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 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...
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 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 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...
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...
Zwieback (a type of crisp, sweetened bread) and Kommissbrot ("army loaf") for the Prussian garrison were once stored here along with coal, salt and canned meat, in what...
A multi-faith house of prayer and study is being planned for the heart of Berlin at Petriplatz. The building will house a synagogue, a church and a mosque, all under one...
The Hufeisensiedlung (Horseshoe Estate) was built according to the plans by Bruno Taut and Martin Wagner in 1925-1933, on a former manor estate in what is now the...
The Stadtschloss (City Palace), originally the residence of Prussian kings and German Emperors in the heart of Berlin, is to be rebuilt mora than 60 years after it was...
The new KINDL – Centre for Contemporary Art is now taking shape in the unconventional space of the former Kindl brewery in Berlin’s Neukölln district. Opening in fall...
The building complex on Neue Bahnhofstraße near the Ostkreuz S-Bahn station immediately catches your eye: the uniform brick façade with rhythmically arranged windows and...
In its first life, the building was used to supply the people of Berlin with heating. Since then, it has been part of the techno scene and is now known to music fans and...
Set on the site of a small 19th century brewery, this is now one of the most attractive sites for multifaceted events in Berlin. The site, under national trust...
The capital of the Federal Republic of Germany is the home to a lot of politics – obviously, the 16 German states would like to exert their influence in the capital....
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...

Located directly on the water, this romantic, relaxed and comfortable restaurant is decorated with wooden furniture, old lamps and ornate picture frames. Simply put, Freischwimmer is a cool location in Kreuzberg’s Flutgraben area. The restaurant is in a very old building that was once used for renting and repairing boats. The entrance is directly next to Berlin’s oldest gas station. You can sit outdoors during the summer and indoors during the winter.