Hello, who is on the phone? This Berlin phone booth is a bit of a celebrity, known from many trips to the far north of Berlin: it is in Lübars.

This snapshot of the telephone booth was then taken on the village green, between the old village church, the Alter Dorfkrug inn and the event and culture center Labsaal. The picture was first found in the current Reinickendorf newsletter from the Tagesspiegel.

And we weren’t the only ones impressed by this taxi-yellow relic. Another day tripper also came closer, took a photo and announced that he actually had to call his mother anyway to see if the telephone inside the cell was still working.

All that could be heard inside was a long “Beeeeep”. You can see some books, as they are in the book box right next to the lab room. Norbert Heners-Martin from the board of directors of the association, which is behind the lab room, quickly clarified the Reinickendorf newsletter: “A few years ago we set up a discarded telephone booth as a book box on our site with ‘toleration’ from the preservation of monuments. It was only after that that people began to devote themselves to the ‘monument cell’. I think it is also registered as a monument.”

And indeed, the little telephone house (model FeH 32, as installed by the Deutsche Reichspost from 1932) is on the list of monuments and is dated 1934-’35.

And what about the “Beeeeep”? Apparently it is a sign that you can actually make calls from this almost 90-year-old telephone booth. Because when I was sitting in the village inn a little later, the day tripper came up to me again: “I just phoned my mother and daughter! 10 cents for 18 seconds!”. It probably worked with a credit card. Well then: From now on you can make phone calls on the northern outskirts of the city.

[This text comes from the Tagesspiegel newsletter for Berlin-Reinickendorf. There is a lot of concrete district news, with tips and dates once a week here – free and compact: leute.tagesspiegel.de. Feel free to try us!]

And here are some of the other topics that you will find in the current Reinickendorf newsletter.

– Nails buried in Heiligensee: Children’s playground closed immediately

– “For many refugees, their animal is a family member” – Marlena Fricler from the Irina Initiative talks about her commitment to people who flee Ukraine with animals

– Rias balance of anti-Semitic incidents 2021: few cases in Reinickendorf, high number of unreported cases

– The 222 bus goes to the Tegel lido during the summer holidays

– Topping-out ceremony at the Hoffmann-von-Fallersleben elementary school: the shell of the modular timber construction was completed within two weeks

– “Blossoming meadows in Tegel”: Nabu invites you to explore

– Exhibition “Raw material turnaround now!” in the second-hand department store Noch Mall

– Rowohlt author Matthias Nawrat will be reading at the Center Bagatelle in June

– Whether Tegeler See or Havel-Ufer: DLRG raises the alarm for bathing summer 2022

The Tagesspiegel newsletter is available for all 12 Berlin districts and already has over 260,000 subscriptions. In it we inform you once a week in a bundled and compact way about what’s going on in your neighbourhood. We also often let readers have their say in the newsletter, after all nobody knows the neighborhood as well as the people who live there.