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Mengenlehreuhr, set theory clock, Berliner Uhr, Berlin Clock, Sixt, Europa-Center, Budapester Strasse, Charlottenburg, Berlin, Hauptstadt, Germany, fotoeins.com

My Berlin: An Unusual (Set Theory) Clock

I had read about this unusual clock years ago; the unusual mathematics connection was an additional “plus”.

I leave the crowds at Gedächtniskirche and Breitscheidplatz and head on over to the SixT car rental outlet on Budapester Strasse. What’s standing in front is most certainly a curiosity, even as passers-by look at me curiously.

The Berlin Clock is known in German as “Berliner Uhr”. The alternate name is “set theory clock” or “Mengenlehreuhr”, a German compound word consisting of “Menge” for quantities (sets), “Lehre” for theory, and “Uhr” for clock. The Guinness Book of Records claimed “the Berlin Clock was the first clock in the world operating according to the principles of set theory1“.

Created by inventor Dieter Binninger, the clock first stood at the corner of Kurfürstendamm and Uhlandstrasse in West Berlin from 1975 to 1995. Local business arrangements were made with Binninger’s widow for a long-term loan including maintenance costs, and the clock was moved in 1996 to its present location at the Europa-Center.

Here is how one reads the Berlin Clock:

  • Top circle: light flashes every 2 seconds; ‘on’ 1-second, ‘off’ 1-second
  • 1st row: hour of day in 5-hour increments, up to 20
  • 2nd row: hour of day in 1-hour increments, up to 4
  • 3rd row: minutes in 5-minute increments, up to 55
  • 4th row: minutes in 1-minute increments, up to 4

Time shown in the above featured image is 1310 hours or 110pm, which breaks down as (2 x 5) + (3 x 1) hours and (2 x 5) + (0 x 1) minutes.

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Schloss Charlottenburg, Charlottenburg Palace, Berlin, Germany, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: “Sic transit gloria mundi” (Berlin Charlottenburg)

Even an overcast day with a little bit of light rain can’t spoil the fact that the Charlottenburg palace is a highlight in the capital city of Berlin. Accessible by bus, U-Bahn, or S-Bahn, a visit to the palace buildings and surroundings can easily occupy a good half-day. I walked the grounds for a couple of hours, and imagined what today’s beautiful green space must have been like in centuries past. I will have “guided” the golden statue at the top of the main building just to make the inevitable statement about the past, present, and future: “And so it goes, the world …”

I made this photo above on 5 May 2015 with the Canon 6D, EF 24-105 L IS zoom-lens, and the following settings: 1/1600s, f/5, ISO500, and 70mm focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-6LV.

Currywurst, noxoss, Bernd Petrikat, Pixabay

My Berlin: the humble currywurst

Above/featured: Image by noxoss (Bernd Petrikat) on Pixabay.

In Germany’s capital city, Berlin is populated by countless venues for Döner, falafel, and currywurst. For the latter, I highlight two examples: Curry 61 (Hackescher Markt) and Curry 36 am Zoo (Zoologischer Garten), both of which are easily accessible with the city’s U- or S-Bahn.


Curry 61 – Hackescher Markt

(17 March 2011.)

Walking around Berlin’s Mitte district on a wet March afternoon, I found myself in the area around Hackescher Markt. I stepped briefly into the quiet Hackesche Höfe courtyard complex to pick up some postcards (at Schönhauser Design). I’d already subjected myself to the sights and scents emanating numerous cafés, bakeries, and snack shops. I hadn’t had lunch, and with food possibilities reaching my eyes, the grumbling belly meant time to feed.

The ubiquitous yet humble currywurst came to the rescue. I retraced my steps back towards Hackescher Markt, and I arrived at the street-side counter for Curry 61.

A short history of Berlin’s claim to currywurst’s origins goes something like this. In 1949, Herta Heuwer, who ran a snack counter in Berlin, mixed curry powder and Worcestershire sauce with ketchup, and when she served grilled pork sausage with the new sauce to her customers, they loved the new concoction. She patented the sauce as “Chillup” years later. Today, currywurst is ubiquitous, challenging even the Döner as the champion of street-food throughout Berlin.

Currywurst at Curry 61, Curry 61, Berlin Mitte, Germany, Hauptstadt, Deutschland, fotoeins.com

Curry 61 – 17 Mar 2011.

Bratwurst mit Darm, Currywurst at Curry 61, Curry 61, Berlin Mitte, Germany, Hauptstadt, Deutschland, fotoeins.com

Grilled sausage, with casing. Curry 61 – 17 Mar 2011.

Bratwurst ohne Darm, Currywurst at Curry 61, Curry 61, Berlin Mitte, Germany, Hauptstadt, Deutschland, fotoeins.com

Grilled sausage, without casing. Curry 61 – 17 Mar 2011.

A short conversation in German with the owner went something like this:

•   Was hätten Sie gern? — Einmal mit (Darm) und Pommes rot; scharf, bitte.
•   Woher kommen Sie? — Kanada, doch ich arbeite zurzeit in Chile.
•   Was machen Sie hier in Berlin? — Urlaub, ein paar Freunden besucht.
•   Wie sprechen Sie so gut Deutsch? — Schon 2. Jahre hier gewohnt, und viele Mass Bier getrunken.

Which roughly translates in English as:

•   What would you like? — An order with (casing), and fries ‘red’; spicy, please.
•   From where do you come? — Canada, but I work presently in Chile.
•   What are you doing in Berlin? — Vacation, visiting friends.
•   How did you come to speak German? — 2 years in the country, and many litres of beer.

The owner seemed to like my answer to his last question.

Although the owner asked if I really wanted the spicy (Scharf) version, I got a good dose of spice; my serving had a good sharp edge.

Currywurst mit Pommes, Curry 61, Berlin Mitte, Germany, fotoeins.com

Pork bratwurst with fries doused in ketchup and topped with curry and chili powders. Curry 61 – 17 Mar 2011.


Curry 36 – Zoologischer Garten

(9 Dec 2014.)

In subsequent visits to Berlin, I’m passing through the train station near the city’s zoo more frequently. Next to the station at Hardenbergerpltaz is a satellite of Curry 36. While their key location is near Mehringdamm station, Curry 36’s location next to Zoologischer Garten station gets its fair share and flow of people streaming in and out of the station serving U-Bahn, S-Bahn, and regional trains.

I order a Doppel (double-order), both “ohne Darm” (no casing) and sliced into bite-sized pieces, accompanied by “Pommes rot-weiss” (red white) that’s a portion of fries slathered with ketchup and mayo and topped with curry powder.

Curry 36, currywurst, Zoologischer Garten, Hardenbergplatz, Berlin, Hauptstadt, Germany, Deutschland, fotoeins.com

Curry 36 am Zoo – 9 Dec 2014.

Curry 36, currywurst,  Zoologischer Garten, Hardenbergplatz, Berlin, Hauptstadt, Germany, Deutschland, fotoeins.com

Curry 36 am Zoo – 9 Dec 2014.


Many have written about and swear by these currywurst joints in Berlin: Curry 36 and Konnopke’s Imbiss. I’ve also visited the German Currywurst Museum to learn about the history and evolution of the snack. Come to think of it, every time I’m in Berlin, I’ll seek out the currywurst, from one “Imbiss” stand to the next, in my perpetual search for the ultimate taste of the city.

I made all photos with a Canon EOS450D/Rebel XSi on 17 Mar 2011 and 9 Dec 2014. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-pr.

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