

    70. The city should get cleaner! This is what King Friedrich Wilhelm I wanted and in 1735 obliged the residents of Berlin to sweep the street in front of their houses to the middle of the street every other day. Chamber pots were only allowed to be emptied into the Spree at night and in specially designated places.

    71. Around 90 percent of the Berlin Wall ended up as road gravel. Among other things, parts of Bernauer Strasse and the road to Schönefeld Airport have been built with the historic gravel.

    72. By the way: the 155 kilometers long Berlin Wall had five doors. One of them is still preserved. It is in the Japanese city of Nagasaki, in the factory of a nacelle manufacturer.

    73. A piece of the historic city wall, which was built in the second half of the 13th century, can still be seen in Waisenstrasse.

    74. And one last time the wall: the Berlin excise wall formed the extended city wall from the 18th century. Your coordinates were used for the construction of the U1 in Kreuzberg, which began in 1896. The stations Hallesches Tor, Kottbusser Tor and Schlesisches Tor still remind of this today.

    75. Antoinette Flegenheim, née Berta Antonia Maria Wendt, was the only Berlin passenger on board the Titanic - and she survived. She was rescued on the first lifeboat launched after the iceberg collision.

    76. There are around 150,000 dogs in Berlin. In total, they leave around 55 tons of piles behind each year. Only 147 tickets were distributed to dog owners last year. For comparison: parking offenders were fined exactly 2,765,930 times in the same period.

    77. In Berlin it rains about ten tons of pigeon droppings every day.

    78. On the morning of June 5, 1974 at around 0.15 a.m., Ulrich Schmücker was found dying with a nine-millimeter bullet in his head by a US soldier on Krummen Lanke.Two years later, criminal proceedings began that would become the longest in the history of the Federal Republic. Schmücker was a member of Movement 2. June and later undercover agent of the protection of the constitution - code name "chain". The trial of his murder was discontinued in 1991 after 591 days and four trials. It is considered a judicial scandal because the process was manipulated and hindered by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution and prosecutors. The murder of Schmücker could never be legally solved.

    79. The Admiralspalast used to be a wellness temple. In 1873 mineralized water was found at the site. As a result, a bathing establishment was built.

    80. Berlin has its own nuclear reactor. It is located in Wannsee and is used for research purposes.

    81. For a long time it was assumed that Berlin was named after the Ascanian Albrecht the Bear, the father of the two city founders. Or got its name from the bears that roamed the woods. Today, however, it is assumed that the name is derived from the ancient Slavic word “br’lo”, which means something like “swamp”, “morass” or “damp place”.

    82. At least the bear made it into the coat of arms, as the heraldic animal of the Ascan family, then after all.

    83. Why is Mohrenstrasse called that? At the time, Africans were housed here and were given as a gift to Friedrich Wilhelm I, in addition to the purchase price for the colonies, which he sold to the Dutch West India Company. "Twelve black boys, six of whom should be adorned with gold chains," he demanded in order to train them as army musicians.

    84. In 1647, Elector Friedrich Wilhelm Unter den Linden not only planted 1,000 linden trees, but also 1,000 nut trees. But they soon died again because of the sandy soil.

    85. In the GDR there was the penalty of the "Berlin" ban. The punished person was no longer allowed to enter the capital for a certain period of time.

    86. The Oberbaum Bridge, built in 1893, was originally used to control goods that were shipped across the Spree. The name of the bridge comes from the fact that before the 17th century, tree trunks were placed in the water at night to close the river traffic.

    87. Hildegard Knef ("I still have a suitcase in Berlin") was a newcomer. She comes from Ulm.

    88. Until 1989 the Allies were allowed to carry out the death penalty in Berlin.

    89. In 1894 the Russian Orthodox cemetery of St. Konstantin in Reinickendorf was inaugurated. So that the deceased can rest in their home soil, four railway wagons full of Russian soil were shipped to Berlin.

    90. Since the Alte Palais Unter den Linden did not have a bathroom, as soon as Kaiser Wilhelm I wanted to freshen up, employees had to transfer a bathtub from the neighboring Hotel de Rome.

    91. The world's first brain research institute was founded in 1914 in Berlin by Oskar Vogt. It was also Vogt who dissected Lenin's brain.

    92. The most expensive room in town costs 15,000 euros per night. It is the presidential suite in the Kempinski Hotel Bristol on Ku’damm. The apartment is around 500 square meters.

    93. Around 1540 today's boulevard, the Ku’damm, was just a narrow causeway leading to the Grunewald hunting lodge.

    94. The smallest religious community in Berlin are the Bo-Mun-Sa-Buddhists with around ten members.

    95. The first German TV manhunt dealt with a brutal robbery and murder of a taxi driver in Berlin in October 1938.

    96. It was Joseph Goebbels' chauffeur who discovered the taxi with the corpse in it on the Wannseeweg. After the search was broadcast, the perpetrator was identified and executed.

    97. The first German film screening took place on March 1, 1895 in Berlin. With a coin operated film viewer.

    98. One last myth that we are clearing up here: Berlin is not the only city in the world with two zoos. Chicago and San Diego also have two. New York even six.

    99. But the Berlin Zoo is considered to be the most species-rich in the world.

    100. And: The first Allied bomb, which was dropped on Berlin during World War II, killed the only elephant in the zoo.

More Berlin facts, stories, fallacies:

"Absolut Berlin - The Berlin hodgepodge" by Axel Schock, Hirschkäfer Verlag, Munich 2011, 224 pages, 16.90 euros
"Instructions for use for Berlin" by Jakob Hein, Piper, Munich 2012, 181 pages, 14.99 euros
“Everything you didn't know about Berlin” by Elmo Gerdsen, archimappublishers, Berlin 2012, 125 pages, 9.95 euros
“Berlin Popular Mistakes - A Lexicon” by Volker Wieprecht and Robert Skuppin, Aufbau Verlag, Berlin 2011, 239 pages, 7.99 euros