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Free guided city walk (in German)

Arnold Schönberg composed his first large orchestral work in twelve-tone technique at Steinplatz, within sight of the Hochschule für Musik. Around 1930, experiments with radio technology and electronic instruments were already being conducted there. The College of Music, which has been located on Hardenbergstrasse since 1902, is today the largest faculty of the University of Arts. In the neo-Romanesque "Castle", the Institute for Church Music, students practise on historic organs. The Comedian Harmonists had their office in Carmerstrasse, and the "Delphi" cinema was the scene of wild dancing in the twenties. The actress Trude Hesterberg opened her "Wild Stage" in the basement of the Theater des Westens, where Brecht also performed as a singer-songwriter. After the end of World War II, the first opera performance in destroyed Berlin took place on Kantstrasse, and today the Theater des Westens is once again causing a sensation with its own productions. Great classical performers such as violinist Yehudi Menuhin and singer Luciano Pavarotti stayed at the nearby Hotel am Steinplatz, and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra were regular guests at the hotel bar "Volle Pulle".

Veranstaltungen in Berlin: Swinging Steinplatz – Musik um den Steinplatz
© Archiv Bienert

  • Free attendance, donation requested
  • Registration with contact details required (max. 25 persons per group)

Additional information
Politics, science, fine arts, literature, music and theatre have shaped the Steinplatz and its surroundings for around 150 years. It is the centre of a lively cultural, educational and commemorative landscape, which has been presented and made legible on city walks since 2020. In 2023, there will be once more guided tours on musical life, literature and science, supplemented by new walks on architecture and women's life around Steinplatz.
Participating artists
Michael Bienert
Arne Krasting