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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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 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 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...
The Hohenzollern dynasty has given Berlin its very special architectural character. “Prussian’s glory” was also supposed to mirror itself in the urban planning....
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 capital has numerous entries on the Unesco list of World Heritage Sites. The Museuminsel counts as one of them, as well as the Sanssouci Castle—of course.
Adolf Hitler and his most important architect Albert Speer wanted to pompously convert the capital of the Reich to the world capital of Germania. Berlin, within a few...
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 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...
The ‘Haus des Lehrers’ and the adjacent congress hall, which today is home to the bcc (Berlin Congress Center), create the immediate neighbourhood of Alexanderplatz. The...
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With its magnificent dome, the Berlin Cathedral is definitely one of the capital’s crowd pullers. Located in the northern area of the Spree Island, many of the buildings...
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....
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...
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...
The area around Berlin's east harbour is developing into a harbour museum where future exhibitions and events can take place. The exhibition will take up the tradition...
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...
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The Berlinische Galerie (Berlin Gallery) is one of the youngest museums in the city and collects art created in Berlin from 1870 to the present day – with both a local...
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With 22.000 types of plants, Berlin’s Botanical Gardens rank among the three most important botanical gardens in the entire world. Created between 1897 and 1910...
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...
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.