Architecture

Architecture

Berlin is something of an upstart in the world of European capitals. As a city, it didn’t really get going until the 19th century. But then it took off in style – especially with regard to its architecture. In just a few years, the home of the Hohenzollern family had developed into a major conurbation with more than a million inhabitants. But Berlin is a city in flux. A "new" Berlin has clearly emerged since the fall of the Berlin Wall, but the city is still constantly evolving.

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In July 2008 six representative Berlin Modernism housing estates were listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The estates, built between 1919 and 1934, are outstanding...
Over a period of almost four centuries, an extensive park landscape has emerged between Potsdam and Berlin, taking its inspiration from the ideas of the French baroque...
The east part of the city was also hit by devastating war demolitions. The first designs for the reconstruction after 1945 were not yet shaped by the East-West...
After the War’s end, the urban planning’s primary task was the rebuilding of the destroyed city in both halves of the city. In the west, the areas of Kurfürstendamm and...
The Armoury is the oldest surviving building located on Unter den Linden and it is also the most important large Baroque structure in the capital. Initially built as an...
The Abspannwerk Scharnhorst (Scharnhort Substation) is an unconventional industrial building with an extraordinary design. A somewhat inconspicuous brick stone façade...
The opening of the Jewish Academy means that the nearby Jewish Museum Berlin now has access to a research centre which connects various educational institutions. The...
When you go off the beaten path in Berlin, you have the chance to discover some wonderful places outside the city centre that tell as much about the history of Berlin....
Spandau is five years older than Berlin, as long-time residents sometimes like to stress proudly. This is perhaps because, despite all the new buildings, the long...
The Amerika Haus on Hardenbergstraße in Berlin-Charlottenburg was designed by architect Bruno Grimmek and built in 1956-57 as part of the International Building...
The Amerika Gedenkbibliothek (AGB) is one of the biggest libraries in Berlin. It is a present from the USA to the people of Berlin after the Soviet blockade (1948/1949...
The opening of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation's Archaeological Centre in Spring 2012 saw the national museums of Berlin bringing together their five...
Today, this 7,000 sqm venue at the edge of the Spree River is the site for countless concerts, fairs and parties – but the building complex in Berlin’s Treptow district...
With the façade like that of an Italian Renaissance palace, the swimming pool at Baerwaldstraße 64-67 stands in the heart of Kreuzberg. Its glamour sets it apart from...
Berlin Central Station is one of the most spectacular architectural projects of the capital. After undergoing eleven years of construction, the station formerly known as...
The city hall with its striking facade is one of the landmarks of Berlin. The name "red city hall" is a playful reference to the building material of the red bricks....
At any nation's seat of government, countries from around the world obviously maintain a diplomatic presence. Thus, with the move of the Federal Government from Bonn to...
A "once-in-a-century" project with impressive architecture is taking shape on Schlossplatz close to Museum Island in Berlin. Following a decision by the German Bundestag...
While the only remaining city gate of Berlin formerly used to represent the separation of the city between East and West Berlin, since the Berlin Wall came down in 1989...
The vestibule leads directly into the terrace room. You then pass the grand piano and a set of walnut chairs before entering the second room – the hunting room which was...
The protestant church of St. Mary was founded during the first medieval urban expansion of Berlin in 1250 as a parish church for the new town. Like the newly renovated...
The Abspannwerk Buchhändlerhof (Substation Buchhändlerhof) is an outstanding example of industrial architecture from the 1920s. However, the name is probably best known...
The "Tuschkastensiedlung" in Treptow is the oldest of six estates of modernist architecture belonging to the UNESCO World Heritage. Architect Bruno Taut based his design...
Due to the growth of population and industrialisation since the middle of the 19th century, new urban quarters arose all around the historic Berlin Mitte; these crossed...
The Französischer Dom was built between 1780 and 1785 wall to wall next to the Französische Friedrichstadtkirche (French Church of Friedrichstadt). Both buildings are...
A journey back in time through Berlin's cultural history: the walls are covered in wallpaper with flowery patterns and animal motifs; portraits of former residents are...
In the old days, typical Berlin humour coined the phrase ‘in jedem Winkel steht ein Schinkel’ (there’s a Schinkel in every corner), referring to Berlin’s most famous...
The city of Cölln was first mentioned in documents as part of the twin-cities situated on the Spree island, Berlin-Cölln, in the year of 1237. A further document from...
Many Berliners believe that the Gendarmenmarkt is the most beautiful place in Germany and indeed in all of Europe. Well, however that might be, it really is a must-see...
After the old diplomatic district laid idle for decades following the war, international life moved back in after the fall of the Wall: from A like Austria to C like...
Kino International – © Yorck Kinogruppe

Five minutes’ walking distance from Alexanderplatz. Huge hand-painted film posters hang on the sandstone façade of the postmodern building from the 60’s. Though its architecture is striking from the outside, the building’s most impressive features are found inside. With its magnificent chandeliers, retro eastern European style, red armchairs and huge glass front, the cinema’s foyer is a highlight in itself. Be it premieres or gay parties, this cinema hosts all sorts of events where glamorous VIPs mix with students, film lovers and party people.