A great man subject of two recent books and a film-I think!


Here´s a man who needs no introduction. In fact, it would be far easier to name the things Alexander von Humboldt did NOT do than to properly quote all of his achievements. He was “the last universal man” whose death in 1859 is often said to have marked the end of a great era of science, curiosity and of open-minded intellectual pursuit.

Born in Jägerstraße in Mitte (the house does not exist anymore), he and his equally famous brother, Wilhelm, spent their childhood in Tegel: Schloß Tegel with its beautiful park located on the northern shore of the Tegel Lake was Wilhelm´s and Alexander´s playground and their first site for curious exploration. The park is home to an approximately 800-year-old oak tree – the oldest tree in Berlin – which the boys named “Fat Mary” (Dicke Marie) after the family cook.

Alexander von Humboldt´s travels and the accounts…

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Freelance writer and radio presenter

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