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Free guided city walk (in German)

Before World War I, the American dancer Isadora Duncan lived at Hardenbergstrasse 11 and propagated barefoot "free dance" and a self-determined lifestyle. During the Weimar Republic, the Hochschule der Künste opened its doors to female students and professors. Käthe Kollwitz and Renée Sintenis moved into studios on Steinplatz, as did many renowned female artists after them.


Hedwig Courths-Mahler, the queen of the kitsch novel, resided in Knesebeckstrasse, not far from the telephone operators who worked at the "Steinplatz" telephone exchange in Goethestrasse. On Kantstrasse, a manageress, Elfriede Scheibel, kept the "Delphi" afloat as a swing palace during the Nazi era.

The pedestrian passage "Yva-Bogen" at train station Zoologischer Garten is to be attractively designed in the coming years and will provide information about Yva, who gave her name to the passage and was the teacher of star photographer Helmut Newton.

  • Free attendance, donation requested
  • Registration with contact details requested (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
Marianne Mielke